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Child and Family Resources

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Books for Grief and Loss

2-5 Years Old: 

  • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst  

  • I Miss you by Pat Thomas  

  • The Memory Box by Joanna Rowland 

  • The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr  

6-11 Years Old 

  • Tear Soup by Pat Schweibert 

  • The Next Place by Warren Hanson 

  • When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief by Marge Eaton Heegaard 

  • One Wave at a Time: A Story About Grief and Healing by Holly Thompson 


12+ Years Old 

  • Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love – Earl A. Grollman 

  • A Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teens and Friends - Helen Fitzgerald 

  • Chill + Spill by Jeanean Jacobs and Steffanie Lorig 

  • Grief Recovery for Teens: Letting go of painful emotions with body-based practices by Coral Popowitz 

Books for Preparation

  • The Donut That Roared: A Child's Guide to Surviving an MRI by Joan Yordy Brasher 

  • Baby Medical School: Vaccines: Learn about the Science of Immunity and How Vaccines Keep Us Healthy! by Cara Florance 

  • Going to the Hospital by Anne Civardi and Stephen Cartwright 

  • A Sleepy Tale: My First Surgery by Jennifer Maziad 

  • Surgery on Sunday by Kat Harrison 

  • Jessica’s X-Ray by Pat Zonta 

  • Catch Brainwaves That ZOOM: Find Comfort, Support and Understanding Prior to Child EEG Testing by Linda Wilder 

  • Kylie’s Eye Check by Wendy Hall 

  • Going to the Dentist by Anne Civardi 

  • Daniel Goes to the Dentist by Alexandra Cassel 

  • We’re Going to the Dentist by Marion Cocklico 

  • Leo Gets a Checkup by Anna McQuinn 

  • When a Kid Like Me Fights Cancer by Catherine Stier 

  • My Hair Went on Vacation by Paula Quinn 

Kid Playing with Wooden Toys
Image by Robo Wunderkind

Books for Emotional Awareness and Healthy Coping

2-5 Years Old 

  • Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions by Abrams Appleseed 

  • My Body Sends a Signal: Helping Kids Recognize Emotions and Express Feelings by Natalia Maguire 

  • The Feelings Book by Todd Parr 

  • In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek 

  • Little Monkey Calms Down by Michael Dahl 

  • I Am! Affirmations for Resilience by Bela Barbosa 

  • B is for Breathe by Dr. Melissa Munro Boyd 

6-11 Years Old 

  • Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime by Kira Willey 

  • Peaceful Like a Panda: 30 Mindful Moments for Playtime, Mealtime, Bedtime- or Anytime! By Kira Willey 

  • Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need by Gabi Garcia 

  • Sometimes I’m Anxious: A Child’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety 

  • Resilience by Jayneen Sanders 

12+ Years Old 

  • Coping Skills for Teens Workbook: 60 Helpful Ways to Deal with Stress, Anxiety, and Anger 

  • Burn After Writing Teen by Rhiannon Shove 

  • Mindfulness for Teens by Jennie Marie Battistin 

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