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.
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
Is it okay to be afraid? Comedian and late night television host Seth Meyers, will immediately trap his new preschool audience with his first picture book, I’m Not Scared, YOU’RE Scared. Bear will not admit he is afraid of just about everything. When rabbit suddenly needs rescuing, Bear overcomes all his fears to rescue his friend. You will love this read-a-loud with its repetitive text.
Ariel Goldberg is in middle school, dealing with friendship and learning challenges. Ariel is also dealing with family issues, as her beloved older sister Leah leaves home to marry Raj, the Indian man that she has fallen in love with. When Leah’s parents refuse to accept the marriage, Ariel realizes that it is through poetry that she is best able to communicate her feelings about all that is happening in her life.
This story takes place shortly after the Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virgina in 1967 and is inspired by the author’s own family history.