Through books and stories, children learn how to cope with emotions such as fear and jealousy. Books can also help children deal with stressful experiences like starting school or moving to a new neighborhood. Children often identify strongly with storybook characters. They can work through their own problems by reading about others' similar problems and solutions. Children take comfort in knowing they are not alone.
Once you find a book at the library or bookstore, read it yourself before sharing it with your child. Decide if you think it will help your child make sense out of his or her feelings. Books can be a way for you and your child to talk about things. Here are some other ideas: