Celebrate International Children’s Book Day with Wilma Jean the Worry Machine
Did you know that April 2nd is International Children’s Book Day? What a wonderful thing to celebrate! I still remember fondly so many of the books I read as a child and can see how strongly they impacted me. Reading books helps children in many ways. They develop language skills, of course, but they also learn a great deal about life, relating to others, the world, behaviors, experiences, etc. etc. etc. Through books, children are able to understand new concepts and in reading the stories of others, they are able to feel validated in their own stories and experiences. Children’s books are powerful and my list of the ones I love to recommend to parents is quite long! So, I’m going to highlight 3 favorites here in order to help recognize and celebrate International Children’s Book Day!
The three books I have selected off of my long list are books that I have used in my work with children and families over the years to help teach kids about feelings. One of the greatest challenges for children as they relate to others and experience many new things every day, is how to handle and express their feelings. Children’s feelings can be SO big and FEEL so big. It’s important that we provide them with a model for how to deal with and identify their feelings using relatable stories. That’s the first step — “feelings identification”. If we can help children learn how they experience each feeling in their body and name them, we are setting them up for strong emotional intelligence as an adult!
Reading books with your children can bring about an abundance of positive outcomes. It can expand their minds and build curiosity. Reading can help them cope with their own experiences and feelings. There are a multitude of studies that prove that reading with your children has incredible benefits, like this recent study that shows that reading can benefit your child’s behavior and attention. Reading books with your kids also builds your relationship. Books like the ones above, offer wonderful opportunities to help your child navigate their emotional world and engage in interactions with you on how to deal with it all. In my opinion this is one of the greatest gifts books can bring to children and parents…helping start the hard conversations and giving parents a way to use language and stories to engage in these conversations.
I have a background in child development and work with parents and caregivers of kids of all ages to build lasting positive relationships with their children. If you are a parent or caregiver who would like additional support and coaching, please contact me here. I offer free 15 minute consultations where I’ll try to get an idea of what you are dealing with and how I can help. We will get a good sense of each other and can decide if I’m the best fit for you. Together we will make a plan for the next steps.