The power of storytelling

Talking to your kids isn’t always easy. Some subjects are more difficult to talk about than others, and often the hardest part is knowing where to start.

Books can help. As well as a whole section of useful parenting guides by experts, Paper Plus has a huge range of children’s books that address difficult issues in age-appropriate ways, while being great reads for kids at the same time.

Stories have always helped us make sense of our world, and now there are wonderful children’s books with stories that speak to every possible situation, from wearing braces to coping with the death of a beloved pet or relative.

‘This Zoo is Not for You’ tells the story of a Platypus who has to deal with bullying from other animals at the zoo. ‘The Snail and the Whale’ is a heartwarming tale of friendship with positive body image at its heart. ‘I Don’t Want to be a Frog’ has quickly become a favourite with children in the 4 – 7 age group, using humour to show why you should always be yourself.

Old favourites like Dr Suess stimulate young imaginations and open children’s minds to the magic of words while dealing with real-world subjects like prejudice, fear, and why we need to protect our environment.

There’s treasure in newer volumes too. ‘We are all Equal’ is a poignant and accessible jumping off-point for discussing the concept equality with younger children, and ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ celebrates our difference and talks about the importance of self-esteem.

There are children’s books that address illness, divorce, and even death, helping children make sense of the world around them with stories, pictures, and characters they can relate to. These are books children will love to read, as well as helping them deal with real-life situations.

Books are a great tool for helping children understand they are not the only ones who are facing issues, and are a great way to start a conversation between you and your child. And of course, reading to your kids is always valuable child-parent time, helping children’s imaginations bloom and fostering a lifelong love of books.

The Paper Plus ‘Fantastic Finds Book Guide’ and ‘Fantastic Finds for kids and teens Book Guide’ can help you find the right books for you as a parent, and for your kids.

You can browse the guides online (using the links in the paragraph above), or see them in any Paper Plus store – where you’ll also find helpful, informed, local team members to help you with your selection.

Try starting at the ‘Books to Start Conversations’ page of the kids and teens guide, or talk to your friendly neighbourhood Paper Plus store.

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  1. Mands1980 10/11/2018 at 1:54 pm

    Some of these books sound great which I had not heard of talking about real life issues such as bullying and being yourself and not someone else. These are great. The “fantastic finds for kids and teens book guide” is great too I looked at it and there is lots of information on what books there are some with cds, some with a toy, gift box’s and lots more great information from paper plus it’s diffinately worth reading. And also there”books to start conversations” Loki great as well.

  2. Bevik1971 06/11/2018 at 1:10 pm

    I love kids books that deal with real life issues and do it in a funny or enjoyable way. Sometimes using a book instead of trying to talk to your child can work really well. I remember when my son had some anger issues when he was quite young, my sister gave him a book about a rabbit who stuffed and stomped and snapped and his friends ended up keeping their distance eg didn’t want to play with him etc (the name escapes me now). This book was really good to help my son understand his anger and ways to deal with it. I think these are a great idea 🙂

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