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2012 Summer Reading Lists for Grades K-5
Summer Reading Lists for Grades K-5 for 2012
Recommended Apps for Children

Recommended Apps for Children 2014

Recommended Apps for Children 2013

Recommended Apps for Children 2012

Recommended Apps for Children 2011

Great Websites for Kids



Coping With Tragedy
Coping with Tragedy

Listed below are some resources to help cope with tragedy in our lives.

We'll start with materials for children. In addition to the books listed below, here are some links to helpful websites:

Click here for Save the Children's tips for helping children cope

Click here and here for advice from the National Association of School Psychologists.

Further down the list are materials for teens, and then adults.

These are general titles; a librarian would be able to help you find books about more specific issues -- just ask.

We're here to help.

On That Day: A Book of Hope for Children
On That Day: A Book of Hope for Children
By Patel, Andrea
2002-08 - Tricycle Press
9781582461007 Check Our Catalog   

"Sometimes bad things happen in the world. But there will always be good things in the world, too. You are one of those good things."With simple language and a heart-felt message, Andrea Patel addresses a timely and timeless question: What can you do when bad things happen? "Whatever we as teachers, and as adults, can offer the children-and each other-in the way of reassurance, and hope, and optimism, can only help heal us all." -author, Andrea Patel …More

Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
By Mellonie, Bryan
Author Ingpen, Robert
1983-10 - Turtleback Books
9780613888844 Check Our Catalog   

A pet . . . a friend . . . or a relative dies, and it must be explained to a child. This sensitive book is a useful tool in explaining to children that death is a part of life and that, eventually, all living things reach the end of their own special lifetimes. …More

Sad Isn't Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss
Sad Isn't Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss
By Mundy, Michaelene
Illustrator Alley, R. W.
1998-09 - Abbey Press
9780870293214 Check Our Catalog   

Loaded with positive, life-affirming advice for coping with loss as a child, this guide tells children what they need to know after a loss--that the world is still safe; life is good; and hurting hearts do mend. …More

Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies
Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies
By Silverman, Janis
1999-02 - Fairview Press
9781577490852 Check Our Catalog   


An art therapy and activity book for children coping with death. Sensitive exercises address all the questions children may have during this emotional and troubling crisis. Children are encouraged to express in pictures what they are often incapable of expressing in words.



How Do We Tell the Children?: A Step-By-Step Guide for Helping Children and Teens Cope When Someone Dies
How Do We Tell the Children?: A Step-By-Step Guide for Helping Children and Teens Cope When Someone Dies
By Schaefer, Dan
Author Lyons, Christine
Foreword by Peretz, David
2010-06 - Newmarket Press
9781557049117 Check Our Catalog   

This classic, step-by-step guide to talking about death, separation, and loss with children and teens features timely new material on dealing with trauma, addressing violence in schools, and helping grandparents cope as caregivers.
Many children's lives are touched by a serious illness within their families, and some will be faced with the loss of a parent or grandparent, or the death of a sibling or beloved pet. How can adults help young people cope with these losses? How do they explain and console in language that a child can understand?
Now in its fourth edition, this classic guide includes an expanded quick-reference Crisis Section with conversation scripts and up-to-date resources including websites, publications, and support groups.



Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One: A Guide for Grownups
Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One: A Guide for Grownups
By Kroen, William C.
Editor Espeland, Pamela
1996-01 - Free Spirit Publishing
9781575420004 Check Our Catalog   

Dr. William Kroen offers sound advice, comfort and compassion to any adult helping a child cope with death. Weaving in anecdotes about real children and their families, he explains how children from infancy through age 18 perceive and react to death and offers suggestions for how to respond to children at different ages and stages. Specific strategies are offered to guide and support them through the grieving process. …More

Grieving Child
Grieving Child
By Fitzgerald, Helen
Designed by Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth
Author Fitzgerald
1992-07 - Touchstone Books
9780671767624 Check Our Catalog   

Explaining death to a child is one of the most difficult tasks a parent or other relative faces. The Grieving Child now provides much-needed guidance, covering such areas as visiting the seriously ill or dying, especially difficult situations, including suicide and murder, attending a funeral, and the role religion can play. …More

The Scared Child: Helping Kids Overcome Traumatic Events
The Scared Child: Helping Kids Overcome Traumatic Events
By Brooks, Barbara
With Siegel, Paula M.
1996-09 - John Wiley & Sons
9780471082842 Check Our Catalog   

There are many traumatic experiences that cause a child to become scared - from divorce to the death of a loved one, from natural disasters to abuse. Even a disturbing news event that a child only sees on television or hears about but does not experience, such as the Oklahoma City bombing or the classroom massacre in Scotland, can make a child fearful or sad. Here are detailed instructions, based on professional techniques, to encourage kids of any age - from toddler to teenager - to reveal their feelings through words, drawings, and role playing with step-by-step advice for reassuring them and helping them let go of their fear.


