Talking about Tough Topics with Kids

When major events happen, each family responds differently. Sometimes we use humour to cope, sometimes we search for facts to make sense of the world and sometimes we just need to acknowledge the new emotions we are feeling.

Whatever the conversation your family is having, there are books that can help you navigate these tough topics with your child. Check out some of our picks below for children age 3-6 to find the right fit for your family.

Helping Children Understand War

EPL Picks: Helping Children Understand War

It can be difficult to know what to say to children about war conflicts. These books can help parents and caregivers start the conversation about the impacts of war, and the importance of peace.

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About Emotions

EPL Great Stuff Kids: Talking Through the Tough Stuff

When tough things happen, children experience a lot of different emotions. Here are some books that can help children talk about worries, anxiety, change, grief, loss and fear.

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EPL Picks Preschool: Feeling Sad

Sadness is a big emotion and can be difficult for little ones to understand. Help your child learn more about and take care of their feelings with this stories to read together.

View Full List EPL Preschoolers Great Stuff: Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns for children. While anxiety can be normal and even helpful at times, it can also become problematic. These books aim to comfort and support anxious children, and help them to develop strategies to cope with their worries.

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Dealing with Death

EPL Picks Preschool: Coping with Death

Dealing with the death of a family member, friend, or pet is never easy. These books may help children to navigate their grief and provide opportunities for conversations about death, loss, and sadness.

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Bad Dreams

EPL Great Stuff Preschoolers: Nightmares

Nighttime can be scary, but if you have good friends and a few laughs you can make it through. Check out these picture books to help children cope with their nightime fears and nightmares.

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Moving Places

EPL Picks Preschool: Moving

Moving to a new place can be difficult, especially for young children. There is a new house to get used to and entirely new friends to make. Explore your child's feelings around moving with some of these picture books to read together.

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A Dose of Laughter

EPL Great Stuff Kids: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Start Laughing

What do we do when times are tough? We laugh! We shake! We holler! Here is a list of ten hilarious picture books the whole family can enjoy together.

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A Little Hope

EPL Great Stuff Preschoolers: Hope

Even when things seem dark, hope keeps us strong and makes room for light and new life.

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