3 brilliant books that explore very difficult topics
Why stories are the first step in helping your child make sense of their emotions
“Researchers have found that the brain activity that occurs when we read fiction is very similar to experiencing that situation in real life, so reading about a situation helps children work out how to solve it in reality”.
After the news that last year’s lockdown spiked divorce enquires by 40%, it’s important to remember that many of those marriage break ups involve children too.
Change is challenging for many young children and adjusting to one parent moving out takes time and help. Stories that reflect a child’s experience are a wonderful way of helping them make sense of transitions and frightening changes.
Equally, and more tragically, with a worldwide pandemic it’s inevitable that many children will have experienced the loss of a family member recently or have experienced domestic abuse or other frightening situations that a child, or adult, should never have to witness.
But of course, pretending bad things don’t happen isn’t always possible, so having access to age-appropriate books that can help make sense of something senseless (in your child’s view) are invaluable. They won’t solve anxieties and worries on their own of course, but they do help.
This week we’ve picked out 3 brilliant books that can help you and your child to explore some very difficult topics. There are more help and support suggestions below too.
Michael Rosen's Sad Book
Emily's Blue Period
A terrible Thing Happened
Our interactive book club ‘Book Adventurers’ offers a set of creative classes based on and beyond two books this summer. Using art, music, craft and drama play we explore topics such as plastic pollution and loss within our overall theme of the Deep Blue Sea. We’ve also got parent guides for both of the issues we explore in our book choices for further resources and ideas.
For more advice on supporting a child following the death of a relative, Child Bereavement UK offers free confidential support online or by phone:
For more support and information on divorce and separation, Gingerbread has some really helpful advice and their online forum is a good place to connect with other families going through the same thing.
For more help and advice on supporting a child who has experienced trauma,
including a special section on COVID 19, visit Young Minds.