Brain injuries, chronic illness, speech impairments, cancer–what do these things have in common? These are realities that some people experience every day, and explaining them to your child may be difficult. However, it can be necessary for your child to learn about these topics, whether for a school report, because someone in their life has been affected or because they are dealing with it themselves.
If you need information on a tough topic, the library is here to help. Our staff can provide information on a wide variety of topics (tough or not), and the library is a safe place to explore sensitive issues with facts and candor.
Here are two series on tough topics that I find particularly helpful:
Kids with Special Needs: IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) is a book series for upper elementary school students on different disabilities. Each book has the same format–with a short narrative about a child and then a section with facts, illustrations and definitions about the science behind the topic. Continue reading