By Mary Barrett
The Boy Who Sat By The Window – Helping Children Cope With Violence
By Chris Loftis
Published by Small Horizon Press Books, Division of New Horizon Press Books, PO Box 669, Far Hills, New Jersey 07931
48 pages, paperback, $12.95, ISBN 978-0-88282-147-4
When Joshua’s classmate is killed by random gunfire, he is troubled by both the death and the fear of more violence. Using his expertise as a counselor, the author teaches children the skills needed to cope with such violent trauma. This book will help restore hope and peace.
Chris Loftis is the author of The Words Hurt.
The Empty Place – A Child’s Guide Through Grief
By Roberta Temes, Ph.D.
48 pages, paperback, $8.95, ISBN 978-0-88282-118-4
When a nine-year-old boy’s beloved big sister dies, he is confused, angry and fearful. For the first time, he must face the finality of death and the pain of loss. His parents can’t help him as they are also grieving. Then a babysitter teaches them all how to cope and heal.
Roberta Temes, Ph.D., is a noted psychologist, lecturer and author.
THE SPECIAL RACCOON – Helping a Child Learn About Handicaps and Love
By Kim Carlisle
48 pages, paperback, $9.95, ISBN 978-0-88282-096-5
This is a lovingly written and illustrated moving story of two raccoon sisters. One of the sisters is profoundly handicapped. In the course of a beautiful spring day they spend with one another, they learn to accept and appreciate the uniqueness of each other.
THE WORDS HURT – Helping Children Cope With Verbal Abuse
By Chris Loftis
48 pages, paperback, $9.95, ISBN 978-0-88282-132-0
Greg’s father has problems and has caused him to lash out at his son. He fails to express the love he truly feels. Physical abuse is not the only abuse that can scar a child. Words hurt too and children often have no way of handling the harsh criticism of parents.
Chris Loftis is the author of The Boy Who Sat By The Window.
My Stick Family – Helping Children Cope with Divorce
By Natalie June Reilly and Brandi J. Pavese
48 pages, paperback, $8.95, ISBN 0-88282-207-1
Billy feels angry, confused and sad. His parents don’t live together anymore. They have divorced. His deepest wish is for all of them to live together as a family again. In this tender story, Billy learns that just because his parents live in separate houses, it does not mean that the strength and love of a family has been taken from him.
Natalie June Reilly was inspired to write and illustrate this story for her sons, Billy and Alex.
Brandi J. Pavese is a third grade teacher at Coyote Hills Elementary School.
The “Let’s Talk” series, part of our Small Horizons imprint, features two children’s books a year written by teachers and mental health professionals. Small Horizon provides books which fit the growing needs of our society’s children, whether it be to aid a child coping with death, reach out to a child in trouble or help a child to reach his or her full potential.
These books can be found at your local bookstore, by writing to the publisher at the above address, by using the website www.newhorizonopressbooks.com, by calling 908-604-6311 or by checking your local library.