15 Comforting Picture Books for Kids With Separation Anxiety

by Rosemary D'Urso

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Separation anxiety is common for many children, but after spending even more time together than usual over the last year, the idea of being away from family is more worrisome than ever. Luckily, there are several books with reassuring stories to comfort and embolden children to bravely take that leap into independence.

Whether preparing for daycare, the first day of school, or any transition, the books listed below are perfect for supporting children with their social-emotional needs and giving them the confidence to take on new challenges.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2021 and updated in 2024.