One thing that fascinates me about the children's collection is how many books we have on emotions and dealing with them. And sensitive family issues. We did not have these when I was little.
Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry by Bebe Moore Campbell, illustrated by E.B. Lewis--Oh, this book is sad and upsetting. When you have to hide from Mommy and call Grandma because while you went school Mommy cycled through her mania and is now screaming and picking fights with the neighbors, and you have to stay out of her way and take care of yourself, it is not good or healthy no matter how Bebe Moore Campbell tries to put a positive spin on it. It's just wrong, but no one will save you.
Why Are You So Sad? by Beth Andrews, illustrated by Nicole Wong--This is a nonfiction coping book about what to do and how to handle it when your parent is depressed. It goes through all the symptoms, worse case scenarios and offers solid tips and strategies for coping. An excellent resource for parents and children in only 32 pages.