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Books are incredibly powerful tools and an important part of your child's development. We have created several book lists for caregivers to refer to for their young children.
Books are Powerful Tools
"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald
Children learn so much from books and stories, even when we don’t think they are listening! We recommend using books to teach many things from emotional literacy to protecting their bodies. Below you will find some links to lists you can download for book suggestions.
When using books to teach don’t force your child to talk about things they are uncomfortable with, allow them to come to you when they have questions or things to talk about. If they don’t want to discuss something just let them know they can come to you anytime. Make sure when reading you spend time talking about the pictures, guessing what will happen next, discussing the characters and take turns doing things like turning the pages or reading words.
These lists are not exhaustive, and there are lots of other great titles out there too!
It is important that we are comfortable talking to children about their private body parts and give them the words they need to tell us if something is wrong or talk to us when they have questions. Often, using books as tools to teach makes parents more comfortable with the topic and it is important to be comfortable so children know they can talk to us anytime. Here are some book titles you can use to talk to your child about their private body parts.
Here are a few books for parents to use to understand healthy sexual development and better understand how to talk to you child about sex!
Here are some books for children who have experienced child sex abuse. Reading can be a great way to talk about things when children are uncomfortable. Remember not to force a child to talk, let them know you are there if they want to talk later and wait for them to be comfortable. If you find your child has been sexually abused report it immediately to authorities and contact us for information on community supports for you and your child.
Emotional literacy refers to a child’s ability to identify their emotions and also cope with them. It is essential that the adults in a child’s life help them not only identify emotions but give children the tools they need to successfully handle them. As Lynne Abbot said “We should not teach children NOT to be angry, we need to teach them HOW to be angry.” These books allow parents an opportunity to have a conversation with their child about emotions, what they look like and how people deal with them.
This list also includes a lot of books about loving one another as a family unconditionally. Books are a great way to bond and we hope you and your child can spend quality time together reading these books about love and families!
Children crave control and choices just like every other human! Sometimes, big life changes and events – good or bad – can really throw a child for a loop. Reading books about upcoming events is a great way to prepare them and open communication with you so they can express their fears and misunderstandings. This list includes books about divorce, a new sibling, an upcoming move, foster care, adoption, death and grief and many other life changes!
Here are few book titles to talk to children about their behaviors! Seeing behaviors explained in stories and with pictures can help a child to understand. Spend time looking at the pictures, identifying both acceptable and unacceptable behaviors and emotions the characters are experiencing. You can spend time talking about consequences and the choices the characters made in the story.
United Way's Imagination Library provides all Scott and Rock Island County children ages birth to five years with age-appropriate books mailed to their homes each month at no cost to the family. Beyond the Book provides parents with activity ideas to supplement the books children receive from Imagination Library and further their learning.