Age range: Preschool through 2nd grade.
Recommended for: This book is a good read for children who want to be able to make friends and talk with unfamiliar people but who are anxious about it and sick of adults telling them to “just say hi” as if it were easy. It shares a couple of strategies for working up the courage to say hi (practicing in a mirror, taking a deep breath), and it models an exposure challenge and subsequent decrease in Shelli’s worries following a positive outcome (she makes a friend!).
Evidence-Based Practices: Exposure