Emotions/Feelings - Fear

Blume, Judy. Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great. Puffin, Reissue edition 2003. Sheila has fears inside that she thinks no one knows about. Slowly, Sheila begins to overcome her fears by admitting them. Ages 10-15.

Boelts, Maribeth. Sometimes I'm Afraid. ZonderKidz, 2004. Three stories of children who have a fear of storms, the dark, and of the unknown. They are reassured of God's love and protection. Ages 4 – 8.

Bourgeois, Paulette. Franklin in the Dark. EconoClad Books, 1999. Franklin is afraid of small, dark places, which is a real problem as he is a turtle and afraid to crawl into his shell. Nice ending. Ages 5-9.

Carlson, Nancy. Harriet's Recital. First Avenue Editions, reprint 2003. Harriet is fearful of her ballet recital until she is actually doing it. Ages 5-9.

Carlson, Nancy. There's a Big, Beautiful World Out There. Viking, c 2002. Children's anxieties are acknowledged along with a reminder of the good things that are missed if they don't venture out. Ages 4 – 8.

Cave, Kathryn. The Brave Little Grork. Hodder Children's Books. 2002. Shy, easily frightened Grork goes with brave Greep on an outing. Grork over-comes many frightening things. Ages 5 – 9.

Clements, Andrew. Big Al. Aladdin, c 1997. Al is a nice fish, but very scary-looking. All the other fish are afraid of him until one day he proves what a truly terrific fish he is. Ages 4-8.

Crist, James J. Ph.D. What To Do When You're Scared and Worried. Free Spirit Pub., 2004. A comprehensive book on understanding all kinds of fears and how to get help. Ages 9 – 14.

Emberly, Ed. Go Away, Big Green Monster! Little, Brown and Co., NY, c 1993. A wonderful book that gives control to the reader to tell the monster when to come and when to go away. Ages 3 - 7.

Heegard, Marge. When Something Terrible Happens. Woodland Press, Mpls, MN, 1992. Helps children who have experienced a trauma to learn about and express related feelings. Ages 6-12.

Kreiner, Anna. Let's Talk About Being Afraid. PowerKids Press, c 2003. Various fears are acknowledged and explained. Ages 4 – 8.

Lester, Helen. Something Might Happen. Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books, 2003. Little Lemur is afraid of everything until his bossy Aunt Bridget arrives and shows him that things aren't that bad. By the story's end Lemur is beaming with pride. Ages 3 – 6.

Rylant, Cynthia. Henry & Mudge and the Wild Wind. Simon & Schuster, c 2000. Henry tries different techniques to overcome his fear of the storm. Ages 5-8.

Waber, Bernard. Ira Sleeps Over. Houghton Mifflin, 1987. Ira struggles with his first experience of sleeping over at a friend's. Scared and excited, Ira finds out that he's not alone in how he feels, and that really helps. Ages 6-9.

Waddell, Martin. Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? Candlewick Press, MA, reprint 2002. Mother Bear helps Little Bear with his fear of the dark. Ages 4-9.

Wells, Rosemary. Edward in Deep Water. Dial Books for Young Readers, NY, c 1995. Shy Edward is not ready for birthday pool parties with high-spirited grade school bears. Ages 4 - 7.