Using Books to Help Build
a Child’s Coping Skills

Bobby’s Books is a program that uses books to help children and adults deal with difficult issues. Using children's literature as a springboard for conversations will give kids the chance to express their feelings and tell their own stories.

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The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
Judith Viorst

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney

"My cat Barney died this Friday. I was very sad. My mother said we could have a funeral for him, and I should think of ten good things about Barney so I could tell them..."

But the small boy who loved Barney can only think of nine. Later, while talking with his father, he discovers the tenth -- and begins to understand.

This book discusses the loss of a favorite pet and the sadness you feel when the pet is no longer with you. Coming up with a list of all the things you loved about that pet can help to reduce sadness iand help to see the value that pet  brought to your life.  A pet is part of your family and that relationship is between a child and his/her pet can be strong.

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Bobby's Books is an exceptional, developmentally appropriate resource to help children, from the very young to the adolescent, learn how to grow positively through grief and loss.

Beth White, MSN
Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
St. Vincent Mercy Children's Hospital