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Coping (Kids)

Coping with tender topics or a tragedy is one of the toughest tasks a parent will face. Here are some children's books that can help children learn how to cope with hardships.

Coping with changes by Shannon Stocker

"The COVID-19 pandemic introduced many changes into children's lives. Coping with Changes addresses those in an age-appropriate way and gives actionable suggestions to help young readers adapt as we navigate the current outbreak. This includes science content, based on current CDC recommendations, as well as social emotional content to help with personal wellness and development of empathy. All books in the 21st Century Junior Library encourage readers to think critically and creatively, and use their problem-solving skills. Book includes table of contents, sidebars, glossary, index, and author biography"--

The most magnificent thing by Ashley Spires

A little girl and her canine assistant set out to make the most magnificent thing, but despite their hard work, the end result is not what the girl had envisioned and she must develop a new strategy for success.

Stand tall like a mountain : mindfulness & self-care for children and parents by Suzy Reading

Stand Tall Like a Mountain is specifically designed to help parents empower their children to: - Learn tools for dealing with everyday emotions - Express how they are feeling - Learn about their bodies and minds in easy-to-read and understandable language - Develop tools for nourishment and coping with challenges - Use easy and fun yoga poses to promote positive feelings We teach our children how to brush their teeth and cross the road safely; this book is about broadening their toolkit to include emotional first aid. Suzy Reading introduces practices to encourage noticing emotions, feeling calm, expressing feelings, falling asleep more easily, coping with anger and feelings of anxiety and nurturing confidence and kindness. Children are natural masters of curiosity and mindfulness, so the learning is not a one-way street. The book encourages parents to observe and seek opportunities to learn from their children too

When you are brave by Pat Zietlow Miller

Relates how to find your courage and use it when life seems frightening or you start something new.

The day you begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

All because you matter by Tami Charles

A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and Brown children everywhere reminds them how much they matter, that they have always mattered and they always will

Say something by Peter H Reynolds

Encourages readers to say something using their actions and words to show the importance and power of their voice.

Because by Mo Willems

A series of events, some seemingly very insignificant, lead to a young girl attending a life-changing concert.

Bo the brave by Bethan Woollvin

When her brothers tell her she is too small to hunt monsters, Bo sets off on her own to prove them wrong.

All about anxiety by Carrie (Children's author) Lewis

"Anxiety. It's an emotion that rears its head almost every day, from the normal worries and concerns that most of us experience, to outright fear when something scary happens, to the anxiety disorders that many kids live with daily. But what causes anxiety? And what can we do about it? All About Anxiety tackles these questions from every possible angle. Readers will learn what's going on in their brain and central nervous system when they feel anxious. They'll learn about the evolutionary reasons for fearand anxiety and that anxiety isn't always a bad thing--except for when it is! Most importantly, kids will discover new strategies to manage their anxiety so they can live and thrive with anxiety."--

What happens when someone has anxiety? by Katie Kawa

"Anxiety disorders are a serious mental health concern for millions of people, including children. Readers who know a friend or family member who struggles with anxiety or who deal with anxiety in their own life can find suggestions for support and helpful facts in this age-appropriate overview of anxiety disorders"--

Anxiety-free kids : an interactive guide for parents and children by Bonnie Zucker

The worry (less) book : feel strong, find calm, and tame your anxiety! by Rachel Brian

"Expertly vetted and playfully presented with comic illustrations, a young person's guide to anxiety management shares reassurance about how everyone gets worried sometimes and what to do when too much anxiety gets in the way."--

Anxiety relief for kids : on-the-spot strategies to help your child overcome worry, panic & avoidance by Bridget Flynn Walker

Sometimes I'm anxious : a child's guide to overcoming anxiety by Poppy O'Neill

"This practical guide combines proven cognitive-behavioral therapy methods used by child psychologists in schools with simple activities to help your child overcome anxiety. It's perfect for children ages 8 to 12 because a lot happens in these years that can impact a child's emotional well-being, not just now but for years to come."--Amazon.com

Mindfulness for anxious kids : a workbook to help children cope with anxiety, stress, and worry by Catherine P Cook-Cottone

Tap dance troubles by C Reid

Emma is taking tap dance lessons and she wants to learn the routine perfectly, but it is not easy because the tapping of the dancers makes it difficult for her cochlear implant to pick up the final notes of the music and so her timing is off--but with alittle help from her teacher and her best friend Izzie, Emma will make it work. Includes an ASL fingerspelling chart, glossary, and content-related questions.

