Using Books to Help Build
a Child’s Coping Skills
Bobby’s Books is a program that uses books to help children and adults deal with difficult issues. Using children's literature as a springboard for conversations will give kids the chance to express their feelings and tell their own stories.
The Keeping Quilt
"We will make a quilt to help us always remember home," Anna's mother said. "It will be like heaving the family in backhome Russia dance around us at night." And so it was. From a basket of old clothes, Anna's babushka, Uncle Vladimir's shirt, Aunt Havalah's nightdress and an apron of Aunt Natasha's become The Keeping Quilt, passed along from mother to daughter for almost a century. For four generations the quilt is a Sabbath tablecloth, a wedding canopy, and a blanket that welcomes babies warmly into the world.
In strongly moving pictures that are as heartwarming as they are real, Patricia Polacco tells the story of her own family, and the quilt that remains a symbol of their enduring love and faith.
This book discusses the importance of family, memories and symbols. It can be a way to share the importance of your own family traditions and teach your child the importance of knowing where you came from in an effort to move forward.
Bobby's Books is an exceptional, developmentally appropriate resource to help children, from the very young to the adolescent, learn how to grow positively through grief and loss.
Beth White, MSN
Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
St. Vincent Mercy Children's Hospital