Trauma/Loss

Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley
Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley
Badger is old and is ready to die but when it happens, he leaves behind friends who are grieving and not sure what to do about their sadness. His friends come to realize that by remembering all of the happy memories they made with their friend, he remains alive in their hearts. This is a tender story that takes a very difficult topic and helps children talk about feelings of loss. It is also one of the few books on death that does not include faith-based messages and so it can be appropriate for a child and family of any background.
  A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes
A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes
This picture book is written for children who have witnessed violence or trauma, providing a way for an adult to talk about how the event has affected people. It clearly lays out a variety of ways in which children can be affected by a traumatic event and provides notes to parents/ caregivers in the back to help adults keep communication open and actively support their children to develop healthy coping skills.