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.
Eggbert: The Slightly Cracked Egg
Tom Ross & Rex Barron
Cast out of the refrigerator because of a small crack, Eggbert sets out into the world, using his talent for painting to try to blend in. Eventually he realizes that cracks are everywhere and reminds us all that our flaws are perfectly natural.
This book discusses the importance of self-esteem and coping skills when the world seems less than fair. It is a wonderful book for sharing with children who are experiencing low self-esteem due to teasing, bullying, etc. It teaches them to embrace their differences (cracks) and learn to love themselves for who they are.
The tough travels of children-journeys through death, abandonment, imprisonment, cancer and other life altering events-cry for voices of compassion and visions of hopeful intervention. Bibliotherapy for children provides opportunity for safety amid the chaos of daily living.
Ben Keckler, Author
The Express Yourself Series
Eagle Creek Publications, LLC