Brown, Margaret Wise. The Runaway Bunny. HarperCollins, Revised Ed. 2005. A small bunny and his mother engage in an imaginary game of verbal hide-and-seek. They are always reunited after each make-believe separation. Ages 4-7.
Corey, Dorothy. You Go Away. Albert Whitman, 1999. Colorful pictures and simple text show that when parents go away, they will return. Limited availability. Ages 2-5.
Harris, Robie H. Don't Forget To Come Back! Scholastic Inc., 2004. When her parents go out for the evening, a little girl threatens to run off to Alaska, but has a good time with the babysitter instead. Ages 4 – 7.
Hendry, Diana. Back Soon. Troll Assoc., 1995. A kitten does not like it when his mother goes away without him, but after enjoying some time by himself, he understands why she does it. Ages 5 - 9.
McCloskey, Robert. Blueberries for Sal. Viking Press, 1987. A little girl and a bear cub become separated from their respective mothers and then are happily reunited over again. Ages 5-9.
Pappas, Debra. Mom, Dad, Come Back Soon. Magination Press, 2001. Ages 4 – 7.
Penn, Audrey. The Kissing Hand. Tanglewood Press, 2006. Chester Raccoon's mother passes on a secret that will help him whenever he is separated from her. Ages 4 – 7.
Simmons, Jane. Quack, Daisy, Quack. Little Brown & Co., 2002. Daisy Duckling and her little brother get separated from their mother at the pond playground. Ages 3 – 5.
Steig, William. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Aladdin, 1987. A donkey finds a magic pebble and wishes himself into a rock. His parents search everywhere and finally sit upon him. His father accidentally picks up the magic pebble and wishes for Sylvester. They are reunited. An excellent book to provide helpful discussions. Ages 3-7.
Szaj, Kathleen C. I Hate Goodbyes! Paulist Press, NJ, c 1997. A little girl hates goodbyes so much that she decides to pretend that they don't exist. She soon realizes that doesn't work. Her Daddy and Mommy tell her that they and everyone hates goodbyes, they only know how to come back as soon as they can. They give her ways to make saying goodbye feel a little better. Ages 4-7.
Waber, Bernard. Ira Sleeps Over. Houghton Mifflin, 1975. A young boy sleeps at a friend's house and is uncomfortable until he is reunited with a favorite toy. Ages 5-9.
Ward, Heather Patricia. I Promise I'll Find You. Firefly Books, Buffalo, NY, c 1997. A parent reassures a child that he will find him if they ever become separated. Ages 4 - 7.
Wilson, Karma. Mama Always Comes Home. HarperCollins Publishers, NY, 2005. All kinds of animal mothers and a child's mother come home to their children. Ages 3 – 5.