in the UK
Literature can play an important role in helping young children cope with developmental changes and deal with the external world. This volume offers a guide to books published between 1980 and 1985 that preschool children enjoy and that at the same time address the needs and problems they encounter in their daily lives. An introductory chapter looks at the utilization of literature to help children adjust to developmental changes and examines the factors to consider in book selection. The remaining chapters focus on specific developmental issues that affect preschoolers: anger and other emotions, attitudes and values, family relationships, fear and fantasy, motor development and physical change, peers and school, self-image and sex roles, single-parent and blended families, and special developmental needs.