Lists and Suggestions for Kids
List: Public Safety
When thoughts and prayers aren't enough : a shooting survivor's journey into the realities of gun violence
Schumann, Taylor S., 1990- author.
"Taylor Schumann survived a school shooting, yet she was left with permanent wounds, both visi... More
"Taylor Schumann survived a school shooting, yet she was left with permanent wounds, both visible and invisible. Weaving her own incredible story into a larger conversation about gun violence in America, Taylor shares another painful truth: Christians have largely been silent on this issue. With compassion and honesty, she encourages readers to join her in taking action for a safer future"-- Less
Gun violence and the fight for public safety
Smith, Elliott, 1976- author.
"Gun violence has had a continued impact on public safety. This title takes a closer look at t... More
"Gun violence has had a continued impact on public safety. This title takes a closer look at the effects of gun violence on specific demographics and American society"-- Less
Too many times : how to end gun violence in a divided America.
"Gun violence is a problem with many faces, but seemingly no solution. From mass shootings to ... More
"Gun violence is a problem with many faces, but seemingly no solution. From mass shootings to deadly domestic abuse to police officers opening fire, it permeates American life. And yet it feels impossible to address. The lines are firmly drawn and the federal government has not passed any legislation to reduce gun ownership in over twenty-five years. That's why it's time to look at the issue differently. In this revelatory collection, gun violence in America is addressed from three angles: how gun violence affects us today, how we have gotten to this juncture legally and socially, and finally, what we can do to reduce and end gun violence in America. Too many lives are lost by gun fire--around 15,000 a year--but we do have the tools to address this crisis. Top journalists, organizations, and anti-gun-violence advocacy groups are represented here--from Pamela Coloff to Ibram X. Kendi to Everytown for Gun Safety and the Giffords Organization--to collect the most comprehensive, thoughtful and practical guide on gun violence in America. There are no deadlocks and no excuses--we have the tools to stop gun violence now."-- Less
The violence inside us : a brief history of an ongoing American tragedy
Murphy, Chris (Christopher Scott), 1973- author.
"The United States is in many ways a model for the world, yet for one of the most fundamental ... More
"The United States is in many ways a model for the world, yet for one of the most fundamental of all human concerns, the imperative to keep ourselves and our loved ones free from harm, American ingenuity has failed. Unique in all of the developed world, America is bathed in violence. Our churches and schools, our movie theaters and dance clubs and music festivals are no longer safe places to congregate. Our politics is consumed by fear and intimations of violence, and our foreign policy is centered on the violence that we export to the world or can inflict on others. Violence is foundational to America, and has become, it seems, America's most insoluble problem. But to solve this problem, we must first understand it. The Violence Inside Us examines the roots of human violence itself and the propensity of people to harm themselves and each other. The result is a carefully researched, deeply emotional, and personal book that dissects America's violence obsession through an evolutionary, historical, and economic lens. And the book takes a hard look at one distinctly American feature: a firearms industry that has for decades manipulated and dominated politics and culture in order to maintain a ghastly status quo and prevent even the most basic anti-violence measure from being implemented. Following his profound personal transformation in the wake of the Newtown mass murder and his subsequent immersion in the intertwined issues of freedom and firearms, Senator Chris Murphy dedicated himself to examining America's obsession with violent acts and why we've tolerated them for so long, to deeply explore all of the arguments and the latest research on want works and what doesn't, and to establish the steps we must take to change. The Violence Inside Us is the extraordinary result"-- Less
#NeverAgain : preventing gun violence
Thomas, Rachael L., author.
Readers learn about the #NeverAgain movement, from the history of the right to bear arms to later e... More
Readers learn about the #NeverAgain movement, from the history of the right to bear arms to later efforts at gun control, legislation such as the Brady handgun Violence Protection Act and the implementation of background checks, to the school shootings at Columbine, Sandy Hook and Parkland and the creation of #neveragain. Less
2018 March for Our Lives
Markovics, Joyce L., author.
"This narrative nonfiction title introduces young readers to the 2018 March for Our Lives. Thi... More
"This narrative nonfiction title introduces young readers to the 2018 March for Our Lives. This large protest, filled with powerful and courageous voices, shined a light on important issues concerning gun violence. Each book includes a table of contents, glossary of key words, index, author biography, sidebars, and timeline"-- Less
Taguchi, Emily, film director, film producer, cinematographer.
"In the days immediately following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that k... More
"In the days immediately following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed seventeen people, filmmakers Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman began filming with students and families whose lives were forever altered"--Container. Less
Enough is enough : how students can join the fight for gun safety
McCann, Michelle Roehm, 1968- author.
Explores the complexities of gun violence in America by explaining the myths, facts, causes, and ob... More
Explores the complexities of gun violence in America by explaining the myths, facts, causes, and obstacles surrounding the issue, and provides resources for students to get involved in gun safety activism. Less
Hyde, Natalie, 1963- author.
