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October Book of the Month - What Are You Afraid Of? by Kiki Howell


What Are You Afraid Of? BLURB:
“Why does the night have to be so dark?” the big dog named Drake gave a low bark.

Not everyone likes Halloween. In fact, the big dog named Drake is afraid of the costumes and the decorations and the dark. He really only likes the candy his boy drops.

Lucky for Drake, the old dog named Zoe is there to help him forget his fears with a fun game.

Drake and Zoe can’t wait for you to play along. 
Note From The Author to the Parents:

What Are You Afraid Of? is more than a story to help children overcome
their fears. What Are You Afraid Of? is a book about acknowledging a children's
fears and dealing with them in ways that do not stifle a child's imagination and
creativity. So, indulge me while I state a few ideas.

Children can easily be made to feel small and defenseless in this big
world, while at the same time, children have very vivid imaginations, which
can cause further anxiety over things that are intangible, confusing, and scary.
Therefore, how we deal with a child's fears may have tremendous implications
on how we foster, or hinder, their creative growth.

While fear can be a manifestation of imagination, so too can compassion
and empathy. Compassion is a product of the imagination as well, being able to
‘see’ ourselves in another’s shoes. So, it only stands to reason, that if we stifle
the imagination, we may be stifling the child’s potential to care for the world
around him later on. A creative mind is a terrible thing to waste.

We all know that fears or phobias cannot be easily coerced away by mere
rational or logical arguments. Instead, it seems a better approach to
acknowledge a child's fears and show him or her that you know how he or she
feels. We can try to diminish the fears by making light of it and making the
child laugh. Ah, laughter is the best medicine! I have read psychologists who
recommend playing with fears by role playing until the child laughs or by
drawing silly pictures of the object of the fear with the same intention.

With all of this in mind, I came up with this story. I hope the idea of a big
dog being afraid of witches and ghosts is silly enough to begin with, along with
the playful Halloween-ish images and the funny rhyming patterns. But more, I
hope the games the old comes up with will be games your child can also play to
eliminate his or her own fears. Most of all, I wish for you and your child to
enjoy the story. May you laugh!
Publisher: http://www.dwbchildrensline.com/apps/webstore/products/show/2693375 Discounted Price if purchase from the publisher.

5 Star Reviews for What Are You Afraid Of?:

“The story of Drake the dog is a charming and witty way to teach your young ones that they do not have to be afraid. I would recommend this to anyone who has a child that gets scared. Change it and make it funny! what a great concept!” ~Alexx Momcat

“I'd say the book is an excellent children's book that teaches kids of all ages how to overcome fears and insecurities. I read "What Are You Afraid Of?" with my two children ages 10 & 12, and both enjoyed the book very much. The book seems to be one which will work for multiple age groups. Kiki Howell does an excellent job of sparking interest through the illustrations and the rhyming passages throughout the story. I would not be surprised to see many more children's books released by this multi-talented writer.” ~Emily Martinez


Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell has loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Kiki could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do. To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She then followed in a Master’s program in Creative Writing.
She has now had over twenty stories published between seven different small presses. She could not be more thrilled or grateful to see her creations polished and out in the real world.
Kiki resides in the Midwest with her incredibly handsome and talented, singer/songwriter husband and two children. When she is not writing, she is spending time with her family, reading, baking or knitting.
Her biggest dream is to have a novel she writes be made into a movie that her husband creates the soundtrack for, and then cruise to Alaska with her family on the money they make.

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