Books on: Fear of The Dark

Books which acknowledge fears and phobias associated with the dark. Some titles aim to neutralise fears by promoting darkness as a positive and necessary aspect of the night.

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


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


Tappity-Tap What was That?
Author: Claire Freedman
Illustrator: Russell Julian
How this book may help: That by facing our fears they often turn out not to be scary!
Owl, Mouse and Rabbit are friends and have a Very Important Meeting to talk about the Monster of... read more

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sleepover (First Time)
Author:
Illustrator: Jess Stockham
How this book may help: A good choice of book to set a child's expectations of what happens at a sleepover. The simple conversational text and lively illustrations may encourage them to talk about the experience and ask questions.
The book depicts an excited little boy and his mother setting out on a bus journey to the boy's... read more

Tags: behaviour, fear of the dark, friends, independence

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

Emily Brown and the Thing
Author: Cressida Cowell
Illustrator: Neal Layton
Publisher's summary: "In this warm-hearted and witty take on a classic theme - being scared of the dark - Emily and..." read more

Tags: anxiety, comfort object, fear of the dark, monsters

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