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Healing Stories: Picture Books for the Big and Small Changes in a Child's Life [NOOK Book]

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With over 500 hand-picked titles, Healing Stories recommends carefully selected books essential for any adult looking to help children cope with their growing pains through reading. Annotated with helpful commentary, these titles cover everything from kids' everyday trials (losing baby teeth, starting school, having a bad day) to more emotionally stressful events (death of a pet, moving, illness), giving adults all the information they need to choose the right books. Also features useful tips to make reading fun ...
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Healing Stories: Picture Books for the Big and Small Changes in a Child's Life

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Overview

With over 500 hand-picked titles, Healing Stories recommends carefully selected books essential for any adult looking to help children cope with their growing pains through reading. Annotated with helpful commentary, these titles cover everything from kids' everyday trials (losing baby teeth, starting school, having a bad day) to more emotionally stressful events (death of a pet, moving, illness), giving adults all the information they need to choose the right books. Also features useful tips to make reading fun and helpful for both adults and children.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Golding (psychology, Univ. of California, San Francisco) is a psychologist in private practice who works with children. Here she writes about sharing picture books with children as a means of acknowledging their feelings, helping them to process their experiences, and promoting empathy, hope, and self-understanding. The author selected more than 500 picture books that, in her opinion, have positive value for promoting children's development and teaching them coping strategies. The chapters are broken down into nine basic categories of childhood issues. Each chapter has an introduction followed by an A-Z listing of picture books on the chapter's topic. The 34 topics covered in the book are a good representation of issues; however, injuries/accidents and special needs are not addressed. Listings include publishing information, a description, a suggested age range, the main character's cultural background, and cultural context. Golding recommends that adults first review the lists and read the books they feel are most appropriate before choosing one for their child. Healing Stories empowers parents to promote development and healing in children through books in a fun, helpful manner. The quality of her selections is excellent. Recommended for public libraries. Kari Ramstrom, Hennepin Cty. P.L., MN Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Believing in the power of stories to help children understand themselves, Golding has compiled an annotated list of more than 500 picture books on topics ranging from simple friendship to more complex themes of illness and divorce. In her introduction, she gives practical tips for adults who will be choosing books from this collection. The author reminds them that books alone can't solve all problems, but that they are excellent tools for starting a conversation. Carolyn W. Lima and John A. Lima's A to Zoo (2005) groups titles by similar topic without the benefit of annotations, whereas John T. Gillespie and Catherine Barr's Best Books for Children (2003, both Libraries Unlimited) provides a one-sentence annotation with evaluative comments for using the titles as discussion starters with children. Both parents and librarians can use these suggested books either for bibliotherapy or for theme-building for storytimes. However, because Golding suggests many older, out-of-print titles, this book would not be as worthwhile as a collection-development guide.
—Blair ChristolonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Keith Averell
An excellent resource.
Mary Krentz
A wonderful help for parents whose children are facing a transition or life problem, and a great resource for professionals, pediatricians, and teachers. I've frequently recommended it to parents and professionals alike.
Alvin Poussaint
Healing Stories is a unique resource for guidance in sorting through the wealth of children's picture books addressing psychosocial issues. Golding is especially sensitive to questions of inclusiveness, cultural context, and age appropriateness. This is an important book for parents.
Charles E. Schaefer
A practical sourcebook of stories to help children (ages 1 to 12) cope with the difficult challenges of life. Highly recommended!!
William Sears M.D.
A valuable family resource for healing and helping children through transitions in life.
Jerome L. Singer
Research consistently affirms the importance of parental reading to young children as a bond of warmth as well as a stimulus for cognitive, emotional, and social development. Dr. Golding has provided an invaluable tool for parents and other caregivers by identifying and organizing lists of illustrated books for helping children experience basic securities, develop a sense of personal worth, and explore their imaginative potential. The books, arranged for different age levels, also cover a range of problematic aspects in the child's life from daily stresses, fears, or worries to responses to traumatic events. The brief but insightful explanations provided in each area may really aid many adults in helping the children in their care confront the difficulties and also the joys of growing up. In a time of national concern about school readiness and literacy this is a great way to introduce children to the pleasures and values of reading.
Tracy Trotter
An incredibly great resource.
The Parent's Press
People who love and reread children's books will enjoy Healing Stories, and almost certainly find help within its pages for their children's tribulations, whether big, small, or in between ... Within each category are dozens of marvelous books, intelligently summarized ... this is an exceptional look at two generations of books that can both entertain our children and soothe them in time of need.
Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Child Study
Research consistently affirms the importance of parental reading to young children as a bond of warmth as well as a stimulus for cognitive, emotional, and social development. Dr. Golding has provided an invaluable tool for parents and other caregivers by identifying and organizing lists of illustrated books for helping children experience basic securities, develop a sense of personal worth, and explore their imaginative potential. The books, arranged for different age levels, also cover a range of problematic aspects in the child's life from daily stresses, fears, or worries to responses to traumatic events. The brief but insightful explanations provided in each area may really aid many adults in helping the children in their care confront the difficulties and also the joys of growing up. In a time of national concern about school readiness and literacy this is a great way to introduce children to the pleasures and values of reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461733881
  • Publisher: M. Evans & Company
  • Publication date: 8/8/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Golding, Ph.D. is a psychologist in private practice in Pleasanton, California who works with children, teens, and adults. A graduate of Yale University, Dr. Golding earned her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Central Contra Costa County Child, Adolescent, and Family Mental Health Service in Concord, California. She holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Golding, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, has published over 100 articles in scientific and professional journals on topics such as trauma, depression, and cultural issues in mental health. She lives in northern California with her family, and in her free time enjoys hiking and photography.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2010

    Highly Recommended - check it out!

    This book is a wonderful compilation of reviews about healing stories fro young children. If you are not sure about which book to choose about issue topics like grief or bullying etc. Check out this book! Great for parents, teachers, counselors, and childcare providers.

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