Age range: Preschool through 1st grade.
Recommended for: Any child who ever feels nervous before taking a plunge–literal or figurative–(i.e., almost everyone) will really like this story. It’s best for a child who has had experience at a swimming pool with a diving board so they can relate to Jabari. This story could be used to start a conversation about facing one’s fears, and it provides a few concrete strategies for doing so (deep breaths, cognitive restructuring, jumping in). Therapists might find it useful as a way to start conversations about exposure therapy.
Evidence-Based Practices: Diaphragmatic Breathing, Cognitive Restructuring, Exposure