"This relevant title tackles a timely and controversial issue in an educated and sensitive way... More
"This relevant title tackles a timely and controversial issue in an educated and sensitive way. While virtually everyone agrees gun violence is wrong, there is disagreement about the right way to prevent it. This thoughtful book discusses issues of stricter regulation of gun ownership and access, harsher sentences for perpetrators of gun violence, and stronger security measures and police presence in public places, such as schools, to prevent mass shooting events."-- Less
Never again : the Parkland shooting and the teen activists leading a movement
Braun, Eric, 1971- author.
"This biography of a movement and the teen activists behind it delves into the quest for gun s... More
"This biography of a movement and the teen activists behind it delves into the quest for gun safety legislation in light of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida"-- Less
Why Meadow died : the people and policies that created the Parkland shooter and endanger America's students
Pollack, Andrew, 1966- author.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was murdered in the Parkland, Florida high school shooting, t... More
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was murdered in the Parkland, Florida high school shooting, teamed up with education expert Max Eden to find out how the Parkland shooter slipped through the cracks. They argue that the policies pioneered in Broward plague American schools, and make school shootings more likely. Less
Parkland students challenge the National Rifle Association
Rowell, Rebecca, author.
"Explores the history, events, and aftermath of the Parkland students' fight against gun ... More
"Explores the history, events, and aftermath of the Parkland students' fight against gun violence. Features "Think about It" questions, two infographics, and two "In Their Own Words" special features"-- Less
The Newtown school shooting
Owings, Lisa, author.
This title examines an important historic event--the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary Schoo... More
This title examines an important historic event--the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Easy-to-read, compelling text explores the man behind the shooting, Adam Lanza, the tragic events of December 14, 2012, the shooting's aftermath and the community's response, and the victims' families advocacy work in subsequent months. Also discussed are gun laws in the United States, new legislation introduced in Congress regarding gun control, and mental health policy and law. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web sites, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and essential facts--publisher. Less
Sandy Hook : an American tragedy and the battle for truth
Williamson, Elizabeth (Journalist), author.
"Based on hundreds of hours of research, interviews, and access to exclusive sources and mater... More
"Based on hundreds of hours of research, interviews, and access to exclusive sources and materials, Sandy Hook is Elizabeth Williamson's landmark investigation of the aftermath of a school shooting and the work by a group of Sandy Hook parents to defend themselves and the truth of their children's fate against the frenzied distortions of online deniers and conspiracy theorists"-- Less
Choosing hope : how I moved forward from life's darkest hours
Roig-DeBellis, Kaitlin, author.
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis is the first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who saved her enti... More
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis is the first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who saved her entire class of fifteen six- and-seven-year-olds from the tragic events that took place on December 14, 2012, by piling them into a single-occupancy bathroom within her classroom, mere feet from the brutal and indiscriminate massacre taking place outside the door. Since then, despite the unimaginably painful experiences she endured, she has chosen to share her experience with others, in the hope that they, too, can find light in dark moments. Choosing Hope is a lot of things. A written witness to a tragedy that will never be forgotten. A gripping firsthand testament to the power of good over the power of destruction. An inspirational memoir by a brave young woman whose story is one of courage, heroism, faith, and resilience. Less
Newtown an American tragedy
Lysiak, Matthew, author.
"In the vein of Dave Cullen's Columbine, the first comprehensive account of the Sandy Hoo... More
"In the vein of Dave Cullen's Columbine, the first comprehensive account of the Sandy Hook tragedy--with exclusive new reporting that chronicles the horrific events of December 14, 2012, including new insight into the dark mind of gunman Adam Lanza. Twenty-six people dead; twenty of them schoolchildren between the ages of six and seven. The world mourned the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012. Now, here is the startling, comprehensive look at this tragedy, and into the mind of the unstable killer, Adam Lanza. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and a decade's worth of emails from Lanza's mother to close friends that chronicled his slow slide into mental illness, Newtown pieces together the perfect storm that led to this unspeakable act of violence that shattered so many lives. Newtown explores the two central theories that have permeated the media since the attack: some claim Lanza suffered from severe mental illness, while others insist that, far from being a random act of insanity, this was a meticulously thought out, premeditated attack at least two years in the making by a violent video-gamer so obsessed with "glory kills" and researching mass murderers that he was willing to go to any length to attain the top score. Lanza's dark descent from a young boy with adjustment disorders to a calculating killer is interwoven with the Newtown massacre as it unfolded at the time, told from the points of view of eye witnesses, survivors, parents of victims, first responders, and Adam's relatives. A definitive account of a tragedy that shook a nation, Newtown features exclusive material including initial misinformation reported by the media and commentary on how this catastrophic event became a lightning rod for political agendas, much like Columbine did more than a decade ago" -- Less