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. 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.