"What's Really There" is a book that I wrote and designed to help children learn to not be afraid of the dark.
The story can only be told properly with the aid of a flashlight. As the child shines their light at the page, it projects a shadow on the wall that differs from the illustration on the page. (My patent for this method was just approved! US 20150321506 A1 ). This serves two purposes. First and foremost, it allows the child to learn through positive reinforcement that the darkness is often not as scary as it seems, and sometimes light is a good tool to overcome the fear. It also serves to bring children away from insomnia-inducing LED storytelling devices, such as tablets and cell phones, in an effort to bring bedtime stories back to physical, tactile books.
The illustrator of "What's Really There' is the wonderfully talentedRachel Caires.