The Boston Public Library Has Purchased More Than 2,400 Books on Grieving and Anxiety to Help Adults and Children Cope With the Trauma and Loss After the Marathon Bombings

Books on Grieving for Children
Books on Grieving for Children

At a budget hearing before the Boston City Council earlier this month, BPL president Amy Ryan told the councilors that the library purchased more than 2,000 books on coping with anxiety, grieving and loss after the Marathon bombings. In addition, even though the main library at Copley Square was forced to close for a week due to its close proximity to the bombing site, all the 25 branches were open the next day. "They were crowded," reported Ryan. "People were busy checking in with one another. Libraries are community spaces." According to Catherine Willis, Chief of Technical and Digital Services at the BPL, a total of 2,410 books were ordered on the subject of loss and anxiety. The cost for the books would have been more than $30,000 but the vendor gave the BPL a 'sizeable' discount to bring the final amount down to around $15,000. The books have begun to arrive at libraries throughout the system, including the South End Library.

South End Library's children's librarian Margaret Gardner collected several links for library patrons, including:

1. Tips for parents and teachers on how to deal with children's fear of war and terrorism from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

2. Talking to children about violence, also by NASP

3. Talking with kids about news, sponsored by PBS Parents

4. Times of Grief and Sadnessa list of 19 books for children from the BPL web site's Boston PL Kids Lists.

Gardner told FOSEL that kids and teens who have been at the South End branch since the bombings have expressed themselves through art, which she plans to continue to do. Two teens created  "the dove of peace" in the front window facing Tremont Street the first week after the bombing, and another teen artist made the two doves of peace by the circulation counter, with hand prints and words from younger children.

Below is the full list of the BPL's books that are, or will soon be arriving at a library near you, and the number of copies available.

Aikman, Becky.

Saturday night widows : the adventures of six friends remaking their lives

7

Adult

Albano, Anne Marie.

You and your anxious child : free your child from fears and worries and create a joyful family life

5

Adult

Amend, Allison.

A nearly perfect copy : a novel

11

Adult

Askew, Rilla.

Kind of kin

12

Adult

Backhaus, Jeff.

Hikikomori and the rental sister : a novel

12

Adult

Bacon, Armen.

Griefland : an intimate portrait of love, loss, and unlikely friendship

8

Adult

Bateman, Tracey Victoria.

The widow of Saunders Creek : a novel

5

Adult

Baudrillard, Jean

The Spirit of Terrorism : And Other Essays

5

Adult

Beattie, Melody.

The grief club : the secret to getting through all kinds of change

5

Adult

Bedford, Lisa.

Survival mom : how to prepare your family for everyday disasters and worst-case scenarios

6

Adult

Berger, Susan A.

The five ways we grieve : finding your personal path to healing after the loss of a loved one

3

Adult

Bessette, Alicia.

A pinch of love

5

Adult

Bien, Thomas.

The Buddha's Way of Happiness : healing sorrow, transforming negative emotion & finding well-being in the present moment

2

Adult

Blaustein, Margaret.

Treating traumatic stress in children and adolescents : how to foster resilience through attachment, self-regulation, and competency

2

Adult

Brach, Tara.

True refuge : finding peace and freedom in your own awakened heart

11

Adult

Brantley, Jeffrey.

Calming your anxious mind : how mindfulness & compassion can free you from anxiety, fear, & panic

9

Adult

Brown, Erica, 1966-

Happier endings : overcoming the fear of death

14

Adult

Bstan-Êdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935-

The wisdom of compassion : stories of remarkable encounters and timeless insights

13

Adult

Burns, Donna M.

When kids are grieving : addressing grief and loss in school

2

Adult

Chansky, Tamar Ellsas.

Freeing your child from anxiety : powerful, practical strategies to overcome your child's fears, phobias, and worries

7

Adult

Chödrön, Pema.

Comfortable with uncertainty : 108 teachings on cultivating fearlessness and compassion

3

Adult

Chödrön, Pema.

The places that scare you : a guide to fearlessness in difficult times

5

Adult

Chödrön, Pema.

When things fall apart : heart advice for difficult times

13

Adult

Chopra, Deepak.

God : a story of Revelation

17

Adult

Cloyed, Deborah.

The summer we came to life

11

Adult

Coetzee, J. M., 1940-

Slow man

7

Adult

Cohen, Judith A.

Treating trauma and traumatic grief in children and adolescents / A Clinician's Guide

2

Adult

Cohen, Leah Hager.

The grief of others

15

Adult

Cooper, Gwen, 1971-

Love saves the day : a novel

10

Adult

Cope, Pam.

