Utilizing the Books of Kevin Henkes in Play Therapy

Since the Summer Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring Kevin Henkes this month, I though it would be a great time to review his books that can be extremely useful in therapy with kids.   (He has A LOT that are great for this!!!)  I utilize books in play therapy by reading them in session to the child and/or by giving parents recommendations to read at home.  Here are some book titles by Kevin Henkes and the subjects that they can help kids with …

  • Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – going to school, social skills (waiting one’s turn), getting angry, and apologizing.
  • Lilly’s Big Day – coping with disappointment, jealousy,  and being a flower girl/in a wedding
  • Julius, The Baby of The World – arrival of a new sibling, sibling rivalry
  • Sheila Rae, The Brave – coping with fears
  • Jessica – imaginary friends
  • A Good Day – changing one’s attitude

  • Chrysanthemum – not fitting in, having a name (or any characteristic) that is unusual, & self-esteem issues
  • Owen – attachment to a blanket or other lovey & problem solving
  • Wemberly Worried – worry, anxiety, and going to school (check out Educators’ Spin on It’s post for some great related activities)
  • Wemberly’s Ice-Cream Star – worrying & problem solving
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon – frame of reference & creative thinking skills (here’s an activity I posted a couple days ago)
  • Chester’s Way – embracing differences/social skills (here’s a great post from Toddler Approved)

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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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  1. Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It

    Thanks for including our link for Wemberly Worried. Kevin Henkes really does address some common concerns & issues in childhood. I love how children can easily relate to the characters and open up discussion with kids. Thanks for joining the Kevin Henkes Virtual Book Club!

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