Worriers and Trying New Things
While some kids seem to jump into every new opportunity without fear, others are more tentative and need a little more coaxing. For kids who are just a bit more anxious than their peers and siblings, "Wemberly Worried," "Scaredy Squirrel," and "Don't be Afraid to Drop!" might be just the right books to convince them that some risks are worth taking. "Wemberly Worried" by Kevin Henkes is probably the most famous of the three and focuses on a common fear for many children, starting school. Wemberly's worries about school are so big she's not sure even Petal, her doll, can help her, but her first day proves to be much less worrisome than she thought.
Scaredy Squirrel, the character in and title of Melanie Watt's book, is so afraid to leave his tree and change his routine that he packs an emergency kit and devises several exit plans just in case the need should ever arise. Of course, through a comedy of errors, Scaredy Squirrel finds himself outside his tree WITHOUT HIS EMERGENCY KIT, and realizes change isn't so bad, as long as it's just a little at a time. Activities and storytime suggestions are available online with discussion ideas and a template so that parent and child can create their own emergency kit.
In "Don't be Afraid to Drop!" Julia Cook, who also penned "A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue" (in the tattling section), cleverly follows a young raindrop on his first jump off the cloud. The young drop is scared of going alone and not sure what his purpose on Earth will be, but his father reassures him that this is a jump he must take on his own. This book is particularly relevant for parents of children starting school for the first time. When the young drop tries to get his dad to come along, just for a little while, the father raindrop patiently explains this is something every young drop must do on their own.