From the Therapist: My Most Recommended Books for Young Children
Books are another wonderful way to communicate with your child. Looking at pictures together (usually snuggled or in close proximity), talking about the feelings we observe in the character, as well as being exposed to all different kinds of illustrations (art!) is helpful for the developing brain. Just like how art making provides a tool for talking about difficult things, sometimes talking about a book provides a way to talk with you child about something that may be hard for them without it feeling too personal.
These are some of my favorites, for the younger ones:
by Martine Agassi Ph.D. et al.
When she was around two years old, my daughter was easily frustrated, did not have the words to express it, and, like many other children, showed her feelings through hitting. While I won’t say that this book solved that problem, it was a helpful tool to calmly address this problem outside of moments of frustration. I like this series because it not only gives the strong message of what we DON’T do (hands are not for hitting), but it also helpfully points out all the other things we can do with our hands, or ways we can get our emotional needs met.
by Elizabeth Verdick et al.
by Jane Yolen et al.
by Ashley Spires
This is a story about a young child who gets so frustrated that she just gives up on her creation. Does this sound familiar? Learning how to take a step away from a frustrating situation, take a breath, and get some perspective on a problem is an important skill to learn. This book is for your little one who struggles with perfectionism.
by Dr. Seuss
This book I can recite by heart because I’ve read it so many times to my children! Again, this is a wonderful book for naming and talking about feelings. It also combines lovely imagery with feeling words, which is very similar to the work of art therapy! It approaches all feelings from a non-judgmental way- feelings are not good or bad, they are all just part of our human experience.
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