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. 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

  • When I Feel Scared (Chinese) by Cornelia Spelman
  • Sometimes Bad Things Happen by Ellen B. Jackson
  • Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go To Sleep by Joyce Dunbar
  • You Hold Me and I’ll Hold You by Jo Carson
  • This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort by Georgia Heard
  • A Terrible Thing Happened by Sasha J. Mudlaff
  • When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Kaursny Brown and Marc Brown
  • Growing Up Brave by Donna B. Pincus

Fourth-Seventh Grade

  • Bad Stuff In The News: A Guide Of Handling The Headlines by Rabbi Marc Gellman and Morrnsignor Thomas Hartman
  • When A Friend Dies: A Book For Teens About Grieving And Healing by Marilyn E. Gootman
  • What Have You Lost? By Naomi Shihab Nye

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.