After my kid recently effected a Nazi salute at a party and asked me what “Heil Hitler” meant (she’d been watching The Sound of Music), it got me thinking about when to introduce your kids to difficult subjects. It obviously depends on your child in question and it’s going to happen at different ages but since my 8-year-old started asking a ton of questions about Hitler and the Second World War, I’ve since found some great intro books to WW2 and a great app on the D-Day landings. It got me thinking that it might be useful to signpost where to find some other good “difficult” books for kids.
Books are a great way to introduce difficult issues as by reading together we can discuss things in detail (and pictures help!). If you’re looking for help with grappling some serious issues you could do worse than starting here:
- this article on BookRiot lists books that introduce the idea of grief or refugees (it includes the book The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers, which is also a wonderful app).
- Grandparents.com lists books that are helpful for divorce or bullying.
- Thepicturebooklab.com lists 3 books that deals with death and domestic violence.
- The guardian has a top ten (of course!) on books that deal with death and bereavement.
Let me know if you find any others.
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