Growing Bookworms: Books to help children cope with change

Children need to be able to cope with change, especially in the world today. Robbie knows that books can often be ‘just the thing’ to help children navigate sometimes-scary waters. Hearing stories of other children who are faced with change gives children resilience and also comfort. Thank you, Robbie for sharing three terrific books for children (and adults.) They are classics. And thank you for including a video of me reading the first chapter of “Little House on the Prairie.”

Writing to be Read

Welcome to the first post of 2022 in the Growing Bookworms series.

A lot of people and children face change at the beginning of a new calendar year. In the Southern Hemisphere, children change grades and sometimes schools. Parents often change jobs and this can trigger changes to homes, schools, cities, and even countries.

Adults are better equipped to cope with change because they have more experience of life than children. Adults have already transitioned from junior school to high school and then often on to a tertiary education institution. Most adults have looked for, and gained, employment and have moved from their parents home to their own dwelling. Some adults have moved jobs and homes numerous times. As a result of the many life changes most adults have faced, they have learned strategies to help them cope with the anxieties and concerns that arise from major life changes.


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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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23 Responses to Growing Bookworms: Books to help children cope with change

  1. Darlene says:

    Wonderful readings. Children need books to help them navigate through life, which will always include change.

    • Jennie says:

      You are spot on, Darlene! Boy, do children need these books today. This took me back. When school closed down and we went to remote learning in March of 2020, the first thing I did was set up a YouTube channel so I could keep reading aloud to children every day. Robbie found the Little House on the Prairie video, and it reminds me of how important it is to read, no matter what!

  2. I enjoyed your story reading time. Lovely post.

  3. What a lovely choice to share, Jennie. I love the things Robbie does. And here a fondant tea party! Big hugs to you both.

    • Jennie says:

      I love the things Robbie shares, too. She is amazing. Her passion for fondant creations is equal to her passion for children’s books. She really picked three winners.

  4. The idea of growing bookworms tickles me. I’ve never imagined that expression but it’s perfect. I had a little difficulty with the video links but over all, just delighted by the whole post. I think you are the read aloud champion here.

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, growing bookworms is really a wonderful expression. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, Marlene. Really. And thank you for the read aloud champion vote!

  5. Robbie’s not a teacher by profession, but she is by spirit. I get so much out of reading her insights into raising readers.

  6. bosssybabe says:

    Thanks for sharing, Jennie! I will try to remember this list when Charlotte is a bit older. So true though, children don’t have the capacity to understand the things they are feeling or even have the words to explain… Charlotte was a bit of an anxious child and sometimes I feel like there were things I could have done or not done to mitigate those anxieties for her but I feel like the work that we’ve done (simple work like talking about feelings, reading about emotions and facing them and defining them) has helped her immensely.. At least I can hope! 🙂

  7. I’d love to help my grandsons become bookworms. This was a great share, Jennie! 😄

  8. Robbie is doing a very good job with this project. Wonderful to get so many useful advices, and book recommendations. xx Michael

  9. dgkaye says:

    Love your animation when you read Jennie. 🙂 xx

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