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Books on Big Feelings: Fear

Picture Books
Jump to: Upper Elementary
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Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna
When a young girl has to move countries and start at a new school, her fear tells her to be alone and afraid. How can she hope to make friends if she doesn't understand anyone? Surely no one else feels the same way...

I Used to be Afraid by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
A novelty picture book exploring the many forms fear can take and the importance of overcoming it.

Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Die-cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed are designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters.

Get Me Out of this Book!: Rules and Tools for Being Brave by Kalli Dakos
Max, a skittish bookmark, learns to conquer his fear of books by using rules and tools inspired by the Navy SEALs.

When You're Scared by Andre Poulin
A hungry little bear is trapped inside a dumpster. His distraught mama bear can't fish him out. Thankfully, a boy and his mother, camping nearby, come to the rescue. Although everyone in this story is scared, they are able to act with courage and compassion--showing readers that it's OK to be scared. 

Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex
A series of monsters spend the night trying to learn what scares Darth Vader, before revealing their true selves. 

Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson
Bear's animal friends come to his rescue when he becomes lost and frightened in the woods.

Splash: A Little Book about Bouncing Back by Maria van Lieshout
Splash the seal is having a very bad day and just wants to be left alone, but after telling the sun it need not rise he fears it really cannot reach the sky, and his efforts to help it bounce up lift his own spirits.

Don't Worry Little Crab  by Chris Haughton
Little Crab is eager to go with Very Big Crab to see the ocean for the first time, but when he discovers how big the waves are, he is not so sure.

Upper Elementary
Against the Odds by Marjolijn Hof
Constantly worried about her father when he goes on humanitarian missions to dangerous places around the world, young Kiki's fears cannot be eased by her mother's comforting words, but when disaster does strike and her mother begins to panic, Kiki must find a way to get control of the situation.

Jim's Lion by Russell Hoban
A young boy who is afraid of the operation that can help him get well learns to overcome his fear with the help of a caring nurse. (graphic novel)

Tell Me by Joan Bauer
Feeling scared and powerless when her father's anger escalates and her parents separate, twelve-year-old Anna spends the summer with her grandmother and decides to make a difference when she sees what seems to be a girl held against her will. 

The Notations of Cooper Cameron by Jane H. O'Reilly
At the family cabin by the lake where his grandfather died two years ago, eleven-year-old Cooper Cameron spends the summer trying to rid himself of the rituals that allow him to cope with his grief and fear. 

The Shark Report by Derek Anderson
After learning about sharks in school, Benny McGhee is afraid to swim in the ocean,  but a great white shark follows him home and they quickly become friends.

 by Raina Telgemeier
In a semi-autobiographical graphic novel, the author describes her childhood anxiety, in a story about growing up and gathering the courage to face and conquer her fears. (graphic novel)

Everything Else in the Universe by Tracy Holczer
In 1971, twelve-year-old Lucy Rossi's dad returns from Vietnam after losing part of his arm, and her whole family must learn to adjust to a new dynamic. 

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