National Child Traumatic Street Network ... National Association of School Psychologists... School Mental Health Project, Dept. of Psychology, UCLAAlso, there are some book reviews below supporting grieving children with trauma.

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Recommended books for children coping with loss, trauma, & bullying.

Check with your school librarian for access to TeachingBooks.net

Always and Forever

by Alan Durant

When Fox dies, Mole, Hare, and Otter are devastated. They feel they will never get over their great sadness. How can life go on without him? Then one day Squirrel comes to visit. She reminds Fox's family of all the funny things he used to do. And as the friends share dinner and tell stories, they realize at last that in their hearts and memories, Fox is still with them, an ...more

Link to Always and Forever by Alan Durant YouTube READ ALOUD Always and Forever (only one I could find)

Badger's Parting Gifts

by Susan Varley

The tale of a dependable, reliable and helpful badger who realizes that his old age will soon lead to death. His friends learn to come to terms with his death in an enchanting tale. With full color illustrations throughout.

Link to Badger's Parting Gifts YouTube Talking Book Badger's Parting Gifts

Bear's Last Journey

by Udo Weigelt,

Old Bear is very sick. With his animal friends gathered around him, Bear tells them that he must say good-bye, for he is going on a special journey. "But ... but ... you're not dying?" asks Rabbit, and Bear admits that he is. All the animals are saddened by the news, but the little fox is especially upset--hurt and angry and confused. He cannot imagine life without Bear.

The Dead Bird

by Margaret Wise Brown,

One day, the children find a bird lying on its side with its eyes closed and no heartbeat. They are very sorry, so they decide to say good-bye. In the park, they dig a hole for the bird and cover it with warm sweet-ferns and flowers. Finally, they sing sweet songs to send the little bird on its way.

Link to The Dead Bird -Teaching Books.Net YouTube READ ALOUD { The Dead Bird

Everett Anderson's Goodbye

by Lucille Clifton

The five stages of grief according to Elizabeth Kubler-Ross are set within poetry when Everett Anderson faces the death of his father. Dramatic pencil drawings complement the emotional power and honesty of the text.

Link to Everett Anderson's Goodbye TeachingBooks.net YouTube Book READ ALOUD | Everett Anderson's Goodbye (Up to age 8)

Goodbye Mousie

by Robie H. Harris,

One morning a boy finds that his pet, Mousie, won't wake up. The truth is Mousie has died. At first the boy doesn't believe it. He gets very mad at Mousie for dying, and then he feels very sad. But talking about Mousie, burying Mousie in a special box, and saying good-bye helps this boy begin to feel better about the loss of his beloved pet.

Link to Goodbye Mousie YouTube Book READ ALOUD Goodbye Mousie

The Purple Balloon

by Chris Raschka

When a child becomes aware of his pending death (children tend to know long before the rest of us even want to consider it), and is given the opportunity to draw his feelings, he will often draw a blue or purple balloon, released and unencumbered, on its way upward. Health-care professionals have discovered that this is true, regardless of a child's cultural or religious b

Link to The Purple Balloon YouTube Book READ ALOUD The Purple Balloon

A Terrible Thing Happened

A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence or Trauma

by Susan Varley

The tale of a dependable, reliable and helpful badger who realizes that his old age will soon lead to death. His friends learn to come to terms with his death in an enchanting tale. With full color illustrations throughout.

Link to Badger's Parting Gifts YouTube Book READ OUT LOUD A Terrible Thing Happened

Rudi's Pond

by Eve Bunting

The young narrator's best friend, Rudi, is very sick, and it's hard for her to understand. When Rudi dies, the narrator and the other children in school help to build a pond by the big knobby oak to remember him by. A hummingbird feeder that Rudi made hangs by the pond, and one day a special hummingbird comes to visit. . . . Based on a true story, Rudi's Pond is an insights an insightful book that will help young readers to deal with loss.

Link to Rudi's Pond at Teaching Books.Net

Tyrone the Horrible, THE BULLY DINOSAUR

Book Resources -check with school librarian for access to TeachingBook.net.

by Hans Wilhelm YouTube Read Aloud Tyrone the Horrible

A little dinosaur named Boland tries several ways of dealing with the biggest bully in the swamp forest, until finally hitting on a successful tactic.

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Childhood adversity, toxic stress, and trauma can negatively impact students’ ability to thrive in school, at home, and throughout life. Below are resources to address prevention, intervention, and postvention for school staff to utilize for