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.
Now One Foot, Now the Other
Bobby is named after his grandfather, Bob. Bob helps Bobby learn to walk, teaches him to build a block tower, and tells him stories. One day Bobby comes home and his grandfather isn't there. Bobby's parents tell him that his grandfather is sick and he doesn't remember who anyone is. At first Bobby is scared, but when he builds a block tower for Bob the way they used to do together, he knows that his grandfather remembers him. Slowly Bob starts to get better, and then it's Bobby's turn to teach his grandfather something important.
This book discusses the emotional journey associated with coping when a loved one has Alzheimer's. How do you explain such a complex disease to a child? Using this book can empower the child to create his/her own memories associated with the Alzheimer's patient. A memory is a powerful gift. Through tangible reminders of this relationship, a child can learn to cope with the emotional loss.