Beat, Beat, Thump

Beat, Beat, Thump


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What does anxiety feel like to a child?

Beat, beat, thump. Beat, beat, thump. That’s the pulse of Alex’s heart as he navigates worries about school, friendship struggles, and trying new things. Sometimes the pounding of his heartbeat gets so loud that it’s all he can hear.

In this encouraging and heartwarming tale, Alex listens to the beat, beat, thump of his heart while feeling both panic and peace. When his anxiety grows, Alex uses techniques he has learned, like stomping his feet and focusing on his heartbeat, to center himself and regain his calm. When at peace, Alex can feel the steady hum of his heartbeat as he thinks about the fun things he’ll do tomorrow, the people he loves, and how his strong heart has carried him through hard things.


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Author: Allison Edwards
Illustrator: Steliyana Doneva
Audience: Elementary (K-5)
Grade Level: 2-5
Format: Paperback
Page Number: 32
ISBN: 9781953945723
Publisher: National Center for Youth Issues
Release Date: October 27, 2022
Language: English
Product Type: Storybook
Topic: Anxiety, Mindfulness & Brain-Based, Social & Life Skills

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