What Can I Do? A Book for Children of Divorce
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
When Rosie's parents decide to divorce, she tries being her happiest self, giving them her money, cleaning the house, making better grades—anything to keep them together. But none of her plans works. Rosie ends up feeling sad, frustrated, confused, and angry. What can she do? With some help, she realizes that she can't fix the divorce but she can do things that help her feel better.
What Can I Do? goes beyond "It's not your fault" and offers kids real solutions and resources for dealing with the hard questions and feelings they face when parents divorce.
Danielle Lowry, MS, earned her master's degree in Counselor Education from Syracuse University. As a school counselor for children in their early and middle years, and as a child of divorce herself, she knows intimately the feelings and questions that children confront when their parents separate.
"Kids do blame themselves, and they do want to fix things," she says, "even when they are told otherwise." In What Can I Do? the author takes the reader on a journey of trial and error in a search for answers that work. "I wrote the book to show young readers the resources that are available to them, and that they can access themselves. In my experience, this is particularly empowering for young children whose lives are very much decided and directed by adults."
Ms. Lowry live in Upstate New York with her husband and daughter.
Bonnie Matthews taught herself illustration while she was a student of graphic design at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to the many children's books she has illustrated, her whimsical people and animals have appeared in more than 100 magazines worldwide, and on gift wrap, greeting cards, tin cans, and even the cover of the Lands' End Kids catalog.
Ms. Matthews donates part of her efforts to concerns and organizations she cares about, such as the Baltimore Zoo, the Wilderness Society, and Johns Hopkins Children's Center. She lives in Baltimore and is a frequent speaker at local schools, where she encourages children to draw and follow their creative aspirations. "I have a special interest in children's books," she says, "because I think that pictures help promote reading, and I personally had a difficult time learning to read."