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Parents' Primer: Fears


Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J BOARDBK VERDI Verdick, Elizabeth Bye-Bye Time
Being dropped off at childcare or cared for by a baby-sitter means saying good-bye to Mom or Dad--and for many toddlers, bye-bye is a big deal.
J306.874 COREY Corey, Dorothy You Go Away
Conveys everyday experiences of children briefly separated from their parents or caregivers and then reunited.
J649.1 Murkoff, Heidi Eisenberg What to Expect When the Babysitter Comes
When a new babysitter comes to your home, preparation will help ease your child's anxieties about the unknown.
J793.21 GUILL Guillain, Charlotte My First Sleepover
Learn about all the things that might happen at a slumber party.
JE Carlson, Nancy L. Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!
Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there.
JE CECIL Cecil, Lauren My First Sleepover
Strawberry Shortcake and her friends are planning a berry cool sleepover party. But Raspberry Torte doesn't want to go! Can Strawberry Shortcake and her friends convince Raspberry to join in the fun?--P. [4] of cover.
JE CORA Cora, Cat A Suitcase Surprise for Mommy
When Mommy has to travel for work, her son gives her a special picture to ease their temporary separation.
JE DEWDE Dewdney, Anna Llama Llama Misses Mama
Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.
JE Doyle, Charlotte Where’s Bunny’s Mommy?
While Bunny is at day care making a painting, climbing, and eating lunch, his mother goes to work where she writes, has lunch with a friend, and finally comes to get Bunny when the day is over.
JE Edvall, Lilian The Rabbit Who Longed for Home
Tells the story of a young rabbit who was afraid of going to day care until he found that he liked it.
JE Harris, Robie H. Don't Forget to Come Back!
When her parents go out for the evening, a little girl threatens to run off to Alaska but has a good time with the babysitter instead.
JE Hines, Anna Grossnickle Even If I Spill My Milk?
Because Jamie doesn’t want his parents to go to a party and leave him with a babysitter, he tries to delay their departure with a series of questions.
JE HUGHE Hughes, Shirley Don't Want to Go!
Lily's mother is sick and her father must go to work, but she does not want to stay with a babysitter, even if it means playing with cute baby Sam, sweet little dog Ringo, and fun big brother Jack.
JE KANDO Kandoian, Ellen Maybe She Forgot
When her mother is late picking her up from dance class, Jessie fears that she has been forgotten.
JE KAUFM Kaufmann, Nancy Bye, Bye!
On the first day of school, Piggy has a difficult time letting his father go, but after he does, Piggy is in for a pleasant surprise.
JE LEIJT Leijten, Aileen Hugging Hour!
Drew, who prefers to be called Drool, worries her parents are never coming back when she spends the night with her grandmother.
JE LHEUR L'Heureux, Christine Caillou: My Big Bed
Caillou is trying to get comfortable in his new big bed.
JE MAIER Maier, Inger M. When Fuzzy was Afraid of Losing his Mother
Fuzzy the sheep does not want to leave his side, but she finds a way to help him feel more secure about her absence.
JE Marcus, Irene Wineman Into the Great Forest: A Story for Children Away from Parents for the First Time
Reluctant to leave home for his first day of school, a young boy has a reassuring dream in which he leaves his royal parents for an adventure in the forest and returns safely to the castle.
JE McCormick, Wendy Daddy Will You Miss Me?
A boy and his daddy come up with lots of different ways to stay close to one another while the daddy is in Africa for four weeks.
JE MINCH Minchella, Nancy Mama Will Be Home Soon
Lili spends a few days with her grandmother while her mother is away and thinks she sees her mother's yellow hat everywhere she goes.
JE MITCH Mitchard, Jacquelyn Ready, Set, School!
After Rory the raccoon conquers his fear of spending an entire night away from home, he is prepared to tackle the challenge of starting school just one week later, whether his parents are ready or not.
JE NADEA Nadeau, Nicole Caillou: The Babysitter
Caillou feels abandoned when his parents go out without him, but his babysitter Lisa helps him to overcome it.
JE Pappas, Debra Mom, Dad, Come Back Soon
While his parents are away for a few days Tyler has fun staying with his best friend Cindy's family, even though he sometimes feels lonely or afraid. Includes a note to parents about helping a child cope with their absence.
JE PENN Penn, Audrey The Kissing Hand
When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.
JE Pitcher, Caroline Run with the Wind
A mother horse reassures her young foal that soon he will be big enough to stay by himself and not even miss her.
JE Sederman, Marty The Magic Box: When Parents Can't Be There to Tuck You In
Casey and his father find a special way to share their love when his father has to go away on business. Includes a note to caregivers.
JE Spelman, Cornelia When I Miss You
A young guinea pig describes situations that make him miss his parents, how it feels to miss them, and what he can do to feel better.
JE Tompert, Ann Will You Come Back for Me?
Four-year-old Suki is worried about being left in day care for the first time until her mother assures her that she loves her and will always return for her.
JE VERBU Verburg, Bonnie The Kiss Box
As they prepare for a short separation, Mama Bear and Little Bear find a way to reassure each other while they are apart.
JE WEEKS Weeks, Sarah My Somebody Special
A youngster experiences the emotions of being the last to be picked up at school.
JE WELLS Wells, Rosemary Love Waves
While they are at work a mother and father send powerful "love waves" to their child at home, offering reassurance and comfort in their absence.
JE Winthrop, Elizabeth Grover Sleeps Over
Grover is apprehensive about spending his first night away from home, at Betty Lou's house, but his fears dissolve under the gracious hospitality of Betty Lou and her mother.
JE WRIGH Wright, Michael Jake Starts School
No one can pry a frightened Jake away from his parents on the first day of school, and so the three must watch as his classmates have fun until, at the end of the day, his teacher finally gets him to let go.
JE YORK York, Sarah Mountbatten-Windsor, Duchess of, 1959- Ashley Learns about Strangers
When Ashley wanders away from her mother while they are shopping and then cannot find her, she approaches a security guard and is soon reunited with her mother. Includes note to parents.
JE Zalben, Jane Breskin Don't Go!
On the first day of preschool, Daniel gradually overcomes his nervousness as he plays in the sandbox, collects leaves, and bakes cookies. Includes tips for parents on getting ready for preschool and a recipe for pumpkin cookies.
JER Sweeney, Jacqueline Homesick
Ron and the other animals decide to have a fiesta to help Ron's cousin, a tree frog from the rainforest of Costa Rica, feel less homesick.
JER Wells, Rosemary Mama, Don't Go!
Yoko loves kindergarten, but she doesn't want her mother to leave -- until her new friend helps her realize that "mothers always come back."
PTC J616.85223 ZUCKE Zucker, Bonnie Anxiety-Free Kids: An Interactive Guide for Parents and Children
PTC J649.1 PANTL Pantley, Elizabeth The No-Cry Separation Anxiety Solution
"…gentle, effective solutions for every separation situation…"--back cover.

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