Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook (one of my favorite children's authors) is an adorable story meant for elementary aged children. Louis is a rambunctious "space expert" who often intrudes on other's personal space. He gets to go to "space camp" and learn better personal boundaries. I highly recommend this book for children struggling with social skills related to personal space. Teachers, therapists, parents... get this book!
Standing On My Own Two Feet: A child's affirmation of love in the midst of divorce by Tamara Schmitz is a lovely book for a young child that has divorced parents (I'd recommend to children under the age of 6). The story very matter of factly shows how the child, Addison, has two homes, and sometimes misses the parent he isn't with. It reinforces that the reason the parents don't live together anymore isn't Addison's fault. And empathically states that Addison is loved, no matter what. It is a very upbeat and positive take on a young child's experience with divorce.
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud and illustrated by David Messing is a unique book that teaches children about the abstract concepts of happiness, love, and self esteem. In my opinion this book would be enjoyed most by young school aged children. The concepts might not be fully understandable for children under 4 or 5, but the book is colorful and engaging enough that younger listeners would like it. I know my two year old enjoys having it read to her.
The basic idea of the book is that happiness and self esteem grow as we give and receive love and kindness. They become depleted when we bully, and treat others in unkind ways. The book gives some good suggestions for showing love and kindness too.
This is a very upbeat and positive book to add to your child's collection!
This is a "read together" book by Vicki Lansky. This is an extremely helpful book both for the children and the parents involved in a divorce. I'd recommend it be read to children ages 4-10.
As a parent, read the book to yourself first. There are many wonderful tips and information geared toward helping you understand what your child's experience of the divorce may be like, and how you can help him/her transition. This story is a great story for explaining to your child that you are getting divorced from the other parent, and/or can be used as a tool to help a child process their experience of the divorce.
In this story there are two parents, and one child (Koko). The parents explain to Koko that they are getting a divorce and why. They emphasize the divorce is NOT Koko's fault, and that both parents will always love Koko. Koko explores his feelings and expresses his discontent of the situation, and struggles through the transition. The parents are comforting and help him know what to expect as his life changes. Both parents are careful to keep Koko's routines, and sensitive about when and who they inform of the divorce. Koko feels very sad and sometimes mad, but one day, he starts to feel better. He wishes his parents would get back together, but knows that is not what is best for them.
This is a must read for the divorced family.
This is a very colorful book about feelings. In my opinion it is great for ages 2-6/7. Each page turn is dedicated to a different feeling with an emotive picture and a rhymey couple of sentences that describe the emotion and circumstance. The end of the book has suggestions for parents as to how they might use this book to teach and talk about feelings with their young child. I highly recommend this book.