I'm a BIG fan of bibliotherapy. I've rarely met a kids who didn't like to be read to - sometimes in a lap (if they'll let you) or just me reading aloud while they play. Sometimes they appear to not be listening, but usually by just a few pages into the story they are commenting, jumping in or at least looking over to see the pictures! I also believe its helpful for kids to see that their situation is so (sadly) common that there are books about it. Sadly, there aren't a ton of books about foster care that are appropriate for really young children. Too often they focus solely on the "pre-adoptive" phase and forget about all those children out in limbo-land. Or the children just coming into care and not knowing quite what to think about it all. So, here are just a few I use - I've also included a couple of books that focus more on trauma/domestic violence/feelings for kids. Enjoy and feel free to ask questions!
Kids Need to be Safe - A great way to explain to children why they are not living with their birth parents in a non-judgemental way. The constant refrain is this book is " Kids are important, Kids need to be safe".
Maybe Days - The perfect book for a child in limbo. Children in foster care are often hear "maybe", "I don't know", or "we'll see" too often in regards to their futures.
Families Change - This is a great book for children whose parent's rights are being terminated. It explains the reasons that families sometime have to change.
Finding the Right Spot - A story about a young girl looking (and finding) for a forever home. A short chapter book - appropriate for a slightly older child.
A Terrible Thing Happened - A book about what sometimes happen when a child (or racoon in this case!) witnesses a traumatic event. It explains how sometimes the event can lead to all kinds of confusing feelings and then how those feelings affect how a child acts. Also encourages talking to a safe adult as a way to help the child feel safe again.
The Boy Who Didn't Want to be Sad - A great book about how feeling sad can turn into feeling MAD and then acting out and pushing people away... along with the steps to get back to feeling good again.