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Parents' Primer: Fears


Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J Dragonwagon, Crescent Will It Be Okay?
A mother comforts a child about her special fears concerning dogs, thunder, snakes, and other things.
J Giff, Patricia Reilly Purple Climbing Days (Kids of Polk Street School #9)
With the help of the meanest substitute teacher in the whole school, Richard "Beast" Best learns a lesson about fear.
J152.46 BINGH Bingham, Jane Everybody Feels…Scared
Enumerates common fears and how to counteract them.
J152.46 CRARY Crary, Elizabeth I'm Scared
Suggests strategies for helping children decide whether a fear is reasonable and for distinguishing the constructive responses from the destructive.
J152.46 CRIST Crist, James What to Do when You're Scared and Worried: A Guide for Kids
From a dread of spiders to panic attacks, kids have worries and fears, just like adults. This is a book kids can turn to when they need advice, reassurance, and ideas. They'll find out where fears and worries come from, practice Fear Chasers and Worry Erasers, and learn to seek help for hard-to-handle fears they can't manage on their own.
J152.46 GRAVE Graves, Sue Who Feels Scared?
J155.4 KREIN Kreiner, Anna Let's Talk About Being Afraid
A simple introduction to what causes fear and how to handle being afraid.
J155.4 WATSO Watson, Jane Werner Sometimes I'm Afraid
A three-year-old describes some of the things he is afraid of and how his parents help quiet his fears.
J155.41246 BURON Buron, Kari Dunn When My Worries Get Too Big! : A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety
Presents ways for young children with anxiety to recognize when they are losing control and constructive ways to deal with it.
J155.41246 HUEBN Huebner, Dawn What to Do When You Worry Too Much : A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety
Teaches school-age children cognitive-behavioral techniques to reduce and overcome anxiety, fears, and worry, through writing and drawing activities and self-help exercises and strategies. Includes introduction for parents--Provided by publisher.
J615.85154 WOODS Woods, Alana The Healing Touch of Music
JE ADAMS Adams, Michelle I Will Not Be Afraid
Storms. Strangers. The dark. Childhood fears are common but they don't have to be a problem. This picture book helps 4-to-7-year-old face their fears with the confidence that God promises to be with them, protect them, and be gracious to them.--Cover back.
JE BAKAS Bakas, Demetra Black-Eyed Susan
When Susan tells her teacher why she has been coming to school with injuries, the family is assigned to a social worker, who takes the girl, her brother and her mother to a shelter while their abusive father undergoes therapy.
JE Baumgart, Klaus Don't Be Afraid, Tommy
Tommy, who is afraid of absolutely everything, deals with his fears by teaching his new puppy how to face all the things he himself is afraid of.
JE Boelts, Maribeth Sometimes I'm Afraid: [A Book About Fear]
Three different children are helped by caring adults to use prayer to deal with frightful feelings, including fear of storms, fear of dark, and fear of the unknown.
JE BRIGH Bright, Paul The Bears in the Bed and the Great Big Storm
One by one, three young bears crawl into Bear and Mrs. Bear's bed during a thunderstorm, certain they hear monsters outside, and although Bear tells each that monsters are not real, he later changes his mind.
JE CAIN Cain, Barbara I Don't Know Why--- I Guess I'm Shy
Having been worried about bothering his neighbors by talking to them, a shy boy searches the neighborhood for his lost dog and finds the courage to speak.
JE Cantor, Joanne Teddy's TV Troubles
Teddy is frightened by something he saw on television and his mother soothes his fears with a series of calming, fun-filled activities.
JE Carrick, Carol Dark and Full of Secrets
Christopher drifts too far away from shore while snorkeling in the pond, then panics when he can't touch bottom. His dog comes to his rescue.
JE Davis, Katie Scared Stiff
A little girl devises a clever way to face her fears and discovers that she really doesn't have anything to be afraid of.
JE Gay, Michel Zee Is Not Scared
When Zee the zebra's parents will not let him watch a scary movie, he decides to be a ghost himself.
JE Golembe, Carla Dog Magic
Molly Gail loves all kinds of animals, but she is afraid of dogs--until, on her seventh birthday, she gets such beautiful shoes that she forgets her fear.
JE GRAVE Gravett, Emily Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears
Little Mouse draws pictures of some of the many things he is afraid of, including creepy crawlies, sharp knives, and having accidents, and provides the correct scientific name for each of his fears.
JE Grindley, Sally Elephant Small Is Lost
Elephant Small is lost. When Mama Elephant couldn't find him, she enlisted the help of Jolly Dog.
JE HARLO Harlow, Joan Hiatt Shadow Bear
An Eskimo child and a polar bear cub encounter each other's shadows, made tall in the sun, and while running away in fear, come to realize the other one is also scared.
JE HEIDE Heide, Florence Parry Some Things Are Scary: [No Matter How Old You Are]
A list of scary things includes "roller skating down hill when you haven't learned how to stop, getting hugged by somebody you don't like, and finding out your best friend has a best friend who isn't you."
JE HENDR Hendry, Diana The Very Noisy Night
Disturbed by the many peculiar sounds he hears while trying to get to sleep, Little Mouse repeatedly asks to get into bed with Big Mouse.
JE HOLME Holmes, Margaret M. A Terrible Thing Happened
After Sherman sees something terrible happen, he becomes anxious and then angry, but when a counselor helps him talk about these emotions he feels better.
JE Jackson, Jean Big Lips and Hairy Arms: A Monster Story
While having dinner together, two monsters get scared when they start receiving mysterious telephone calls.
JE Jacobson, Jennifer A Net of Stars
When the carnival comes to town, Etta finds an ingenious way to overcome her fear of heights.
