Friday, November 27, 2015

Book Review: I Used to be Afraid

I USED TO BE AFRAID by Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a powerful picture book exploring common fears of children.
The short book tells the story of a young girl who overcomes her fears. The brightly colored, two-page spreads introduce a fear such as spiders or being alone followed by a statement about overcoming the fear. The die cut illustrations will appeal to young readers.
Librarians will find this to be a popular book in the primary grades. Suggest the books to teachers as a read-aloud to stimulate writing and drawing activities related to emotions and feelings. Pair this book with others about common fears. Also, consider a display featuring books by Laura Vaccaro and a makerspace illustration station.
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Published by Roaring Brook Press an imprint of MacMillan. ARC from publisher.