Books for Coping with Stranger Danger

The phrase "stranger danger" sends a little chill up my spine. So how do you talk to your kids about it without scaring them?

It's at the top of the news hour almost every night. Abductions, attempted abductions, child predators, missing children. It's nonstop, and it's scary. It's important to talk with your child about strangers and what your expectations and rules are regarding people that you don't know, but how do you deliver the message without terrifying them?

I like to sneak important lessons and concepts into bedtime. It's quiet, you have their full attention, and you can let the Berenstain Bears tell the story and do your dirty work for you. Interject with additional comments when necessary.

Read on for a list of books that you can read to your child to teach them about stranger danger.

The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Because they really rock at explanations, and this book is no exception. The tip list for stranger danger at the end is an added bonus.

Books for Dealing with Strangers: The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers

I Can Play it Safe by Alison Feigh

Seven important rules to personal safety written by a child safety expert.

Books for Dealing with Stranger Danger: I Can Play it Safe

Never Talk to Strangers by Irma Joyce

Showcases different situations a child may find themselves in and what to do if a stranger approaches.

Books to Deal with Stranger Danger: Never Talk to Strangers

Once Upon a Dragon: Stranger Safety for Kids (And Dragons) by Jean E. Pendziwol

Fairy tale magic with concrete advice.

Books for Coping with Stranger Danger: Once Upon a Dragon

Some Parts are Not for Sharing by Julie K. Federico

Fish deliver some big information in a non-threatening and age-appropriate way.

Books for Coping with Stranger Danger: Some Parts Are Not for Sharing

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Forcing Affection

Forcing Affection

One question about Mouskersizing with Mickey can send a four year old into a stranger danger tailspin like you've never seen.


Toddler Leash

This kid is plotting out the most direct way to run right into a four lane intersection. He's definitely not planning on looking out for cars.