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Reading Rockets' children's literature expert, Maria Salvadore, brings you into her world as she explores the best ways to use kids' books both inside — and outside — of the classroom.

Coping with disaster: books can help

November 2, 2012

It's been called the "perfect storm." Odd name for a destructive confluence of energy that changed people's lives, some forever. But super-storm Sandy did happen and like so many other natural disasters, it's up to adults to help children cope.

There are many guides to help children cope with a natural disaster like Sandy, but one of the most comprehensive was done by Bright Horizons after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf coast. It includes books to share with children organized by topics such as 'homelessness' and 'grief and loss.' There are additional resources for adults and suggestions on specific ways to address difficult topics.

There are no easy answers for those suffering from the aftermath of a natural disaster. There is no one way to tackle these issues. But books can open minds and conversations that benefit children and adults.

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Thanks, once again, Maria, for this timely information! I passed it on to our school faculty.

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