In my house, books are my go-to when a tough, tricky, or stressful situation comes around. It’s not just about encouraging reading: Books often allow a gateway for kids to verbalize how they are feeling about a situation. In fact, they help grown-ups get there too. Reading a story together and then talking about it can be a natural way to start a conversation about big feelings like anxiety and fear with kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens.
Back-to-school season has no shortage of those big emotions. Starting in a new grade, riding the bus, a new routine, or even changing schools can cause our doubts and fears to rise. And since we parents aren’t immune to these feelings either, I’ve included a grounding journal that can help parents work through their emotions (it’s also perfect for teens and college-aged kids).
Full of whimsy and wisdom, these books offer empathy and calming tools, along with celebrating the joys of the classroom — including the beloved class pet.