A fear of the dark can be difficult for little ones to overcome on their own.
If you were afraid of the dark growing up, you'll know just how difficult it can be to overcome. What appears to be completely irrational to us as adults is very different from what our kids perceive to be true, especially when it comes to fear.
Seeing as getting enough sleep is incredibly important for both kids and adults, it can be difficult when your kids struggle with bedtime each night.
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Here are three books for kids who are afraid of the dark that you can read at bedtime.
I’M NOT (VERY) AFRAID OF THE DARK written by ANNA MILBOURNE illustrated by DANIEL RIELEY
This stunning picturebook tells the story of a little boy and his fear of the dark. The dark can be scary, but it can also be very beautiful and full of twinkling stars and magical things, depending on what way you look at it.
YOU’RE SAFE WITH ME written by CHITRA SOUNDAR illustrated by POONAM MISTRY
This is a lovely, soothing book to read to children who may feel a bit anxious at bedtime. When a storm hits during the night, none of the baby animals in the Indian Forest can sleep. Only Mama Elephant can soothe them with her words, "you're safe with me".
THE KING WHO BANNED THE DARK written by EMILY HAWORTH-BOOTH
This is a fun, exciting read for all children, especially those who don't like the dark. When a young prince who is afraid of the dark becomes king, he decides to ban the dark completely. At first, everyone in his kingdom loves the constant daylight but soon people can't sleep and begin to revolt. This is a great read that reminds children why the dark is necessary and not really scary at all.
Will you be trying out any of these books?
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