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    Helpful and interesting information about various health, mental health, and growing up issues.
     
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  • Books 

    Books can be a wonderful way to help children understand and cope with various issues and/or situations!


    Listed below are a few books on a few topics. There are so many more titles and topics that are also great resources...check your local library or bookstore!

    Please feel free to contact me with questions and/or feedback on any of the titles or topics listed below and/or if you have a suggestion for the list...it's helpful for me to hear from parents about new resources that you have found to be effective! 
     

    Death

    • When Dinosaurs Die, by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown.
    • I Miss You: A First Look at Death, by Pat Thomas.
    • Sad Isn't Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss, by Roberty Alley.
    • What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? by Trevor Romain.
    • Someone I Love Died, by Christine Tangvald.
    • Why Do People Die? by Cynthia MacGregor.
    • No New Baby: For Siblings Who Have a Brother or Sister Die Before Birth, by Marilyn Gryte.
    • Can You Hear Me Smiling?: A Child Grieves a Sister, by Aariane Jackson.
    • When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving and Healing, by Marilyn Gootman.
    • Don't Despair on Thursdays!: The Children's Grief-Management Book, by Adolph Moser.
    • Rudi's Pond, by Eve Bunting.
    • If Nathan Were Here, by Mary Bahr.
    • When Your Pet Dies: A Healing Handbook for Kids, by Victoria Ryan.
    • Saying Goodbye to Your Pet: Children Can Learn to Cope with Pet Loss, by Marge Heegaard.
    • The Day Scooter Died: A Book about the Death of a Pet, by Kathleen Bostrom.
    • I'll Always Love You, by Hans Wilhelm.
     
    Family Illness
    • When Someone You Love Has Cancer: A Guide to Help Kids Cope, by Alaric Lewis.
    • Our Family Has Cancer, Too! by Christine Clifford.
    • What About Me?: When Brothers and Sisters Get Sick, by Allan Peterkin.
    • When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness: Children Can Learn to Cope with Loss and Change, by Marge Heegaard.
    • My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has a Disease: A Child's View: Living with Addiction, by Claudia Black.
    • Elephant in the Living Room, by Jill Hastings.
    • Let's Talk about When Your Mom or Dad is Unhappy, by Diana Helmer.
    • Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry, by Bebe Campbell.
     
    Family Change
    • My Family's Changing: A First Look at Family Break-Up, by Pat Thomas.
    • It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: A Read-Together Book for Parents and Young Children During Divorce, by Vicki Lansky.
    • Was It the Chocolate Pudding?: A Story for Little Kids about Divorce, by Sandra Levins.
    • I Don't Want to Talk about It: A Story about Divorce for Young Children, by Jeanie Franz Ransom.
    • Mama and Daddy Bear's Divorce, by Cornelia Maude Spelman.
    • Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families, by Laurene Krasny Brown.
    • Divorce Is Not the End of the World: Zoe's and Evan's Coping Guide for Kids, by Ellen Sue Stern.
    • Divorced But Still My Parents: A Helping Book about Divorce for Children and Parents, by Shirley Thomas.
    • The Divorce Handbook for Kids, by Cynthia MacGregor.
    • Changes: My Family and Me, by Beverly Hopkins.
    • What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce?: A Survival Guide for Kids, by Kent Winchester.
    • Jessica's Two Families, by Lynne Hugo.
     
    Adoption
    • My New Family: A First Look at Adoption, by Pat Thomas.
    • We Adopted You, Benjamin Koo! by Linda Walvoord Girard.
    • All About Adoption: How Families Are Made & How Kids Feel About It, by Marc Nemiroff.
    • Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born, by Jamie Lee Curtis.
    • You're Not My Real Mother! by Molly Friedrich.
    • Happy Adoption Day! by Julie Paschkis.
    • My Mei Mei, by Ed Young.
     
    General Feelings
    • Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make my Day, by Jamie Lee Curtis.
    • The Feelings Storybook, by Alexandra Delis-Abrams.
    • The Feelings Book: The Care and Keeping of Emotions (An American Girl Book), by Lynda Madison.
    • When I Care About Others, by Cornelia Maude Spelman.
    • Sometimes I Feel Awful, by Joan Singleton Prestine.
    • Sometimes I Feel Like a Mouse: A Book About Feelings, by Jeanne Modesitt.
     
