Children’s Book Reviews

Children’s literature  is often underappreciated, mainly because how can you take a book about striped socks seriously? Of course these books teach children how to read and encourage them to further their imagination by engrossing them in fictional worlds, but they are also incredibly effective at allowing children to see important issues in a world they understand, with vivid colors and easy-to-understand concepts. People often neglect to realize that these books can open a dialogue with children about serious, difficult to discuss topics like death, divorce, moving, and even physical/learning differences. Please take the time to read my thoughts on books that tackle these big ideas!

Books about death and loss-

What Happens When A Loved One Dies? Our First Talk About Death

Tim’s Goodbye- A book about the death of a pet  

Goodbye, Grandpa- A book about the death of a loved one

Something Very Sad Happened- A Toddlers Guide to Understanding Death

Sally Goes to Heaven- A book about the death of a pet

The Goodbye Book- A book about feelings after losing a loved one

Books about important events-

Sewing The Rainbow- A book about the origin of the pride flag and being yourself

Books about diversity-

How Mamas Love Their Babies- A book about diversity in motherhood

Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun- A book about being different

Books about handling emotions- 

The Screaming Chef- A book about screaming, tantrums, and handling emotions

Books about bullying-

You’re Mean Lily Jean!- A book about bullying

Other important stuff – 

Bugs In My Hair! A book about lice

I Have A Question About Divorce- A book about divorce for children with Autism

I Said No! A kid-to-kid guide to keeping private parts private 

The Can Man- A book about homelessness, poverty, and selflessness