After the Crisis: Using Storybooks to Help Children Cope [NOOK Book]

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When a crisis shakes a child’s life, it is often up to teachers to recognize and identify signs that the child is suffering from continuing stress, and to help parents make appropriate decisions regarding next steps. Although most teachers cannot provide therapy to children under traumatic stress, they already have the tools they need to help children cope: storybooks.

The literature-based activities in After the Crisis help children who have ...
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After the Crisis: Using Storybooks to Help Children Cope

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Overview

When a crisis shakes a child’s life, it is often up to teachers to recognize and identify signs that the child is suffering from continuing stress, and to help parents make appropriate decisions regarding next steps. Although most teachers cannot provide therapy to children under traumatic stress, they already have the tools they need to help children cope: storybooks.

The literature-based activities in After the Crisis help children who have been through a trauma. With activities and exercises that can be used in conjunction with 50 children’s books, teachers can use the discussion starters, writing activities, and art activities in After the Crisis to promote children’s ability to cope and heal.

After the Crisis addresses numerous crises that can affect a child:

• Earthquakes
• Epidemics and mass casualty incidents
• Floods
• Hurricanes
• Tornadoes and major storms
• Shelter experiences
• Volcano eruptions
• Death of a loved one


After the Crisis is the companion book to Preparing for Disaster: What Every Early Childhood Director Needs to Know.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"These companion books, based on hard-learned lessons from the Katrina disaster, should be read by all entrusted with the physical and emotional well-being of our youngest and most vulnerable children." - Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense Fun

"This unprecedented resource book is very informative and user-friendly. This will certainly give teachers the tools to help children understand various disasters that are possible as well as heal better if they experienced one." - Jody Martin, Vice President of Education and Training, Creme de la Creme

"Excellent collection of targeted children’s books! Every center should have this book." -Marcy Guddemi, Ph.d., Executive Director, Gesell Institute of Human Development

School Library Journal
Grace and Shores have compiled a list of more than 50 picture books that promote emotional resilience and help children cope with natural disasters. Many of the books have recent publication dates, but a few were published 10 or 20 years ago, which leads one to question how the list was compiled. Other than stating that one of their criteria was the presence of the books in numerous public libraries, the authors do not indicate how the books were originally evaluated. For each book, the authors list the related disasters (earthquake, volcano eruption, fire, flood, etc.), a short description of the book's content, and activities that are appropriate for specified age groups. The activities are extremely similar throughout, ranging from acting out the story, answering questions about it, to doing simple art projects. With a little help from either a language-arts expert or art educator, a much broader range of activities could have been explored. Librarians may want to keep this book as a reference; a creative teacher can certainly take the information here and supplement the activities in an imaginative way.—Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876595947
  • Publisher: Gryphon House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Cathy Grace has served as the early childhood coordinator at the Mississippi Department of Education and assisted school districts in the implementation of public kindergarten throughout the state. Working with the Department of Human Services, Cathy coordinated the development of a family support/family preservation program that is now a statewide model. Cathy has served as President of the Mississippi Early Childhood Association, has served on the nomination panel for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and represents Mississippi on the Human Resources Committee of the Southern Regional Education Board. She also received the Outstanding Member of the Early Childhood Association in 2000.

Cathy Grace has also held the title of Executive Director of the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), which gave her an opportunity to assist in the professional development of early childhood educators across the Southern United States. She has spoken to groups across the country on behalf of children and families.

Cathy Grace lives in Tupelo, Mississippi.
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