Using Books to Help Build
a Child’s Coping Skills
Bobby’s Books is a program that uses books to help children and adults deal with difficult issues. Using children's literature as a springboard for conversations will give kids the chance to express their feelings and tell their own stories.
The Kissing Hand
In this contemporary classic, Chester Raccoon seeks love and reassurance from his mother as he ventures out into the world to attend his very first day of school.
This book discusses the topics of separation, fear and grief. Though it centers around the first day of school, it is a book that can be used to open up the discussion about the realization that love will be with the child regardless of whether of not you are physically there. The lesson plan associated with this book is a very tangible reminder for a child of a person's love being with them all the time. Trace your hand and the hand of your child to give them the reality of your constant love. Whether it is the first day of school, you travel a lot for your job or a family member is dying, help reinforce to the child that love is forever.
Bobby's Books provides an opportunity for parents and professionals to discuss major issues in the lives of children using a Bibliotherapeutic approach. This project goes the additional step of providing curriculum for each book and training in the use of books. Providing a way for parent and child to be together and heal together is a positive approach to processing grief for the family.
Hilda Glazer, EdD
Playful Therapies Center