Why Are You So Scared?: A Child's Book About Parents with PTSD
by Beth Andrews (2011, Magination Press, 9.95)
When a parent has PTSD, children can often feel confused, scared, or helpless. This book explains PTSD and its symptoms in nonthreatening, kid-friendly language, and is full of questions and exercises that kids and parents can work through together. It encourages kids to express their thoughts and feelings through writing, drawing, and designing. A comprehensive "note to parents" offers advice for using this book to help children communicate the emotions that may accompany their parent's PTSD recovery. Color. Grades K-3. [8” x 10”...32
Love, Lizzie: Letters to a Military Mom
by Lisa McElroy (2009, Whitman, 6.99)
Lizzie's mom is serving in the military overseas, and Lizzie really misses her. While they are apart, Lizzie and her mom write letters to each other to help make the separation easier. Lizzie asks her mom to hurry up and defend freedom so she can come home soon. It's hard when her mom misses Lizzie's soccer championship and her birthday. Throughout the story, Lizzie draws maps to show her mother the important things in her life--like the new ice cream store, her new friend's house, the family's Thanksgiving airplane trip to Florida, and the stars in the sky. While Lizzie doesn't know exactly where her mom is, they both can wish on the same star. Grades 1-5. [8” x 10”...32
I Miss You!: A Military Kid's Book about Deployment
by Beth Andrews (2007,
Prometheus Books, 12.95)
The author is a social worker who has many years of experience assisting military families experiencing stress, This guide is an excellent tool for allowing children and their loved ones to deal with the many emotions caused by deployment. The accompanying Parents' Guide is designed to validate parents' feelings and give them ways to help their childen cope. Illustrations. Grades K-5. [8.5” x 8.5”...56 pages]
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