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by | Jan 14, 2023

Book of the Month: The Worry Jar

The Worry Jar

By Lou John, illustrated by Jenny Bloomfield

Age 2+

Enjoy one of The Sunday Times Best Children’s Books of 2022, out now in paperback.

The Worry Jar is a heart-warming and confidence-building story about learning to manage worries. With beautiful illustrations to bring Frida’s feelings to life and offering a practical way to manage fears in everyday life, this is the perfect book for parents who want to talk to their children about anxiety in a reassuring way.


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About the book

The Worry Jar

By Lou John, illustrated by Jenny Bloomfield

Frida worries all the time. Big worries, small worries, and all-the-time worries. Her worries feel heavy, just like the pebbles she collects every day. Some days, Frida’s worries become the only thing she can think about. But then, one day, her granny teaches her an ingenious way to keep her worries in check – and Frida finally feels the weight of her fears slip away…

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About the Author and illustrator


Lou John currently works in publishing and has done so for many years. The Worry Jar is her debut picture book and was inspired by her love of collecting pebbles at the beach and by her daughter.

Jenny Bloomfield graduated with distinction from the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art in 2019. She is an avid sketch-booker and draws every day.