Apologies for missing the five books series last week. No real excuses other than life got a bit busy and I didn’t get around to scheduling a post! This week I am thrilled that Clare from Clare’s Little Tots is sharing her five books about Separation anxiety.
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Over to Clare……
Today I’m sharing 5 of my favourite books about separation anxiety in younger children. As a childminder I’ve cared for several babies and toddlers that have at some point experienced separation anxiety.
Sitting and reading is a lovely way to connect with children of all ages and when those little ones are having a tough time being away from their parents or carers these are the books I turn to:
1 Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
This is one of my favourite books and our copy has been very well read and loved. When mummy owl goes hunting for the night her 3 baby owls anxiously await her return.
2 Going to Nursery by Catherine Anholt
This story is about a little girl called Anna who is worried about starting nursery but her mum reassures her she will love it. The story shows you what sort of things happen at nursery and she quickly makes friends with a boy called Tom. When her mum comes to pick her up she asks if she can come back again the next day.
3 See You Later, Mum! by Jennifer Norway
Another book about starting nursery but this one is ideal for older children of around 3 years plus. The book is about a little boy called William who is worried about starting preschool so his mum stays with him. He eventually makes friends with another boy who is shy and by the end of the week they can both happily wave goodbye to their mums.
4 A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon by Audrey Penn
This is another beautiful book that is suitable for younger toddlers and a great technique that I’ve actually used here with one of little ones I used to care for. Mummy raccoon leaves a kiss in the palm of the hand of her son Chester which stays there all day long to remind him he’s loved. She tells him to hold his hand to his cheeky whenever he misses her at school so it’s just like she’s right here with him.
5 You Go Away by Dorothy Corey
This is a classic board book with a simple message – you go away and you come back, when I go away I come back. It’s nice and simple for young children to understand and the repetition in the book helps to confirm that parents always come back at the end of the day.
Thanks to Clare for these fab reads – we love Owl Babies here and I’ll be sure to check out the other suggestions too!