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COVID-19 Pandemic Children's Book Collection

Managing Fear and Anxiety

The mental toll of the COVID-19 pandemic poses a significant threat to children. Doctors indicate that depression, anxiety, and trauma in children have skyrocketed. In October 2021, the AAP, AACAP, and CHA declared a national emergency in children’s mental health (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2021).  Recognizing and addressing fear and stress can be an important step to tackle these issues. With an emphasis on mindfulness and coping strategies, the books in this section aim to serve as resources for counselors, educators, caregivers, social workers, and librarians. They are mapped to the CASEL Framework for applying evidence-based SEL strategies.