Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Have you ever wished that you could find just the right book for a child? Maybe a child in your life is anticipating a big change, such as having a new brother or sister, starting school for the first time, or moving to a new house. Maybe something difficult and painful has happened, such as a divorce, a serious illness, or a death. Or maybe you just know a child who is fearful at bedtime, or worries about growing up, or has a bad day occasionally. You know how important it is to read to children, and it has occurred to you that sharing a story could help the child in your life manage the situation that she or he is going through. But how will you find the right book?
Healing Stories: Picture Books for the Big and Small Changes in a Child's Life puts at your fingertips a list of more than 500 picture books that was prepared just for this purpose. Stories and other children's books have been carefully selected by a psychologist who works extensively with children. Each chapter includes an annotated list of picture books relevant to a specific concern that children may have, empowering you to select the books that best match the child and the situation you're concerned about. This book also includes a helpful introduction that discusses ways to use books with children who are experiencing life changes or stress.