Ani's light by Tanu Shree Singh

Ani's world has gone dark in his mother's absence, and his family and friends are unable to help, but when Mama finally returns, with her hair missing, her love chases the darkness away. Includes a note to parents and caregivers.

Trini's big leap by Alexander de Wit

Trini is the highest flyer, the strongest gripper, the most spectacular cartwheeler at her after-school club. She easily masters any gymnastic move her teachers show her, and always says, "I can do that." But when she tries to construct buildings out of blocks like her friends do, she discovers that some things don't come as easily for her. Through the encouragement of her friends, Trini learns the value collaboration and trying new things, even when they aren't so easy

Is nothing something? : kids' questions and zen answers about life, death, family, friendship, and everything in between by Thích Nĥát Hạnh

"In Is Nothing Something? Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh answers heartfelt, difficult, and funny questions from children of all ages. Illustrated with original full-color artwork by Jessica McClure, Is Nothing Something? will help adults plant the seeds of mindfulness in the young children in their lives. Beginning with the most basic questions, "What is important in life?" and "Why is my brother mean to me?" and progressing through issues that we all wrestle with, such as "How do I know if I really love somebody?", "How long am I going to live?", and "What does God look like?", each page presents a question with a short answer from Thich Nhat Hanh, appropriate for beginning readers to work with on their own. The back of the book has the first complete children's biography of Thich Nhat Hanh, along with basic, kid-friendly instructions for mindful breathing and mindful walking. Both humorous and profound, Is Nothing Something? is the perfect resource for kids with questions, adults looking to answer them, and anyone with questions of their own"--

What happens when a loved one dies? : our first talk about death by Jillian Roberts

Offers young readers a gentle introduction to the concept of death, as well as the feelings that come with losing someone and positive ways to deal with them.

Saturdays are for Stella by Candy Wellins

George loves spending Saturdays with his grandmother, Stella. One day, Stella is gone and George is ready to cancel Saturdays--until a new addition to the family arrives and George finds a way to honor the memories of his beloved grandmother

Remembering Ethan by Lesl©♭a Newman

A young girl misses her deceased brother and wants to talk about him, and she does not understand why her parents do not even want to mention his name.

Where Lily isn't by Julie Paschkis

After her dog Lily dies, a young girl describes all the ways her beloved pet won't be around.

Why do my parents fight? by Melissa Raé Shofner

There are many reasons adults get into disagreements. It may be difficult to understand some of these reasons, and it's important for children to know that they aren't one of them. In this book, readers will find answers to some of their questions about why their parents fight. Readers will also find advice about what to do when their parents fight and suggestions regarding the people they can talk to about their thoughts and feelings if they find themselves in the middle of a difficult situation

Questions and Feelings About When Someone Dies by Dawn Hewitt

What happens when my parents get divorced? by Marisa Orgullo

This book offers readers a look at different situations they might encounter during a divorce, from a parent moving out to spending time in two different homes. Age-appropriate text helps readers understand important topics such as child custody and stepfamilies

Maya moves away : a story about moving by Pat Miller

"Maya is moving. She must say goodbye to her friends. Will she like her new home?"--Page 4 of cover.

The Berenstain Bears' moving day by Stan Berenstain

The Bear family decides it is time to move to a larger house.

Where do they go? by Julia Alvarez

Children wonder what happens to their loved ones after death.

The invisible boy by Trudy Ludwig

Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives, everything changes.

Stand tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

Even when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and she feels good about herself

Ida, always by Caron Levis

A polar bear grieves over the loss of his companion, based on the real-life Gus and Ida of New York's Central Park Zoo.

The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill

Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the school playground until a new girl arrives and challenges Jean's status as the Recess Queen

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it

Divorce is the worst by Anastasia Higginbotham

Walks through the emotions and confusion it is common for young people to experience when their parents get a divorce, and describes some of the behavioral changes that may be observed in parents during this difficult time.
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