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Growing Reader

15 Books to Help Kids Who Are Scared of the Dark

by Devon A. Corneal

Photography by Seana Williamson

A friendly bedroom can turn suddenly ominous when the lights go out. I’ll admit, even as an adult I sometimes get the creeps when I hear an unexpected noise or see a strange shadow on the wall. 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.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2019 and updated in 2022.