Blogging NPR: Kids' Books with Lessons for Life

Blogging NPR: Kids' Books with Lessons for Life

Alejandra Valera
Apr 22, 2008

How does one go about explaining death to a child? Or the rejection of peers? Or being different than everyone else? As parents, we would love to think that a hug would cure all, but children may need a bit more.

Michele Norris, of All Things Considered, recently asked three experts in Children's Lit what books they feel are wonderful in helping children of all ages cope with difficult situations.

Dennis Ronberg, of Linden Tree Books in Los Altos, California, selected It's Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr for diversity; Goodbye Mousie by Robie Harris and When Someone Dies by Sharon Greenlee for dealing with death and loss.

Caroline Ward of the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut likes Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak for dealing with anger and fear and Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt for death. Other book recommendations include The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher and The Speed of Light by Elizabeth Rosner.

Which books do you think are missing? Are there any you read in your childhood that even now, still stay with you?

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