JE JENKI Jenkins, Emily The Little Bit Scary People
Some people are a little bit strange or a little too loud, and just a little bit scary. But I bet, if you knew them, and knew their favorite things, you'd think that maybe, (probably) most people aren't so scary after all.
JE Lears, Laurie Ben Has Something to Say: A Story About Stuttering
In order to help a neglected dog which he sees at a junkyard, Ben, who stutters, begins to confront his fear of speaking.
JE LESTE Lester, Helen Something Might Happen
Twitchly Fidget the lemur worries about almost everything until his Aunt Bridget Fidget pays him a visit and shows him another way to live.
JE Little, Jean Jess Was the Brave One
Even though she is the elder, Claire isn't as brave as her sister, Jess.
JE LUTTR (Holiday) Luttrell, William Redheaded Robbie's Christmas Story
Every time Robbie gets excited his words come out all wrong, and when he is selected to write and tell a special Christmas story at the school assembly, he needs plenty of help from his friends.
JE Martin, Rafe Foolish Rabbit's Big Mistake
As all the animals panic and flee at little rabbit's announcement that the earth is breaking up, a brave lion steps in and brings sense to the situation.
JE MITCH Mitchell, Lesli Party Train
Written and illustrated for young children with developmental delays especially in the areas of speech and language. Based on behavioral techniques, the story is written by a parent who used the same principles to teach her child to speak.
JE Moers, Hermann Katie and the Big Brave Bear
When Katie is left alone briefly at home, a big bear emerges from a book she is reading, and they venture out of the apartment to confront a variety of Katie’s fears.
JE RIECK Riecken, Nancy Andrew's Own Place
A young boy becomes worried when his daily routine is upset by the family's trip to the woods.
JE ROBBE Robberecht, Thierry Sam Is Never Scared
Sam feels fearless compared to Max who is afraid of climbing trees and watching scary movies, until Sam learns that everyone is afraid of something.
JE Roche, Denis Brave Georgie Goat: Three Little Stories About Growing Up
Three stories in which Georgie Goat overcomes her anxieties to be become more self-reliant.
JE ROSE Rose, Gill The Scary Movie
When Claire has trouble sleeping and has nightmares, she is sorry that she watched a frightening video.
JE RYLAN Rylant, Cynthia The Stars Will Shine
Shining stars, flowers that bloom, love . . . the constants of a beautiful world are celebrated in this comforting book. Graced by Cynthia Rylant's lyrical words and Tiphanie Beeke's luminous art, this gentle, life-affirming book reassures us all that, even in uncertain times, every day of every year offers good things that will bring us joy.
JE Schuurmans, Hilde Sidney Won't Swim
Sidney says that swimming is stupid to disguise the fact that he is afraid, but with the help of his friends and an understanding instructor, he learns that swimming can be fun.
JE SCIESZ Scieszka, Jon Melvin Might?
Melvin, a cautious cement mixer, worries that he can't keep up with the other trucks, but when Rescue Rita needs to be rescued, he overcomes his worries and fears in order to help her. Trucktown Series
JE Spelman, Cornelia Maude When I Feel Scared
A child describes situations that bring about fear, how it feels to be scared, and what can make things better.
JE SPINE Spinelli, Eileen A Safe Place Called Home
While walking home from school, a young boy experiences many scary things, both imaginary and real, and looks forward to being safe and snug at home with his parents.
JE STAY Stay Out of the Graveyard
...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 THALE Thaler, Mike The Dentist From the Black Lagoon
A boy learns that a dentist will be visiting his school. He hears scary rumors about the dentist, but discovers there is no reason to be afraid of dentists.
JE WILSO Wilson, Karma Bear Feels Scared
Bear's animal friends come to his rescue when he becomes lost and frightened in the woods.
JE WOLFF Wolff, Ferida Is A Worry Worrying You?
This book addresses children's worries with humor and imagination, as hilarious scenarios teach kids the use of perspective and the art of creative problem-solving.
JE YAMAM Yamamura, Anji Hannah Duck
Most days, Hannah Duck is peaceful and content...most days, but not Sundays. Sundays are the days that Hannah Duck goes for a walk. And outside, alone, is a very scary place to be. But when Hannah confides in her friends and faces her fears, she discovers that being brave can open new worlds of friendship and beauty (not to mention the park gates).
JER HALL Hall, Kirsten I'm Not Scared
Two boys who are not afraid of heights, bees, snakes, or the dark need some reassurance when they hear noises while camping at night.
JER REMKI Remkiewicz, Frank Gus Gets Scared
Easy-to-read text follows young Gus on his first, somewhat frightening, campout.
JER Ross, Pat M and M and the Haunted House Game
When Mimi and Mandy try to scare someone as part of a game, they are the ones who are frightened.
JER Wilhelm, Hans I Am Lost
A little dog gets lost and learns to find his way home again.
J BOARDBK SPELM Spelman, Cornelia Maude When I Feel Scared
A young bear describes situations that bring about fear, how it feels to be scared, and what can make things better.
PTC J372.17 GRACE Grace, Cathy After the Crisis : Using Storybooks to Help Children Cope
Support children after: Earthquakes, epidemics and mass casualty incidents, fires and explosions, floods, hurricanes, shelter experiences, tornadoes and major storms, volcanic eruptions.
PTC J616.85223 ZUCKE Zucker, Bonnie Anxiety Free Kids: An Interactive Guide for Parents and Children
Contents: Welcome to anxiety-free kids -- Introduction -- A note for your therapist -- Anxiety : what it is and what to do about it -- Making your team and team goals -- Relaxing the body -- Conquer your worries -- Changing your thoughts -- Changing behaviors : facing your fears -- Keep facing your fears -- Lessons learned : celebrate yourself -- Motivating your child -- Special sections.

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