A common struggle of childhood is learning to deal with big emotions, whether anxiety over starting at a new school or dealing with the death of a loved one. I’m happy to share with you some wonderful new children’s books that take a creative look at grief and anxiety, allowing young readers to use their imaginations to see their problems in a new way.
Books to Help Kids with Grief and Anxiety
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Do you have a child who is afraid to try something new? Who hesitates before jumping into a new endeavor, even if it’s something she really wants to do? Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow is a fresh look at this common problem, as Smoot, a shadow to a hesitant young boy, decides to rebel and go off to have the adventures his master is too scared to have. Soon other shadows join in the fun: a dragonfly’s shadow turns into a real dragon, the shadows of two nervous insect musicians finally take the stage, and a rock becomes a castle. In the end, Smoot convinces his boy to take a chance and become more like his shadow, until soon the two are laughing and leaping together.
The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole is one of the cleverest books I have read in a long time. A young girl, still reeling from the death of her beloved father, discovers a black hole following her. It soon becomes a pet of sorts, though it has the disturbing tendency to swallow everything around it – even if really all it’s trying to do is cuddle. A black hole that swallows everything it touches is a brilliant metaphor for grief, perfectly suited for this very scientifically minded heroine. At first her new pet’s capacity to swallow objects around it is just funny and perhaps a bit inconvenient, but when it swallows her brother and her dog, she must finally face the problem (and her grief) head on.
This middle grade novel is a wonderful read for any child learning to manage their grief and anxiety, but it will be a special treat for those that love science, as it incorporates so many elements of science and especially astronomy.
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This post is part of a blog tour showcasing these two new children’s books – be sure to visit the blogs below for more features and even activities!
September 12 – Welcome to Wonderland – Review & Activity (create your own pet Black Hole)
September 13 – Embers and Ashes – Review and Bookstagram
September 15 – Dazzled by Books – Review
September 18 – books4yourkids – Review (just Smoot)
September 19 – All Done Monkey – Review
September 20 – Four Violet Reviews – Creative piece
September 21 – DoodleMom’s Homeschooling Life – Review
September 22 – YABooksCentral – Author Guest Post – Top 5 listicle from author
September 25 – Teachers Who Read – Review
September 26 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Review
September 27 – Mama Smiles – Review & Creative Activities
September 28 – Cracking the Cover – Review