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.
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Velveteen Rabbit is a timeless tale of friendship, love, acceptance and honesty. When the world seems uncertain, Margery Williams' classic story reminds all of us what really matters.
This classic book discusses the bond of friendship and love and the powerful connection between them. Children often have a difficult time understanding the concept of what is real and not real. Understanding the reality of death is hard for children too. Our choice of words we use to talk to the child is important. For example, saying that a loved one who has died is sleeping can be frightening or confusing to the child. Be honest with your child. Sharing your feelings makes it easier for a child to share his or her feelings and may help the child understand those feelings.
As a bereavement counselor, Bobby’s Books has become my most utilized resource. I share this with other clinicians on a regular basis. Thank you for the work that you continue to do to get this resource out and into the community and most importantly into the minds and hearts of those that benefit from the healing.
Cynthia Schroeder, Hospice of Northwest Ohio