One of the greatest things about being a Librarian is connecting with families in all of life’s moments. If someone wants to celebrate, if someone is curious, if someone is feeling lost, it is always exciting to let them know there is probably a book to help.
Librarians across the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh system collaborate continuously to update a family of booklists called Here to Help. The 35 lists range in topic from bedtime to divorce, toilet training to self esteem. Each list was developed in response to questions from families and in an interest to provide the best recommendations possible.
There is enthusiasm around this group of booklists because we know that sharing stories together and having conversations can help children understand the world around them. Seeing diverse experiences represented in books helps children to explore their own identities and develop empathy for others.
The children’s librarian at your neighborhood library is also here to help, with suggestions for additional titles on topics of interest — or feel free to suggest some titles to us!
Click on the titles below to explore Here to Help booklists:
Death & Grieving
Divorce and Remarriage
Immigrant & Refugee Experiences
Parents in Prison
Security Blankets, Thumb Sucking and Pacifiers