Picture Books to help your children over come their fears!
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Conquer Fears Through Picture Books

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Picture Books to help your children over come their fears!

Picture Books to Help Your Children Get Over Fears

(and a few great chapter books too!)


Do you have a child who has a strong fear you are hoping to help them overcome? 

Aside from patience, exposure and a gentle hand, books are a great way to encourage and inspire your child to grow their confidence and tackle their fears head on!

I have put together this list of picture books for your littlest ones and there are a few chapter books that I couldn’t resist throwing in because they are  great! They make fantastic read alouds, even for the smallest of children, and reading aloud classic chapter books as a family has many benefits too!


There's and Alligator Under My Bed. Amazon.co.uk affiliate link to a picture book that will help with fears of the dark or sleeping alone


Fear of The Dark and Sleeping Alone

Billy Monsters Daymare by Alan Durrant

Boo to Who in the Dark? by Joyce Dunbar

Can’t You Sleep Little Bear? by Martin Waddell

Darkness Slipped In by Ella Barefoot

Franklin in the Dark by Paulette Bourgeois

Tell me Something Happy Before I go to Sleep by Joyce Dunbar

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

The Monster Who Ate Darkness by Joyce Dunbar

There’s an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer

Under The Bed by Paul Bright


Amazon Affiliate Link for Picture Book Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall that helps with a fear of swimming

Fear of Swimming or Water

At The Pool by Roderick Hunt

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Leo Can Swim by Anna McQuinn

Pool by JiHyeon Lee

Saturday is Swimming Day by Hyewon Yum

Spot Goes to the Swimming Pool by Eric Hill

Swim Little Wombat, Swim! by Charles Fuge

Swimming Swimming by Gary Clement

The Deep by Tim Winton

The Deep End by Rebecca Patterson


Amazon Affiliate link to Good Night Firefly. Picture book to help overcome fear of bugs


Fear of Bugs

Charlotte’s Web by E.B White (Chapter Book)

Good Night Fire Fly by Gabriel Alborozo

Hey, Little Ant by Hannah Hoose

I like bugs by Margaret Brown

Peanut by David Lucas

Sophie’s Master Piece by Eileen Spinelli

Spider by Alison Steadman

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Protector Bug by Jason Reid

The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle


amazon affiliate link for the lion in side picture book

Fears of Speaking Out in Front of Others

The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright

Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter

Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watt

Mary Wrightly, So Politely by Shirin Yim Bridges

Be a Friend by Salina Yoon

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Willow’s Whispers by Lana Button

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

You are not Small by Anna Kang

The Shy Creatures by David Mack


Amazon Affiliate Link for A Bit Lost picture book

Fear of Separation

A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton

Alone in the Forest by Gita Wolf

Henry and Leo by Pamela Zagarenski

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

When Mama Comes Home Tonight by Eileen Spinelli


Amazon Affiliate link for I Don't Like Snakes Picture Book


Fear of Dogs or Other Animals

Black Dog by Levi Pinfold

Hide and Snake by Keith Baker

I (Don’t) Like Snakes by Nicola Davies

I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow

Not Afraid of Dogs by Susana Pitzer

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett Krosoczka

The Famous Five Series by Enid Blyton (also chapter books but have a great dog that is friends to all the children)

There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi

The Stray Dog by Marc Simont

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wolson Rawls (Chapter Book)


Amazon Affiliate link for picture book called Boom! Boom! Boom!


Fear of Storms

Boom! Boom! Boom! by Jamie Swenson

Dinosaur Thunder by Marion Dane Bauer

Hurricane by David Wiesner

One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crew

Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizbeth Bluemle

The Little Island by Margret Brown

The Rain Train by Elina De Roo

The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow

Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

Time of Wonder by Robert McClosky



Amazon Affiliate Link for All Kinds of Fears


And a few more great books for overcoming Fears…

All Kinds of Fears by Emma Brownjohn

Amandina by Surgio Ruzzier

Brave Irene by William Steig

Courage by Bernard Waber

Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett

Max the Brave by Ed Vere

The Bravest Fish by Matt Buckingham

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires

What do you do with a Problem by Kobi Yamada

When Lions Roar by Robie Harris

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back up Again by Dan Santat

You Can do it Bert! by Ole Könnecke

Brave as a Mountain Lion by Ann Herbert Scott



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