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Keyword: fear

Bears Don’t Read!

Clark, Emma Chichester (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bears, community, determination, fear, friendship, humour, learning to read, reading
 
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Rumpelstiltskin

Galdone, Paul (Author/Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Boasting, fairy tales, fear, imagination, magic, names, responsibility, Rumpelstiltskin, strangers
 
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Singing Away the Dark

Woodward, Caroline (Author)
Morstad, Julie (Illustrator)
Simply Read Books 2010. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Country life, fear, individuality, loneliness, nature, resilience, self-reliance, singing, stories in rhyme, winter
 
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Brave Chicken Little

Byrd, Robert (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Chicken Little, cumulative stories, farm animals, farms, fear, folktales, overcoming adversity
 
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Marguerite’s Christmas

Desjardins, India (Author)
Blanchet, Pascal (Illustrator)
Enchanted Lion Books 2015. 72 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Christmas, fear, illustrations (Art Deco style), loneliness, old age, routines
 
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The Girl in the Well Is Me

Rivers, Karen (Author)
Cormorant Books 2016. 156 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Bullying, discrimination, economic disparity, fear, first-person narration, peer pressure, rescue, self-esteem, survival, Texas
 
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The Tea Party in the Woods

Miyakoshi, Akiko (Author/Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2015. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Compassion, fantasy, fear, forest animals, friendship, human-animal relationships, illustrations (pencil), imagination, parties, winter
 
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How to Hide a Lion

Stephens, Helen (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Community, deconstructing stereotypes, fear, friendship, lions, misunderstandings
 
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Knock! Knock! Knock! Who’s There?

Goossens, Philippe (Author/Illustrator)
NorthSouth Books 2013. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bears, fear, Halloween, predictions, recurrent patterns, surprise endings, winter
 
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Superhero Joe

Weitzman, Jacqueline Preiss (Author)
Barrett, Ron (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2011. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fear, illustrations (cartoon), imagination, problem-solving, superheroes
 
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The Three Musicians

Massenot, Véronique (Author)
Hié, Vanessa (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2013. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fear, illustrations (collage), kings, music, Pablo Picasso, painting, tricks
 
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I Used to Be Afraid

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2015. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Anxiety, brothers and sisters, everyday life, fear, first-person narration, illustrations (collage), interactive books, overcoming fears
 
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Noni Is Nervous

Hartt-Sussman, Heather (Author)
Côté, Geneviève (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2013. 24 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Anxiety, belonging, everyday life, fear, friendship, new school year, school life
 
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Mouse’s First Halloween

Thompson, Lauren (Author)
Erdogan, Buket (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2000. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Emotions, fear, Halloween, mice, onomatopoeias, recurrent language, stories in rhyme
 
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Scaredy Squirrel

Watt, Mélanie (Author/Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2008. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Courage, everyday life, fear, humour, routine, survival, unknown
 
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George and the Dragon

Wormell, Christopher (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2003. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Dragons, fear, humour, illustrations (watercolours), mice, neighbours, size
 
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The Dark

Snicket, Lemony (Author)
Klassen, Jon (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2013. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Courage, fear, fear of the dark, night, overcoming fears, suspense
 
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Woolvs in the Sitee

Wild, Margaret (Author)
Spudvilas, Anne (Illustrator)
Boyds Mills Press 2007. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Alternate spellings, city life, diversity, fear, metaphors, perspectives, symbolism
 
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The Storm

Miyakoshi, Akiko (Author/Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Anticipation, fear, illustrations (black and white), patience, storms, weather
 
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I Hate English!

Levine, Ellen (Author)
Björkman, Steve (Illustrator)
Scholastic 1995. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: English language, fear, immigrants, language learning, new students, overcoming adversity, school life
 
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Who Goes There?

Wilson, Karma (Author)
Currey, Anna (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fear, friendship, hibernation, mice, night, surprise endings
 
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Young Man With Camera

Sher, Emil (Author)
Wyman, David (Illustrator)
Scholastic 2015. 218 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Bullying, fear, first-person narration, friendship, homelessness, identity, photography
 
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How to Get Rid of Ghosts

Leblanc, Catherine (Author)
Garrigue, Roland (Illustrator)
Insight 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fear, ghosts, humour, illustrations (cartoon), instructions, problem-solving
 
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Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween

Watt, Mélanie (Author/Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2013. 64 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fear, Halloween, humour, instructions, squirrels
 
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When Lions Roar

Harris, Robie H. (Author)
Raschka, Christopher (Illustrator)
Scholastic 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Family life, fear, feelings, illustrations (watercolours), overcoming fears, poetic language
 
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The Very Brave Bear

Bland, Nick (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic Canada 2013. 24 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bears, competitions, courage, fear, humour, stories in rhyme
 
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Can’t Scare Me!

Bryan, Ashley (Author/Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Antilles, fear, folktales, giants, stories in verse
 
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The Watermelon Seed

Pizzoli, Greg (Author/Illustrator)
Disney/Hyperion Books 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fear, food, fruits, humour, onomatopoeias
 
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The Pocket Mommy

Eugster, Rachel (Author)
Goldsmith, Tom (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fear, humour, independence, kindergarten, mothers and sons, new school year, parent-child relationships, separation
 
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The Rumor

Felix, Monique (Author/Illustrator)
Creative Editions 2011. 24 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Animals, exaggeration, fear, gossip, rabbits, wolves
 
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Scarface Claw

Dodd, Lynley (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2009. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Cats, fear, questions, self-confidence, stories in rhyme, surprise endings
 
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Wemberly Worried

Henkes, Kevin (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2010. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Anxiety, fear, friendship, growing up, mice, new school year, questions, recurrent language
 
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The Black Rabbit

Leathers, Philippa (Author/Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fear, overcoming fears, rabbits, shadows, wolves
 
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Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam

Myers, Walter Dean (Author)
Grifalconi, Ann (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2005. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fear, first-person narration, illustrations (collage), soldiers, Vietnam War, war
 
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ABC Dentist

Ziefert, Harriet (Author)
Murphy, Liz (Illustrator)
Blue Apple Books 2012.
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Alphabet, dentists, fear, health, occupations, teeth
 
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Boris Starts School

Weston, Carrie (Author)
Warnes, Tim (Illustrator)
Oxford University Press 2008. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bears, differences, fear, friendship, new students, school life, stereotypes
 
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Two Frogs

Wormell, Christopher (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2003. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fear, frogs, humour, prejudice, taking risks
 
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Black Dog

Pinfold, Levi (Author/Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2012. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Courage, dogs, families, fear, multiple stories, overcoming fears
 
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King Jack and the Dragon

Bently, Peter (Author)
Oxenbury, Helen (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2012. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Courage, fear, imagination, kings, stories in rhyme
 
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Smoky Night

Bunting, Eve (Author)
Diaz, David (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1994. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, community, fear, hope, respect, riots, tolerance, violence
 
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A Dark, Dark Tale

Brown, Ruth (Author/Illustrator)
Andersen Press 2012. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Cats, fear, mice, recurrent language, scary stories, surprise endings
 
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Beware of the Storybook Wolves

Child, Lauren (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic 2001. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Archetypes, fairy tales, fear, fractured stories, humour, non-traditional text layout, wolves
 
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