Facing Fears with Picture Books

The following books are in Facing Fears with Picture Books, on view in the Reading Library from July 28 – November 28, 2022.

Frightening Folktales

After the Fall, by Dan Santat, Roaring Brook, 2017.

Alone in the Forest, by Gita Wolf & Andrea Anastasio, illustrated by Bhajju Shyam, Tara Books, 2013.

Baba Yaga and Vasilia the Brave, by Marianna Mayer, illustrated by K.Y. Craft, HarperCollins, 1994.

Boy Dumplings: A Tasty Chinese Tales, by Ying Chang Compestine, illustrated by James Yamasaki, Immedium, 2016.

Can’t Scare Me!, by Ashley Bryan, Atheneum, 2013.

The Crow (a not so scary story), by Alison Paul, Houghton Mifflin, 2007.

The Girl With a Brave Heart, by Rita Jahanfouz, illustrated by Vali Mintzi, Barefoot Books, 2013.

Hansel and Gretel, by Rachel Isadora, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2009.

The Legend of the Fog, by Qaunaq Mikkigak, illustrated by Joanne Schwartz, Inhabit Media, 2017. 

Little Red, by Bethan Woollvin, Peachtree, 2016. 

Precious and the Boo Hag, by Patricia McKissack and Onawumi Jean Moss, illustrated by Kyrsten Booker, Atheneum, 2005.

Poesy the Monster Slayer, by Cory Doctorow, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller, First Second, 2020.

The Wolves in the Walls, by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean, HarperCollins, 2005. 

Real-World Worries

Cannonball, by Sacha Cotter, illustrated by Josh Morgan, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2020.

The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López, Nancy Paulsen, 2018.

The Forest, by Claire A. Nivola, Frances Foster Books, 2002.

I Am So Brave!, by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Sara Gillingham, Abrams Appleseed, 2014.

I Go Quiet, by David Ouimet, Norton Young Readers, 2020.

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, by Maya Angelou, illustrated by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Harry N. Abrams, 2018.

Me and My Fear, by Francesca Sanna, Flying Eye, 2018.

My First Day, by Phung Nguyen Quant & Huynh Kim Lien, Penguin, 2021.

Sharing a Smile, by Niki Kramar, illustrated by Ashley Evans, Simon & Shuster, 2021.

Shy, by Deborah Freedman, Viking, 2016.

Storm in the Night, by Mary Stolz, illustrated by Pat Cummings, HarperCollins, 1988.

What Do You Do With a Problem?, by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom, Compendium, 2016.

My Friend, the Monster

Courage Hats, by Kate Hoefler, illustrated by Jessixa Bagley, Chronicle, 2022.

The Dark, by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen, Little, Brown, 2013.

El Chupacabras, by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Crash McCreery, Dial Books, 2018.

The Ghoul, by Tahreed Najjar, illustrated by Hassan Manasra, Crocodile Books, 2019.

Ghosts for Breakfast, by Stanley Todd Teraski, illustrated by Shelly Shinjo, Lee & Low, 2017.

The Girl and the Wolf, by Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Julie Flett, Theytus Books, 2019.

Knight Owl, by Christopher Denise, Christy Ottaviano Books, 2022.

Ma-me-mi-mumu!, by Jomike Tejido, Tahanan Books, 2013.

My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.), by Peter Brown, Little, Brown, 2014.

Shadow, by Suzy Lee, Chronicle Books, 2010.

Switch on the Night, by Ray Bradbury, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.

The Wall in the Middle of the Book, by Jon Agee, Rock Pond, 2018.


Resources for Facing Fears with Children

Better Health Channel | Anxiety and Fear in Children

Child Mind Institute | How to Help Children Manage Fears

Child Mind Institute | Helping Children Cope with Frightening News

Sesame Street in Communities | Troubling Times: Answering Kids’ Questions About Community Violence