Broaching Tough Topics--Part 2

July's Tough Topics-- Handling Loss (Divorce, Serious Illness and Death)

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Everyone would generally agree that all children deserve to be happy, healthy, safe and care-free as they live and learn!
However, as life would have it, issues and challenges inevitably come our way and despite our best protective efforts, children are not immune to experiencing them as well. Sometimes it may seem difficult to broach these subjects with young children and inform them in a positive, honest and realistic manner. Good fiction and non-fiction books, when read and discussed with your children periodically, can help you and your child grapple with tough topics. July is "National Child-Centered Divorce Month" and "Worldwide Bereaved Parents Month" so listed below is a selection of children's books that take on related subject matter. Take 25 minutes to initiate, illustrate and inform your discussions using these books. You are welcome to select the title links of your choice in order to place the books on hold at Rosedale or your closest neighborhood library branch.


Divorce/Blended Families
Two Homes (Pre-K – 1st) Claire Masurel
Fred Stays with Me (Pre-K – 1st) Nancy Coffelt
Was It the Chocolate Pudding?: A story for Little Kids about Divorce (PreK- 1st) Sandra Levins
Divorce  (PreK -3rd) Fred Rogers 
Dinosaurs Divorce (K-3rd) Laurene K. Brown
When My Parents Forgot How To Be Friends  (Pre-K-3rd) Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
Tia Lola Stories  (4th – 6th) Julia Alvarez
Hatchet (6th-8th+) Gary Paulsen

Serious Illness/Mortalitytiger rose
The Purple Balloon
 (Pre-K-1st) Christopher Raschka
The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye  (K-3rd) Jane Yolen Where’s Grandpa? (K-2nd) T.A. Barron
William and the Good Ole Days  (K-3rd) Eloise Greenfield
Where Do People Go When They Die?  (K- 2nd) Mindy Avra Portnoy
The Goodbye Cancer Garden (1st-3rd) Janna Matthies
Hair For Mama  (1st-3rd) Kelly Tinkham
Bridge to Terabithia (5th-8th+) Katherine Paterson
Defiance (6th- 8th+) Valerie Hobbs