I'm looking for a comprehensive list of books written on the elementary level which deal with childhood adversity. These could be books which are meant to be read with children who have ACEs, or could be made available, for example, in an elementary school wellness center, and could be read by these children themselves. There are many books about worries, fears, manners, anger management, kindness, and various character traits. What I am wanting to explore is books that deal more with actual childhood adversity. One example is "My Daddy Is In Jail", by Janet M. Bender, M. Ed. I recently went to my favorite bookstore  (which happens to be the largest used and new bookstore in the world) in search of such materials and found very little, in a TINY section of miscellaneous children's issues.  If you have such a list, please share!

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I wrote a book called, "Stories for Kids in Divorce, A Read Aloud Storybook." While it is mainly about kids in divorce, it can accommodate children from any trauma situation. There are 13 stories in the book and each story deals with some kind of emotion. At the end of each story are questions the parent or caregiver can use to stimulate discussion between the adult and child or group of children.

There are no pictures in this book. I wanted the kids to imagine themselves or their friends, teachers, parents, etc. in the story situation. Usually when it is read to kids they will stare into space or close their eyes and you can see they are picturing themselves in the story. When kids read it themselves they don't mind not having pictures in the book. 


The cost of the book is $15.00 before shipping and can be ordered at 
http://www.personalhelpstore.o....asp?sku=2169_DK4045 

I hope this helps in your search. 

 

Linda Jacobs

I recommend checking out "Once I Was Very Very Scared" by Dr. Chandra Ghosh Ippen,  from the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). It's a children's story was written to help children and grown-ups understand how stress can affect children, the different ways they respond and communicate, and ways to help them. Hope this helps!

 Thank you all so much for your helpful and thoughtful responses to my question. I am doing my best to compile a comprehensive list. I just wish money grew on trees so I could buy them all and make them available to the students at the school where I work!   I will do all that I can though! 

An assistant principal here in DC, Dwight Davis, recommended a book for older children at a forum reported on in ACEs Too Highā€”"Davis was enthusiastic about the use of bibliotherapy as a way for students to talk about their own experiences of trauma, noting how the character Maleeka in The Skin Iā€™m In by Sharon G. Flake helped some of his female students open up." He introduced the concept of bibliotherapy to me.

Sabrina Eickhoff posted:

I'm looking for a comprehensive list of books written on the elementary level which deal with childhood adversity. These could be books which are meant to be read with children who have ACEs, or could be made available, for example, in an elementary school wellness center, and could be read by these children themselves. There are many books about worries, fears, manners, anger management, kindness, and various character traits. What I am wanting to explore is books that deal more with actual childhood adversity. One example is "My Daddy Is In Jail", by Janet M. Bender, M. Ed. I recently went to my favorite bookstore  (which happens to be the largest used and new bookstore in the world) in search of such materials and found very little, in a TINY section of miscellaneous children's issues.  If you have such a list, please share!

 

Sabrina Eickhoff posted:

I'm looking for a comprehensive list of books written on the elementary level which deal with childhood adversity. These could be books which are meant to be read with children who have ACEs, or could be made available, for example, in an elementary school wellness center, and could be read by these children themselves. There are many books about worries, fears, manners, anger management, kindness, and various character traits. What I am wanting to explore is books that deal more with actual childhood adversity. One example is "My Daddy Is In Jail", by Janet M. Bender, M. Ed. I recently went to my favorite bookstore  (which happens to be the largest used and new bookstore in the world) in search of such materials and found very little, in a TINY section of miscellaneous children's issues.  If you have such a list, please share!

Hi Sabrina 

As a Clinical Physiologist I just released the first book of the "Adventures of Hopper," trauma informed book series for educators and parents of kids ages 5-9. 

The book series is designed to build resilience, greater psychological awareness and greater self confidence in youth to deal with adverse childish experiences including bullying and disaster trauma for better outcomes and to ameliorate trauma from many of the things they are dealing with nowadays.

The books are only $9.99 and can be found at Amazon or through my website at www.prepworld.org

HI, My name is Janine. Helping children feel safe is a passion of mine and I written a children's picture book on this very topic.

FEELING SAFE is the first book in a series called "Every Child Needs'. It is about helping children create positive experiences for themselves of feeling safe and secure, even amidst trauma. An emotionally, engaging and nurturing story which also have discussion topics for parents and adults help understand the child's needs and how they can help the child feel safe.

Here is amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A93TFN6

Welcome to contact me directly if you would like to know more about the book or the series.

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Hello, Sabrina!   I was encouraged to share this with you, and I hope it will be helpful!

Compassionate Comprehension with the Common Core:

For Restorative Practices and Justice with a Trauma-Informed Lens

https://lkwbetterworld.files.w...c-8-p-master-doc.pdf

If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Blessings to you in your important work!  Linda K. Williams  :-) 

Thank you everyone who has contributed your knowledge/awareness/resources to answering this question. I have discovered that it isn't necessarily all that easy to round up this kind of reading material for our vulnerable young people who desperately need to have access to constructive and healthy truths, in gentle and wise form. Thank you all!!! 

I am SO inspired by this list of resources, thank you so much Sabrina for starting this thread a year ago!! We have also just launched a new trauma-informed children's book series for ages 4-10 about a mermaid yogini named Venus: http://kck.st/2z2Ira2 I would be very curious to hear everyone's thoughts and feedback about this project. Thank you! 

The book series' website is www.venusandherflytrip.net

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