"We're going over in a safe area," she told the 5-year-olds. Then, she opened a book and started to read." ~Kindergarten Teacher, Sandy Hook Elementary School
This is what we have to offer you today in the aftermath of the inexplicable. Come. Open a book. Start to read. Hold them close and revisit old friends together; Curious George, The Cat in the Hat, Arthur, The Little Engine That Could.
Or stay at home and do the same. Find the books in the bookcase with the dog-eared pages and the tell-tale bite marks on the spine; the ones you can probably recite without looking at the pages. Choose the one with the coffee ring on the cover for having been on the bedside table every night.
Favorite stories are steadfast old friends to count on in times of trouble.
It is clear from the resources we have gathered below that one of the best things we can all do is simply reassure children that many people - their family, their teachers, their neighbors, the people at day care or church or the library love and care about them and are looking out for their safety.
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered. "Yes, Piglet?" "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand. "I just wanted to be sure of you.” ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Professional Advice about Helping Children Cope with Violence and Tragic Events:
- The Fred Rogers Company: Tragic Events Fred Rogers Talks About Tragic Events in the News
- El Señor Rogers: Cómo ayudar a los niños con acontecimientos trágicos en las noticias
- Children's BBC: Advice if You Are Upset By the News
- KidsHealth: How to Talk to Your Child About the News
- Common Sense Media: Explaining the News to Kids
- Laura Bush's Letter to Elementary School Students, September 12, 2001
- The National Institute of Health: Coping With Trauma after Violence and Disasters
- Boston Children's Hospital: Talking to Children After Tragedy
- Resources To Help Families Deal with Traumatic News
- PBS Arthur Special Program: Helping Our Children Feel Safe
- National Association of School Psychologists: Helping Children Cope
- LA Times: Helping Children Cope With Tragedy
|While favorite stories are comforting and familiar, you may find that it would be helpful to read a book together that helps your child understand feeling afraid or anxious; or answers questions he or she might have about death. Below are several children's books that address separation anxiety, fear and grief. These are just a small sampling to show you the kinds of books that are available. Also listed are some parenting books about helping a child cope with anxiety. Click on any book jacket to go directly to the online catalog to make a request with your IndyPL Library Card, or visit any of our branch locations. IndyPL librarians would be happy to help you find books like these. NOTE: The first two titles, Owl Babies and The Kissing Hand, you can watch right now online - no waiting. Both are about learning to cope with separation anxiety.|
||Watch Owl Babies - Three baby owls panic when they awaken one night and find their mother gone, worrying about what has happened to her and becoming frightened by all the scary things that surround them in the dark.|
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