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Parents' Primer: Fears



Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
JE Baker, Alan I Thought I Heard
Because a young girl imagines that spooky things make the sounds she hears in the dark at bedtime, she is relieved to find the real cause of each sound.
JE Baker, Ken Brave Little Monster
A little monster has trouble falling asleep one night because he fears little boys and girls are hiding under his bed and in his closet.
JE BAUM Baum, Louis The Mouse Who Braved Bedtime
Every night, Milo Mouse has terrible nightmares about a scary monster, but eventually he confronts his fears, the nightmares stop, and he even makes a new friend.
JE BEATY Beaty, Andrea Hush Baby Ghostling
Andrea Beatyis the author ofWhen Giants Come to PlayandIggy Peck, Architect. As a kid, she spent her days being a detective, world explorer, movie star, and spy. Now, as a children's author, she spends her days pretty much the same way! She lives in the Chicago area. You can visit her online at or at Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
JE BERGL Berglin, Ruth M. Dear Big, Mean, Ugly Monster
Joe is afraid of the monster that lives under his bed until they exchange letters and learn surprising things about one another.
JE BRIGH Bright, Paul Under the Bed
An expedition under the bed reveals a variety of creatures--hairy green, spiny red, warty and winged--that are not scary, but they are all afraid of the newest arrival.
JE Christelow, Eileen Henry and the Dragon
At bedtime Henry Rabbit is sure he sees the shadow of a dragon on his bedroom wall even though his parents can find no evidence of it.
JE Cohen, Miriam Jim Meets The Thing
The only one in first grade afraid of The Thing, Jim overcomes his fear on the playground.
JE Crowe, Robert L. Clyde Monster
A young monster is afraid of the dark because he believes that a person may be lurking under the bed or in a corner.
JE DUNBA Dunbar, Joyce The Monster Who Ate the Darkness
JE DURAN Durant, Alan Billy Monster's Daymare
Billy Monster is scared! But what is keeping him awake? And how will Daddy Monster find a way to help Billy sleep soundly through the day? Set in a topsy-turvy monster world, this warm and funny story is perfect for raising a smile and chasing away bedtime fears.
JE Emberley, Ed Go Away, Big Green Monster!
Bits of a monster peeking out from die cut pages are designed to help a child control a fear of monsters.
JE Gackenbach, Dick Harry and the Terrible Whatzit
When his mother goes to the cellar and does not return, Harry goes down to search for her and confronts the terrible two-headed Whatzit.
JE HEMIN Hemingway, Edward Bump in the Night
The youngest grandson of Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway makes his picture book debut with a fresh and funny story about a young boy awakened by a bump in the night. Hemingway turns this classic premise on its head in a warm and clever way. Full color.
JE Howe, James There's a Monster Under My Bed
Simon is sure there are monsters under his bed in the night--he can even hear them breathing.
JE Impey, Rose The Ankle Grabber
A young girl is convinced that a monster Ankle-Grabber lives in an invisible swamp under her bed.
JE Impey, Rose The Flat Man
At bedtime as he tries to fall asleep, a young boy has fun scaring himself by imaging the noises he hears are coming from the Flat Man, who is creeping up to get into bed with him.
JE Kamish, Daniel The Night the Scary Beasties Popped Out of My Head
When nightmare creatures come to life and start to eat his toys, Dan the Man battles the Beasties with his mighty pencil and wins.
JE Keller, Holly Brave Horace
In the days before his friend George's monster movie party, Horace prepares for the frightening events he expects will occur.
JE LaRose, Linda Jessica Takes Charge
Jessica searches the house for "monsters."
JE Mayer, Mercer There's a Nightmare in My Closet
At bedtime a boy confronts the nightmare in his closet and finds him not so terrifying after all.
JE Mayer, Mercer There's an Alligator Under My Bed
The alligator under his bed makes a boy's bedtime a hazardous operation, until he lures it out of the house and into the garage.
JE McQueen, John Troy A World Full of Monsters
A little boy explains away the noise of the night by telling himself a story about a world full of friendly monsters.
JE Meddaugh, Susan Too Many Monsters
Howard lives in a dark forest with ninety-nine other monsters who love to frighten him, until a tree falls and the sunlight sends all the mean monsters away.
JE MESER Meserve, Jessica Bedtime Without Arthur
Bella has a bear named Arthur, like others, hes soft and cuddly. Unlike other bears, Arthur knows karate and works tirelessly all night to protect Bella from monsters, dragons, slugs, and other things that lurk in the shadows. One night, Arthur goes missing. Will Bella ever find him again?
JE Morris, Winifred What If the Shark Wears Tennis Shoes?
Stephen's nighttime fear materializes, a shark that gets all the way upstairs and into his room to try to eat him, but Stephen has an alternative suggestion.
JE NOLL Noll, Amanda I Need My Monster
"When Ethan checks under the bed for his monster, he finds a note instead "Gone fishing. Back in a week. -Gabe" What will Ethan do? He needs a monster under his bed"-- Cover p. [2].
