Lee and Low Books’ complete trauma-informed book collection that showcases child protagonists who cope with trauma and gives students the opportunity to discuss trauma through the lens of a relatable and engaging character.
Many children experience trauma, or adverse childhood experiences, and go through times of extreme stress. Trauma has the ability to impact children’s learning, social interactions and relationships, and overall well-being. Literature can be a safe space for young people to talk about characters’ actions and situations and the ways that they navigated distressing scenarios. The following books showcase child protagonists who cope with trauma in a variety of ways and provide students the opportunity to discuss trauma through the lens of a relatable and engaging character.
Themes include: YA interest, Similarities and Differences, Siblings, Overcoming Obstacles, Multiethnic interest, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Immigration, History, Heroism, Grandparents, Friendship, Families, Discrimination, Disability, Cultural Diversity, Coping with Death, Conflict resolution, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Bullying, African/African American Interest, Biracial/Multiracial Interest, Biography/Memoir, Bilingual, Empathy/Compassion, Gratitude, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Persistence/Grit, Realistic Fiction, Self Control/Self Regulation, Hmong Interest, Courage, Peace, Collaboration, Kindness/Caring, Fiction, Diversity, Refugees