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