Books about emotional problems linked to bereavement

‘A volcano in my tummy: helping children to handle anger’ by Eliane Whitehouse and Warwick Pudney

Presents a clear and effective approach to helping children and adults alike understand and deal constructively with children's anger. The book offers engaging, well-organized activities which help to overcome the fear of children's anger which many adult care-givers experience. By carefully distinguishing between anger the feeling, and violence the behaviour, this accessible little book, primarily created for ages 6-13, helps to create an awareness of anger, enabling children to relate creatively and harmoniously at critical stages in their development.


‘Double-dip feelings: stories to help children understand emotions’ by Barbara Cain

Designed to help children understand emotions, and shows that it is possible to experience two contrasting feelings at the same time, such as feeling both proud and scared on the first day of school. Questions are raised throughout the book to help them cope with the tugs and pulls of emotions that simultaneous and dissimilar feelings can produce.


‘The huge bag of worries’ by Virginia Ironside

A compelling picture book which can be used as a spring board into what worries children today. The lively, comic-style pictures and the general nature of the worries make this excellent for any number of problems. The message of the book is clear—find someone who will listen and talk about your worries.


‘What to do when you dread your bed: a kid’s guide to overcoming problems with sleep’ by Dawn Huebner

Guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioural techniques used to treat problems with sleep. Fears, busy brains, restless bodies, and overdependence on parents are all tackled as children gain the skills they need for more peaceful nights. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to fall asleep and stay asleep - like magic!