Hey Readers — This far-flung librarian has a question I’d like to know the answer to, too! – L
Dear Free-Range Kids:
I was hoping you and your readers could help me. I work in an English Library in Japan. Our patrons are expats from many different parts of the world, but primarily American. I have recently had a request from a patron wanting books on “Stranger Danger.” Oh how I hate that phrase. [Lenore here: Me too!]
We do have the lovely “Berenstain Bears Learn about stranger,” but I do think we need more, but not what I am seeing when I look. I need books that are not the “Strangers are evil”-type, but more along the lines of, “We can talk to strangers but we shouldn’t go places with them.” I am having a hard time finding some. I did find a lovely book, “Are you a Good Stranger?” but it is no longer published, which made me sad. If I was in the States and I would go to a books store and browse the books before buying. So I was wondering if you and your readers could recommend some lovely books on safety with strangers or just general safety And also if you have and book recommendations on how to talk to young children about those issues. I really do not want to get books that make children and parent scared to allow children to explore and play on their own.