You might need resources for working with groups of children:

Good Grief: Helping Groups of Children Cope When a Friend Dies by Sandra Sutherland Fox

J Parent 155.9 F


And for Teens:

Coping with Grieving and Loss
Coping with Grieving and Loss
By Giddens, Sandra
Author Giddens, Owen
2003-01 - Rosen Publishing Group
9780823937585 Check Our Catalog   

The loss of a loved one can be a traumatic experience for a teenager, who may be especially unprepared for such a loss so early in life. This book gives examples of such losses and shows how teens, with help from supportive adults, are able to overcome their grief and resume normal lives.



Everything You Need to Know About Grieving by Karen Spies

YA 155.937 SPIES


And for Adults:

Grieving: A Beginner's Guide
Grieving: A Beginner's Guide
By McCormack, Jerusha Hull
2006-02 - Paraclete Press (MA)
9781557254931 Check Our Catalog   

Designed specifically for those who have lost someone through death and are in deep emotional pain, this book provides a series of signposts by which readers may find their own path to a new life. (Practical Life) …More

The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes--And Why
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes--And Why
By Ripley, Amanda
2008-06 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780307352897 Check Our Catalog   

BookPage Notable Title

Prize-winning journalist Ripley illuminates how humans function--or don't--in the first moments of catastrophe. Deconstructing in vivid detail some of the world's most harrowing catastrophes, Ripley reveals the three stages of disaster response. 8-page full-color insert. …More

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Award Winning Books


Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award

The ANNE IZARD STORYTELLERS’ CHOICE AWARD was established in 1990 to honor Anne Izard, noted storyteller, librarian and children’s Services Consultant in Westchester County, New York.

The award highlights distinguished titles in the field of storytelling published for children and adults, and promotes the riches of storytelling to even wider audiences.
Click here for a list of the most recent winners:

The "Edgar" (i.e, the Edgar Allen Poe Award)

This award is given annually by the Mystery Writers of America for the best mysteries in various categories.

This is a link to their nominees for best children’s mysteries of the year:

Click here for a list of all previous winners of the children’s award:

3 Apples Book Award

Click here for more information

Story/Snack Ideas
Encouraging Reading
Book Donation Opportunities
Name Location
Contact Info
Dates Notes
Chappaqua Library 195 South Greeley Avenue
First week of June Gently used only;
other times possible with prior approval
Westorchard PTA Toy & Book Sale Westorchard School
195 Granite Road, Chappaqua
Phone--check the district's annual PTA calendar
September-Mid November Gently used toys, books, videos, dvds
Oak Lane Child Care Center 49 Memorial Drive
Please call first
New Castle Recycling Center 210 Hunts Lane Chappaqua, NY 10514
(914) 238-8091
Wed.- Sat.
7 am - 2 pm
Use the children's book bin
Opportunity Shop 61 North Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua
Please call first;
Benefits Temple Beth El
Twigs Thriftree of Northern Westchester 449 Lexington Avenue
Mount Kisco
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 9:30am - 4pm; Sat, 9:30am - noon; Wed, Sun, closed By appoinment only; Benefits the hospital
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Parenting Center 247 Harris Road
Bedford Hills, NY 10507-2400
(914) 241-3100
M-F 9-3 Drive around outside of prison fence, to the left, all the way back to the storehouse loading dock. Label boxes or bags; For inmates' children
Goodwill Industries Elmsford  Store
380 N. Sawmill River Road
Croton Store
440 S. Riverside Ave

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Celebrating Other Cultures

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Juvenile Series and Sequels

Need to know the next book in your child's favorite series? Click here!

Language and Early Literacy Activities in English and Spanish

Developed by Angela Notari-Syverson, Ph.D. and colleagues

These materials include activities for adults and young children that encourage early language and literacy development from birth through preschool.  They are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically.

