Books to Help Kids Who Are Scared of the Dark

If you have a little one who worries about things that go bump in the night, try reading one or two of these reassuring, sweet, and helpful stories to make the dark seem a little less frightening.

Dragon night

J. R. Krause

jE Krause
Kids, Picture Books

Georgie is afraid of the dark, but after an adventure with a dragon that is afraid of the knight in the book where he normally dwells, both are ready to sleep.

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Georgie is afraid of the night, and Dragon is afraid of the knight. Get it? Clever wordplay aside, this darling story of two friends helping each other overcome their fears is sure to be a new favorite in your house, especially if you have a little one trying to conquer their own fears.
- Angela

Bedtime for Yeti

Vin Vogel

jE Vogel
Kids, Picture Books

"Yeti loves playing with his stuffed toy, but when it goes missing he has to find the courage to brave bedtime alone"--

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Yeti is a very big guy, as yetis usually are. But he’s also a big softie at heart, and more than a little scared of the dark. When he needs to find his favorite toy, Yeti manages to face his fear and bring his toy home again.
- Angela

Night animals

Gianna Marino

jE Marino
Kids, Picture Books

Possum is hiding from the sounds in the night, and his fear sets off a chain reaction in the other night animals.

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You can’t be afraid of animals who live in the dark if you’re an animal who lives in the dark, right? Well, if so, someone forgot to tell Possum, Skunk, and Wolf. The playful illustrations in Night Animals will soothe children’s worries with silly antics and lots of laughs.
- Angela

The moon inside

Sandra V. Feder

jE Feder
Kids, Picture Books

When evening comes and the sun sets, Ella becomes afraid, until one night her mother encourages her to see the beauty in night.

My new big kid bed

Debbie Bertram

jE Bertram
Kids, Picture Books

When his new dinosaur-themed bed casts scary shadows at night, a child seeks comfort from other family members.

The darkest dark

Chris Hadfield

jE Hadfield
Kids, Picture Books

"Young Chris loves pretending he's a brave astronaut, exploiring the universe. Only one problem--at night, he's afraid of the dark. Only when he watches the moon landing on TV does he realize how exciting the unknown can be. Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield"--

Maya

Mahak Jain

jE Jain
Kids, Picture Books

After the lights go out in her house, Maya's mother distracts her from her fear of the dark with a retelling of the legend of the banyan tree.

Mika the bear is afraid of the dark

Yann Walcker

jE Walcker
Kids, Picture Books

When Mika's fear of the dark makes him dread the long polar night, his cousin helps to banish his fears one by one.