Facing Fears with Picture Books

July 28 - November 28, 2022
Reading Library

The world can be a scary place. In times of uncertainty, picture books can empower readers to keep their courage when life feels frightening. This exhibition emboldens children and caregivers to face their fears together in the safe spaces of picture books. From classic cautionary tales to current social issues, these books will make you gasp in surprise, shriek with delight, and stand tall alongside your shadow.

Curated by Gabrielle Avena, 2022 Trinkett Clark Intern

What to Expect

The exhibition includes 37 picture books, divided into three thematic sections: Frightening Folktales, Real-World Worries, and My Friend, the Monster. Books are arranged along shelves in the Reading Library for visitors to explore, read, and discuss.

Black shadows of animals and girl dancing against yellow background.
Suzy Lee, Detail of illustration for Shadow (Chronicle Books). © 2010 Suzy Lee. 

Explore Further

Story Board
Explore books that will make you gasp in surprise, shriek with delight, and stand tall alongside your shadow.

In the Bookshop

Me and My Fear

After the Fall

The Girl With a Brave Heart

Knight Owl

The Day You Begin

The Dark