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Talking with Kids and Teens About Violence


NOTE: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J152.46 SHUMA Shuman, Carol Jenny Is Scared: When Sad Things Happen in the World
An age-appropriate story that helps younger children recognize and even develop the skills to cope with tragic world events and events that happen in their own lives.
J155.9 Jackson, Ellen Sometimes Bad Things Happen
Mentions some of the bad things that happen in the world and presents some positive ways to respond to them.
J155.937 Loftis, Chris Boy Who Sat by the Window -- Helping Children Cope with Violence
When his classmate is killed by random gunfire, a small boy is troubled by both the death and the fear of more violence. Using his expertise as a counselor, Chris Loftis teaches children the skills needed to cope with such traumas and restores hope by instilling a message of peace.
J222.11 Sasso, Sandy Eisenberg Cain and Abel: Finding the Fruits of Peace
Based on the bibilical story of Cain and Abel and designed to teach young readers and their parents about resolving anger.
J242.4 DAVOL Davoll, Barbara Mr. Stuffy's Uniform: A Children's Story of Comfort for Troubled Times
...offers a gentle, child-appropriate, Biblical way of dealing with tragedy, whether on the national or personal level…
J242.82 Children's Prayers for America
A collection of children's prayers and pictures made in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
J248.845 Moss, Mary Martha God Is Here... When Bad Things Happen
Explains the presence of suffering in our lives through the tale of Jeremy and the friend he loses, and offers activities and questions for dialogue with children.
J291.211 Gellman, Marc And God Cried, Too: A Kid's Book of Healing and Hope
Little Angel Mike is a guardian-angel-in-training. He doesn't understand how God can let bad things happen in the world. Whether it's the tragic events of September 11, 2001, or the loss of a beloved pet, shouldn't God be able to stop the bad things…?
J302 Payne, Lauren Murphy We Can Get Along: A Child's Book of Choices
Teaches essential conflict resolution and peacemaking skills in a way that young children can understand.
J302.34 Lalli, Judy Make Someone Smile and 40 More Ways to Be a Peaceful Person
Encourages children to learn the skills of peacemaking and conflict resolution, with the aid of simple words and companion black-and-white photographs of children modeling these skills.
J303.6 Kivel, Paul I Can Make My World a Safer Place: A Kid's Book About Stopping Violence
Animated cartoon illustrations, crossword puzzles, and word searches enhancehis easy-to-read book about preventing violent behavior and healing a violent experience.
J303.6 Sanders, Pete Feeling Violent
Teach children to understand and deal with familiar situations they face everyday with this insightful series that tackles trying social issues in a reader-friendly way.
J303.6 Stewart, Gail Terrorism
Speaks to young readers in clear yet sensitive language about the many sides of terrorism--its origins, its effects, and the efforts to stop it.
J303.6 Webster-Doyle, Terrence Tug of War: Peace Through Understanding Conflict
Promotes the study of conflict resolution as an integral part of a young person's education.
J303.66 SUVAN Suvanjieff, Ivan PeaceJam: A Billion Simple Acts of Peace
Contains profiles of each of the Nobel Peace Laureates involved in PeaceJam, firsthand accounts of youth and their work with the Laureates, plus tools and resources to inspire others to action.
J305.23 Ousseimi, Maria Caught in the Crossfire: Growing up in a War Zone
Uses incidents from Lebanon, El Salvador, Mozambique, Bosnia-Herzegovinia, and Washington, D.C., to examine the effect on children of growing up in a war zone.
J306 Patel, Andrea On That Day: A Book of Hope for Children
Sometimes bad things happen in the world. But there will always be good things in the world, too. You are one of those good things.
