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Mrs. Laura Bush's Recommended Reading List: Comfort Books

Mrs. Laura Bush shares her favorite comfort books for kids.

Article by Emily Battleson August 2, 2018 //   2 minute read

In times of hardship, a parent’s first instinct is to comfort their child. However, navigating discussions about sadness or loss with a child can be challenging. Literature can be a wonderful resource for opening up a dialogue. Books help translate difficult concepts into more relatable terms and empower children to express their feelings. For a child suffering from homesickness, separation anxiety or loss, reading can be a great source of comfort.

Often the simple act of snuggling up and reading together can make a child feel safe and at ease. Whether your child needs help coping with the death of a family member or reassurance of how much he or she is loved, books are powerful communication tools. Here are Mrs. Laura Bush’s favorite comfort books:

What Have You Lost by Naomi Shihab Nye

The Story about Ping by Marjorie Flack

The Tenth Good Thing about Barney by Judith Viorst

I Love You, Little One by Nancy Tafuri

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Don’t forget to check out other recommendations from Mrs. Laura Bush’s reading lists:

Happy Reading!