Some books for teaching the 4 D’s for regaining self-regulation

Here are some examples of books that can help children learn strategies for regaining self-regulation presented in this blog last Monday through Thursday. There are many possibilities but I’ve included a few of my favorites.

Distract
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn –
this is a delightful children’s book about a raccoon who was worried about starting school. His mother gives his hand a kiss so, if he feels worried, he can look at his hand and remember his mother loves him.

Dismiss
The LIttle Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams – delightful story about a woman who was confronted by scary objects but she told them to go away.
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley – simple little book thatteaches ‘power language’ (“Go Away”) to each scary element.
Chester the Brave by Audrey Penn – in this book the Little is nervous about trying things. His mother teaches him to talk to himself and say he can do it.

Displace
The Queen’s Feet by Sarah Ellis – this is one of my favorite books because it deals positively with a problem behavior (the queen’s busy feet). The final resolution is to let her feet be busy at certain times only.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Little – everything seems to go wrong for Alexander but he learns that somethings like this just happen (even in Australia). 

Distance
The LIttle Engine that Could by Watty Piper
– this is a good book to help children think like the Little Engine – it kept going and telling itself “I think I can”.

You can find more books in a wonderful database of children’s books at Miami University. Search by keywords like ‘bravery’, ‘challenges’, ‘determination’, ‘courage’, ‘persistence’. Books on these themes will be shown along with a short summary about each story.  

You can also ask your local librarian who’ll likely steer you in the right direction.

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