J362.26 Alexander, Debra Whiting It Happened to Me: A Story for Child Victims of Crime or Trauma
J362.76 Alexander, Debra Whiting All My Feelings: A Story for Children Who Have Felt the Impact of Crime or Trauma
J362.76 Alexander, Debra Whiting Don't Go!: A Story for Children Experiencing Separation Anxiety Following Crime or Trauma
J362.76 Alexander, Debra Whiting I Can't Remember: A Story for Children Feeling the Effects of Crime or Trauma
J362.76 Alexander, Debra Whiting Something Bad Happened: A Story for Children Who Have Felt the Impact of Crime or Trauma
A coloring book that offers a directed approach to working out emotions and dealing with a variety of traumatic events. The book includes brief discussions of how harmful events affect children and their families, and pages on which to draw pictures of "scary thoughts" or "ways to feel safe."
J363.32 Andryszewski, Tricia Terrorism in America
An account of the September 11 attacks in the United States, with a discussion of the war on terrorism, anthrax attacks, and new security measures put into place since that day.
J371.78 AGASS Agassi, Martine Hands Are Not For Hitting
Children learn that violence is never okay, that they can manage their anger and other strong feelings, and that they are capable of positive, loving actions-like playing, making music, learning, counting, helping, taking care, and much more.
J649.1 Stoppard, Miriam Questions Children Ask and How to Answer Them
J811 This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort
A collection of poems written to comfort after the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
J811.54 GREEN Greenfield, Eloise When the Horses Ride By: Children in the Times of War
Poems about children around the world, focusing on the children's perceptions of war and how the turmoil of war affects their lives
J820.8 In Times of War: An Anthology of War and Peace in Children's Literature
J973.931 Gow, Mary Attack on America: The Day the Twin Towers Collapsed
Examines the devastating effects of September 11, 2001.
J973.931 Poffenberger, Nancy September 11, 2001: A Simple Account for Children
Explains the events of September 11th, 2001 to young readers in a gentle yet straightforward manner.
J973.931 A Nation Challenged: A Visual History of 9/11 and Its Aftermath (Young Reader's Edition)
Text, photographs, and illustrations from the New York Times section, "A Nation Challenged," record how the world was changed due to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States and their aftermath.
J973.931 Do Not Be Sad: A Chronicle of Healing
Produces the many notes and drawings sent by children from all over the United States to the Engine 24 Ladder 5 FDNY firehouse in downtown Manhattan.
J973.931 Messages to Ground Zero: Children Respond to September 11, 2001
This is a collection of letters, poetry, and art by children in response to September 11th.
J976.6 Jones, Frances A Circle of Love: The Oklahoma City Bombing Through the Eyes of Our Children
A collection of letters from American children to those affected by the Oklahoma City bombing.
J976.6 Dear Oklahoma City: Get Well Soon
A collection of letters from American children to those affected by the Oklahoma City bombing, with statements from some adults involved in the rescue and clean-up operations.
J976.638 Lamb, Nancy One April Morning: Children Remember the Oklahoma City Bombing
Conversations with children from the Oklahoma City area about their feelings at the time of the bombing of the Federal Building and afterwards.
JE AUBIN Aubin, Cheryl Somers The Survivor Tree: Inspired by a True Story
A badly injured Callery pear tree discovered under the rubble of the Twin Towers is nursed back to health over a number of years. She becomes known as the 9/11 Survivor Tree and is planted at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza in New York City.
JE Cohn, Janice Why Did It Happen? Helping Children Cope in a Violent World
With the help of his parents and teacher, a young boy deals with his feelings about the robbery of the neighborhood grocery store.
JE DELAU Delaunois, Angèle The Little Yellow Bottle
Friends Marwa and Ahmad are playing near their village when they find the little yellow bottle. They don't realize that is is a bomb, dropped from the sky by the warplanes that fly over their village...
JE HOLME Holmes, Margaret M. A Terrible Thing Happened
This gently told and tenderly illustrated story is for children who have witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode.
JE ROTH Roth, Susan L. It's Still a Dog's New York
In a sequel to It's a dog's New York, Pepper and Rover are miserable after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Together they learn that, even though they are sad, they can go on.
