This Makes Me Scared: Dealing with Feelings (Step into Reading) (Paperback)

This Makes Me Scared: Dealing with Feelings (Step into Reading) Cover Image
By Courtney Carbone, Hilli Kushnir (Illustrator)
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This Dealing with Feelings book about first swimming lesson helps kids understand what they're feeling when they're upset. Now a part of the premier early reading line, Step into Reading!

When a little boy goes to his first swimming lesson, he is nervous. The water is deep, and he doesn't float. After water goes up his nose, he gets out of the pool. It's too scary. The little boy's teacher assures him that it's okay to be scared. And when they face his fear together, he discovers swimming is fun!

The Dealing with Feelings series of early readers is designed to give voice to what's brewing inside. Through short, simple text and repetitive observational phrases, children will learn to name their emotions as they learn to read.

Step 2 Readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories, for children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help. Rhyme and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story.

About the Author

COURTNEY CARBONE studied English and creative writing in the United States and Australia before becoming a writer and editor in New York City. Her favorite things include board games, stand-up comedy, bookstores, and brick-oven pizza. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter at @CBCarbone.

HILLI KUSHNIR is an illustrator with more than a decade’s experience illustrating kids’ books, greeting cards, and branding materials. She lives in New York City, where she drinks too much coffee, raises a couple of kids, grows and kills house plants, and has conversations with passerby dogs. Visit her at
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593481868
ISBN-10: 0593481860
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 14th, 2022
Pages: 32
Language: English
Series: Step into Reading