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Hi All,
Can you please give me some titles of picture books (fiction, NOT concept books) that deal with difficult issues like parental divorce, death, serious illness, abuse, etc? 
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#1 - January 08, 2017, 06:58 AM

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Jessixa Bagley's Boats for Papa is a lovely recent book about a character grieving for his father. It's wonderful, told with a very light touch--I can't recommend it highly enough.

 
#2 - January 08, 2017, 08:42 PM
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Remembering Grandpa by Uma Krishnaswami is a good picture book that handles difficult issues well.
#3 - January 09, 2017, 04:25 AM
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Crossings (2017, Cedar Fort)

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The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic is very heartfelt and wonderful. It deals with the loss of the child's mother.
#4 - January 09, 2017, 05:38 AM
Vehicle Dreams Series-RPKids '16 -'18
(Fire Truck, Bulldozer, Race Car)
Rainy Day Picnic-Read Your Story '18
The Sparrow and The Trees- Arbordale '15

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I like EMILY'S BLUE PERIOD by Cathleen Daly (divorce).
#5 - January 09, 2017, 05:46 AM
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WOOD, WIRE, WINGS (Calkins Creek, 2020)
A TRUE WONDER (Clarion, 2021)
THE FIRE OF STARS (Chronicle, 2022)

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Still a Family by Brenda Reeves Sturgis (living in a homeless shelter).
#6 - January 09, 2017, 10:41 AM
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Farfallina and Marcel by Holly Keller is a beautiful book about friendship and separation.

Maddi's fridge by Lois Brandt is a sensitively written book about discovering your friend doesn't have enough to eat.
#7 - January 09, 2017, 11:38 AM
Little Thief! Max & Midnight, Bound, Ten Easter Eggs & 100+ bks/mags
https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com https://bodachbooks.blogspot.com

Fa(R)ther by by Grahame Baker-Smith deals with loss of a father/family heredity. It's a bit surreal, but i THINK it's talking about hereditary mental illness, but in a hopeful way. It sure sounds like the father was bipolar, at least.
#8 - January 09, 2017, 11:47 AM

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Last Stop on Market Street (poverty) - http://mattdelapena.com/books/last-stop-on-market-street/
#9 - January 09, 2017, 04:00 PM
Odd Bods: The World's Unusual Animals - Millbrook Press 2021
Coming up: CSIRO Publications, Australia

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I can't think of any off the top of my head, but in the Children's Center at my library, we have a Parenting Section and picture books on these topics are shelved there. Maybe your local public library has a similar section?
#10 - January 09, 2017, 04:49 PM
BLACKOUT -- available now
DESERTED -- available now
SISTERS DON'T TELL -- available now
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Check out this site that has many books about the topics you mentioned.  http://www.littleparachutes.com/category.php
#11 - January 10, 2017, 05:42 PM

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Eve Bunting's SMOKY NIGHT is about a child observing the aftermath of the 1994 LA riots.
#12 - February 02, 2017, 08:36 PM

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Magination Press has many issue picture books.
#13 - February 04, 2017, 06:20 AM
Odd Animal ABC's (Blue Manatee, 4-2-19)
She Leads: The Elephant Matriarch (Familius, May 2020)

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I see a lot of PBs coming out now deal with migration/suppression issues. Publishers Weekly is listing them in its weekly newsletters.
#14 - February 04, 2017, 02:51 PM
Odd Bods: The World's Unusual Animals - Millbrook Press 2021
Coming up: CSIRO Publications, Australia

www.juliemurphybooks.com

MISSING MOMMY by Rebecca Cobb is very simple but heartfelt story about death of a parent. I also love FOUR FEET, TWO SANDALS, which deals with the refugee experience from the viewpoint of two girls.
#15 - February 05, 2017, 10:41 AM
MOMMY'S KHIMAR (Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster, 2018)
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The Flat Rabbit by Bárður Oskarsson — Death of a character unknown to main character
Elliot by Julie Pearson - Foster care/adoption - addresses main character's biological parent's inability to care for him
The Heart & the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers - death of a loved one/moving on
#16 - February 06, 2017, 04:50 PM
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PIRATE YEAR ROUND (Acorn Press, 2019)

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