JE Norville, Deborah I Don't Want to Sleep Tonight
It's hard to go to sleep at night when monsters are lurking about in the dark! But this little child makes an exciting discovery when she realizes that television and movies are often the reason she sees bad monsters... and that reading books brings her much sweeter dreams.
JE NOWHE Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide!
...reinforces children's abilities to deal with their fears. Every ending is happy, funny, and shows kids that being alone in the dark can be fun.
JE ROSOF Rosoff, Meg Jumpy Jack & Googily
Jumpy Jack the snail is terrified that there are monsters around every corner despite the reassurances of his best friend, Googily.
JE ROSS Ross, Dave The Not-so-scary Monster Handbook
Finally, a handy how-to guide for dealing with pesky monsters. Lift the flaps and learn where monsters play and how to send them away!--Cover back.
JE SCHAE Schaefer, Carole Lexa Who's There?
A child, already tucked in for the night, is frightened by strange noises that grow ever closer.
JE Schneider, Antonie Luke the Lionhearted
Luke sees a lion that has escaped from the zoo and helps the zoo director capture him.
JE SMALL Smallman, Steve There's No Such Thing as Monsters
Little Bear is beyond excited. And Big Bear is, too. For the first time ever, each is sleeping in his own bedroom, as allbig bears do.But when Little Bear snuggles down to sleep without Big Bear, everything feels different. Is that a monster he sees and footsteps he hears…?
JE Snape, Juliet & Charles I'm Not Frightened of Ghosts
Not sharing Robert and Sam's fear, Lizzie faces mysterious happenings in a haunted house and explains them away, unaware of how close she really is to a ghost.
JE STEIN Stein, Mathilde Monstersong
When Mommy invites the scary monsters from under the bed to sleep with her son, he thinks that the monsters would be much happier in her bed instead.
JE Stevenson, Harvey Big, Scary Wolf
Rose is too scared to sleep at night because she knows there's a big, scary wolf in her room, so she tells Papa about it and he helps dispel her fears.
JE TAYLO Taylor, Eleanor My Friend the Monster
Featuring an adorable family of foxes and one very large, very green one-eyed monster, this story about new places and learning to make friends offers both kids and parents a reassuring message. Full color.
JE TICH Tich, Jan Who is that monster? and that one?
There is nothing quite so paralyzing as fear. Who is that monster? And that one? Will you help me find them?...--Cover back.
JE VESTE Vestergaard, Hope What do you do-- when a monster says boo?
Gives rhyming instructions for dealing with monsters.
JE Viorst, Judith My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Creatures, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins, or Things
If his mother has made other important mistakes, can Nick trust her word that there are no goblins and such lurking around in the night?
JE WILLE Willems, Mo Your pal Mo Willems presents Leonardo the Terrible Monster
Leonardo is a terrible monster -- he can't seem to frighten anyone. When he discovers the perfect nervous little boy, will he scare the lunch out of him? Or will he think of something better?
JE WILLI Williams, C. K. A Not Scary Story about Big Scary Things
A little boy walking through an ordinary forest encounters an extraordinary monster.
JE Williams, Linda The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
A little old lady who is not afraid of anything must deal with a pumpkin head, a tall black hat, and other spooky objects that follow her through the dark woods trying to scare her.
JE WOOD Wood, David Under the Bed!
A little bear keeps telling his father that there is a monster under the bed, but under whose bed?
JER VANLE Van Leeuwen, JEan Amanda Pig and the Awful, Scary Monster
Amanda the pig sees monsters at night, but her parents and her brother find different ways to convince her that there are no monsters.
J Robison, Deborah No Elephants Allowed
Justin must think of a way to get rid of the elephants that bother him in his room each night.
J Schertle, Alice The Gorilla in the Hall
On his birthday, Jack courageously faces the gorilla hiding in the hall, discovering that five-year-olds can be scary too.
J Smith, Janice Lee The Monster in the Third Dresser Drawer and Other Stories About Adam Joshua
Adam Joshua is moving, and it isn't his idea. In fact, he thinks it's terrible. But no matter what he thinks, Adam Joshua can't stop the move. And getting used to a strange house and a strange town is just the beginning of his problems. Soon he must deal with a baby sister, Great-Aunt Emily, and even a monster in his dresser.
J Tobias, Tobi Chasing the Goblins Away
A youngster decides to stand up to those horrible goblins that surround his bed nightly.
J Turkle, Brinton It's Only Arnold
Disguised as a monster, Arnold tries to scare his friends with astonishing results.


Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
DVD JE LEONA Willems, Mo Leonardo, The Terrible Monster
Leonardo is a terrible monster -- he can't seem to frighten anyone. When he discovers the perfect nervous little boy, will he scare the lunch out of him? Or will he think of something better?

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