PTC J155.4 Livo, Norma J. Who's Afraid...?: Facing Children's Fears with Folktales
A collection of stories that relate to children's most common fears -- losing a parent, being lost, school fears, and others. Commentary, suggestions for discussion and activities, and a bibliography of further resources help you use the stories in a classroom setting.
PTC J155.418 Manassis, Katharina Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child
Describes causes of childhood anxieties, offers practical advice on helping children cope, and discusses special problem behaviors.
PTC J155.9 ALEXA Alexander, Debra Whiting Children Changed by Trauma -- A Healing Guide
Shows parents and others what they can do to help children who have witnessed a traumatic event cope with emotions, learn to talk about what happened, and begin to feel safe again.
PTC J155.9 Heegaard, Marge When Something Terrible Happens -- Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief
Creates ways for children to explore the fright, confusion, and insecurity caused by traumatic events in their lives.
PTC J155.9 Monahon, Cynthia Children and Trauma: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
PTC J155.9016 Rudman, Masha Kabakow Books to Help Children Cope with Separation and Loss
A bibliographic guide to fiction and nonfiction books for young people, ages 3 to 16, on the themes of separation and loss. I
PTC J155.93 Brooks, Barbara The Scared Child: Helping Kids Overcome Traumatic Events
PTC J155.935 Deskin, Gerald When Nothing Makes Sense: Disaster, Crisis, and Their Effects on Children
Shows parents how to identify, heal, and manage children's crisis- related stress, explaining what happens to children during a disaster and how to recognize warning signals for a child's stress level, and illustrating ways parents and children can cope with crisis and stress together. Addresses issues such as cultural differences in handling disasters, the media's impact, and after effects, and includes true story vignettes.
PTC J248.8 Sanford, Doris How to Answer Tough Questions Kids Ask
PTC J302.23 Gellman, Marc Bad Stuff in the News: A Guide to Handling the Headlines
Discusses how such problems as terrorism, child abuse, natural disasters, violence in sports, and hate crimes are reported in the media and some things that individuals can do to address these problems.
PTC J303.6 Schmidt, Fran Peace-Making Skills for Little Kids
PTC J303.66 Arterburn, Stephen 130 Questions Children Ask About War and Terrorists
Provides answers to children's questions about war--answers that will help turn children's fears into opportunities for healing and growth.
PTC J303.66 Feeling Safe: Talking to Children About War and Terrorism
The experts at Child magazine have compiled this collection of practical and reassuring articles which will guide any parent through the challenge of explaining the more frightening aspects of current events.
PTC J306.874 Schaefer, Charles How to Talk to Your Kids About Really Important Things - For Children Four to Twelve
Offers parents, teachers, counselors, and others the help they need to find the words to talk to kids and answer their questions.
PTC J327.172 Drew, Naomi Learning the Skills of Peacemaking: A K-6 Activity Guide to Resolving Conflicts, Communicating, and Cooperating
PTC J327.172 Fry-Miller, Kathleen Peace Works
Includes instructions for a variety of projects that promote peace and concern for the environment.
PTC J371.36 Martin, Mary Patricia Candace Peace: Thematic Unit
PTC J649.1 Cappello, Dominic Ten Talks Parents Must Have with Their Children About Violence
A renowned parent educator and policy advocate on school violence offers parents useful advice on speaking with their children about vital issues. Includes ten scripted "family talks" tested by moms, dads, and kids.
PTC J649.1 Dacey, John Your Anxious Child: How Parents and Teachers Can Relieve Anxiety in Children
Provides practical strategies for helping children with anxiety.
S J BOARDBK VERDI Verdick, Elizabeth Words Are Not For Hurting = Las Palabras No Son Para Lastimar
With gentle encouragement, these books guide children to think before speaking, to choose words that are helpful instead of hurtful, and to say "I'm sorry" when hurtful words come out before kids can stop them. Bilingual Spanish/English.

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