Facing Fears and Phobias

We all feel scared of things sometimes but, when you are very little, scary things can seem HUGE.  Sharing these books might help bring some of those fears down to size.


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The Elephant Who Was Scared – Rachel Elliot

When Little Elephant can’t find his mummy, the jungle seems a scary place. Among the spooky noises and dark shapes, he meets a lost leopard cub. How will the frightened pair find their way home?
Age: 3+


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The Fox in the Dark – Alison Green and Deborah Allwright

Who’s afraid of the fox in the dark?  Rabbit is, so are Duck, Mouse and Lamb.  This amusing bedtime book follows these animals as they come face to face with the fearsome fox.
Age: 3+


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The Black Dog – Levi Pinfold

In this modern fairy tale about the power of fear, a black dog appearing outside a family’s home.  It grows and grows the more family members see it. Only Small, the youngest of the Hope family, has the courage to face it.
Age: 6+


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Pirates Aren’t Scared of the Dark! – Maudie Powell-Tuck and Alison Edgson

Freddie is sleeping outside in his amazing pirate tent. It’s brilliant! But then his torch goes out and he hears a rustle, rustle, rustle in the dark. Suddenly Freddie doesn’t feel very brave.
Age: 4+


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The Black Rabbit – Phillippa Leathers

Rabbit is being chased by a big, scary black rabbit. Will he ever be able to escape?
Age: 3+


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The Dark – Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen

The story of Laszlo and how he stopped being afraid of the dark.
Age: 5+


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The Big Match – Joan Stimson and Jan Lewis

Arthur is frightened of failing in his first appearance in a school football match. A useful, fun discussion book – part of a series of books about Worried Arthur.
Age: 3+


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Little Mouse and the red wall – Britta Teckentrup

What lies beyond the red wall? Mouse’s friends don’t know – but that doesn’t stop them feeling scared. Can Mouse find the courage to travel into the unknown, where a world of freedom and possibility awaits?
Age: 4+


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Orion and the Dark – Emma Yarlett

Orion is scared of a lot of things.  Most of all, he’s scared of the dark.  One nigh, Dark comes to show Orion how the world looks from his point of view.
Age: 4+


 

Fears and Phobias

We all feel scared of things sometimes but, when you are very little, scary things can seem HUGE.  Sharing these books might help bring some of those fears down to size.


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The Elephant Who Was Scared
by Rachel Elliot

When Little Elephant can’t find his mummy, the jungle seems a scary place. Among the spooky noises and dark shapes, he meets a lost leopard cub. How will the frightened pair find their way home?
Age: 3+


Image result for The fox in the dark

The Fox in the Dark
by Alison Green and Deborah Allwright

Who’s afraid of the fox in the dark?  Rabbit is, so are Duck, Mouse and Lamb.  This amusing bedtime book follows these animals as they come face to face with the fearsome fox.
Age: 3+


The Black Dog
by Levi Pinfold

In this modern fairy tale about the power of fear, a black dog appearing outside a family’s home.  It grows and grows the more family members see it. Only Small, the youngest of the Hope family, has the courage to face it.
Age: 6+


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Pirates Aren’t Scared of the Dark!
by Maudie Powell-Tuck and Alison Edgson

Freddie is sleeping outside in his amazing pirate tent. It’s brilliant! But then his torch goes out and he hears a rustle, rustle, rustle in the dark. Suddenly Freddie doesn’t feel very brave.
Age: 4+


The Black Rabbit
by Phillippa Leathers

Rabbit is being chased by a big, scary black rabbit. Will he ever be able to escape?
Age: 3+


The Dark
by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen

The story of Laszlo and how he stopped being afraid of the dark.
Age: 5+


The Big Match
by Joan Stimson and Jan Lewis

Arthur is frightened of failing in his first appearance in a school football match. A useful, fun discussion book – part of a series of books about Worried Arthur.
Age: 3+


Image result for Little Mouse and the red wall / Britta Teckentrup.

Little Mouse and the red wall
by Britta Teckentrup

What lies beyond the red wall? Mouse’s friends don’t know – but that doesn’t stop them feeling scared. Can Mouse find the courage to travel into the unknown, where a world of freedom and possibility awaits?
Age: 4+


Image result for Orion and the Dark / Emma Yarlett.

Orion and the Dark
by Emma Yarlett

Orion is scared of a lot of things.  Most of all, he’s scared of the dark.  One nigh, Dark comes to show Orion how the world looks from his point of view.
Age: 4+


Useful Organisations

NHS:
Information about anxiety in children.

Young Minds:
Support and advice for young people.

Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel

About the book

Alison Hart, a medium by trade, tours the dormitory towns of London’s orbital ring road with her flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, passing on messages from beloved dead ancestors. But behind her plump, smiling persona hides a desperate woman: she knows the terrors the next life holds but must conceal them from her wide-eyed clients. At the same time she is plagued by spirits from her own past, who infiltrate her body and home, becoming stronger and nastier the more she resists…

Reviewed by Boaters Book Club:

Out of 9, 8 did not like it, finding it disjointed, boring, repetitious, slow, sleazy and poorly written with poor characters and nothing happening. One liked it finding it descriptive, dark, funny and shocking. Some found the subject matter of the occult interesting. 5 out of the 9 did not choose to finish it.
Star rating: *

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