Books That May Help Your Child Understand Troubling News

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“Always look for the helpers.” This quote from Fred Rogers, the beloved television personality, reflects his mother’s advice that he always seek out those trying to help after a tragedy; the “helpers” were, he said, a sign of hope. After 9/11, his words were widely cited, and many parents found them useful as they struggled to present the upsetting news of the fallen towers to their children.

Given the language and images many children heard and saw in news reports about the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend, these children’s books about people — including kids — who helped in the fight against Nazis and against racism here in the U.S. may prove similarly inspiring.

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