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Books to Share When News is Hard


Discover books to help process hard feelings, strengthen connection, and cultivate hope. 

Matt de la Peña
Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate the bonds of love that connect us all.
The Rabbit Listened
Cori Doerrfeld
When Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling.
Most People
Michael Leannah
Looks at the goodness of most people, pointing out how many more people there are in the world who would like to help others than would like to hurt them, and even most of those who do bad things can change.
There Was A Hole
Adam Lehrhaupt
Lily has a hole in her heart full of anger and sadness. It eats her joy, makes her angry, and it just keeps growing...But a friend lets her in on a secret (he has a hole too!) and shows her the best way to repair holes: spend time on friends, family, the things you love, yourself, and kindness. Those patches don't make the hole go away, but they help.
Guy Stuff Feelings: Everything You Need To Know About Your Emotions
Cara Natterson
This illustrated nonfiction book for boys entering puberty helps readers learn to identify feelings and express them in positive ways.
If You Plant A Seed
Kadir Nelson
While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.
Big Feelings
Alexandra Penfold
A group of kids express a multitude of feelings and discover they are not alone.
The Breaking News
Sarah Lynne Reul
When devastating news rattles a young girl's community, her normally attentive parents and neighbors are suddenly exhausted and distracted. Both timely and timeless, this picture book touches on themes of community, resilience, and optimism with an authenticity that will resonate with readers young and old.
After The Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again
Dan Santat
After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds.
When I See Red
Britta Teckentrup
The heroine of this beautifully illustrated story feels her anger like a storm in a dark forest. It sweeps her away, and she thunders and howls. She pours down her emotions like sheets of rain; rage surges like a wind whipping angry waves. Her anger takes her on a wild ride. Appropriate for a wide variety of ages, this book illustrates many aspects of anger that are often hard to articulate -- how overwhelming it is, how isolating, even scary. But it also shows anger to be a source of power and an agent for change.

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