We’ve often suggested on Just One More Book!! that children’s books are an important way to introduce children to complex topics. Death and the celebration of life is one such topic and we’ve reviewed books such as My Great-Aunt Arizona and Gleam and Glow as great books to help children understand the cycle of life.
While she may be best known for her work in promoting writing as a literacy tool, Gloria Houston has used children’s books as part of her work with grieving children.
On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with author and educator Gloria Houston about the value of children’s book in helping children understand death and the cycle of life.
Other books mentioned:
- The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
- The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst and Erik Blegvad
- Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child by Rabbi Earl Grollman
- My Brother Joey Died by Gloria Houston, Gloria McLendon and Harvey Kelman
- On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler
- Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
This episode is dedicated to the memory of Mark’s Uncle, Earl Blevis, who passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2008.