When the cubbies have questions after hearing about tragedies like the recent Newtown school shooting, sometimes the easiest way to answer their concerns is by reading together. Books have such power to teach, transform, heal, comfort and inspire! Pulling out The Wind in the Willows or Winnie the Pooh to evoke happy places can be a respite when the harsh realities of the world seem too much to bear. The Tale of Despereaux and Bridge to Terabithia are two recommended children’s books that help combat fear and process loss from a safe distance. For other suggestions, check out Jennifer Brown’s excellent Shelf Awareness article. And don’t forget that there are bibliotherapists (reading advisors) at your local library who are trained to help you!