When anger and frustration strike, books can help kids feel understood and assure them that they’re not alone in their feelings. Whether it’s a disagreement with friends or a shakeup in routine, children turn to their favorite characters for comfort and to see how relatable struggles are resolved on the page.
For example, some parents whose children are returning to in-person learning and activities after time away may find their child acting out in the classroom. Many children who have grown accustomed to having their needs met at home are finding it stressful to spend the entire day at school; they also face new social challenges.
“Many children feel anxiety about their academic skills, about navigating peer groups, and about separating from their families,” says Karen Baicker, Executive Director of the Yale Child Study Center–Scholastic Collaborative for Child & Family Resilience, and Publisher for Family and Community Engagement (FACE) at Scholastic Education Solutions.
Here, she explains how books can help your child regulate their emotions, in and out of the classroom.