Using Storybooks to Help Children Cope
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Author: Cathy Grace, Elizabeth Shores
Publisher: Gryphon House
Pages: 64, © 2010
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:
· Epidemics and mass casualty incidents
· 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.
"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."
"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.
"Excellent collection of targeted children’s books! Every center should have this book."
"...This book is relevant for every teacher, whether the (children in their classroom have) experienced a disaster or seen devastation on television."
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.
Elizabeth F. Shores, M.A.P.H., is the associate director for research, communications, and national initiatives of the Early Childhood Institute at Mississippi State University.
Elizabeth was the editor of the journal Dimensions of Early Childhood and director of publications for the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) from 1990 to 1995. She also has published articles, book chapters, and monographs on the early history of developmental disabilities services in Arkansas, monographs on K-12 reform and child welfare reform in Arkansas, social studies curricula, and articles in various parenting publications.
Elizabeth Shores lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.