Jantsen's gift : a true story of grief, rescue, and grace

3

Adult

Dahlie, Michael.

The best of youth : a novel

10

Adult

De Becker, Gavin.

The gift of fear : survival signals that protect us from violence

7

Adult

De Feo, Ronald.

Solo pass

6

Adult

Deits, Bob, 1933-

Life after loss : a practical guide to renewing your life after experiencing major loss

5

Adult

Deraniyagala, Sonali.

Wave

12

Adult

Didion, Joan.

The year of magical thinking

15

Adult

Dreher, Rod.

The little way of Ruthie Leming : a Southern girl, a small town, and the secret of a good life

16

Adult

Dunn, Bill.

Through a season of grief : devotions for your journey from mourning to joy

5

Adult

Ellmann, Lucy, 1956-

Mimi : a novel

7

Adult

Emerson, David, 1969-

Overcoming trauma through yoga : reclaiming your body

4

Adult

Ericsson, Stephanie, 1953-

Companion through the darkness : inner dialogues on grief

6

Adult

Evans, Richard Paul.

The road to grace

5

Adult

Frankl, Viktor E. (Viktor Emil), 1905-1997.

Man's search for meaning

25

Adult

Frazier, Ian.

The cursing mommy's book of days

10

Adult

Friedman, Russell.

Moving beyond loss : real answers to real questions from real people

10

Adult

Gaiman, Neil.

Fragile things : short fictions and wonders

5

Adult

Gewirtz, Matthew D.

The gift of grief : finding peace, transformation, and renewed life after great sorrow

2

Adult

Gil, Eliana

Working with children to heal interpersonal trauma : the power of play

2

Adult

Gilbert, Kellie Coates.

Mother of Pearl

5

Adult

Goldman, Linda, 1946-

Great answers to difficult questions about death : what children need to know

7

Adult

Gonzales, Laurence, 1947-

Surviving survival : the art and science of resilience

10

Adult

Gordon, Terry A.

No storm lasts forever : transforming suffering into insight

10

Adult

Greenspan, Miriam.

Healing through the dark emotions : the wisdom of grief, fear, and despair

6

Adult

Greenwood, T. (Tammy)

The hungry season

6

Adult

Guthrie, Nancy

O love that will not let me go : facing death with courageous confidence in God

5

Adult

Hall, Louisa, 1982-

The carriage house : a novel

9

Adult

Hance, Jackie.

I'll see you again : a memoir

15

Adult

Henkin, Joshua.

The world without you

12

Adult

Hickman, Martha Whitmore, 1925-

Healing after loss : daily meditations for working through grief

5

Adult

Higgins, Lisa Verge.

The proper care and maintenance of friendship

11

Adult

Hinton, J. Lynne.

Welcome back to Pie Town

10

Adult

Hodges, Samuel J

Grieving with hope : finding comfort as you journey through loss

10

Adult

Holland, Debra.

The essential guide to grief and grieving

4

Adult

Hunter, John, 1954- author.

World peace and other 4th-grade achievements

16

Adult

Isaacs, Florence.

My deepest sympathies : meaningful sentiments for condolence notes, plus a guide to eulogies

5

Adult

Jacobson, Don

When God makes lemonade : true stories that amaze and encourage

10

Adult

James, John W.

The grief recovery handbook : the action program for moving beyond death, divorce, and other losses including health career, and faith

16

Adult

James, John W.

When children grieve : for adults to help children deal with death, divorce, pet loss, moving, and other losses

6

Adult

Kabat-Zinn, Jon.

Wherever you go, there you are : mindfulness meditation in everyday life

15

Adult

Kimball, Michael, 1967-

Big Ray : a novel

6

Adult

King, Claire, 1980-

The Night Rainbow

15

Adult

Kinkade, Thomas, 1958-2012.

A wandering heart

5

Adult

Klein, Daniel M.

Nothing serious : a novel

11

Adult

Kolf, June Cerza.

When will I stop hurting? : dealing with a recent death

5

Adult

Kornfield, Jack

The Art Of Forgiveness, Lovingkindess, And Peace

3

Adult

Krueger, William Kent.

Ordinary grace : a novel

16

Adult

Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth.

On death and dying : what the dying have to teach doctors, nurses, clergy, and their own families

12

Adult

Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth.

On grief and grieving : finding the meaning of grief through the five stages of loss

4

Adult

Kultgen, Chad, 1976-

The average American marriage : a novel

12

Adult

Kumar, Sameet M.

Grieving mindfully : a compassionate and spiritual guide to coping with loss

2

Adult

Kushner, Harold S.

