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need recomendations for good stories for children experiencing changes or a difficult time at home and school.

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Initial post: 3 Feb 2012 21:11:15 GMT
frannie says:
Hi all. I work as behaviour support in a primary school. I am looking for story books that my children can relate to covering issues such as divorce, seperation, different types of family, new baby, loss, friendships etc. suitable for children aged 4-11. That can be read in 5-10 minutes. Im looking for books that are a nice story that the children can enjoy listening to. Thanks in advance.

Posted on 4 Feb 2012 16:45:07 GMT
Badger on the Barge would fit the bill here I think.

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Posted on 4 Feb 2012 18:20:20 GMT
E Barber says:
Goggle eyes by ANne Fine (for girls, perhaps 9-12)

Posted on 4 Feb 2012 21:01:36 GMT
Shakira says:
Try The Spell of the Witch Queen This is a great story which covers
all of the above.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Feb 2012 21:31:59 GMT
I am an Additional Support Teacher. Although many of my charges are educationally challenged I also support children with broken hearts.
A book for older children is "Because of Winn Dixie" which is about a 10 year old child who is looking for the answers to why her mother left - in time she 'fixes' not only her life but also that of others in the community and the dog she finds acts as the glue.
"William's Cat" is a picture book about grief and how one woman comes to terms with it.
"Bag of Worries" is a book which puts things in life into perspective.
Michael Murpurgo's "Cool" is about a child in a coma listening to his broken family - a beautiful story to make children feel that they are not alone in having to deal with problem parents.
Please steer away from Jacqueline Wilson books as they tend to make life in a care home as exciting as going off to boarding school! There is no glamour in being an orphan or an unwanted child of a broken home.

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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Feb 2012 23:05:14 GMT
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LEP says:
Here's some, however most are probably full novels:

The colour of Home - Mary Hoffman
Little Rabbit series - Harry Horse
The Lonely Giraffe - Peter Blight
Our House - Michael Rosen with DVD
Grace & Family - Mary Hoffman
Heidi - Spyri
The Secret Garden - Burnett
Polyanna - Eleanor H Porter
James & the Giant Peach - Dahl

Books about friendship, sharing and bullying:
The Goose and the Tree - Hope Reilly
Yummy Ice Cream - Emma Quay & Anne Watson (sharing)
I'm like you, you're like me - Cindy Grainger
Friendship according to Humphrey - Betty G Birney (includes bullying)

Two Homes - Claire Masurel
Mum and Dad Glue - Kes Gray

Death and dealing with loss:
Always and Forever - Alan Durant
Badger's Parting Gifts - susan Varley
Sad Isn't Bad - Michelle mundy
I Miss You - Pat Thomas

Posted on 6 Feb 2012 18:37:01 GMT
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P. J. Taylor says:
Brian, His Granddad & The Cup of Ages might be worth a look. The main character's parents are separated and the death of a loved one is dealt with towards the end of the book.


Posted on 6 Feb 2012 20:06:53 GMT
S3B says:
Hello, I can absolutely recommend Usborne's 'The New Baby', all three of my children loved this book (though only 2 needed it, of course!). Brilliant. It's on Amazon The New Baby (Usborne First Experiences)

and it's part of their First Experiences range, so would be good to browes Usborne's other books like this.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Feb 2012 21:12:43 GMT
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LEP says:
Look at the Elf - help books for Kids series. They seem to cover exactly what you want.

Posted on 8 Mar 2012 16:06:49 GMT
ajk77 says:
Babette Cole has some great picture books on divorce, puberty, where babies come from etc. Funny

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 17:45:58 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2012 18:00:29 GMT
sfitzgerald says:
Dear Frannie
Have you come across Opal Moonbaby by Maudie Smith? It will take a little longer than 5-10 minutes to read, but it's an absolutely enchanting story and perfect for the 4-11 age groups. It tackles difficult friendships and hard times at home but in an upbeat, empowered and imaginative way. Opal Moonbaby is an alien! She's funny and very like Pippi Longstocking but for modern audiences of children. Wonderful stuff. highly recommended.

Posted on 10 Mar 2012 09:13:04 GMT
I have no experience dealing with behavioural problems or children. But as an outsider, if I was a child experiencing any of these issues, when it came to story time I would not want to have them brought up again. Surely these children have enough of their time and thought focused on their problems and I expect that a lot of the people they encounter are trying to give them support, further still focusing their thoughts on the issues. Maybe at story time you should just find a good book that you enjoy and include the children in a story that you can all enjoy. Perhaps it will also encourage them to start reading themselves and give them a world to escape to for half an hour or so.

Posted on 10 Mar 2012 13:17:49 GMT
alex says:
A great book for 11+ which deals with some of these problems is The Dominion of Kings.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2012 18:14:49 GMT
Helen Barnes says:
New baby
A baby sister for Frances Russell HobanA Baby Sister For Frances

Fearfulness (and just about anything)
The Sea-Thing Child Russell Hoban The Sea-thing Child

Loss and death
Granpa John BurninghamGranpa
The Gift Carol Ann Duffy The Gift
The velveteen rabbit Margery Williams The Velveteen Rabbit

Posted on 10 Mar 2012 18:37:33 GMT
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Posted on 11 Mar 2012 12:39:59 GMT
This is not for that age group but FYI but Diary of a Parent Trainer (Jenny Smith, published by Scholastic) is for girls age 11+ and deals with bereavement, and change. Comic novel, but serious issues there and hopefully it shows that life does go on and happiness is possible even while dealing with change.

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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012 20:52:45 GMT
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As you said you have experience of neither:
Children are no different than adult's, they do often need to vent their emotion's, which are often in a turmoil, due to age, lack of ability to understand fully et, & a whole other world of emotions in that age group. bottling-up, hiding under rug's, pretending it isn't happening, can be a negative way of tackling an incident, and never will be a good idea for the future as an adult.Speaking the right language for a child to understand what's happened, far more appropriate, especially for your own relationship with that child, in the here & now & future. Children respect adult's who are honest & show them respect by being truthful, on their own level of understanding. This I say as a parent & someone who has studied at Uni level children.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2013 07:30:59 GMT
Georgina says:
Hello Frannie-not a story but you may find it useful for year 6's- "The Little Book Of Retorts-a teenager's guide to beating the bullies" is a short self-help guide which aims to empower kids so that they don't become victims of bullying. As well as help with confidence, relieving anxiety etc it has lots of illustrated examples of replies to rude comments. I am a teacher and counselling psychologist and was inspired to write it by the pupils I worked with. Here is a sample of feedback I have had:Hi Wendy,
Thank you so much, you're book is wonderful! I have recommended it to my sister as her son id experiencing problems at the moment, my son loved it too even though he is only 7! I teach behaviour management to parents and this subject sometimes comes up so I will definitely be recommending your book in my classes!
Well done and thank you!

It is available from amazonkindle and also from the website in PDF
Good Luck!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2013 16:53:45 GMT
PJ Taylor-
It really isn't very nice trying to flog your book at every occassion. I saw a lot of recommendations for this book but then I realised they all come from the author.

Posted on 16 Feb 2013 16:57:13 GMT
Dealing with death:
This might sound out of place but there is a Christmas story called Noel which I feel is the best book ever on dealing with death - but some might object to the fact that it seems to be from a Christian perspective.

I loved the Outsiders as a child myself - it deals very well with alienation, adjusting to life after the parents have died and family relationships, but this is for older children, ages 10+

As for new baby books - best suited for very young children, but the Berenstain Bears new baby books are brilliant.

Posted on 17 Feb 2013 02:20:30 GMT
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