Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett

The world is full of frightening things, but to little Orion, nothing is scarier than the dark — that is until one night The Dark decides that it’s time for a little personal intervention, and takes him on an enlightening and exhilarating adventure.

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The Empowerment Series by Stephen Krensky and Sara Gillingham

If you think about it, childhood is when we go through some of the steepest learning curves in life — what with learning to walk, talk, read… it’s a pretty daunting list, really. And sometimes, what everyone, much less kids, needs is a little affirmation — that pat on the back to tell them that they’re doing just fine, and a little nudge in the right direction to push them to achieve more.

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Roly Poly Pangolin by Anna Dewdney

Being afraid of trying the new and unknown is quite understandable since it requires a leap of faith of sorts. Even adults, much less children, sometimes need a lot of encouragement — and perhaps some company — before they feel confident enough to venture into uncharted territory.

Thus, it’s easy for children to relate to the eponymous protagonist in Roly Poly Pangolin, who is easily intimidated by unfamiliar things.

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