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Facing Fear with Picture Books

After the Fall
Santat, Dan

From the New York Times-bestselling creator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend comes the inspiring epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what...

Item No. 9781626726826
Boy Dumplings
Compestine, Ying Chang

A hungry ghost in old Beijing meets his match in a crafty boy. Tongue-in-check scary fun like Halloween with a bilingual Chinese translation.

Recipe for a Delicious Story: 1. Begin with one hungry ghost.
2. Add a tasty looking boy.
3. Mix them for an outrageous...

Item No. 9781597021197
Cotter, Sacha

A summer tale about family, overcoming fears, and the importance of being oneself, all in the pursuit of performing the perfect cannonball

I'm ready to pull off the perfect cannonball, but everyone has advice.
"You need more weight"
"Bigger shorts!"

Item No. 9781728217567
Courage Hats
Hoefler, Kate
What if the Cowardly Lion took a leap of faith? A story of courage, determination, and a dash of friendship.

Courage is something that comes from your heart. But if you can't find it there, you can wear it on your head at first.

Mae is a girl.

Bear is a bear.

But over the...

Item No. 9781797202761
El Chupacabras
Rubin, Adam
From the bestselling author of Dragons Love Tacos comes a whimsical re-telling of the chupacabra folktale, written in a blend of English and Spanish

A long time ago, a girl named Carla lived on a goat farm with her father, Hector. One night, a goat disappeared from the farm and...

Item No. 9780399539299
Hansel and Gretel
Isadora, Rachel
Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora gives readers a stunning new interpretation of this classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, setting the infamous witch's cottage deep in a lush African forest. Hansel and Gretel's plight feels all the more threatening as they're plunged into the thick, dark jungle...
Item No. 9780399250286
I Am So Brave
Krensky, Stephen
Celebrate trying new things with I Am So Brave!, an encouraging board book from the Empowerment series!

I was scared of big dogs.
Then I made a new friend.
I was scared of the water.
Now I love the deep end.

With relevant and...

Item No. 9781419709371
I Go Quiet
Ouimet, David
Here is the story of an introverted girl, hiding in silence in a world that seems overpowering and hostile. In the power of imagination and the pages of books, she sees possibilities for herself and discovers a place where her words ring loud and true.

David Ouimet's exquisite debut translates...

Item No. 9781324004431
Knight Owl
Denise, Christopher

A determined Owl builds strength and confidence in this medieval picture book about the real mettle of a hero: wits, humor, and heart.

Since the day he hatched, Owl dreamed of becoming a real knight....

Item No. 9780316310628
Little Red
Woollvin, Bethan
In this New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book, girl power abounds as Little Red unravels the big bad wolf's plan.

On her way to Grandma's house, Little Red meets a wolf. That might scare some little girls, but not this little girl. She knows just what the wolf is up to,...

Item No. 9781561459179
Me and My Fear
Sanna, Francesca
"With its warm palette and gentle scenes of the worried child being comforted, this book could function as a sequel to Sanna's astounding debut picture book, The Journey, which recounted a family's dangerous flight from their home in a war zone. Sanna provides an empathetic exploration of...
Item No. 9781911171539
My First Day
Kim Lien, Huynh
A visually stunning story of resilience and determination by an award-winning new author-illustrator team, perfect for back to school.

This is no ordinary first journey. The rainy season has come to the Mekong Delta, and An, a young Vietnamese boy, sets out alone in a wooden boat wearing...

Item No. 9780593306260
My Teacher is a Monster
Brown, Peter
A young boy named Bobby has the worst teacher. She's loud, she yells, and if you throw paper airplanes, she won't allow you to enjoy recess. She is a monster! Luckily, Bobby can go to his favorite spot in the park on weekends to play. Until one day... he finds his teacher there! Over the course of...
Item No. 9780316070294
Precious and the Boo Hag
Moss, Onawumi Jean
When Precious is left home alone with a stomachache, she's got nothing but a warning from Mama -- "Don't let nothing or nobody into this house" -- to keep her company. You see, "nothing or nobody" could turn out to be something awful: the Boo Hag! The Boo Hag's got a voice that...
Item No. 9780689851940
Sharing a Smile
Kramar, Nicki
In the spirit of Come With Me, this timely and charming tale about mask-wearing follows a little girl and her generous plan to find her own courage by helping those in her neighborhood find theirs.

In a changing world, little Sophie is feeling a bit worried. She loves being...

Item No. 9781534497856
Freedman, Deborah

A dazzlingly beautiful book about shyness from the author of Blue Chicken, The Story of Fish and Snail, and By Mouse and Frog!

Shy loves birds. He'd love to watch them fly and hear them sing, but he's only ever read about them in books. . .until a real...

Item No. 9780451474964

Shy loves birds. He'd love to watch them fly and hear them sing, but he's only ever read about them in books. . .until a real bird comes along.  He's dying to meet her, but there's just one problem:  Shy is, well, shy--so shy, in fact, that he's afraid to leave the gutter of the book....

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Storm in the Night - Autographed Softcover
Stolz, Mary

Storm in the night--lights flicker out, rain streams down the windows... This could be a moment to be scared, but Thomas and his grandfather huddle with Ringo the cat on their porch and share stories in the darkness. This lovely picture book is also a strong choice to share about...

Item No. 9780064432566
Switch on the Night (Softcover)
Bradbury, Ray
From bestselling writer Ray Bradbury and beloved author-illustrator duo Leo and Diane Dillon comes a unique, dreamy perspective on overcoming a fear of the dark.

A lonely little boy who is scared of the dark sits in his room alone, with only light for company, until a little girl named...

Item No. 9780553112443
The Coquies Still Sing
González, Karina Nicole

Pura Belpré Honor Book for Children's Text
Pura Belpré Honor Book for Children's Illustration
Chicago Public Library Best Picture Books of 2022

Bank Street College of Education Children's Book Committee's Best Children's Books of the Year 2023
New York Public...

Item No. 9781250787187
The Dark
Snicket, Lemony
Laszlo is afraid of the dark.

The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn't come into Lazslo's room. But one night, it does.

This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.

With emotional insight and poetic economy...

Item No. 9780316187480
The Day You Begin
Woodson, Jacqueline

Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to...

Item No. 9780399246531
Najjar, Taghreed
A story about facing your fears and accepting differences, inspired by Arabic folk tales.

The villagers are afraid of the "Ghoul." For years, they've tiptoed around the village for fear of disturbing it. The monster doesn't look like them, and it is believed to eat humans.

One day...

Item No. 9781623719258
Girl with a Brave Heart
Jahanforuz, Rita
Shiraz, a kindhearted young girl growing up in Tehran, has a miserable life at home with her stepmother and stepsister, who treat her like a servant. When the wind blows Shiraz's ball of wool into the garden next door, she spends the day helping and caring for the old lady who lives there, with...
Item No. 9781846869310
Legend of the Fog
Schwartz, Joanne

In this traditional Inuit story, a simple walk on the tundra becomes a life-or-death journey for a young man. When he comes across a giant who wants to take him home and cook him for dinner, the young man's quick thinking saves him from being devoured--and in the process,...

Item No. 9781772271362