Book: Riley’s Really Big Worries


In Riley’s Really Big Worries, an ECSELent Adventures story, Riley’s best friend, Milo, sneezes and sprays germs all over him! Riley has many worries, and icky germs are now at the top of his list. But are all germs bad? And do our worries need to take control of our thinking, feelings, and behavior?

Learn, grow, and develop alongside Riley and friends as they begin to share their feelings and discover ways to become the boss of their worries. Riley and his classmates (characters in Housman Institute’s ECSELent Adventures program) invite children to join them in understanding that everyone has worries – big or small – and that by sharing them, they can begin to find solutions to their worry problems. Along the way, they learn what germs are and how each person can help keep germs and worries from spreading.

  • Reading age: 4-8 years
  • Language: English
  • Print length: 32 pages

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“Riley’s Really Big Worries” is Dr. Donna Housman’s fourth book for her book series “The ECSELent Adventures of Hemmy and Shemmy”, with a focus on dealing with worry, anxiety, fear, and illness.

In the post-pandemic world, you probably won’t be surprised to hear children talk about germs and illness and how anxious they feel about them. However, there are many other things that little ones could feel worried and anxious about. Dive into this new book with your children to learn about how we can deal with all sorts of things that make us anxious!



  • Social-Emotional Focus: Managing big emotions is fundamental to learning and thriving. Hemmy and Shemmy will show children how to become the boss of their own feelings, both big and small.
  • Reader Notes, Tips, and Guiding Questions: “Riley’s Really Big Worries” contains tips for readers when talking about worry, anxiety, and fear with young children and over 20 guiding questions for social-emotional learning.
  • Book Series: “Riley’s Really Big Worries” is the fourth in the book series “The ECSELent Adventures of Hemmy and Shemmy” and will be released in October 2023.



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Dr. Donna Housman has spent her professional career in the world of early childhood development and education. Believing that it is far easier to prevent than repair, Dr. Housman founded Housman Institute, along with its lab school and early childhood development center, based on emotional foundations of learning and cognition and informed by research in neuroscience, child development, and early education. Seizing the opportunity to inform the architecture of the brain in the earliest years, her Emotional, Cognitive, and Social Early Learning (ECSEL) approach promotes healthy brain development and a positive sense of self by fostering the building blocks of emotional intelligence starting from birth.

Dr. Housman has trained thousands of early childhood educators, children, and families in her ECSEL approach while being a consistent source of vital counsel and guidance for families and educators on young children’s social and emotional development.

Additional information

Weight 0.79 kg
Dimensions 25.4 × 28 × 0.635 cm


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