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.
How Are You Peeling? Foods With Moods
Saxton Freymann, Joost Elffers
This is a book that asks all the right questions. And leaves you feeling great no matter what the answers are! "Who'd have dreamed that produce could be so expressive, so charming, so lively and so funny? Freymann and Elffers have created sweet and feisty little beings with feelings, passions, fears and an emotional range that is, well, organic."-The New York Times Book Review
This book discusses the topics of emotions, differences, and reactions to situations. Because children often do not have a good emotional vocabulary, emotions can be a very difficult thing to get a child to talk about. What makes this book so wonderful, is that it covers the gamut of emotions a child or adult may go through in the grief process and does it in a way that is non-confrontational and light hearted. Through arts and crafts ideas shared in the lesson plan, you can easily get your child to tell you how he/she is "peeling".
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