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With over 500 hand-picked titles, Healing Stories recommends carefully selected books essential for any adult looking to help children cope with their growing pains through reading. Annotated with helpful commentary, these titles cover everything from kids' everyday trials (losing baby teeth, starting school, having a bad day) to more emotionally stressful events (death of a pet, moving, illness), giving adults all the information they need to choose the right books. Also features useful tips to make reading fun and helpful for both adults and children.
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Jacqueline Golding, Ph.D. is a psychologist in private practice in Pleasanton, California who works with children, teens, and adults. A graduate of Yale University, Dr. Golding earned her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Central Contra Costa County Child, Adolescent, and Family Mental Health Service in Concord, California. She holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Golding, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, has published over 100 articles in scientific and professional journals on topics such as trauma, depression, and cultural issues in mental health. She lives in northern California with her family, and in her free time enjoys hiking and photography.Review:
An excellent resource. (Keith Averell, Teacher, Vintage Hills Elementary School, Pleasanton, CA)
A wonderful help for parents whose children are facing a transition or life problem, and a great resource for professionals, pediatricians, and teachers. I've frequently recommended it to parents and professionals alike. (Mary Krentz, Ph.D., Psychologist in private practice, Oakland, CA, and Associate Professor, Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA)
Healing Stories is a unique resource for guidance in sorting through the wealth of children's picture books addressing psychosocial issues. Golding is especially sensitive to questions of inclusiveness, cultural context, and age appropriateness. This is an important book for parents. (Alvin F. Poussaint M.D., Harvard Medical School)
A practical sourcebook of stories to help children (ages 1 to 12) cope with the difficult challenges of life. Highly recommended!! (Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Author of How To Help Children With Common Problems; Editor of
A valuable family resource for healing and helping children through transitions in life. (William Sears M.D., Author of The Successful Child)
Research consistently affirms the importance of parental reading to young children as a bond of warmth as well as a stimulus for cognitive, emotional, and social development. Dr. Golding has provided an invaluable tool for parents and other caregivers by identifying and organizing lists of illustrated books for helping children experience basic securities, develop a sense of personal worth, and explore their imaginative potential. The books, arranged for different age levels, also cover a range of problematic aspects in the child's life from daily stresses, fears, or worries to responses to traumatic events. The brief but insightful explanations provided in each area may really aid many adults in helping the children in their care confront the difficulties and also the joys of growing up. In a time of national concern about school readiness and literacy this is a great way to introduce children to the pleasures and values of reading. (Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Child Study, Yale University, and Author of Make-Believe: Games and Activities for Imagi, Jerome L. Singer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Child Study, Yale University, and Author of Make-Believe: Games and Activities for Imaginative Play; Imagination and Play in the Electronic Age; House of Make-Believe: Children's Play and the Developing)
An incredibly great resource. (Tracy Trotter, Pediatrician in private practice, San Ramon, CA)
People who love and reread children's books will enjoy Healing Stories, and almost certainly find help within its pages for their children's tribulations, whether big, small, or in between ... Within each category are dozens of marvelous books, intelligently summarized ... this is an exceptional look at two generations of books that can both entertain our children and soothe them in time of need. (The Parent's Press)
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