Due to popular demand, we’ve asked our Educational Leader Emily Brown to provide some more book suggestions for pre-kinder children!
Our first Pre-Kinder Reading List covered the topics of toilet training, making friends and coping with divorce and separation.
Reading to your child about issues they are experiencing can help to alleviate any anxiety they might be feeling. It also gives them an opportunity to ask questions – creating a dialogue. This is a really valuable thing to establish at a young age, because it means that your child knows that can always turn to you for advice and support.
And of course, the benefits of reading to children are multitudinous, as described in our article Reading to Children: Why It’s Important.
Books About Getting a New Sibling
Do You Still Love Me? by Charlotte Middleton
It’s extremely common for a child to feel insecure when a new sibling is born. In this charming book, Charlotte Middleton tells a story about a dog called Dudley who gets sad when his owner brings home a chameleon called Pequito. Perfect for helping children adjust to changes within the family unit. Available from Amazon.
Books About Personal Safety
Everyone’s Got a Bottom by Tess Rowley
In this acclaimed book, the difficult subject of protecting oneself from sexual abuse is presented in a way that is non-threatening and easy to understand. Available from Capers Bookstore.
Books About Being Kind to Others
Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi
With this colourful book, children learn that it is not okay to hit other people – reinforcing good behavioural habits at a young age. Also in the series: Teeth Are Not For Biting, Feet Are Not For Kicking, and Words Are Not For Hurting. Available from Booktopia.
Books About Multiculturalism
All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka
It’s the illustrations that really bring this book to life – showing children that people have all sorts of different skin tones and hair colours, and helping to show them that all children are beautiful. Available from Booktopia.
Books About Feelings
I Have Feelings! by Jana Novotny Hunter
Narrated by a friendly mouse, this book shows children how to talk about their feelings. Available from Amazon.
When I’m Feeling… by Trace Moroney
This series includes When I’m Feeling Lonely/Angry/Kind/Sad/Scared/Happy/Jealous. These books are a great way to get children talking about their feelings as a means of learning how to understand and manage them in a way that’s healthy. Available from Amazon.
Books About Dealing With Grief
Sad Isn’t Bad by Michaelene Mundy
Grief is a difficult topic to discuss with young children, however this book by Michaelene Mundy helps children to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. Also by the same author is What Happens When Someone Dies? Available from Amazon.