Browse by tag: fears


Halibut Jackson
Author: David Lucas
Illustrator: David Lucas
How this book may help: Reassuring anxious or shy children that others experience similar emotions. Providing a positive role model who learns to accept his shyness.
Halibut Jackson is very shy indeed. So shy that he makes himself many different camouflaged outfits... read more

Tags: phobias, fears, anxiety, shyness

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The Monster Who Ate Darkness
Author: Joyce Dunbar
Illustrator: Jimmy Liao
How this book may help: This book elegantly 'neutralises' fear of monsters by portraying a non-threatening (and ultimately caring) one. It also provides a fun and poetic explanation to why darkness is so necessary at night time.
Jo-Jo can't sleep as he thinks a monster may be lurking in the darkness under his bed.... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fear of the dark, fears, phobias

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No Matter What
Author: Debi Gliori
Illustrator: Debi Gliori
How this book may help: May provide reassurance for an insecure or anxious child that their parents' love for them is unconditional and constant, despite the circumstances. It sensitively reinforces the message that love carries on, even after someone dies.
The key message behind this simple and beautiful book for small children is that the love a parent... read more

Tags: comfort, bereavement, anxiety, death, divorce, emotions, family, father, fears, loss, love, mother, sadness, separation anxiety, serious illness, terminal illness

Average reader rating:

 5 out of 5


What Makes Me Happy?
Author: Catherine Anholt
Illustrator: Laurence Anholt
How this book may help: May help a child to identify emotions they are experiencing and encourage them to discuss any they feel uncomfortable with. Reassures children that it is normal to experience a wide range of emotions.
Each double page spread in this book focuses on a different emotion. The left hand pages show... read more

Tags: separation anxiety, relationships, phobias, monsters, growing up, friends, fears, fear of the dark, family, emotions, diversity, bullying, anxiety, anger, absence, shyness

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Aaaarrgghh, Spider!
Author: Lydia Monks (Author)
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Overcoming fears and phobias associated with spiders.
A lonely spider wants to be the family pet but the family don't like spiders and no matter how hard... read more

Tags: fears, phobias

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Sophie's Masterpiece
Author: Eileen Spinelli
Illustrator: Jane Dyer
How this book may help: May encourage a child who is frightened of spiders to look more favourably upon these fascinating creatures. The book also reflects the ageing process, and may strike a chord with a child who has lost an elderly relative. Additionally, it has underlying themes of tolerance and acceptance.
Sophie is no ordinary house spider: she is an artist who can spin the most intricate and beautiful... read more

Tags: bereavement, fears, loss, persistence

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Billy Monster's Daymare
Author: Alan Durant
Illustrator: Ross Collins
How this book may help: Exploring common night time fears about monsters under the bed, in cupboards or lurking in shadows. This book may help to explain to a child in a humorous way that lots of people feel the same way. The humour lies in the fact that this book is about a monster having a “daymare” about a child!
Turning the tables on being afraid of monsters, the young monster “Billy” in this story is... read more

Tags: anxiety, fears, nightmares, phobias

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Funny Face
Author: Nicola Smee
Illustrator: Nicola Smee
How this book may help: A good starting point to chat to a very young child about emotions, for example, how they feel during a tantrum.
A lovely example of a first picture book, Nicola Smee's appealing illustrations shows a little... read more

Tags: anger, emotions, fears, sadness, sharing

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Little By Little
Author: Amber Stewart
Illustrator: Layn Marlow
How this book may help: Showing how, step by small step, confidence can build when learning something new. It may also appeal to a child who is learning how to swim, or is frightened of the water.
Scramble is a young otter who can’t swim. With the help and guidance of his family he starts by... read more

Tags: persistence, fears, anxiety, swimming

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Eeeek, Mouse!
Author: Lydia Monks
Illustrator: Lydia Monks
How this book may help: his book may help a child who is frightened of mice to see a less threatening side to them.
Mummy spots a mouse in the house, which frightens the entire household except little Minnie, who... read more

Tags: pet, mice, fears, phobias

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Bella and Monty: A Hairy Scary Night
Author: Alex T.Smith
Illustrator: Alex T.Smith
How this book may help: May comfort a child who is anxious about the dark, spiders, ghosts or monsters, and make them realise they are not alone.
Bella Bones and Monty Mittens are best friends and have lots in common (they both like the colour... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fear of the dark, fears, friends, ghosts, monsters, phobias

