Feb 262021
Helpful Books On Being Afraid Of The Dark (2-6 years)
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Who isn’t afraid of the dark? Most kids are and create quite a fuss at sleep time. Night lamps, glow-in-the-dark stars & moon (Asha used them for Aarini 🙂 ) and of course books to the rescue! This is a #kbcquery often asked so we curated a post to help all of our #kbcChildoos!

pc: Achira

The Night Monster – Aparajita recommended this book on our thread. When Achira got it and shared a read aloud – many other parents ordered the book immediately. That’s how peer-to-peer recommendations rock! In her words,

Such a great book to address the fear of dark. We ended up drawing our own night monsters and then we put them inside a locked box (our piggy bank came handy). We have written to the night monster and are waiting for his reply! We read this book 4 times since it arrived yesterday and we are happy that tonight we will only have sweet dreams! No more scary ones with monsters.

The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark – Kausar recommends this one and we just love her recos! In fact, all of the POUT POUT FISH BOOKS address different issues young toddlers face.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

There’s a Nightmare in My Closet 

Orion and the Dark

The Berenstain Bears in the Dark

The Dark

Dragon Night

Yeti, Turn Out the Light!

Kermit the Brave

Can’t You Sleep Little Bear? 

Franklin in the Dark (Sabah & Namrata recommend this one). Akanksha got it and it helped her childoo.

We read the book “Franklin in the dark” where Franklin and other animals had their own way to face their fears. After this my son came up with his own solution to face his fears… He now sleeps with his cuddle buddy (Arlo).

A Dark, Dark Cave

Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Fright Night: I’m Not Afraid of the Dark – this is by SCHOLASTIC and you can order it via our kbc special Scholastic affiliate link. Click and type the name of the book in SEARCH.

Bedtime for Monsters

Max at Night

Divya recommends these books!

Bear’s Moon Magic – Divya recommends this one.

What was I scared of by Dr Seuss – This has a glow in the dark cover and Divya has it!

I’m not very afraid of the dark by Usborne – another book recommended by Divya.

The knight who was afraid of the dark – Asha and Aarini have this funny book and they love it to bits – still!

Books On More General Fears And Being Brave

Llama llama Red Pajama (helped Sabah and her kids)

There’s No Need to Be Scared (Dealing with Feelings). The DEALING WITH FEELINGS BOXSET 1 AND BOXSET 2 by Sonia Mehta come highly highly recommended by all of our parents for 3-7/8 years. They not only make kids understand what they are going through but make them realise what is cool and what isn’t. Very helpful to address behavioral issues especially during the pandemic.

USBORNE I’m Not (Very) Afraid of Being Alone

Be Brave Little Penguin


Emily Brown and the Thing

No Such Thing

Scaredy Bear

Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats – Asha and Aarini adore this beautiful picture book with the most stunning illustrations. It is all about gathering all your courage to overcome your fears. Very inspiring.

There’s a Monster under My Bed!: And Other Terrible Terrors 

What to Do When You Dread Your Bed: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems with Sleep

Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave by Jessica Hische THIS IS AN INSPIRING BOOK which can be read by 5 years+ and is relevant here: Quoting Achira:

“This lovely book was suggested by this group itself. A simple book but powerful beyond words. I can’t put in words how much we have loved reading each page in this book. And we have read it over and over again because you just can’t get enough of this. At one point when Divit was pretty demotivated, this book uplifted his spirits and most importantly made him happy.

“I won’t be scared, but if I am, I know that I have you” has stayed with us.

A must have for each one of us.”

Thank you Kausar, Sabah, Aparajita, Achira, Divya, Akanksha, Namrata for sharing your awesome recommendations.

Shout-out to our 14yo Intern-In-Residence (Aarini – The Chief Childoo) for posting this.

RELATED READING: Books on Sleeping Independently

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