Children's Books

Based on recommendations from the American Association of School Librarians and Kendra Tyson, we compiled the following collection of children's books that foster social emotional and academic skills. Kendra is the Library Media Specialist for New York University's Constantine Georgiou Children's Library.

Overcoming Fears

Social Emotional Development

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Alfie Is Not Afraid

by Patricia Carlin

A little boy survives his first night camping with the help of his dog.

PreK - 1st Grade

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The Dark

by Lemony Snicket

The dark becomes a character and helps a young boy learn to overcome his fears.

Kindergarten - 1st Grade

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First Snow

by Peter McCarty

Pedro's family and friends encourage him to enjoy his first snow.

PreK - 1st Grade

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I'm Not Scared Book

by Todd Parr

Children conquer a wide variety of fears.

PreK - 1st Grade

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Scaredy Squirrel

by Mélanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel wants to stay in his tree to avoid bees, germs, and disasters but takes the leap. 

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

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Stormy Night

by Salina Yoon

Bear practices his coping skills to ease is anxiety when he's woken up by a storm.

PreK - Kindergarten

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The Big Bad Blackout

by Megan McDonald

Judy and her family find ways to pass the time when they lose power in a hurricane.

Grades 2 to 4

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Who Feels Scared?

by Sue Graves

Three boys talk about how to handle their fears (includes a section for adults about how to talk to children about fears).


Kindergarten - 3rd Grade


What to Do When You're Scared and Worried

by James J. Crist, PhD

Explains to children where worries come from and gives kids tips to handle their anxiety.

Grades 3 to 5

Books About Natural Disasters & Safety

Academic Development

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Be Careful

and Stay Safe

by Cheri J. Meiners

This book explains how kids can stay safe in everyday and emergency situations.

Kindergarten to 3rd Grade


Fireboy to the Rescue: a Fire Safety Book

by Edward Miller

Fireboy explains what to do if there is a house fire.


Grades 2 to 4


How do Dinosaurs Stay Safe?

by Jane Yolen

Dinosaurs demonstrate what to do to stay safe.

PreK - Kindergarten

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Ready, Set... Wait!

What Animals Do Before a Hurricane

by Patti R. Zelch

Animals and people prepare for a hurricane.

Kindergarten to 3rd Grade

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What if You Need to Call 911?

by Edward Miller

Helps readers learn when and how to call 911.


PreK - 2nd Grade



by Renee Gray-Wilburn

Information about earthquakes and safety in a graphic novel.

Grades 2 to 3

Books for Problem Solving & Perseverance

Behavioral Development


Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery

by David Gordon

Cute animals persevere in the face of obstacles to complete their projects.

PreK to 1st Grade


the Snurtch

by Sean Ferrell

Readers learn to develop a growth mindset by regulating their inner "snurtch", that grumbly feeling inside us all.


PreK to 1st Grade


The Rabbit Listened

by Cori Doerrfeld

How can we help others deal with big emotions? This book models listening skills.

PreK to Kindergarten

New York, NY, USA

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