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The Happy Book
Author: Malachy Doyle
Illustrator: Caroline Uff
How this book may help: A great starting point for talking about both positive and negative feelings with very young children. This book may gently encourage co-operation and good behaviour.
This charming book contains simply written messages encouraging children to spread happiness to... read more

Tags: anger, anxiety, behaviour, bullying, emotions, environment, exercise, fears, sadness, sharing, tantrums

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The Great Big Book of Feelings
Author: Mary Hoffman
Illustrator: Ros Asquith
How this book may help: A child struggling with negative emotions may find great comfort in this sympathetic, entertaining and reassuring book which explores many different feelings: happy, sad, excited, bored, interested, angry, upset, calm, silly, lonely, scared, safe, embarrassed, shy, confident, worried, jealous and satisfied.
The book is presented in bite-size chunks of information which should hold the attention of a child... read more

Tags: anger, anxiety, bullying, comfort, death, depression, emotions, fears, friends, hitting, jealousy, loneliness, loss, persistence, phobias, prejudice, sadness, shyness, violence

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Going to the Dentist (Usborne First Experiences)
Author: Anne Civardi
Illustrator: Stephen Cartwright
How this book may help: Introducing young children to what happens at the dentist, and encouraging them to take good care of their teeth.
Mrs Judd and her two children Jake and Jessie make a visit to the dentist. After playing in the... read more

Tags: treatment, phobias, needles, injections, fears, dentist

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The Huge Bag of Worries
Author: Virginia Ironside
Illustrator: Frank Rodgers
How this book may help: A good starting point to encourage children to discuss their anxieties and fears. It may also help children to realise that many children suffer with anxiety.
Jenny has been worrying a lot lately, about a lot of different things. Is she getting too fat? ... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fears, nightmares

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Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep
Author: Joyce Dunbar
Illustrator: Debi Gliori
How this book may help: May comfort a child who is experiencing bad dreams or who is afraid of the dark.
Little bunny Willa is scared to go to sleep as she's worried she may have a bad dream. Big brother... read more

Tags: nightmares, fears, fear of the dark, brother, anxiety, phobias, sibling, sister

Average reader rating:

 5 out of 5

Under the Bed
Author: Paul Bright
Illustrator: Ben Cort
How this book may help: Ghosts and monsters, fear of the dark, bedtime.
This rhyming book describes all the various beasts, dragons and other monsters that live under the... read more

Tags: anxiety, fear of the dark, fears, ghosts, monsters, nightmares

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Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?
Author: Martin Waddell
Illustrator: Barbara Firth
How this book may help: Soothing fears of the dark, encouraging young children to settle down for the night.
Little Bear is afraid of the dark. Big bear reassures and comforts him by fetching lanterns and... read more

Tags: anxiety, fear of the dark, fears, phobias

Average reader rating:

 4 out of 5

The Monster Bed
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Susan Varley
How this book may help: Reassuring children who are afraid of the dark or anxious about monsters.
Dennis doesn't want to go to sleep because he's frightened that there might be something under his... read more

Tags: anxiety, comfort, emotions, fear of the dark, fears, monsters, nightmares, phobias

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Darkness Slipped in
Author: Ella Burfoot
Illustrator: Ella Burfoot
How this book may help: May help to dispel children's fear of the dark by describing the darkness in a child's room in a refreshingly positive way.
A story of a little girl called Daisy, who loves to play and dance, even when it gets dark. She... read more

Tags: fear of the dark, fears

Average reader rating:

 5 out of 5

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears
Author: Emily Gravett
Illustrator: Emily Gravett
How this book may help: A child may recognise some of his own fears on the pages of this book, and feel like he is 'less alone' with them. Provides a good starting point for a conversation on phobias and anxieties.
Beautifully illustrated, this book explores Little Mouse’s fears using delicate and intricate... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fear of the dark, fears, phobias

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Little Princess - I Don't Want to Go to Bed
Author: Tony Ross
Illustrator: Tony Ross
How this book may help: Helping children to understand why it's important to go to bed on time.
The Little Princess doesn't want to go to bed, and doesn't see why she should have to when she's... read more

Tags: phobias, monsters, fears, anxiety

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Little Princess - I Want My Light On!
Author: Tony Ross
Illustrator: Tony Ross
How this book may help: May help to neutralise a fear of ghosts and the dark.
The Little Princess doesn't like her light to be turned off at bedtime because she's scared of... read more

Tags: anxiety, fear of the dark, fears, ghosts, monsters

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Silly Billy
Author: Anthony Browne
Illustrator: Anthony Browne
How this book may help: Acknowledges childhood anxiety and suggests a simple, practical way to alleviate it.
Billy worries a lot and can't sleep. He goes to stay with Grandma and she solves the problem by... read more

