There’s something magical about story time. Being held by our parents. Hearing their soothing heartbeat and the inflections of their voice. As they read, the colors, images and shapes leap off the book’s page and come alive. It’s difficult not to swept along for the ride, and disappear into the lives of the characters.
If your child is experiencing separation anxiety, try implementing reading time into their routine. Even though they may not fully comprehend what’s going on, reading out loud is still beneficial. It helps them recognize voice inflection, develop social awareness and identify various emotions.
Here are some good options regarding children’s books about separation anxiety.
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- The Invisible String by Patrice Karst and Geoff Stevenson
- Twins Liza and Jeremy are frightened by a thunderstorm. They get out of bed and search for their mother, then refuse to leave her side when they find her. Their mother tells them about an invisible string of love that connects them to her no matter how far away they are. The children return to bed with this comforting image in mind.
- Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
- Three owl babies wake up in the middle of the night to find their mother gone. Owl baby Bill cries for her, while the two others — Percy and Sarah — try to comfort him. When the mother returns, she sees their worried faces and says, “What’s all the fuss? You knew I’d come back.”
- First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
- Is your child afraid to try new things? Travel along with little Sarah Jane Hartwell as she has her first day at a new school. She doesn’t want to be where no one knows her, and refuses to get out of bed. However, after a lot of coaxing from her father, she goes and learns the value behind being brave and making new friends.
- The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak
- Baby raccoon Chester is afraid to go to night school, his mother gives him the simplest and most timeless piece of wisdom. Kissing his palm, she says, “Whenever you feel lonely…press your hand to your cheek and think, ‘Mommy loves you.’ That very kiss will jump to your face and fill you with…warm thoughts.” Chester heeds his mother’s words, then later returns the favor, showing that sometimes parents can experience separation anxiety, too.
For more information on each selection, be sure to check out the reviews and descriptions provided by Goodreads.
Children’s Books about Separation Anxiety
By the time your infant has become a one year old, they will have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language. Each and every word they hear builds a rich network in their brains. The more stories they hear, the stronger and more expansive their vocabulary. When they start pointing to objects in the book and touching the paintings, they are processing the colors, looking for patterns and distinguishing the differences in faces. Reading aloud to your child also creates a unique opportunity for you to bond together. For them to cuddle with you, get to know you, and learn that they are safe with you.
As you read, remember to create different tones and voices for each character to enhance the experience. Ask them questions to keep them engaged and immersed in the story. Always be sure to have children’s books about separation anxiety stocked in your library as well. This can open the door to other friends and family reading to them, thereby strengthening the idea that story time is a fun and safe activity and lessening the separation anxiety.
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Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.
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“’Don’t Leave Me!’ Best Books for Easing Separation Anxiety.” ParentMap, www.parentmap.com/article/dont-leave-me-best-books-for-easing-separation-anxiety.
Shank, Jenny. “5 Soothing Picture Books for Separation Anxiety.” The B&N Kids Blog, The B&N Kids Blog, 2 Mar. 2017, www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/kids/5-soothing-picture-books-separation-anxiety/.