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The Invisible String by Patrice Karst and illustrated by Geoff Stevenson is an excellent book for pre-school and primary school aged children who may experience separation anxiety fears or grief following the loss of a family member or pet. It helps build the idea that we are always connected to those we love and that they can feel that connection in return. It also enables the introduction of a symbol or object the child can keep in their pocket to help them feel secure and connected. We love The Invisible String at HMC Launceston for use both during therapy. as well as for parents and caregivers to read to their children.
A great book for introducing feelings is The Way I Feel, which is written and illustrated by Janan Cain. It includes all the basic feelings with bright and engaging illustrations, and presents different scenarios where children may feel a certain way. It’s a recommended text in the Zones of Regulation program, and one we use all the time at HMC Launcesaton. It’s also suitable for parents wanting to improve basic emotional literacy in young children or children on the Autism Spectrum. Our link is to the board book, but a hard-cover version is available as well.