San Francisco Public Library

Resources for Helping Children Cope with Tragedy

It can be difficult to know how to help children process the news they may be hearing and seeing about the shootings in Connecticut — or with any random acts of violence. How do we help them feel safe? How much should we tell them? 

We offer you a list of books and resources to help guide children through what can be a scary and uncertain time for youngsters.

Preschool-Third Grade

Fourth-Seventh Grade

For Adults

After their questions have been addressed, it is quite possible that children who are not in the immediate vicinity of the violence will want life to return to “normal.” We recommend you share favorite, comforting books with your child.