There is something mysterious (and sometimes terrifying) about the dark. Especially when you are a little kid. To some kids, every ounce of darkness contains the stuff of monsters.
That's why we LOVE this book by Lemony Snicket. It's a great way to teach kids that yes, there are some rather scary things in the world, but when you confront them, those scary things aren't as powerful as they once were.
In The Dark, a young boy named Laszlo is afraid of the dark. He pretty much does everything he can to avoid the dark until one day, when his light bulb dies, the dark pays him an unwanted visit. Laszlo meanders into the darkest spots of his house, and in a way, gets to know the dark a little better. As the pages progress, and as Laszlo encounters more and more darkness, his fears are less and less.
We won't spoil the ending for you, so it's best you get your hands on a copy of this new classic sooner than later.