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Must Read Books for Children (2+) & Parents

A. Wyatt "amandala76"
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 (A First Look At…Series)
I Miss You: A First Look at Death (A First Look At…Series)
"I recommend this to parents all the time, and they tell me it is their #1 book to use for grief/loss."
The Next Place
The Next Place
"Beautiful book for kids & adults"
Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children
Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children
"Very nice book"
Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss
Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss
"For children or adults"
The Invisible String
The Invisible String
"Keeping connection to those after they die."
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages
"My all time favorite book about change of seasons, death, and dying. I still cry every time I read it."
Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
"About the lifecycle"
Please Tell: A Child's Story About Sexual Abuse (Early Steps)
Please Tell: A Child's Story About Sexual Abuse (Early Steps)
"A bit clinical but good to have."
The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers
The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers
"#1 stranger book"
I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private
I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private
"Awesum book with language you can teach your kids."
It's MY Body: A Book to Teach Young Children How to Resist Uncomfortable Touch (Children's safety series & abuse prevention)
It's MY Body: A Book to Teach Young Children How to Resist Uncomfortable Touch (Children's safety series & abuse prevention)
"Good but not "pretty" illustrations."
Your Body Belongs to You
Your Body Belongs to You
"AWESUM!"
Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept
Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept
"This is a great book about helping children learn to NOT keep secrets from their parents, no matter what."