Children’s Therapy Book recommendations, using specific books across a range of issues including grief,divorce, anxiety and new siblings
Professional Development workshops for Early Childhood Educators, focusing on early literacy strategies
Books we recommend
The Singing Hat
Some books are written with quirkiness to help convey complex ideas. The Singing Hat by Tohby Riddle is a delightful story which addresses the way we treat those who fall outside our idea of ‘normal’. He uses descriptive language and sophisticated illustrations incorporating collage. The story is a sensitive but gently humorous exploration of social isolation, inclusion, problem solving and compassion.
Separation anxiety is common at this time of year with lots of children starting school or child care and experiencing new feelings of anxiety.
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell is a sensitive depiction of separation seen from both sides. The child, unsure of why their parent or carer is away from them, and the adult going about their tasks of caring for their young, knowing they will be back soon. Patrick Benson’s beautiful illustrations add so much depth to this story.
Jenny Angel by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas, shows the courage of those who face a battle with a terminal disease, directly and indirectly. To be used carefully as it evokes such raw emotions, but shows the beauty of love, strong relationships, compassion and honesty in the face of death.