The book of Job : when bad things happened to a good person

6

Adult

Kushner, Harold S.

When bad things happen to good people

15

Adult

Lankford, Adam, 1979-

The myth of martyrdom : what really drives suicide bombers, rampage shooters, and other self-destructive killers

5

Adult

Latiolais, Michelle.

Widow : stories

10

Adult

Lavigne, Michael.

The wanting

14

Adult

Lee, Ashton.

The Cherry Cola Book Club

5

Adult

Lee, Deborah.

The compassionate-mind guide to recovering from trauma and PTSD : using compassion-focused therapy to overcome flashbacks, shame, guilt, and fear

4

Adult

Lee, Linda Francis.

Emily and Einstein / A Novel of Second Chances

10

Adult

Levine, Peter A.

Trauma-proofing your kids : a parents' guide for instilling confidence, joy and resilience

3

Adult

Levine, Peter A.

Waking the tiger : healing trauma : the innate capacity to transform overwhelming experiences

14

Adult

Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963.

A grief observed

16

Adult

Malchiodi, Cathy A.

The art therapy sourcebook

6

Adult

Marasco, Ron.

About grief : insights, setbacks, grace notes, taboos

11

Adult

Martin, John D.

I can't stop crying : it's so hard when someone you love dies

15

Adult

Martinez, J. Michael (James Michael)

Terrorist attacks on American soil : from the Civil War era to the present

4

Adult

Matta, Christy.

The stress response : how dialectical behavior therapy can free you from needless anxiety, worry, anger, & other symptoms of stress

5

Adult

Miller, Serena, 1950-

Hidden mercies : a novel

5

Adult

Milliken, Maureen.

The afterlife survey : a Rabbi, a CEO, a dog walker, and others on the universal question - what comes next?

8

Adult

Nhá̂t H?anh, Thích.

Anger : wisdom for cooling the flames

5

Adult

Nhá̂t H?anh, Thích.

Fear : essential wisdom for getting through the storm

13

Adult

Nugent, Benjamin.

Good kids : a novel

12

Adult

Odell, Jonathan, 1951-

The healing : a novel

5

Adult

Orange, Cynthia.

Shock waves : a practical guide to living with a loved one's PTSD

4

Adult

Paisley, Michelle

Yoga for a Broken Heart : A Spiritual Guide to Healing from Break-Up, Loss, Death or Divorce

2

Adult

Peretti, Frank E.

Illusion : a novel

8

Adult

Podrug, Junius.

The disaster survival bible

5

Adult

Punnett, Ian, 1960-

How to pray when you're pissed at God / Or Anyone Else for That Matter

10

Adult

Quick, Matthew, 1973-

The silver linings playbook

29

Adult

Rando, Therese A.

How to go on living when someone you love dies

5

Adult

Raney, Deborah.

After all

8

Adult

Rapp, Emily.

The still point of the turning world

12

Adult

Rathkey, Julia Wilcox.

What children need when they grieve : the four essentials : routine, love, honesty, and security

4

Adult

Ratner, Austin.

In the land of the living : a novel

12

Adult

Ritchie, Cinthia.

Dolls behaving badly : a novel

11

Adult

Rogers, Michael Allen, 1949-

What happens after I die?

4

Adult

Rothbaum, Barbara Olasov.

Reclaiming your life from a traumatic experience : workbook

15

Adult

Rothschild, Babette.

Trauma essentials : the go-to guide

2

Adult

Rupp, Joyce.

My soul feels lean : poems of loss and restoration

2

Adult

Scheunemann, Frauke.

Puppy love

5

Adult

Schonfeld, David J., 1959-

The grieving student : a teacher's guide

4

Adult

Schrank, Ben.

Love is a canoe

12

Adult

Schuster, Marc, 1973-

The grievers

8

Adult

Simons, Paullina, 1963-

Children of liberty

13

Adult

Smith, Haywood, 1949-

Out of warranty

9

Adult

Smolinski, Jill.

Objects of my affection

5

Adult

Sorensen, Julia.

Overcoming loss : activities and stories to help transform children's grief and loss

5

Adult

Spencer, Elizabeth DuPont, 1966-

The anxiety cure for kids : a guide for parents

4

Adult

Spencer, Katherine, 1955-

The Way Home : Thomas Kinkade's Angel Island

6

Adult

Stahl, Bob.

Calming the rush of panic : a mindfulness-based stress reduction guide to freeing yourself from panic attacks & living a vital life

10

Adult

Stavlund, Mike.

A force of will : the reshaping of faith in a year of grief

6

Adult

Stearns, Ann Kaiser.

