When parents work away from home or live apart it can be confusing and worrying for young children. Sharing stories about similar situations can put a child’s mind at ease and make transitions and new experiences easier to cope with and more understandable.
Explores the idea of a parent working away from home in the armed forces. May help young children learn how to deal with changes at home, feeling worried, keeping in touch and looking forward to their parent’s return.
When Mum tells Milly that Dad has been sent to prison, Milly feels angry and confused. She can’t believe her dad won’t be at home to read her stories and make her laugh. But soon Mum takes Milly and her brother Sam to visit Dad in prison.
The break down of a family is nearly always a traumatic event for those involved, especially for children. There are many books that present the subject in a postive and sensitive way. Sharing these books may be comforting to children going through similar situations.
A gentle story about family separation. When Baby Bird is born the nest starts to feel very small and Betty and Paul squabble. They decide Paul should live in a different nest and Baby Bird is able to spend time in both his homes. Age: 3+
Izzy doesn’t like Danny. And Danny will be coming to live with them after his mum marries her dad. When Danny comes for a sleepover, things are very strained. Then Izzy starts to see things from Danny’s point of view, and their relationship begins to change. Age: 6+
A little boy tries to find a pot of glue that will stick his parents’ smiles back on and make their marriage better. He learns that even though his Mum and Dad’s relationship may be broken, their love for him is not. Age: 4+
For most of us, our family is the one big constant in our lives. They provide a safe place for us to learn and grow in a loving environment. But families come in all shapes and sizes. Our family may be very different to those of our friends. Even our own family doesn’t always stay the same.
The following books are just a few suggestions that introduce young children to the diversity of family life. You will find lots more in your local library. If you can’t find what you are looking for, ask a member of staff. If they don’t have something suitable on the shelves, they can always request something for you.
This little girl can’t imagine what her life would be like if her mum wasn’t there to do all those wonderful things that mums do! An out of this world book with simple text and bright illustrations.
A fresh, optimistic look at contemporary family life. Drawing on the huge diversity of families, this book highlights their similarities as well as their differences. Featuring homes, jobs, holidays and much more.
Her little girl Sylvie is distant, troubled and prone to violent tantrums which the child psychiatrists blame on Grace. But Grace knows there’s something more to what’s happening to Sylvie. There has to be.
Travelling from the London suburbs to the west coast of Ireland, Grace and Sylvie embark on a journey of shocking discovery, forcing Grace to question everything she believes in and changing both their lives forever.
Reviewed by Denmead Book Club
“Fascinating book / really enjoyed the read / strange ending”