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.
The 20 books specifically chosen to be the core selection of Bobby's Books are amazing. The core selections offer a variety of themes, relationships and family dynamics to choose from in order to serve clients respectfully and within their comfort zone. Children and their adult caretakers are able to identify needs and process feelings through the characters in the story. Insight may increase in a nurturing atmosphere that fosters understanding, acceptance and growth.
Myra D. Clark, MA, LPCC-S
Mount Carmel Hospice