The new Kathryn the Grape Let's Read Together Series book, It's Okay to Cry, is a resource for parents who are navigating through difficult conversations with their children about COVID-19. The book purposefully demonstrates how children, as well as their grown-up family members, will experience times of sadness—and it’s okay to cry and express how they feel inside.
The pages are filled with vibrant illustrations and everyday examples of life’s circumstances. The simplicity of the words shared, combined with colorful images, make this book easy for parents to explain all of life’s events and emotions to their children. Children who read this book will understand it’s okay for parents to cry, something they may see as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
The second half of the book is dedicated to children understanding that tears of joy are also something children and grown-ups experience. Children will learn to understand that people cry when they’re happy—a somewhat foreign topic as most children are unaware of happy tears.
This book will help you check in with your children about how they’re feeling during these uncertain times. The book effectively demonstrates to children that all people of all ages experience sad and happy tears and it’s okay to cry and work through your emotions.