Our minds and bodies are more connected than we know! Sometimes the best way to calm your mind is by stretching, moving, and relaxing your body. Good Night Yoga and Good Morning Yoga by Mariam Gates provide a poetic invitation for your family to cope by moving your bodies, morning and night!
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Children are wonderful at expressing their emotions, but they aren’t always able to communicate to others how they are feeling. Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda is a fun and fantastical way to teach your children how to identify and share their emotions in a healthy way. Each page in this colorful, glittery, hardcover book includes a pop-up mask so that your child can have a hands-on approach to learning about feelings!
In this useful book from the First Experience series, the affable star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood helps children share feelings of the loss of a pet while offering reassurance that grieving is a natural, healing thing to do.
Boris von der Borch is a mean, greedy old pirate–tough as nails, through and through, like all pirates. Or is he? When a young boy sneaks onto Boris’s ship, he discovers that Boris and his mates aren’t quite what he expected. When Boris’ parrot dies, he mourns just like anyone else.
In Judith Viorsts’s The Tenth Good Thing about Barney, we meet the child narrator after his beloved cat, Barney, dies. In true Olivia’s House fashion, the boy’s mother suggests that they hold a funeral ritual for Barney, during which they can share their ten favorite things about their beloved cat. When the list only adds up to nine, the reader watches as Barney’s family finds that the lessons they’ve learned throughout the loss might just be the tenth good thing about Barney!
Our young girl narrator has a beloved friend and dog named Lulu – they spend every minute together! As time passes, Lulu gets older, and begins to get weaker. The little girl learns that Lulu’s lifetime is shorter than that of a human’s, and she will have to say goodbye to her friend soon. This is a beautiful resource for children with an older pet who can benefit from a compassionate connection!
Joe and his cow dog Maggie are the best of friends, and they grow up together! One day, while Joe and an older Maggie are playing outside, a young, little red dog shows up, and Joe names him Silky. Maggie shows Silky the ropes and teaches him how to be the best companion to Joe. When Maggie dies, Joe and Silky both miss her tremendously. . .but they keep Maggie’s memory alive by playing and having fun, just like she always loved to do!
In Robie Harris’s book Goodbye Mousie, we begin the day with a young boy whose pet mouse, Mousie, won’t seem to wake up. When the boy learns that Mousie has died, he starts feeling things he doesn’t understand. One minute he feels sad, and the next he is mad! As the story progresses, we see the boy’s family encourage a ritualization of their furry friend, along with sharing memories that will bring laughs and smiles for a lifetime. This is an excellent resource for a child who has had a pet cross over that special rainbow bridge.
Don’t be fooled by how much we adore our therapy dog Libby. . .we love pets of all shapes and sizes at Olivia’s House! We also understand the deep pain that accompanies the loss of a pet, and for many children, it can be the first loss they experience. Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant offers a beautiful explanation to children of where our cat’s souls may go after they die – and with all the trees for climbing and laps for sitting, it truly does sound like cat heaven!
Gabby and her brother Brennan love making memories with their grandfather. . .they love to dance, swing, and chase each other around the zoo! One day, Gabby notices that Pop-pop can’t do all the things he used to be able to do. In Brandy Lay’s Walk Like Penguins, we enter Gabby’s story as she learns that her grandfather has ALS, a disease that weakens his muscles and makes it harder to move around. Even so, Gabby and Brennan continue to make fun memories with their Pop-pop, things just look a little different. Now, instead of chasing each other around the zoo, they pretend to walk like the penguins!