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We publish comprehensive, easy-to-use guides to the best children's fiction to help children handle challenges.

Often, the tools to help a child cope with issues, such as starting school, fears and anxieties, anger and frustration, and disabilities and chronic illness, can be found in children's fiction.

But finding the right book can be a daunting task.

A good book about a character facing the same problem can reassure a child that he or she isn't alone - and teach problem-solving skills - without preaching or lecturing. But how does a parent, a teacher, a librarian or a counselor find that book?

Books to Grow With: A Guide to Using the Best Children¹s Fiction for Everyday Issues and Tough Challenges, by Cheryl Coon, offers help to parents, teachers, librarians and counselors.

  • More than 100 issues are covered, including common problems and difficult challenges
  • Recommendations of over 500 fiction books
  • Easy-to-use indexes by topic, author and illustrator, title, multicultural books and Spanish language books
  • Helpful advice on how to use fiction to help children
  • For children ages two to ten.

From everyday issues to tough challenges, topics include:

  • Comfort objects, potty training, babysitters
  • Learning to swim, ride a bicycle and read
  • School, making friends, sharing
  • Bullies, siblings, fears
  • Learning disabilities, stuttering, bedwetting
  • Anger, anxiety, frustration, embarrassment
  • Divorce, stepfamilies, moving
  • Disabilities, chronic illnesses, death

Books To Grow With - A Guide to Using the Best Children's Fiction for Everyday Issues and Tough Challenges - by Cheryl Coon

"An extraordinarily comprehensive and approachable guide that solves the problem that so many parents face: choosing children's books that solve problems! When it comes to prescribing bibliotherapy, Cheryl Coon has the country's best bedside manner. Thoughtful choices and vivid descriptions are the cornerstones of these recommendations that connect children's literature with the human experience. This invaluable resource is a pleasure for parents to peruse, and will be dog-eared by anyone who works in the service of children. "

--Esme Raji Codell, award-winning teacher and author of How to Get Your Child to Love Reading (Algonquin; 2003), Educating Esme (Algonquin; 2001)


"What a fantastic resource for parents and those who work with children! Coon's book is a must have resource for every parent, pediatrician, counselor, teacher, and child therapist. I especially appreciated her sensitive guidance on how to use the rich world of literature to help our children grow and change. You'll use it year after year, as the topics are well chosen to enrich the parent child relationship in every way."

-- Meg Eastman, child psychologist, author of Taming the Dragon in Your Child: Solutions for Breaking the Cycle of Family Anger (John Wiley & Sons, 1994)


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Portland, Oregon 97210-1067

Phone: 503-291-0265
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