What is Bobby's Books?
The Bobby's Books program was created by Pam Krenzke, our colleague and friend, who died in January 2006. She was the Coordinator of Education at the Ohio Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and Founder of Bobby's Books, developed in memory of her son, Bobby Krenzke.
Childhood is a wonderful time. A child embraces the joy of each day. Sometimes though, sadness, fear, illness and loss enter a child's life. If you know a child who had to make such a journey, would you know how to help?
One way is to use children's books to help kids deal with difficult issues, such as a childhood illness, death of a parent or grandparent, death of a pet or friend or even divorce and other family issues. Using children's literature as a springboard for conversations will give kids the chance to express their feelings and tell their own stories.
It is also important that children have access to a variety of books that show a broad range of emotions and feelings. This helps kids see that they can act independently, assume responsibility for their actions, tolerate frustration, approach new challenges with enthusiasm, and be proud of their accomplishments.
Use books that help kids feel good about themselves. Use a book and conversation to help a child deal with a change in routine or the death of a pet. Use everyday happenings to build a child's coping skills. Keep reading. Keep talking.
You and your child will both benefit.
The Bobby's Books Program is comprised of multiple resources designed to give a foundation of support to children and adults who experience grief and loss issues. The true focus of the Bobby's Books Program is to serve as a proactive resource to the community to gain a better support system for our children and those who care for them. The core of the Bobby's Books Program is comprised of the following tools:
The 20 books specifically chosen to be the core selection of Bobby's Books are amazing. The core selections offer a variety of themes, relationships and family dynamics to choose from in order to serve clients respectfully and within their comfort zone. Children and their adult caretakers are able to identify needs and process feelings through the characters in the story. Insight may increase in a nurturing atmosphere that fosters understanding, acceptance and growth.
Myra D. Clark, MA, LPCC-S
Mount Carmel Hospice