Local Nursery Schools and Child Care Centers

Beginning Years Early Childhood Center Of Temple Beth El
220 South Bedford Road
Chappaqua, NY  10514
Contact: Janet Goldstein
Phone: (914) 238-5735

Bet Torah Nursery School
60 Smith Avenue
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
Contact: Mindy Citera
Phone: (914) 666-7595

Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester Early Childhood Education Center
351 Main Street
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
Contact: Betty-Lou Ostrye, Director
Phone: (914) 666-8069

Briarcliff Nursery School
40 Morningside Drive
Ossining, NY  10562
Contact: Eva Levine
Phone: (914) 941-4373

Bright Horizons at TimberRidge Family Center
15 Old Post Road
Armonk, NY  10504
Contact: Melissa O'Halloran, Director
Phone: (914) 273-4411

Chappaqua Friends Nursery School
420 Quaker Road
Chappaqua, NY  10514
Contact: Janet Himmel
Phone: (914) 238-6831

Garden House School of Westchester
25 South State Road
P.O. Box 2593
Briarcliff manor, NY  10510
Contact: Sandy Rooney, Director
Phone: (914) 941-0404

Great Beginnings Pre-School
400 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY  10570
Contact: Ruth Fischer
Phone: (914) 773-0414

Jennie’s School for Little Children
605 Millwood Road
P.O. Box 429
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
Contact: Barbara Esau-Director
Phone: (914) 666-4001

Little Blessings Children Center
15 South Bedford Road
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
Contact: Joann Spolzino, Director
Phone: (914) 666-0644

The Little Garden Preschool & Childcare
236 South Bedford road
P.O. Box 284
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
Contact: Beatrice Santora, Director
Phone: (914) 241-0445

Mount Kisco Child Care Center
95 Radio Circle
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
Contact: Dawn Meyerski, Program Director
Phone: (914) 241-2135

Oak Lane Child Care Center
49 Memorial Drive
Chappaqua, NY  10514
Contact: Ronnie Weinberger, Executive Director
Phone: (914) 238-3756

Play Care Nursery & Preschool
210 Orchard Ridge Road
Chappaqua, NY  10514
Contact: Carol Cleary, Director
Phone: (914) 238-6206

Pleasantville Children’s Center
400 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY  10570
Contact: Christina Lange
Phone: (914) 769-8613

Rippowam Cisqua School
325 West Patent Road
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
Contact: Betsy Carter, Director of Admissions
Phone: (914) 244-1205

Rosenthal JCC
600 Bear Ridge Road
Pleasantville, NY  10570
Contact: Marjorie Kobrin, Director
Phone: (914) 741-0333 X 21

Torbank Nursery School
108 Pinesbridge Road
Ossining, NY  10562
Contact: Gayle Aprile, Director
Phone: (914) 941-1563

Village Nursery School
120 & 300 King Street
Chappaqua, NY  10514
Contact: Ruth Swetonic, Director
Phone: (914) 238-4800

World Cup Nursery School and Kindergarten
160 Hunts Lane
Chappaqua, NY 10514
Contact: Roxanne Kaplan
Phone: (914) 238-9267

*** The Chappaqua Library does not endorse any of the providers listed in this brochure.  It is the responsibility of the parents to check on the accreditation and licensing of each organization.

Museums & Other Places To Go

American Museum of Natural History
INTREPID Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum  (in Ridgefield, CT)
Neuberger Museum of Art  (at SUNY Purchase)
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Children's Museum of Manhattan
Bruce Museum (in Greenwich, CT)
New York Historical Society
Stepping Stones Museum for Children
The Bronx Zoo
Katanah Museum of Art
New Castle Historical Society  (our town's website)  (our local cable tv station) (a local online newspaper)
Westchester Children's Museum


Chappaqua Central School District
Robert E. Bell Middle School
Douglas Grafflin Elementary School
Roaring Brook Elementary School
Seven Bridges Middle School
Westorchard Elementary School
Storytimes at the Chappaqua Library
Click here to see the listing of Storytimes.
Unattended Child Policy

Birth to Six
Includes information about early literacy skills and how to help your child get ready to read as well as how to read to different ages: babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Booklists are provided. Discusses the role reading plays in brain development. Provides information about early childhood resources and programs, including Early Words.

A great resource for helping children and teens learn safe strategies for navigating the increasingly interactive world of the Internet. Contains articles on cyber bullying, social networking, gaming, and more.

First Palette
First Palette is an art site with ideas for educators and parents who share an enthusiasm for art, who recognize the value of doing meaningful and fun activities together with kids, and who have a passion for nurturing creativity and the love for learning.

Reading Rockets
Teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle.

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