Living through personal crisis

4

Adult

Stern, Robin.

Project rebirth : survival and the strength of the human spirit from 9/11 survivors

4

Adult

Stewart, Carla.

Broken wings : a novel

5

Adult

Stothard, Anna.

The pink hotel

12

Adult

Sussman, Ellen, 1954-

The Paradise Guest House : a novel

12

Adult

Tappouni, Therese Amrhein

The Gifts of Grief : Finding Light in the Darkness of Loss

8

Adult

Thoene, Bodie, 1951-

When Jesus wept

9

Adult

Tipping, Colin C.

Radical forgiveness : a revolutionary five-stage process to : heal relationships, let go of anger and blame, find peace in any situation

5

Adult

Tirch, Dennis D., 1968-

The compassionate-mind guide to overcoming anxiety : using compassion-focused therapy to calm worry, panic, and fear

11

Adult

Trout, Nick.

The patron saint of lost dogs

15

Adult

Welshons, John E.

Awakening from grief : finding the way back to joy

3

Adult

West, Spencer, 1981-

Standing tall : my journey

3

Adult

Westberg, Granger E

Good Grief

3

Adult

Westfall, John.

Getting past what you'll never get over : help for dealing with life's hurts

23

Adult

Whitson, Stephanie Grace.

The message on the quilt

5

Adult

Wilde, Samantha.

I'll take what she has : a novel

5

Adult

Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975.

The bridge of San Luis Rey

10

Adult

Williams, Mark.

Mindfulness : an eight-week plan for finding peace in a frantic world

21

Adult

Williams, Mary Beth.

The PTSD workbook / Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms

10

Adult

Wiseman, John "Lofty"

SAS Urban Survival Handbook : How to Protect Yourself Against Terrorism, Natural Disasters, Fires, Home Invasions, and Everyday Health and Safety Hazards

4

Adult

Wolf, Elaine.

Danny's mom : a novel

7

Adult

Wolfelt, Alan D.

The Mourner's Book of Faith : 30 Days of Enlightenment

5

Adult

Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D.

The Mourner's Book of Courage : 30 Days of Encouragement

2

Adult

Wolfelt, Alan.

Healing your grieving heart : 100 practical ideas

5

Adult

Wolfelt, Alan.

The wilderness of grief : finding your way

2

Adult

Wong, David, 1975 Jan. 10-

This book is full of spiders : seriously, dude, don't touch it

8

Adult

Yancey, Philip

Where Is God When It Hurts?

2

Adult

Yancey, Philip.

Disappointment with God : three questions no one asks aloud

2

Adult

Yang, Jeffrey

Time of grief : mourning poems

2

Adult

Chicken soup for the soul : grieving and recovery : 101 inspirational and comforting stories about surviving the loss of a loved one

3

Adult

Life after trauma : a workbook for healing

19

Adult

Poems of mourning

6

Adult

Alcorn, Randy C.

Heaven for kids

5

Child / Teen

Aliki.

Feelings

50

Child / Teen

Annunziata, Jane.

Sometimes I'm scared

7

Child / Teen

Applegate, Katherine.

The one and only Ivan

34

Child / Teen

Arnold, Elana K.

Sacred

13

Child / Teen

Bergren, Lisa Tawn.

God gave us heaven

5

Child / Teen

Blos, Joan W.

A gathering of days : a novel

5

Child / Teen

Bodeen, S. A. (Stephanie A.), 1965-

The raft

13

Child / Teen

Brody, Jessica.

Unremembered

10

Child / Teen

Brown, Laurene Krasny.

When dinosaurs die : a guide to understanding death

26

Child / Teen

Bunting, Eve, 1928-

Rudi's pond

13

Child / Teen

Burpo, Todd.

Heaven is for real for kids

6

Child / Teen

Buscaglia, Leo F.

The fall of Freddie the leaf : a story of life for all ages

31

Child / Teen

Cassidy, Sara.

Windfall

2

Child / Teen

Coker, Rachel.

Interrupted : a life beyond words

6

Child / Teen

Cook, Julia

Grief is Like a Snowflake

10

Child / Teen

Cormier, Robert.

After the first death

24

Child / Teen

Crist, James J.

What to do when you're scared & worried : a guide for kids

19

Child / Teen

Crowe, Carole.

Waiting for dolphins

7

Child / Teen

Emberley, Ed.

Glad monster, sad monster : a book about feelings

20

Child / Teen

Eubanks, Sonja

Death and dying

4

Child / Teen

Fitzgerald, Helen.

