Today’s post is the follow up to yesterday’s post. Yesterday we talked about providing for kids during the zombie invasion, and teaching them to defend themselves. Now we’ll go over ways to help kids cope with the apocalypse, and not die of boredom when you’re holed up in you house for weeks at a time. There are several zombie related books that might calm your youngster’s fears. In this holiday season, a good one to start with is The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror, by Christopher Moore. Let’s just say it’s a holiday themed book, with Santa and all, that also includes zombies.
Next up is a sweet little book called Five Little Zombies and Fred, written by our own GeekMom writer, Jules Sherred. Written to the theme of the song Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, this book may look like it would be appropriate for the littlest ones in your household. It is not. But, if you have somewhat older kids, who can understand the difference between real and make believe, and are okay with the concept of killing zombies, your family will love this book.
If your kids love the Stink books, by Megan McDonald, (Stink is Judy Moody’s brother), you should check out Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk. Typical of Stink’s story lines, he starts to wonder if he’s being followed by actual zombies, as he prepares for the town’s midnight zombie walk.
For kids who are a bit older, and are interested in zombie anatomy and character traits, here are a couple of good options:
Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead, by Rebecca L. Johnson
A Zombie’s Guide to the Human Body: Anatomy 101 Taught by a Zombie, by Tom Becker and Mercer Mayer
Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill: A Book of Zombie Nursery Rhymes, by Michael P. Spradlin
When you tire of reading books, crack out the coloring books and channel your kids’ creative sides. Here are a few good options, staying with the zombie theme, believing the theory that if we bombard them with zombie tales, the scariness and mystery will be removed from the brain eating creatures outside the door.
Zombie Stained Glass Coloring Book, by Michael Dutton.
Undead Mad Libs, by Roger Price and Leonard Stern. (Yes, those Mad Libs, but with Zombie themes.)
The Human Body Coloring Book, by DK Publishing.
And more helpful because of its accuracy, The Human Brain Coloring Book, by Marian C. Diamond and Arnold B. Scheibel.
This list should keep you going for a bit. Tune in tomorrow for more tips and hints. And feel free to leave comments below if you have your own preferences on how to survive.