Children overcoming their fears is a remarkable testament to the resilience they possess. With unwavering determination, they confront the shadows of their anxieties, bravely stepping to conquer the unknown. Whether it’s fear of the dark, monsters under the bed, or the apprehension of new experiences, children can find solace in the guidance of parents, family, teachers, and through the pages of empowering books. Books are a great way to teach children how to deal with their fears and anxieties. With the first day of school approaching quickly, this list of the top 10 children’s book to help kids conquer their fears is a must read. These delightful books would be a great addition to your little one’s bookshelf.
1. “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn – For children ages 2 - 6 years, this book is great way to address separation anxiety. Chester Racoon is starting school but does not want to go. After his mom shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand, Chester’s fear disappears as he now knows that his mother’s love will always be with him whenever he feels afraid.
2. “Wemberly Worried” by Kevin Henkes - For children ages 3 - 6 years, this book addresses general anxieties and worries. Little Wemberly is worried about a lot of things, but most of all, she’s worried about her first day of school. After meeting a classmate who was just as scared as she was, she finally realized that school wasn’t so scary after all.
3.“The Dark” by Lemony Snicket – For children ages 2 – 6, this book assists with fear of the dark. This tale is about a young boy named Laszlo who is afraid of the dark. Laszlo faces the dark once and for all and he triumphantly overcomes his fear.
4.“There’s a Nightmare in My Closet” by Mercer Mayer – For children ages 2 – 4 years, this book deals with fear of monsters. A young boy is afraid of the monster in his closet, but quickly finds out that the monster isn’t so scary after all.
5.“Brave Irene” by William Stieg – For children ages 3 – 8 years, this book encourages bravery in facing challenges. Irene’s mother becomes ill before she could deliver a beautiful ball gown that she made for the duchess. Even with a scary snowstorm outside, Irene volunteered to deliver the gown, facing every obstacle the storm blew her way.
6."Corduroy” by Don Freeman – For children ages 1 – 4 years, this is a comforting tale for overcoming new experiences. A bit worn down, but still cuddly, Corduroy the bear goes on an adventure through a department store searching for a new button to replace the one he’s missing. He knows without a doubt that he’s the perfect bear for little Lisa.
7.“I’m not Scared… I’m Prepared” by Julia Cook - For children ages 3 – 8 years, this book helps kids feel prepared for emergencies. When danger is around, the teacher at the Ant Hill School prepares her students to handle a “dangerous someone” who enters their school.
8.“Scaredy Squirrel” by Melanie Watt – For children ages 3- 7 years, this book encourages facing fears and taking risks. Scaredy Squirrel feels that it’s too dangerous to leave his nut tree. He’s overly prepared for the unknown. One day, he finds himself outside the safety of his tree, but discovers something positive about the outside world.
9.“Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears” by Emily Gravett – For children ages 4 – 9, this book tackles various common fears. Little mouse is afraid of anything you could imagine. She writes in her journal to face and overcome her fears, learning along the way that she’s not alone when it comes to being afraid.
10.“The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Dream” by Stan and Jan Berenstain – For children ages 3 – 5 years, this book addresses fears of bad dreams. Brother and Sister Bear experience bad dreams. Their parents help them understand that although dreams can be quite scary, they are not real.
Honorable mention, “Zion the Magnificent and the Frightful First Day of School” by Imeisha Williams – For ages 4 – 8 years, this book addresses fear and separation anxiety. Adam’s not too thrilled about starting kindergarten. He would rather stay home with his mom. After making a wish, he meets a friendly fairy wizard, Zion the Magnificent, and the two of them goes on a magical adventure. Adam then realizes that starting kindergarten isn’t so scary after all.
Through patience, understanding, and gentle reassurance, children can learn to navigate their emotions, gradually transforming fear into courage and bravery. With each small triumph, their confidence blossoms, unlocking doors to newfound possibilities. The journey of overcoming fears is an integral part of their growth, shaping them into resilient, confident individuals who are ready to face life’s challenges with courage, diligence, and determination.