Big Issues for Little Readers

By Johanna Reads

By Johanna Reads

My favorite picture books to allow discussion about intense feelings and new situations

The Breaking News

Sarah Lynne Reul

$18.99 $17.47

One of the best and most adaptable texts you can use with kids as we navigate things like mass shootings, personal reactions to elections or supreme court proceedings, and natural disasters occurring as a result of climate change.

The Rabbit Listened

Cori Doerrfeld

$17.99 $16.55

This is a great overview of how differently each person may react to pain or upset.

When Sadness Is at Your Door

Eva Eland

$17.98 $16.54

Me and My Fear

Francesca Sanna

$17.95 $16.51

I've had a lot of conversations with one kiddo in particular while reading this book. Sometimes a portrayal like this (or in When Sadness Is at Your Door) can be confusing as some little readers will not recognize the metaphor of the Fear following a person around; though it does lead to a new way to talk about emotions and how they may limit your actions.

Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler's Guide to Understanding Death

Bonnie Zucker and Kim Fleming

$16.99 $15.63

One of the few books about death and dying I've seen that specifically addresses pre-literate children. This title published by an imprint from the American Psychological Association highlights the name and pronouns of the loved one who has died within the text so that an adult reader can appropriately change the words as they go.

Ida, Always

Caron Levis and Charles Santoso

$18.99 $17.47

A Most Unusual Day

Sydra Mallery and E. B. Goodale

$17.99 $16.55

This beautiful book is especially about the day an older sibling welcomes a new baby into their home via adoption, but it's also an excellent representation of how something in our home life can distract us in big ways. Caroline's day at school is very different on a day when her mind is on something else, something important, happening in her family.