Switching gears here a little bit. Today I’m recommending a graphic novel.
Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri is graphic novel of a tiger and her best friend, a “monster” who lives under her bed. Her parents don’t the monster believe exists (but they do let Tiger bring dinner to her monster every night), and to be honest, the monster isn’t what anyone would consider a very good monster. Instead of terrorizing Tiger in her sleep, the monster protects Tiger from nightmares. The monster is successful until an especially ferocious nightmare threatens the peace. What results transforms Tiger and her monster’s friendship.
Tiger vs. Nightmare is an unexpectedly beautiful tale of friendship, working together and facing fears.
I recommend Tiger vs. Nightmare for 1st through 4th grade (although my wife and my almost-middle school grade daughter enjoyed the book as well).