Resources to help Children with Crisis and Grief

Our thoughts are with those suffering in the wake of the tragic shooting in Newtown. Our Children's Librarians compiled the following list of titles to help children and parents during this difficult time.

What's Heaven? by Maria Shriver 
After her great-grandmother's death, a young girl learns about heaven by asking her mother all kinds of questions 

Coping with death of a family member by a local author 

After his mother explains why his classmate is not returning to school, she teaches Chester Raccoon how to make a memory. 

A family of forest animals learns to cope with the death of a loved one. 

An inspirational journey to a place where earthly hurts are left behind 

This is a book to understand death and remember those who have died. It talks about beginnings and endings and living in between. It tells about plants, animals and people. It tells that dying is as much a part of living as being born. 

A man tells about all the emotions that accompany his sadness over the death of his son, and how he tries to cope 

Relates the things that can frighten children and how these fears may be overcome 

Pictures, dialogs, poems, and stories portray various emotions we all feel: jealousy, sadness, fear, anger, joy, love, and others 

Mentions some of the bad things that happen in the world and presents some positive ways to respond to them 

A look at emotions and behavior 

Presents some of the common objects and situations that cause fear in children and provides advice on different things that they can do themselves to overcome their feelings of being afraid 

Additional titles geared for older children
Describes different kinds of losses--losing possessions, competitions, health, trust, and the permanent loss because of death--and discusses how to handle these situations 

A guide discussing worries and fears, understanding their causes and coping mechanisms

In addition, the following local organizations have resources to help:

Here are some helpful articles from the American Psychological Association:

Additional articles:
Advice from National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Talking to Children about the Shooting
Advice from the National Association of School Psychologists: A National Tragedy- Helping Children Cope
US Department of Health and Human Services: Tips to talking to children and youth after traumatic events
Fred Rogers' advice from Family Communications: Helping Children Deal with Tragic Events in the News
Advice from the Anti-Defamation League: Discussing Hate and Violence with your Children


Please consider including the following book on your reading list for grief support materials for children:

And Still They Bloom: A Family’s Journey of Loss and Healing
Written by Amy Rovere, Illustrated by Joel Spector
ISBN 978-160443-036-3, 8 x 10, 40 pages, ages 8–12
List price: $14.95.
All proceeds from the sale of this book directly benefit the American Cancer Society.
To purchase Amy’s book, please visit, call 800-227-2345, or visit your favorite local independent bookstore.

My sincere thanks,


AMY ROVERE is an award-winning author, editor, and textile artist living in Decatur. She serves on the editorial staff of the American Cancer Society’s Books Division, helping create books for patients and families who are coping with cancer. Amy is a member of the American Medical Writers Association and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In 2012, And Still They Bloom won a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, USA Best Book Award, Mom’s Choice Award, and All-Media Contest. To learn more, visit

Please consider adding the following book to your resources list for grieving children:

And Still They Bloom: A Family's Journey of Loss and Healing. Written by Amy Rovere and Illustrated by Joel Spector. Published by the American Cancer Society in July 2012.
Distributed by Independent Publishers Group

ISBN 9781604430363

Winner- Bronze Medal! 2012 Moonbeam Children's Book Award

Winner- Gold Medal! 2012 Mom's Choice Awards

Winner- USA Best BOOK News- Mind / Body / Spirit

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