Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept
by Jayneen Sanders
Some Secrets Shouldn’t Be Kept is a beautiful picture book that sensitively talks about how to keep our kids safe from inappropriate touch. Water safety and road safety are lessons we teach to young children, but how do we teach ‘body safety’? Whether you’re a parent or a teacher or a doctor, this book is a must-have. The detailed notes for the reader and questions for discussion at the back of the book help both the reader and the child when they talk about the story. Ideal for ages 3 to 12. A free “body safety” song, a teacher’s pack, and other useful resources can also be found at www.somesecrets.info.
My Body Belongs to Me
by Jill Starishevsky
You can’t teach kids how to keep their bodies safe if you don’t show them how. Children can use this simple and gentle book as a tool to help them feel, be, and stay safe. They can talk about their private parts in a way that’s sensitive. The rhyming story and the simple, friendly illustrations are a good way to do this. If someone touches your private parts, you should tell your mom, your dad, your teacher, or another adult who you trust.
It’s Not the Stork!
by Robie H. Harris
Most of the time, young children are interested in almost everything, but especially their own bodies. And young children aren’t afraid to ask them. I’m a girl because I’m a woman. I’m a boy because I’m young. Because some parts of girls’ and boys’ bodies are the same, and some parts are different. How did I come to be? Where are babies born? There are some people who say that the stork brings babies to their parents’ homes. The Stork Isn’t It! Helps preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary school kids understand why they keep asking so many questions about how they came to be who they are.
Where Did I Come From?
by Peter Mayle
I came from where? From love making and orgasms to conception inside the womb and birth, this book has everything you need to know about these important events. It says all the names of the body’s important parts and shows them.
I came from where? Children and parents will enjoy this book because it tells the truth about life without making things up.Grief/Death
A Place in my Heart — Understanding Bereavement
by Annette Aubrey
Children who have lost a loved one can be comforted by the author’s use of rhyme to show them that they aren’t alone in their feelings.
Badger’s Parting Gifts
by Susan Varley
Badger is so old that he knows that he will die soon, but he doesn’t know when. When he dies, his friends are still in shock. When they start to deal with their grief, they start to remember all the practical things Badger taught them, and so Badger lives on in the memories of his friends.
Isaac and the Red Jumper
by Amanda Seyderhelm
A picture book for kids ages 5-12 about how to deal with the death of a child. To be read by a parent, counselor, or teacher to a child who has lost a parent. Full-color illustrations and a list of questions at the back of the book are meant to help kids through their grief process by doing things like making things with their hands. Because his best friend died, Isaac is heartbroken and can’t move on. It gets cold in his house, and his red jumper turns gray with sadness. People he trusts try to comfort him. Isaac only learns that love and friendship last forever and are alive in the spirit when he gets a special visit from Freddie. Isaac and the Red Jumper will be interesting to anyone who has lost a loved one and is looking for a creative way to heal. An Amanda Seyderhelm is a Certified Therapeutic Play Practitioner from the PTUK.
Can I Catch It Like a Cold?
By Centre for Addiction &n Mental Health
People who read this book will learn what depression is and how it can be treated in simple, clear terms in the book. It also teaches a child how to work with a helper. It also tells a child that he or she isn’t alone.
Mum and Dad Glue
by Kes Gray
To fix his mom and dad back together, a little boy is looking for some parent glue. His parents have split up, and he wants to fix their marriage, put their smiles back on, and make them better again. In this rhyming story, a powerful message is sent that even though his parents may be broken, their love for him is not.
by Laurene Krasny Brown
Seeing Dinosaurs Divorce will help kids understand divorce. It will also help them understand what it is like.
How Are You Feeling Today Baby Bear?
by Jane Evans
To help kids who have been through a lot at home, this is a gentle story. There are two big bears and a little bear who live together. Baby Bear likes to chase butterflies and build mud pies; these things make Baby Bear’s stomach fill up with sunshine! As soon as Baby Bear is asleep, he hears a big storm downstairs in the house. In the morning, his stomach starts to feel grey and rainy. As a bear that is so small, how will it deal with these big new feelings? They want to help kids who have seen violence in their families start to think about and talk about how they feel. This storybook is both sweet and charming. Each page of the book comes with notes for parents on how to start a conversation with your child. It also has fun games and activities that can help you understand and express difficult feelings. For social workers, counselors, people who help people who have been abused, and anyone else who works with kids, this book is a must-have.
A Terrible Thing Happened
by Margaret Holmes
This story is for kids who have seen any kind of violence or trauma, like physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters like floods or fire. Sash a J. Mudlaff wrote an afterword for parents and caregivers that has a lot of ideas for how to help kids who have been traumatized, including a list of other sources that focus on specific events.
Jane: I have used this book many times with kids from very young to about 10 or 11 years old to help them fill in the blanks with gentle suggestions of possible feelings. This helps kids who don’t know how to name their feelings. The book can also be used to help children who are dealing with grief, as well as adults.
The Huge Bag of Worries
by Virginia Ironside
Her worries come with her wherever she goes in a big blue bag that is very big. Even when she’s in the bathroom, they’re there for her. Jenny decides that they will have to go, so they will have to. Who can help her?
For kids who are stressed out, this is a great book because it can help them think through their worries and make them seem less overwhelming. There are a lot of things that show that we all have worries and what to do about them. I use this with older kids, too, because it always helps me put my own worries into perspective.
When Worries Get Too Big
by Kari Dunn Buron
Children can have a lot of problems if they lose control more than any other thing. The irresistible character of Nicholas makes this book a great way for parents or teachers to talk to their kids about how they feel when they react to things in their lives and how to relax. A book written by the author and illustrated by the author is a great way for kids to learn simple ways to relax and get ready to work or play.