Wilma Jean, the Worry Machine Activity and Idea Book

Activities to Help Kids with Worry and Anxiety


SKU: B096-Net

The perfect companion to Julia Cook’s Wilma Jean the Worry Machine picture book.

Anxiety is considered to be the number one cause of health problems in America. It is normal for everyone to feel fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings develop into extreme proportions, anxiety becomes a disability.

The purpose of this activity book is to offer creative anxiety reduction strategies, and give children the tools they need to feel more in control of their anxiety!

Written by Julia Cook
Illustrated by Anita DuFalla
Paperback ISBN 9781937870034
Grades 2-5
24 pages
Release Date January 15, 2012

Additional information






National Center for Youth Issues

Julia Cook, M.S. is a award-winning children’s author, counselor, and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools and speaks at education and counseling conferences nationally and internationally. Julia has published almost one hundred children’s books on a wide range of character and social development topics, and regularly contributes to print and television media about these topics. The goal behind Cook’s work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem-solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home. Cook has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”

This book is so helpful to children who suffer from anxiety or excessive worrying. I have read this book to many children, ranging in age from 5-12, who were relieved to read that Wilma Jean (main character) experiences some of their symptoms, such as pretending to be sick so won’t have to go to school. This activity book was so useful in developing coping skills to manage anxiety.


Easy guide to use with kids in the classroom setting. I have used this in my work as a family therapist and find the worksheets easy to make copies of to give as a hand out.

Cookie icon

Please note that we use cookies necessary for the functioning of our website and to optimize performance. To learn more about our cookies and how we use them, please read our Privacy Policy.