The grieving teen : a guide for teenagers and their friends

13

Child / Teen

Fritts, Mary Bahr, 1946-

If Nathan were here

16

Child / Teen

Geithner, Carole.

If only

8

Child / Teen

Goldman, Linda, 1946-

Children also grieve : talking about death and healing

9

Child / Teen

Gootman, Marilyn E., 1944-

When a friend dies : a book for teens about grieving & healing

17

Child / Teen

Graff, Lisa (Lisa Colleen), 1981-

Umbrella summer

16

Child / Teen

Guanci, Anne Marie.

David and the worry beast : helping children cope with anxiety

20

Child / Teen

Hainsworth, Emily.

Through to you

13

Child / Teen

Hanson, Warren.

The next place

7

Child / Teen

Heegaard, Marge

When Someone Very Special Dies : Children Can Learn to Cope With Grief

20

Child / Teen

Heegaard, Marge

When Something Terrible Happens : Children Learn to Cope With Grief

20

Child / Teen

Holmes, Margaret M., 1944-

A terrible thing happened

36

Child / Teen

Huebner, Dawn.

What to do when you worry too much : a kid's guide to overcoming anxiety

14

Child / Teen

Kaplow, Julie B., 1974-

Samantha Jane's missing smile : a story about coping with the loss of a parent

5

Child / Teen

Klise, Kate.

Little Rabbit and the Night Mare

15

Child / Teen

LaFleur, Suzanne M.

Love, Aubrey

11

Child / Teen

Laybourne, Emmy.

Monument 14

14

Child / Teen

Lewis, Beverly, 1949-

What is God like?

5

Child / Teen

Lewis, Stewart.

You have seven messages

14

Child / Teen

Loewen, Nancy, 1964-

Saying good-bye to Uncle Joe : what to expect when someone you love dies

10

Child / Teen

Loth, Sebastian.

Remembering Crystal

18

Child / Teen

Lowry, Lois.

A summer to die

36

Child / Teen

Martin, Ann M., 1955-

Welcome to Camden Falls

9

Child / Teen

Mayfield, Sue.

Living with bereavement

5

Child / Teen

Meiners, Cheri J., 1957-

When I feel afraid

12

Child / Teen

Mellonie, Bryan.

Lifetimes : the beautiful way to explain death to children

28

Child / Teen

Mills, Joyce C., 1944-

Gentle Willow : a story for children about dying

10

Child / Teen

Myers, Edward, 1950-

Teens, loss, and grief : the ultimate teen guide

12

Child / Teen

O'Brien, Anne Sibley.

A path of stars

16

Child / Teen

Palmer, Pat, 1928-

I wish I could hold your hand-- : a child's guide to grief and loss

11

Child / Teen

Payne, Lauren Murphy, 1956-

Just because I am : a child's book of affirmation

11

Child / Teen

Penn, Audrey, 1947-

The kissing hand

17

Child / Teen

Penn, Audrey, 1947-

Chester Raccoon and the acorn full of memories

5

Child / Teen

Pennypacker, Sara, 1951-

Stuart goes to school

13

Child / Teen

Posesorski, Sherie.

Shadow boxing

10

Child / Teen

Rock, Lois, 1953-

When good-bye is forever

6

Child / Teen

Romain, Trevor.

What on earth do you do when someone dies?

23

Child / Teen

Romain, Trevor.

Stress can really get on your nerves!

17

Child / Teen

Rosen, Michael, 1946-

Michael Rosen's sad book

29

Child / Teen

Seuss, Dr.

My many colored days

29

Child / Teen

Shaw, Susan, 1951-

One of the survivors

17

Child / Teen

Spelman, Cornelia.

When I miss you

21

Child / Teen

Tangvald, Christine Harder, 1941-

Someone I love died

2

Child / Teen

Vail, Rachel.

Sometimes I'm Bombaloo

21

Child / Teen

Varley, Susan.

Badger's parting gifts

23

Child / Teen

Verdick, Elizabeth.

How to take the grrrr out of anger

14

Child / Teen

Vigna, Judith.

Saying goodbye to Daddy

11

Child / Teen

Violi, Jen.

Putting makeup on dead people

9

Child / Teen

Wagenbach, Debbie.

The grouchies

13

Child / Teen

Wild, Margaret, 1948-

Harry & Hopper

9

Child / Teen

Wilhelm, Hans, 1945-

I'll always love you

25

Child / Teen

Winsch, Jane Loretta.

After the funeral

5

Child / Teen

Wolfelt, Alan.

Healing your grieving heart for teens : 100 practical ideas

13

Child / Teen

Wolff, Ferida, 1946-

Is a worry worrying you?

5

Child / Teen