    Anxiety/Worry/Fear
    • What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety, by Dawn Huebner.
    • What to Do When You're Scared and Worried: A Guide for Kids, by James Crist.
    • Wemberly Worried, by Kevin Henkes.
    • When I Miss You, by Cornelia Maude Spelman.
    • David and the Worry Beast: Helping Children Cope with Anxiety, by Anne Marie Guanci.
    • Jenny is Scared: When Sad Things Happen in the World, by Carol Shuman.
    • Let's Talk about Being Shy, by Marianne Johnston.
    • I Don't Know Why...I Guess I'm Shy: A Story about Taming Imaginary Fears, by Barbara Cain.
    • Help is Here for Facing Fear, by Molly Wigand.
     
     
    Stress
    • Stress Can Really Get On Your Nerves! by Trevor Romain.
    • Getting Out of a Stress Mess, by Robert Alley.
    • Cool Cats, Calm Kids: Relaxation and Stress Management for Young People, by Mary Williams.
    • Boy and a Bear: The Children's Relaxation Book, by Lori Lite.
     
    Sad/Depressed
    • When I Feel Sad, by Cornelia Maude Spelman.
    • What to Do When You're Sad and Lonely, by James Crist.
    • The Blue Day Book for Kids, by Bradley Trevor Greive.
     
    Angry/Frustrated
    • Is It Right to Fight?: A First Look at Anger, by Pat Thomas.
    • How to Take the Grrrr out of Anger, by Elizabeth Verdick.
    • When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry..., by Molly Bang.
    • I Was So Mad! by Norma Simon.
    • Sometimes I Like to Fight, But I Don't Do It Much Anymore: A Self-Esteem Book for Children with Difficulty in Controlling Their Anger, by Lawrence Shapiro.
    • What Are You So Grumpy About? by Tom Lichtenheld.
    • When I Feel Jealous, by Cornelia Maude Spelman.
    • I'm Frustrated, by Elizabeth Crary.
    • Feet Are Not for Kicking, by Elizabeth Verdick.
    • Words Are Not for Hurting, by Elizabeth Verdick.
    • Hands Are Not for Hitting, by Martine Agassi.
     
    Friendship
    • How To Be a Friend, by Marc Brown.
    • Friends: Making Them and Keeping Them, by Patti Kelley Criswell.
    • Speak Up and Get Along!: Learn the Mighty Might, Thought Chop, and More Tools to Make Friends, Stop the Teasing, and Feel Good about Yourself, by Scott Cooper.
    • A Smart Girl's Guide to Friendship Troubles (American Girl Library), by Patti Kelley Crisswell.
    • Cliques, Phonies, and Other Baloney, by Trevor Romain.
    • Join in and Play, by Cheri Meiners.
    • Share and Take Turns, by Cheri Meiners.
    • I'm Sorry, by Sam McBratney.
     
    Bullying
    • Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain, by Trevor Romain.
    • Why Is Everybody Always Picking on Me?: A Guide to Understanding Bullies for Young People, by Terrance Webster-Doyle.
    • Bye-Bye, Bully! A Kid's Guide for Dealing With Bullies, by J.S. Jackson.


    Self-esteem

    • I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem, by Jamie Lee Curtis.
    • Just Because I Am: A Child's Book of Affirmation, by Lauren Murphy Payne.
    • Happy to Be Me, by Chris Adams.
    • Stick Up for Yourself!: Every Kid's Guide to Personal Power and Positive Self-Esteem, by Gershen Kaufman.
    • Don't Feed the Monster on Tuesdays!: The Children's Self-Esteem Book, by Adolph Moser.
     
    Personal Safety
    • Your Body Belongs to You, by Cornelia Maude Spelman.
    • It's My Body: A Book to Teach Young Children How to Resist Uncomfortable Touch, by Lory Freeman.
     
    Miscellaneous
    • Making It Home: Real-Life Stories from Children Forced to Flee, by Beverly Naidoo.
    • Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care, by Jennifer Wilgocki.
    • Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights, by Julie Nelson.
    • When a Brother or Sister Is Autistic, by Marsha Sarah Rosenberg.