When Things Are Scary

It can be difficult to talk to your children when things are scary in the news. Youth staff have gathered some resources that could be helpful when having these conversations with your children. Rereading favorite stories or re-watching favorite movies can also be very comforting to children in times of stress.

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Not every resource is right for every child or family. If you need guidance on what will best meet your specific needs, library staff can help you when choosing items.

Resources to Use With Your Child

These books and resources are appropriate to share with your children or have information about talking with your child: When Things Are Scary

Resources from Hoopla

Loss And Grief by Caitie McAneney

A Bowl Full Of Peace by Caren B. Stelson

What To Do When I Am Sad by  Dagmar Geisler

Dear Everybody, Admit There’s Hurt by Erica N. Wortherly, LLC

Overdrive Ebook

Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Kids

Articles for Grownups

How to Explain Scary News to Kids

Helping Children Cope With Frightening News (also available en español)

Explaining the News to Our Kids

What to say to kids when the news is scary

Talking to Children About the Shooting

Helping Children with Tragic Events in the News

For Adults/Older Kids/Teens

These resources are for adults and older readers to learn more about the history, impact, and context of gun violence and school shootings in our country: Public Safety