Children's books offer education, entertainment and comfort

tour special needs family

Through books, children learn to cope more constructively with complex emotions like fear and jealousy or stressful experiences like starting school or moving to a new neighborhood.

Children often identify strongly with storybook characters, fanciful or realistic, and indirectly work through their day-to-day problems by reading about others’ similar problems and solutions.

By reading about other children and their lives, they take comfort in knowing they are not alone.

Once you find a particular book at the library or bookstore, read it through before sharing it with your child to determine whether it will help your child make sense out of his or her feelings.

Books can form a vital springboard for parent-child discussion.

To enhance the therapeutic value of books for your child, select children's books that sensitively portray a similar problem or emotion your child is experiencing.

You might gently introduce your child to the book by saying it is about an experience the main character is having with a certain problem or feeling. Do not make a direct association between your child and the storybook character.

In addition, do not force your child to read or listen to a story. (Older children are usually resistant to a direct book recommendation from a parent. Instead, have books on topics like divorce, death, or sex education openly available.)

Read the book over and over again. Your child needs time not only to absorb how the character handled the situation, but also to think about how the problem and solution might personally apply.

Informally discuss the problems and concerns of the children's book main character.

Listen to your child's interpretation of the feelings and expectations of the main character.

Stop to answer all of the questions your child asks. Your conversation is more important than the story itself.

Finally, tell your child about a time in your childhood when you experienced a similar feeling of vulnerability, fear, excitement, or disappointment.

Sometimes, we don't have enough time to read to our children as much as we would like. We recently purchased the Story Reader for Monica.

It came with the Finding Nemo book. We both loved it so much we purchased 15 more books. She enjoys looking at the pictures and listening to the stories being read to her as she turns the pages.

It is easy to use. Simply put the book into the Story Reader and it reads along with the books as the pages are turned, even if you skip a page or return to a previously viewed page it reads the correct page correctly.

The story teller's voices are wonderful and there are many popular children's book titles available. This is a great portable system that can provide entertainment at home or on the go and encourages reading!

My name is Sunday Erickson. I was gifted with multiple challenges from birth. I choose to call them "gifts" for through them, I have lived an exciting fulfilling life, including two college degrees, a marriage, a career I love, along with hours of crying, laughing and dealing every day with being different. My website is Laughing on Wheels.

Let me share a book with you, called Tu-Tu Much . I think you will find it delightful and honest as it deals with the questions I had growing up.

Please enter the world of Lucy Lockets, a nine-year-old girl who is considered special. Lucy hates the word "special" because it means that she can’t walk, use her hands or speak very well.

Although confined to a wheelchair, her mind, heart, and attitude soars with adventures and high spirits while coping with her bodily limitations, dealing with the pre conceived ideas of others, and creating a positive image of who she is and her place in the world.

Nothing is sugar coated for Lucy. Her physical challenges are many and she deals with them openly. We sit in on therapy that evoke pain, anger, and the “big “ questions of “Why me?” and “Why was I born this way?” In her search for answers, Lucy encounters many emotions; anger, doubt, fear, and self-pity. Lucy is neither a heroine or a victim. She is special, not for her disability, but for her abilities and strengths.

Allow Lucy Locket and me, the grown-up Lucy, into your hearts through our book Tu-Tu Much. Celebrate our triumphs, shed tears at our failures and laugh with us as we face the world in our own special way!

Learn the real life story of the authors of the authors of the childrens book on Curious George - Margret Rey, along with her husband H. A. (Hans Augusto) Rey.

Created by Margret Rey and her husband H.A. Rey, the mischievous monkey Curious George has delighted millions of readers for more than 50 years with his hilarious hijinks.

After the birth of Curious George in 1941, six titles completed the series, which have since been translated into 12 languages. This wonderful 416-page collector's edition, the Complete Adventures ,(with all seven of the original Curious George titles in one colorfully illustrated volume) features Curious George, Curious George Takes a Job, Curious George Rides a Bike, Curious George Gets a Medal, Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Learns the Alphabet, and Curious George Goes to the Hospital.

Walt Disney's Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - for the first time ever, all of the classic childrens books of Winnie the Pooh from the popular animated films have been collected in this charming children's literature treasury.

The children's books of Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle

Since Raggedy Ann first appeared in print in 1918, she has charmed millions of readers with her always warm and optimistic outlook and calm approach to difficulties. Now she returns to delight a new generation in this carefully produced reissue, which restores the book to its original appearance.

All the original stories are here, as Raggedy Ann comes to Marcella's nursery and quickly becomes the leader of the dolls. After learning a lesson from a naughty raid on the pantry, Raggedy Ann's adventures show her striving to be good -- and succeeding. She and the other dolls rescue Fido, the family dog, from the dogcatcher. When, in one adventure, Raggedy Ann has to have her stuffing replaced, she gets her famous "I LOVE YOU" candy heart. Raggedy Ann also goes up in a kite, teaches two new dolls to be tolerant, and shares the excitement of a baby brother for Marcella, among several other tales.

Johnny Gruelle's delicate illustrations are the perfect companions to the well-loved stories in this American classic, the only edition authorized by the Gruelle family. A brief biography of the author-artist by his grandson, Kim Gruelle, makes this edition especially valuable.

Disney Storybook Collection has all the favorite childrens stories from Cinderella to the Road to Eldadoro. Each story is accompanied by wonderful illustrations, and the childrens stories have been beautifully shortened to make for perfect reading length to keep your youngsters attention. This is a great childrens book, and will make a wonderful addition to your library.

Twenty-three stories, from classics to more recent Disney tales, include: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Pinocchio, Bambi, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, Jungle Book, Aristocats, Mickey's Christmas Carol, Oliver & Company, The Prince and the Pauper, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mickey and the Beanstalk, and Three Little Pigs.

Each story is about fourteen pages long, with great pictures from the movies on each page.

The book is about 9 inches square, so a bit unwieldy for a child to read sitting, but quite enjoyable if it is spread on a table or held in your lap. The binding is durable and the pages a bit glossy for easy cleanup

The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury offers 44 complete read-aloud classics and future classics from Goodnight Moon to Stellaluna.

Flipping through the 308 pages of The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury is like browsing a photo album of beloved friends and family. The familiar faces of Curious George and Ferdinand the Bull peer earnestly from the pages, and scenes from Madeline and Millions of Cats resonate as if you just experienced them yesterday. Think of the advantages of carrying this book on a vacation instead of a suitcase of single titles! (Your kids can always revisit their dog-eared hardcovers when they get home.)

This impressive collection of concept books, wordless books, picture books, and read-aloud stories was artfully compiled by longtime children's book editor and publisher Janet Schulman. Stories are coded red, blue, and green to designate age groupings from baby/toddler books such as Whose Mouse Are You?, through preschool books such as Where the Wild Things Are, to longer stories for ages 5 and older such as Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Brief biographical notes that are surprisingly quirky shine a little light on the 62 authors and illustrators, and an index helps, too, for the child who likes one story best. We love the idea of being within easy reach of a Star-Belly Sneetch, a William Steig donkey, and a Sendak monster at all times, and we're sure your little bookworms will, too.

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