My Dad was dying.
I was devastated and I knew my children aged 3 and 5, would be too.
I realized I needed to tell them what was happening and give them opportunities to ask questions. But I didn't feel I had the language to explain to them in a way that would be meaningful, honest and age appropriate.
As a matter of course, when my boys were small, we read together every night and this was a familiar ritual and a comforting time at the end of the day.
I love books and as a parent and educator, I know that appropriate stories are a great vehicle for introducing new ideas to children and for calming their fears.