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How do we discuss sensitive or difficult-to-explain subject matter with our children?

The following are books parents can use to help their children come to terms with differences or crises in the family*.

Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADD
by Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ellen B. Dixon, John Rose (Illustrator)

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"This book is awesome! It is a self help book for kids that they find interesting. This book allowed me to get inside my childrens' minds and into their hearts without them realizing what was happening. A great way to examine how your child is really handling their ADD/ADHD, and the tools they can use to get the most out of themselves using simple steps." -- User Review

Distant Drums, Different Drummers: A Guide for Young People With ADHD
by Barbara D. Ingersoll

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"We have tried all the others. THIS was the one my son could read, identify with and appreciate...Ingersoll defines the physiological differences, offers the "hunter" theory of ADHD to explain the roots of the differences, and addresses survival skills. At the end of the book are some short checklists for the kids which allow some introspection, and suggested ways for kids to address what shortcomings they've found. This is the one to try for the 10+ crowd." -- User Review

The 'Putting on the Brakes' Activity Book for Young People With ADHD
by Patricia O. Quinn, Neil Russell (Illustrator), Judith Stern (Contributor)

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"This book is an invaluable aide for parents, educators, and professionals dealing with the challenges faced by AD(H)D students in school. It is a book that can be given directly to students as well. Written in a clear, visually appealing format, it presents worksheets and quick exercises that guide the late grade school, middle school or high school student to an understanding of how this disorder affects their ability to learn." -- User Review

I Can Talk About What Hurts: A Book for Kids in Homes Where There's Chemical Dependency
by Sinbery, Janet Sinberg, Tim Hartman (Illustrator), Dennis C. Daley (Contributor)

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Bottles Break
by Nancy Tabor

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"Having an alcoholic parent isn't easy. Many children confront feelings of guilt, anger, depression, and embarrassment. This direct story, told in the voice of a child, helps validate all these feelings and offers some advice on feeling better. Highly recommended for any child affected by a family member's or friend's alcoholism or for anyone seeking to understand and help such a child." -- Book Description

Adoption Is for Always
by Linda Walvoord Girard, Judith Friedman (Illustrator), Abby Levine (Editor)

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"A five-year-old girl, Celia, knows she is adopted. But she is confused and angry, and her parents must deal with her many questions in an honest and loving way. Information about adoption a young child can understand is integrated into the text." -- Synopsis

Eight Is Enough
by Beverly Lewis

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"Holly's world turns topsy-turvy when she finds out her mother is having another baby. How can her mom be thrilled? She and Holly's stepdad already have six children! Holly gets so upset she considers living with her father in California. But that makes her mom and her sister sad. What's a girl to do? Girls ages 11 to 14 will enjoy helping Holly figure it out." -- Book Description

Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families
by Marc Tolon Brown, Laurence Krasny Brown

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"The traumatic childhood experience--when a child's parents divorce--is depicted in the form of dinosaur characters. Chapters address the full range of feelings that a divorce produces. '...this will become a real 'security blanket' for young readers in need.' -- School Library Journal, starred review.' -- Synopsis

It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: A Read-Together Book for Parents & Young Children During Divorce
by Vicki Lansky, Jane Prince (Illustrator), Jan Prince (Illustrator)

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"Vicki Lansky provides a comforting way of going through an inevitably painful process while gently showing children that they didn't cause the breakup. Because small children in particular often have trouble understanding new everyday arrangements, this book and doll helps children cope with and express new feelings." -- Book Description

My Parents Still Love Me Even Though They're Getting Divorced: An Interactive Tale for Children
by Lois V. Nightingale, Blanca Apodaca (Illustrator)

Our Price: $14.95

"This book is not just for very young children. My 11 year-old daughter had so much anger wrapped around our divorce that we just couldn't even talk. This book was the break-through we needed to begin talking, crying, understanding, and moving on. She made this book her own, colored the pictures, and had us read it together multiple times, using it to begin discussions about the issues that troubled her." -- User Review

I Have a New Family Now: Understanding Blended Families
by Robin Prince Monroe, Nancy Barnet (Illustrator)

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"Families change from time to time. Deaths, births, divorces, remarriages can all bring new people into a child's family. By using this book, parents can help children understand why they need not fear changes in their family." -- Synopsis

Balloons for Trevor: Understanding Death (Comforting Little Hearts Series)
by Anne Good Cave, Janice Skivington (Illustrator)

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"Here's help and hope for parents and children facing difficult life circumstances. Each book in this series takes families through difficult issues such as divorce, chronic illness, blended families, and death. The interactive pages help parents and children work through issues together." -- Synopsis

Sad Isn't Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss
by Michaelene Mundy, R. W. Alley (Illustrator)

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"Loaded with positive, life-affirming advice for coping with loss as a child, this guide tells children what they need to know after a loss--that the world is still safe; life is good; and hurting hearts do mend. Written by a school counselor, this book helps comfort children facing of the worst and hardest kind of reality." -- Synopsis

Let's Talk About It: Adoption
by Fred Rogers, Jim Judkis (Photographer)

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"Public television's Mr. Rogers introduces adoption as one way of belonging in a family. In reassuring tones he focuses on the adoptive family, not on the birth parents, but also encourages open communication and acknowledges that difficult issues will arise." -- Horn Book

Something Is Wrong at My House
by Diane Davis, Marina Megale (Illustrator)

Our Price: $5.95

"It is an extremely well-conceived little paperback which deals with a serious issue-the problem of violence in the home, in a format which children can easily comprehend and that offers them some solutions." -- The Reviewing Librarian, Fall 1986

Zack's Story: Growing Up With Same-Sex Parents
by Keith Elliot Greenberg, Carol Halebian (Photographer)

Our Price: $21.27

" Eleven-year-old Zack talks about his life with his lesbian mother and his 'second mother' in an attractively appointed photo-essay. Pictures catch Zack at home, at school, at the Gay Pride Parade in New York City, and with his dad and his dad's other family. Zack mentions how he feels when he hears 'bad stuff about gays' at school and how he's handled a few uncomfortable situations." -- Booklist

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