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Our Booklists

We are finishing up many more lists and will share them soon. 

Attachment, Separation, 

& Connection

Honoring Differences 

& Diversity

Acknowledgements: CPP Booklists were developed by Chandra Ghosh Ippen, Raiden Ippen, Christina Marquez, and Willie Chen

Why We Love Books

  • Books bring us closer together 
  • They open doors to conversations
  • They help children and caregivers talk about difficult topics
  • They show children they are not alone when they have had challenging feelings or experiences
  • They show us ways we can cope with difficult feelings or situations

Ways to Use Books

  • Keep important books in your home
  • Many libraries allow children to check out books for at least a month
  • Young children benefit from reading books over and over
  • When children need help with a specific challenge, they may ask to read a specific book. For example, after having a tantrum, later in the day, a child may ask to read a book where a character has been angry or has had a tantrum
  • When you are using a book therapeutically (for example to help a child talk about a challenging subject), it is important to follow your child's lead
  • Some children may want you to read the book. Others may prefer to look at specific pages and just talk about what is happening or what the characters are doing and feeling
  • If a topic is challenging (for example a book about anger when a chid has seen people become very angry), the child may need to take a break
  • They may wander away or ask to do something else
  • You can say something like, "It's hard to talk about it. It's good to take a break"
  • You can even "talk" to the book and say something like "I wonder if she doesn't want to see you right now because you have pictures of people who look sad. We just wanted her to know that we all feel sad sometimes, and we can get help"
  • Your child may surprise you and ask to read the book another day

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