Books That Help; Books That Heal

By Barbara Bietz
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About Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz is a writer from Oak Park, California. Her favorite pastime is reading children's books. Barbara enjoys writing for adults and children. Her work has appeared in numerous publications.
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There is a wide variety of parenting books that help parents work through issues with their kids. Parenting books can be terrific sources for problem solving information and give parents tools to help their kids cope with difficulties. Parents may not realize that there are also many children's books that deal with sensitive issues that can arise in a child's life. Books can be tools for children, too. Books can be a source of comfort for children when they read about situations that may be similar to their own. Reading an appropriate book is also a wonderful way to open a dialogue with a child who is hesitant to talk. If your child is dealing with a challenging situation, look for books that can help.

Two Homes , by Claire Masureal and Kady MacDonald, is a picture book that tells the story of Alex and his two homes. As the reader sees the loving environments in which Alex lives in both of his parents' homes, there is a sense of comfort seeing that a child is loved by both parents even after a divorce. I Don't Want To Talk About It, by Jeanie Franz Ransom and Kathryn Kunz Finney, is another, perhaps more serious, book about dealing with the emotions of divorce.

The Name Jar, by Yangsook Choi, tells the story of a young girl from Korea. When the children at school make fun of her name, she decides to choose a new name so that she can better fit in at school. This enlightening tale explores the idea that being different is something to celebrate.
Tear Soup, by Pat Scheibert and Chuck DeKleyn, is a unique story about the loss of a loved one. As a woman grieves her loss, she creates a pot of soup, which provides a lovely metaphor for the grieving process. This book has been read and loved by both children and adults.
Young People and Chronic Illness: True Stories, Help, and Hope, by Kelly Huegel and Elizabeth Verdick, presents a series of personal accounts of children who suffer from chronic disease. Despite the sadness of the topic, the stories illuminate a sense of hope. This book is intended for older readers, not young children.