CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released a new booklist called Comforting Reads for Difficult Times. This list includes titles meant to help children understand and heal from challenging situations like the death of loved ones, unexpected moves, catastrophic illness, and more.
The four-page list is available for free download on the ALSC website and includes titles for children ages K-8 grade. Also included are links to resources for adults to provide guidance on talking about sensitive topics with children.
“Librarians are trained to find just the right story for a variety of purposes,” says ALSC President Nina Lindsay. “With the Comforting Reads for Difficult Times booklist, ALSC hopes to share books that will help children and tweens see that they aren’t alone in whatever they are experiencing.”
Titles on the 2017 Comforting Reads for Difficult Times List were compiled and annotated by ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee.
The 2017 Comforting Reads for Difficult Times List was funded through the Friends of ALSC and titles were compiled and annotated by ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee.
The Association for Library Service to Children is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. ALSC's network includes more than 4,000 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults dedicated to engaging communities to build healthy, successful, futures for all children.