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Parents' Primer: Fears



Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J Skorpen, Liesel Moak Michael
A little boy overcomes his fear of thunder to comfort his pet rabbit.
J Slaughter, Hope Buckley and Wilberta Forever Friends
Buckley the hedgehog and Wilberta the rabbit have their friendship tested being snowbound, making a snow rabbit, overcoming fear of thunder, and surviving a spring flood.
J Stolz, Mary Storm in the Night
Too early to go to bed, and with only flashes of lightning to see by, Thomas and his grandfather happily find themselves re-discovering the half-forgotten scents and sounds of their world, and having a wonderful time learning important, new things about e
J398.26 Bryan, Ashley The Story of Lightning and Thunder
In this retelling of a West African tale, Ma Sheep Thunder and her impetuous son Ram Lightning are forced to leave their home on Earth because of the trouble Ram causes.
J551.554 Branley, Franklyn M. Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll
Explains how and why a thunderstorm occurs and gives safety steps to follow when lightning is flashing.
JE ADAMS Adams, Michelle Medlock 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 Applegate, Katherine The Buffalo Storm
When Hallie and her parents join a wagon train to Oregon and leave her grandmother behind, Hallie must learn to face the storms that frighten her so, as well as other, newer fears, with just her grandmother's quilt to comfort her.
JE Bauer, Marion Dane Dinosaur Thunder
Brandon is afraid of thunder until his older brother compares thunder to one of Brandon's favorite subjects - dinosaurs.
JE Berenstain, Stan and Jan The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings
During a frightful thunderstorm, Brother and Sister Bear learn that Mama and Papa's love and protection are better blessings than more Bearbie dolls and video games.
JE Boelts, Maribeth Sometimes I'm Afraid
Three different children are helped by caring adults to use prayer to deal with frightful feelings.
JE Bourgeois, Paulette Franklin and the Thunderstorm
As a thunderstorm approaches, Franklin's friends help him cope with his fear of stormy weather.
JE 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 GORBA Gorbachev, Valeri Catty Jane Hated the Rain
Piggy, Froggy, and Goose try to convince Catty that storms can be fun.
JE GORBA Gorbachev, Valeri Dragon is Coming!
Mouse frightens all of the animals she sees by shouting that a dragon is going to eat the sun, and then come after them.
JE Greenberg, Barbara The Bravest Babysitter
Heather baby-sits for Lisa but they switch roles when a thunderstorm frightens Heather.
JE Hines, Anna Grossnickle Rumble Thumble Boom!
A child and dog wheedle their way under the covers with Mommy and Daddy when the thunder loudly booms outside.
JE Maier, Inger When Fuzzy was Afraid of Big and Loud Things
Fuzzy the sheep's father helps Fuzzy deal with his fear of loud noises by using his mind to imagine other things.
JE Mayer, Gina Just a Thunderstorm
A thunderstorm turns out not to be so bad after all.
JE Meadows, Michelle The Way the Storm Stops
A mother soothes her child to sleep during a thunderstorm.
JE Polacco, Patricia Thunder Cake
Grandma finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms.
JE Sussman, Susan Hippo Thunder
Father devises a way to banish the fear that comes with each clap of thunder.
JE Szilagyi, Mary Thunderstorm
A little girl is comforted by her mother during a thunderstorm and she in turn comforts the family dog.
JE Ward, Nick Don't Worry Grandpa
Grandpa gets nervous when a thunderstorm starts until Charlie explains that storms are caused by giants coming out to play.
JER Bowdish, Lynea Thunder Doesn't Scare Me!
When thunder makes a young boy and his dog afraid, they decide to make as much noise as the storm.


Billy, Maria and the Thunderstorm
A printable coloring book about staying safe during a thunderstorm.

KidsHealth: Being Afraid
Information about fear and anxiety.

KidsHealth: Hurricanes
Information and tips for dealing with hurricanes.

KidsHealth: Kids Talk About Feeling Scared
Tips from other kids about what to do when you're afraid.

Owlie Skywarn's Weather Book: Watch Out…Lightning Ahead
A printable book about staying safe when lightning strikes. Also includes a quiz about lightning safety.

Web Weather for Kids: Weather Safety
Tips for staying safe in lightning and thunderstorms.

If you need help finding these or other Library materials, please check with anyone in Children's Services. We look forward to seeing you at the Library!

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