Tags: anxiety, fears

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I'm Worried (Your Feelings)
Author: Brian Moses
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
How this book may help: Helping children come to terms with the feelings of anxiety and exploring ways to alleviate their suffering. The book also touches upon the subjects of road safety and hospitals.
The little girl in this book describes how she feels when she is worried ("Like a dog that can't... read more

Tags: emotions, anxiety, fears, hospital, operation

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First Experiences Going on a Plane (Usborne First Experiences)
Author: Anne Civardi
Illustrator: Stephen Cartwright
How this book may help: Introduces some typical aspects of going on a family holiday. May help to allay fears of flying, and prepare young children for some of the procedures associated with modern plane travel (such as security checks and safety briefings).
The book, containing Stephen Cartwright's appealing illustrations, simply outlines some common... read more

Tags: fears, holidays, phobias

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Best Bear
Author: Emma Dodd
Illustrator: Emma Dodd
How this book may help: Great for any child that has a special bear to comfort them through the night as the book illustrates how together they can overcome a fear of the dark.
The little boy in this book is getting ready for bed having packed up his toys and climbed up the... read more

Tags: anxiety, comfort, fear of the dark, fears, phobias

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Wide Awake Jake
Author: Rachel Elliot
Illustrator: Karen Sapp
How this book may help: The young Jake finds it difficult to get to sleep and after many attempts eventually does get to sleep with his mum’s help.
Jake cannot sleep despite trying lots of different ways to lie down. So, wide awake, he goes... read more

Tags: fears, monsters, mother, nightmares

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Boo to the Who in the Dark
Author: Joyce Dunbar
Illustrator: Sarah Messine
How this book may help: Showing that when faced, fears aren’t as bad as they seem.
Long Nose and Little Legs are the best of friends but Long Nose is so afraid of the dark he... read more

Tags: anxiety, fear of the dark, fears, friends

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I Feel Bullied (Your Feelings)
Author: Jen Green
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
A very clear look at how being bullied may make someone find it hard to eat, sleep, feel like their... read more

Tags: hitting, fears, bullying, anxiety, violence

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Ready Steady Ghost!
Author: Elizabeth Baguley
Illustrator: Marion Lindsay
How this book may help: By tapping into children's emotions of feeling small in a big world. Children who are afraid of ghosts may be comforted by the central character, Bertie: a very friendly phantom!
Bertie is a little ghost who wishes he was as good at haunting as the big ghosts. However, he finds... read more

Tags: anxiety, fear of the dark, fears, ghosts

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Don't Panic, Annika!
Author: Juliet Clare Bell
Illustrator: Jennifer E Morris
How this book may help: This entertaining story contains some simple techniques that anxious children could use to stay calm.
Annika is a panicker! She panics when she drops a toy in the fishpond. She panics when her coat zip... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fears

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Princess and the Castle
Author: Caroline Binch
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Step-Father Overcoming Fears
Genevieve, her mother and brother live in a little harbour-side house. Following her father's... read more

Tags: anxiety, bereavement, death, family, fears, loss

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When My Worries Get Too Big!
Author: Karl Dunn Buron
Illustrator:
How this book may help: A relaxation book for children who live with anxiety published by the Autism Asperger Publishing Company
The little boy in the book explains his anxieties in terms of numbers: at 1 he is fine, at 5 he is... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fears

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Why Are You So Scared?
Author: Beth Andrews
Illustrator: Katherine Kirkland
How this book may help: Children who have parents suffering from PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
This is an information book for children explaining clearly some of the facts about PTSD and... read more

Tags: depression, anxiety, fears

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Morris and the Bundle of Worries
Author: Jill Seeney
Illustrator: Rachel Fuller
How this book may help: Helping children to overcome worries by sharing their problems and fears
Morris fills his bedroom with worries - squiggly, thorny, spiky worries, all of which prevent him... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fears

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Dennis Duckling
Author: Paul Sambrooks
Illustrator: Tommaso Loverte Tani
How this book may help: Fostering/Adoption
Dennis Duckling and his little sister can no longer be looked after by their own parents and need... read more

Tags: adoption, anxiety, family, fears, foster, friends, sadness, separation anxiety

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I Can't Hear Like You (Talking it Through)
Author: Althea
Illustrator: Bridget Dowty
How this book may help: This book should give hearing children an insight into the experiences of a deaf child. Deaf children may relate to the boy in the story.
Tom, who is a young deaf boy, narrates his story. He tells the reader how he wears a hearing aid to... read more

