Books to Help Children and Parents Cope with Newtown
Staff with the Alexandria Library have compiled a list of resources designed to help children, parents and caregivers cope with tragedy and difficult to explain circumstances.
The Alexandria Library has compiled a list of resources online and in local libraries to help adults discuss and children better cope with violence and tragedy such as recently in Newtown, Conn.
Alexandria Library staff have provided the following books and descriptions.
Books for Kids
When I’m Afraid by Jane Aaron
Designed as a conversation starter, this book focuses on how adults can offer reassurance when children are fearful. Includes a parents’ guide.
Sometimes Bad Things Happen by Ellen Jackson
Explores causes of sadness, including seeing a frightening story on the news, and introduces strategies for dealing with sadness.
This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort, selected by Georgia Heard
Life-affirming poetry and illustrations compiled in the wake of 9/11. Although inspired by a specific event, the material itself is general and can be used to bring comfort after any tragic event.
When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
Attempts to answer some of the difficult questions children have about death and offers specific suggestions for coping with fright and anger.
Love Waves by Rosemary Wells
Offers reassurance to children with the message that love always connects parents and children, even when they are apart.
Books for Parents
Freeing Your Child from Anxiety by Tamar Chansky
Offers parents methods for teaching their child how to deal with stress and face the uncertainties of life.
Growing Up Brave by Donna Pincus
A psychologist offers simple tools to assist parents in dealing with their children’s anxieties.
Resources from the Web
Fred Rogers Talks about Tragic Events in the News Mr. Rogers offers concrete advice on how to talk with children about scary events in the news. Includes a short video.
New York Times: Tips for Talking to Children About the Shooting Compiles advice from experts on the best way to talk with and reassure children after a scary event has happened.
Mental Health America: Helping Children Cope with Tragedy Related Anxiety Offers advice on talking to children about tragic events. Suggestions are tailored to specific age groups.
National Association of School Psychologists Multiple resources include a PowerPoint presentation titled “Tips for Teachers and Parents Following School and Community Violence.”
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry A plethora useful guides for parents and educators, including “Tips for Talking to Children about the Connecticut School Shooting” and “Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting: Tips for Parents and Professionals.”