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Playful books to tackle serious issues

Bibliotherapy is a wonderful way to "talk" about topics with children in their own playful language. Below are hand selected books that are a perfect compliment to the work you are doing.

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(Scroll to see book list for Caregivers)

Abuse

Please Tell! A Child’s Story about Sexual Abuse by Jessie

A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret Holmes

A Place for Starr by Howard Schor

Anger

The Penguin Who Lost Her Cool: A Story About Controlling Your Anger by M. Sobel

When I Feel Angry by Cornelia Maude Spelman

Don’t Pop Your Balloon by Janet M. Bender

Anxiety/Fear/Worry

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

What To Do When You Worry Too Much by Dawn Huebner

Taking Speech Disorders to School by John Bryant

Some Things are Scary by Florence Parry Heide

Bullying

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill

Shredderman: Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen

My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig

Choices

What Should Danny Do by Adir Levy and Ganit Levy

What Should Darla Do by Adir Levy and Ganit Levy

What Should Danny Do School Day by Adir and Ganit Levy

What Should Danny Do on Vacation by Adir and Ganit Levy

Death

It Must Hurt A Lot by Doris Sanford

When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Krasny Brown & Marc Brown

Goodbye Mousie by R.H. Harris

Divorce

Dinosaurs Divorce by Laurene Krasny Brown & Marc Brown

When My Parents Forgot How to be Friends by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos

Was It the Chocolate Pudding? by Sandra Levins

Family topics

I Love You With all my Heart by Noris Kern (love)

Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting (homelessness)

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell (non traditional family)

Feelings

Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

Mean Soup by Betsy Everitt

I Am Human by Susan Verde

Honesty/Responsibility

David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon

Blues Clues: I’m Sorry by Justin Chanda

The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Chase Leavitt

Shyness

But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton

Race/Diversity

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin

Say Something by Peter H. Reynolds

I am Enough by Grace Byers

This book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

AntiRacist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

Polar Bear and the Rainbow by Moira Butterfield

We Are All Alike, We Are All Different by Cheltenham

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

Mixed Me by Taye Diggs

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

Self Control

It’s Hard to be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel by Jamie Lee Curtis

The Rabbit Who Lost His Hop: A Story about Self-Control by M.S. Nass

Self esteem

Gertrude McFuzz by Dr. Seuss

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

I’m Gonna Like Me by Jamie Lee Curtis

It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr

Siblings

Julius, The Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes

My Beastly Brother by Laura Leuck

The Berenstain Bears: New Baby by Stan & Jan Berenstain

Vera’s Baby Sister by Vera Rosenberry

Transgender

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel

Caregiver Book List

Understanding ourselves as well as our children is vital in adjusting behavior. Below is a list of books for yourself that provides insight to our own "stuff" and our children's brains.

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Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

"How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired"

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Live Laugh Fly

Christina McMurray and Eugene McMurray

"Live Laugh Fly: A Family's Journey Through Childhood Cancer, Unimaginable Grief, and the Realization that Love Never Dies"

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Dr. Laura Markham

"How to stop yelling and start connecting"

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Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child is an educational book to help adults foster secure, competent and confident kids

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Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell

Learn how to speak to your child in a way that they feel loved.

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The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

Nadine Burke Harris

The author combines story telling and science to explore Adverse Childhood Experiences and the impact they have on our bodies.

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Bruce Perry

Renowned child-psychiatrist Bruce D. Perry explain how empathy develops, why it is essential both to human happiness and for a functional society, and how it is threatened in the modern world.

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Daniel Siegel

12 strategies to nurture your child's mind.

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Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Highlighting the link between a child's neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene.

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