Top 10 Facing Fears Books

    After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)
    6.1
    01
    After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)
    Written and illustrated by Dan Santat
    Let's Go, Hugo!
    6.0
    02
    Let's Go, Hugo!
    Written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez
    The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
    5.9
    03
    The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
    Wally Does Not Want a Haircut
    5.8
    04
    Wally Does Not Want a Haircut
    Written and illustrated by Amanda Driscoll
    Jabari Jumps
    5.8
    05
    Jabari Jumps
    Written and illustrated by Gaia Cornwall
    Little Home Bird
    5.8
    06
    Little Home Bird
    Written and illustrated by Jo Empson
    Lionheart
    5.8
    07
    Lionheart
    Written and illustrated by Richard Collingridge
    Thunder Cake
    5.7
    08
    Thunder Cake
    Written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco
    Chicken Lily
    5.6
    09
    Chicken Lily
    Written by Lori Mortensen & illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden
    Orion and the Dark
    5.5
    10
    Orion and the Dark
    Written and illustrated by Emma Yarlett

“I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life." So writes Yann Martel in his classic, Life of Pi. Fear can be terribly debilitating in our lives, no matter our age. Children (and adults!) can have fears of all kinds of things, from big things, like fear of failure, to little things, like fear of bugs. If fear is life's opponent, books may be life's best ally. As C.S. Lewis stated, “Since it is so likely that [children] will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.” Children's literature provides a powerful resource for helping children face and overcome fears and challenges. In these books and stories, children will see characters who have challenges or fears similar to their own. They'll see how the characters face these fears and challenges and what they do to manage or overcome them. These characters provide children with someone who understands their fears and challenges yet has also successfully overcome them and can inspire courage and offer comfort and reassurance. In other words, stories provide parents and loved ones a framework for talking about fears in a way that is less personal yet still relatable to children. In this list, we highlight books about overcoming fears of all varieties. Books cover all kinds of challenges, like leaving home, being alone, stage fright, the dark, or even getting a haircut and more. You can use our table of contents to navigate to specific topics that are relevant to helping your reader overcome a fear, such as having courage to start school, overcoming the monster under the bed, being brave while learning to swim, and many others. You can also limit the list to certain book types: board books, great for babies and toddlers; picture books, perfect for toddlers through elementary school age; and chapter books, best for advancing readers through early middle school age. We hope you can use this list to help children overcome their fears, whatever they may be. If you have a book that is not on the list that has been helpful in overcoming a fear, please share it in the comments below.

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5.5
The Doll People
5.4
Giant Dance Party
5.4
Brave As Can Be: A Book of Courage
5.3
The Lion Inside
5.1
Little Cub
5.0
Oakwing
5.0
The Dark
4.9
Mae's First Day of School
4.8
Scaredy Squirrel
4.5
Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears
4.5
Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night
4.4
You Can Do It, Bert!
4.4
What's Following Us?
4.3
A Bedtime Yarn
6.0
Dad and the Dinosaur
5.8
What Do You Do with a Problem?
5.6
Mary Wears What She Wants
5.5
Too Shy for Show-and-Tell
5.5
Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats
5.4
Hopper and Wilson
5.4
Oliver and the Seawigs
5.4
Ollie's Odyssey
5.3
Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?
5.3
Poppy Louise Is Not Afraid of Anything
5.1
Wemberly Worried
5.0
starting schoolworrying
Bear Feels Scared
5.0
Not This Bear
4.8
The Red Boat
4.8
Hannah and Sugar
4.5
Thank You for Being My Friend
4.5
Shark in the Dark
4.4
I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo!
4.3
Wonder
6.3
The King Who Banned the Dark
6.0
A Little Chicken
5.8
Lottie & Walter
5.5
Hi, I’m Norman: The Story of American Illustrator Norman Rockwell
5.5
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
5.5
Somewhere Else
5.3