In a perfect world, children would never be exposed to difficulties and hardships. They would never have to grow up too soon or feel unsafe. They could simply be kids. Unfortunately, life doesn’t discriminate. When these struggles arise, it can be difficult to find a way to answer questions or work through their feelings in an age appropriate way.
Books can be a great tool to help children (and adults!) find the words for their feelings and cope. Whether it is for more common obstacles like bullying and divorce or other sensitive issues like, poverty, domestic violence, immigrating to a new country, or death of a loved one, books can help provide advice and comfort. Picture books are also a great way to encourage empathy for others in children that may be living these situations.
These books are best read together with plenty of time afterwards for questions. With books that deal with sensitive subjects, it is always good practice for a grownup to read the book beforehand, and determine if there is a struggle that you or your child is facing, there is a book to help.
Death / Loss
- The Color Collector by Nicholas Solis and Renia Metallinou
Topic: Homesickness, friendship // Easy SOLIS
- My name is Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams, Khadra Mohammed, and Catherine Stock
Topic: Refugee, names // Easy WILLIAMS
- Home is in Between by Mitali Perkins and Lavanya Naidu
Topic: Traditions, culture // Easy PERKINS
People with Disabilities