Must Read Books for Children (2+) & Parents

A Listmania! list by A. Wyatt "amandala76" (Valparaiso, IN United States)
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The list author says: "Hello parents! As we all know, there are times in our children's lives that are difficult to navigate. Times when there is a death of a pet or family member, times to discuss good touch/bad touch, and times to talk about strangers. All of these recommended books can be used with children age 2+.

With grief/loss, I believe that its better to have these books available and in your regular book rotation, than to scramble to run out and get them in an emergency situation. Talking about loss can also include discussing change/the seasons-like in Lifetimes, and The Fall of Freddie the Leaf (a book I have used with kids and adults to talk about loss and grief for 10 years). We are bibliophiles in our home, and truly believe in utilizing good literature to help our child understand himself, and the world around him.

I have utilized all of these books listed here in my professional practice, and also with my own children.

Peace & Blessings
Amanda M. Wyatt, ATR-BC, LMHC, LCPC, LCAC
Psychotherapist & Mom"
I Miss You: A First Look at Death (First Look at Books)
1.  I Miss You: A First Look at Death (First Look at Books) by Pat Thomas
The list author says:
  "I recommend this to parents all the time, and they tell me it is their #1 book to use for grief/loss."
$7.99   Used & New from: $2.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Next Place
2.  The Next Place by Warren Hanson
The list author says:
  "Beautiful book for kids & adults"
$14.40   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)

Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children
3.  Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children by Doris Stickney
The list author says:
  "Very nice book"
$16.20   Used & New from: $11.69
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss
4.  Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss by Pat Schwiebert
The list author says:
  "For children or adults"
$14.48   Used & New from: $6.97
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (590 customer reviews)

The Invisible String
5.  The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
The list author says:
  "Keeping connection to those after they die."
$15.26   Used & New from: $11.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages
6.  The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages by Leo F. Buscaglia
The list author says:
  "My all time favorite book about change of seasons, death, and dying. I still cry every time I read it."
$13.89   Used & New from: $2.45
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
7.  Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie
The list author says:
  "About the lifecycle"
$9.90   Used & New from: $0.22
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

Please Tell: A Child's Story About Sexual Abuse (Early Steps)
8.  Please Tell: A Child's Story About Sexual Abuse (Early Steps) by Jessie
The list author says:
  "A bit clinical but good to have."
$8.52   Used & New from: $4.51
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers
9.  The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers by Stan Berenstain
The list author says:
  "#1 stranger book"
$4.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private
10.  I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private by Kimberly King
The list author says:
  "Awesum book with language you can teach your kids."
$9.95   Used & New from: $6.90
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

It's MY Body: A Book to Teach Young Children How to Resist Uncomfortable Touch (Children's safety series & abuse prevention)
11.  It's MY Body: A Book to Teach Young Children How to Resist Uncomfortable Touch (Children's safety series & abuse prevention) by Lory Britain
The list author says:
  "Good but not "pretty" illustrations."
$9.16   Used & New from: $3.76
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

Your Body Belongs to You
12.  Your Body Belongs to You by Cornelia Maude Spelman
The list author says:
  "AWESUM!"
$6.99   Used & New from: $0.15
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept
13.  Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept by Jayneen Sanders
The list author says:
  "This is a great book about helping children learn to NOT keep secrets from their parents, no matter what."
$12.49   Used & New from: $8.49
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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