Books to help kids cope with being afraid. (2014)

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Can't Scare Me!
Ashley Bryan

E BRYAN

A fearless little boy ignores Grandma’s warning about nighttime monsters until he runs away and meets the two-headed giant’s three-headed brother.


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Lily the Unicorn
Dallas Clayton

E CLAYTON

Lily the unicorn teaches her new pal, Roger the penguin, that it’s fun to try new things.


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How to Be a Viking
Cressida Cowell

E COWELL

Unlike his large and brave fellow Vikings, Hiccup is small and afraid of everything until he helps steer his ship to safety during a storm.


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Monster Needs His Sleep
Paul Czajak
Monster & Me series
E CZAJAK

Monster needs to go to sleep but keeps finding things to stay awake for until, finally, he admits that he is afraid of the dark and gets help with his bedtime problem.


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I'm the Scariest Thing in the Jungle!
David G. Derrick

E DERRICK

A Bengal tiger cub and little crocodile vie for bragging rights about who is the scariest animal in their Indian jungle.


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Go Away, Big Green Monster!
Ed Emberley

E EMBERLEY

Die-cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed are designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters.


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The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger
Timothy B. Ering

E ERING

During the day Hamilton can best all the creatures in the swamp, but when it’s time for bed, he quivers with fright, until his dad helps him conquer his fear of the dark.


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I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo!
Jill Esbaum

E ESBAUM

While showing her timid gal pals the wonders of the woods, brave Nadine the cow discovers that she is not entirely fearless.


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Knock! Knock! Knock! Who's There?
Philippe Goossens

E GOOSSENS

Who could be knocking on Big Bear’s door in the middle of the night? What if it’s a ghost or an ogre or the big bad wolf? Big Bear’s imagination is running wild. It’s a good thing he doesn’t open his door to strangers. But when Big Bear’s best friend knocks on his door…Big Bear finds a surprise he never would have imagined.


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When Lions Roar
Robie H. Harris

E HARRIS

Loud, scary noises frighten a child until quiet and calmness return.


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Fraidyzoo
Thyra Heder

E HEDER

Little T remembers that she was frightened last time her family visited the zoo but not why, so her creative family helps by imitating animals from A to Z until she recalls exactly what caused her fear.


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Please, Louise
Toni Morrison

E MORRISON

On a gray, rainy day, everything seems particularly frightening and bad to Louise until she enters a library and finds books that help her to know and imagine the beauty and wonder that have been there all along.


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The Book That Eats People
John Perry

E PERRY

Be careful around this book which has already eaten several people and is always hungry.


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Daisy Gets Lost
Chris Raschka

E RASCHKA

A young dog experiences the fear of being lost and the joys of being found when she becomes separated from her owner.


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BOOM!: Big, Big Thunder & One Small Dog
Mary Lyn Ray

E RAY

Rosie, a little dog, is afraid of nothing except thunder, and during one very bad storm, she discovers that the boy who she lives with is frightened, too.


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Big Bad Bubble
Adam Rubin

With gentle prodding from the narrator and help from the reader, four monsters are led to face their greatest fear—bubbles.


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Bedtime Monsters
Josh Schneider

E SCHNEIDER

A young boy conquers his fear of bedtime monsters after making a surprising discovery.


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The Dark
Lemony Snicket

E SNICKET

Laszlo is afraid of the dark, which lives in the same big, creaky house as him, until one night the dark pays him a visit.


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Too Small for My Big Bed
Amber Stewart

E STEWART

Learning to be independent with the encouragement of his mommy, Piper dislikes sleeping alone in his bed and tries to sleep with his mother every night until he learns helpful lessons about overcoming fear.


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Who Goes There?
Karma Wilson

E WILSON

Just as Lewis the mouse is settling into his near-perfect home for the winter, still wondering what is missing, he hears noises and must roar to scare away whatever horrid creature is scratching and tapping at his tree.


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