Monday, November 26, 2007

Books for Transition

Teach that all feelings are acceptable, and choosing books that relate to what is happening in your family's life can ease transitions and open up discussions about fears or upcoming events. Here is a list of some of my favorites for just those times.

Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi- A classic for potty training and beyond.
Feel Better Earnest by Gabrielle Vincent- The title speaks for itself, well so does Everyone Poops doesn't it?
Mommy in My Pocket by Carol Hunt Sunderak, pictures by Hiroe Nakata- This is for that first day of school separation anxiety.
Aldo by John Burningham- A useful book to open up dialogue about feelings of loneliness, or being bullied.
Would You Rather by John Burningham- I like to use this book to prep my kids for upcoming unpleasant events.
Too Many Monsters by Eve Bunting and James Bernardin- This is a great book for bedtime fears.

Just a bit of trivia, John Burningham illustrated Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 1964.
Speaking of John Burninghm. Have you read Harvey Slumfenberger's Christmas Present?

1 comment:

  1. I love Everyone Poops! It's a great way to explain that pooping isn't a choice, its going to happen whether he wants it to or not, so why not do it in the potty and stay clean and dry? That logic hasn't quite kicked in yet as my son still heads off for the dining room table to hide whenever the urge strikes him! I'd love to see some other books for older kids who already "know" how to go, but are still resisting. That would be a bestseller for sure!


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