Good Reads for Tough Topics
Need a good way to explain a sensitive subject to your 4- to 8-year-old? The National Center for Family Literacy recommends these children's books to help pave the way for a difficult talk.
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|Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes (Mulberry
Books, 1996). With the help of her teacher, Chrysanthemum finds that her
name makes her unique.
||Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs, by Tomie dePaolo (Puffin, 2000). After Tommy's nana dies, he realizes
that memories of her will remain forever.
||My Big Lie, by Bill Cosby (Cartwheel
Books, 1999). Little discovers that a teeny white lie means trouble in the
||At Daddy's on Saturdays, by Linda
Walvoord Girard (Albert Whitman & Company, 1987). Katie learns her dad
loves her no matter where he lives.
|Be Good to Eddie Lee, by Virginia
Fleming (Philomel Books, 1993). Eddie Lee teaches Christy to look beyond
his Down's syndrome to see the person inside.
||The Memory Box, by Mary Bahr (Albert
Whitman and Company, 1995). Zach helps his grandpa cope with Alzheimer's
by creating a box of photos and trinkets.
||Too Many Tamales, by Gary Soto
(G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1993). When her mother's ring disappears, Maria finds
that telling the truth saves time-and face.
||Mama and Daddy Bear's Divorce,
by Cornelia Maude Spelman (Albert Whitman and Company, 1998). Dinah deals
with how her parents' split affects her.