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Children's Books on Handling Tragedy

When tragedies happen we try to shield our children from the hurt and pain, but sometimes our kids find out more than we would like. Here are some recommended books and DVDs by librarians and psychologists to help parents talk with their children that may have questions and concerns. These titles may help children who may be grief-stricken, afraid or troubled.

It is suggested that these books are to be shared together and create an open discussion between parents and their children.

If you ever need additional assistance in finding suggested reads, never hesitate to contact your hometown librarian - we are here to help. Also, you are welcome to share your own recommendations in the comments below.

The Moon Came Down on Milk Street

The Moon Came Down on Milk Street by Jena Gralley
Publication Date 2004
Childrens Picture Book GRALLEY

When the moon comes down in pieces, different helpers work to set things right again, including the Fire Chief, rescue workers, and helper dogs.

Dealing with Feelings

Dealing With Feelings by Schlessing Media
Publication Date 2005
Children's Nonfiction CNF 152.4 DE

Explores how the way you feel about yourself, your friends, your family and your school affects your whole life. Students gain practical tips for dealing with everyday worries, grief, fear and big life changes.

Where do people go when they die

Where Do People Go When They Die by Mindy Portnoy
Publication Date 2004
Children's Nonfiction CNF 155.937 PO

Children ask different adults and themselves about death and receive a wide variety of answers. Includes an afterword and suggestions for parents.


What to do when you're scared and worried

What To Do When You're Scared and Worried: A Guide For Kids by James J. Crist
Publication Date 2004
Children's Nonfiction CNF 152.46 CR

Discusses different fears and worries that children have and what they should do about them.



Death by Patricia J. Murphy
Publication Date 2008
Children's Nonfiction CNF 155.937 MU

Includes information about death and why someone dies, how we grieve, and ways to cope with death.


The Goodbye BoatThe Goodbye Boat  by Mary Joslin
Publication Date 1999
Children's Nonfiction CNF 155.937 JO

Presents the phenomena of grief and loss and the concept that death is not the end. 

One April MorningOne April Morning by Nancy Lamb
Publication Date 1996
Children's Nonfiction CNF 976.6 LA

Conversations with children from the Oklahoma City area about their feelings at the time of the bombing of the Federal Building and afterwards. 



Shooter by Walter Dean Myers
Publication Date 2004
Teen Fiction MYERS

Written in the form of interviews, reports, and journal entries, the story of three troubled teenagers ends in a tragic school shooting. (recommended for High School)


Unlocked by Ryan G. Van Cleave
Publication Date 2011
Teen Fiction VAN CLEAVE

While trying to impress a beautiful, unattainable classmate, fourteen-year-old Andy discovers that a fellow social outcast may be planning an act of school violence. (recommended for High School)

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