Tags: bullying, deafness, doctor, emotions, fears, friends, health, prejudice, school

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Little Penguin Lost
Author: Tracey Corderoy
Illustrator: Gavin Scott
How this book may help: Providing comfort for children who have lost a favourite toy
Plip the Penguin loses his favourite toy and it seems like the end of the world. The little penguin... read more

Tags: fears, anxiety, loss

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Eric!...the Hero?
Author: Christopher Wormell
Illustrator: Christopher Wormell
How this book may help: Any child who sometimes feels less intelligent, less capable and less successful than others will be heartened by the story of Eric who isn’t much good at anything but turns out to be a hero.
Dramatic illustrations, fairy-tale setting, a friendly narratorial voice and effective use of... read more

Tags: anxiety, autism, bullying, confidence, emotions, fears, loneliness, monsters, prejudice

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Leave Me Alone
Author: Kes Gray
Illustrator: Lee Wildish
How this book may help: This picture book shows how a group of friends can stand together to stop bullying. It accurately reflects how sad and lonely a child can feel who is being bullied.
Friendly animals try to help a sad boy sitting alone but his response to them is "leave me alone".... read more

Tags: anxiety, bullying, emotions, fears, friends, sadness

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The Wolf Who Cried Boy!
Author: James O'Neill
Illustrator: Russell Ayto
How this book may help: Challenges preconceptions that may be associated with unfamiliar situations, and promotes tolerance of other ways of life.
On the outskirts of a village, there lives a pack of wolves. The villagers fear the wolves, and... read more

Tags: co-operation, diversity, fears, friends, prejudice

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Monster in the Hood
Author: Steve Antony
Illustrator: Steve Antony
How this book may help: This story tackles the fear of the unknown, and helps a child to consider that situations they might initially think are scary can turn out to be harmless, and even enjoyable. It also challenges prejudice.
Three friends (Sammi Squirrel, Henri Hedgehog and Marvin Mouse) have all heard about the “Monster... read more

Tags: prejudice, monsters, friends, fears, being different, anxiety

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There's No Such Thing as a Ghostie
Author: Cressida Cowell
Illustrator: Holly Swain
Publisher's summary: "The Queen has finished her royal tea and it's two more hours till bedtime so she suggests a hunt..." read more

Tags: fears, ghosts

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The Very Busy Spider
Author: Eric Carle
Illustrator: Eric Carle
How this book may help: A story that portrays spiders in a positive way. This book may also encourage children to persevere with difficult tasks.
Publisher's summary: "Spinning her web keeps the spider busy all day long. A number of animals try to distract the spider..." read more

Tags: persistence, fears, phobias

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All Kinds of Fears: a Lift-the-Flap Book
Author: Emma Brownjohn
Illustrator: All Kinds of Fears: a Lift-the-Flap Book
Publisher's summary: "Most of us, no matter what race or culture, fear something at some time. This book for small..." read more

Tags: multicultural, fears, fear of the dark, emotions, anxiety, phobias

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Little Princess - I Want My Mum
Author: Tony Ross
Illustrator: Tony Ross
Publisher's summary: "All day there had been disasters - the water pot went all over the latest painting; the Little..." read more

Tags: anxiety, fears, mother, separation anxiety

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.

All Kinds of Feelings: a Lift-the-Flap Book
Author: Emma Brownjohn
Illustrator: Emma Brownjohn
Publisher's summary: "Everyone has different feelings all of the time. One minute you may feel happy - and the next..." read more

Tags: anger, anxiety, behaviour, emotions, fear of the dark, fears, phobias, sadness

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Go on an Aeroplane (Topsy & Tim)
Author: Jean and Gareth Adamson
Illustrator: Belinda Worsley
How this book may help: Provides a practical and positive account of travelling by plane which may reassure a child apprehensive about flying.
Publisher's summary: "In Go on an Aeroplane share Topsy and Tim's aeroplane adventure as they meet the stewardess, the..." read more

Tags: fears, holidays, phobias

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Let's Talk: Have you got a Secret?
Author: Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
Illustrator: Marta Fabrega
How this book may help: The situations explained in this book help children to distinguish between good and bad secrets and encourage communication between the child reader and an adult.
Publisher's summary: "Every child has secrets, and many secrets are fun to keep, for example a surprise birthday gift for..." read more

Tags: anxiety, bullying, emotions, fears, sadness, violence

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