Books to help children through times of transition and/or relate to others, with direct links to the library's catalog to see if they're available (and, if they're not, to request them).
Topics currently include New Baby, Miscarriage, Death and Illness, Divorce, Bodies and Unwelcome Touch, Getting Along with Peers, and Feelings. Many lists are in progress, and more will be added.
There's Going to Be a Baby J PIC B
I'm a Big Brother J PIC C (second copies at J 612.6 Co)
Lisa's Baby Sister J PIC G
Silly Baby J PIC F
Our New Baby J ER KU
Lola le lee al pequeño Leo J SP 468 MC
You Were the First J PIC M --a book to help a first child feel special in the wake of a new baby
Little Miss, Big Sis* J PIC R
Dino-Baby J PIC S
Benny and Beautiful Baby Delilah J PIC V --Benny warms up to his new sister when he sees her smile for the first time
Davy Loves the Baby J PIC W
Behold! a Baby** J PIC W
*specifically for girls whose families are expecting a girl
**from the point of view of a child, after a new baby has arrived, unable to understand why adults think everything the baby does is amazing
Shelved in Nonfiction:
My Mom's Having a Baby! J 612.6 Bu --for curious children who want to understand how the baby's developing, month by month. Includes how a baby is made (not one of the gentlest treatments, and assumes the baby in question is made by male and female parents in a relationship), which may or may not be skipped.
Baby on the Way 612.6 Se --a reassuring, practical book with nice suggestions for things expecting siblings can do: try holding a doll while supporting its head to get ready for holding the baby; sing to the baby with your face close to mom's tummy; make a birthday card or gift for the baby--things to involve older siblings in the process and help them get excited. Assumes hospital birth and male-female parents. Does not include how a baby is made.
Getting Ready for New Baby J 612.6 Zi --a reassuring book about everything that's going to happen, step by step: how you might feel, visiting the baby in the hospital, how the baby will act when it first gets home, how your parent/s will still read with you, things you can and can't do with a baby, etc. Includes how a baby is made (gentler treatment than My Mom's Having a Baby!) Assumes hospital birth and male-female parents.
Death and Illness
The Goodbye Book J PIC P A beautiful, simple book that will fit most situations: death of a relative, death of a friend, death of a pet. A sample from the text: "It's hard to say goodbye to someone. You might not know what to feel. You might be very sad. You might be very mad. You might not feel like talking to anyone. You might just feel like hiding. You might try to stop thinking about it. You might pretend it didn't happen...But eventually you'll feel better...You'll have days when you feel up and days when you feel down...Most of all, you'll remember how much you love and miss them...And you'll remember that there will always be someone to love and hold you tight."
Saying Goodbye to Lulu J PIC D The perfect book to read to a child that has lost a pet, especially one that has aged and slowly become less able before dying (Lulu, if it matters, happens to be a dog).
Ida, Always J PIC L --A beautiful book, and the perfect book to read to a child that has a loved one with a terminal illness. Gus's companion Ida becomes ill, and they are told that she will not get well, but will die. The book covers how they spend their time together after the diagnosis, Ida's passing, Gus's grief but certainty that, though he cannot see her, Ida will be with him--always.
Missing Mommy E COBB (available via interlibrary loan through SELCO)
Always Remember E MENG (available via interlibrary loan through SELCO)
Grandpa Has Changed J PIC P --for those coping with a loved one's Alzheimer's diagnosis
Now One Foot, Now the Other J PIC D When Bobby was little, his grandfather helped him learn to walk. Now, after his grandfather's stroke, Bobby helps his grandfather learn to walk again.