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trauma informed books for the kid in need
Old 11-28-2019, 08:34 AM
 
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regular reading story books for kids in rough situations, to let them know they are not the only ones in poverty, foster homes or living with crappy people? I need more suggestions. specifically ones with at least a little bit of a happy ending. kids with no hope are hard to reach.

something where the kid in a bad spot finds help, or migrates to a better life situation in the story. so far I've only found a few.

I liked "fourmile" my watt key, but my student found the unhappy ending made him feel worse about his fatherless situation.

hes reading this right now...

https://www.amazon.com/Second-Shift-...s%2C183&sr=8-2


thanks in advance, I seem to attract kiddos who need to read hope into their lives.


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How about The Pinballs by Betsy Byars. It's about 3 foster kids who live in a group home. They feel like pinballs because they move through life by external forces, abuse, bad parents, drug abuse, etc. At the end of the book, they find hope and take control of their lives.
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Sleeping in My Jeans deals with homelessness, domestic violence and the threat of trafficking.

Not graphic. Young teen girl is main character. Middle school or older is targeted audience, but could skew younger for a kid who is living the story.

Younger sister in story also. And yes, ends well, but not a fairy tale.
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thank you
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my wife and I are trauma informed trained foster parents, I looked through the stuff the agency provides, its either gritty and no hope, or fairy tale. I will get these two for sure, at least he's reading for me, I'm only an occasional sub there, but if he does not seek me out when I'm there, the office makes sure he runs into me somehow.
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Not a book, but ...
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You might want to go see the new Mr. Rogers film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. It is about Mr. Rogers and the effect that he had on a journalist who did a story on him. The journalist had major anger issues due to the early death of his mother and desertion by his father.

The film will likely give you as the teacher some guidance about how to relate to your students. I could definitely see viewing this film with a select group, and perhaps with the guidance of a school social worker.


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Im in love with that movie's impact
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We did, and honesty Fred Roger's approqch is much like mine. How he treats the broken people in his life is similar to my own. (except he is a superhero saint and I'm a garden variety saint) this particular kid is a 7th grader whom I've subbed for ocassionally for two years, so i have some insight to his particular situation. Don't we all need a Fred Rogers in our lives? This kid deserves a happy ending
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Ask a public children’s or youth librarian, or your school librarian, if you have one. I do a lot of this for my students-often without them knowing.

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I will do that as well, thank you
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