Current Event Resources for Kids

A Mighty Girl Pick of the Day: "What to Do When the News Scares You: A Kid's Guide to Understanding Current Events." Whether from TV news reports, radio, social media, or discussions by adults or their peers, children are often bombarded with information about the world around them. And even when in their life try to shelter them from frightening news, kids are often exposed to far more of it than parents may realize. With many of the leading news stories focused on disturbing or scary events such as mass shootings, wars, extreme weather events, disease outbreaks, or more dispersed threats such as climate change, children can become frightened and overwhelmed.  


Fortunately, parents can help kids put scary events into perspective and learn how to understand and process the messages they hear with the help of this new addition to the bestselling What-To-Do series. It will also help kids become more informed consumers of media by introducing them to media techniques such as reporters' efforts to add excitement to stories which may also make threats seem more imminent and extreme. And if kids start to worry or become anxious about things they've heard, the guide shares tips on how kids can feel calmer and more in control. Hands-on and interactive, it encourages kids to respond to what they are learning by writing down their thoughts or drawing pictures in guided activity sections. This new guide is an invaluable resource for kids growing up in a world that can often feel awash in upsetting news. Highly recommended for ages 6 to 12.  

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"What to Do When the News Scares You" is available at 


Dawn Huebner has also released a similar book for kids 6 to 12, "Something Bad Happened: A Kid's Guide to Coping With Events in the News," at 


For parents and educators, there's an excellent guide filled with conversation scripts and tips on helping kids feel calm in an anxious world, "When the World Feels Like a Scary Place" at 


For a simple yet powerful picture book that reassures kids that the world is filled with helpful and friendly people -- and serves as a counterpoint to scary news stories -- check out "Most People" for ages 4 to 7 at 


For a few helpful books for younger kids on coping with worries, we recommend "The Don't Worry Book" for ages 3 to 5 (, "Ruby Finds A Worry" for ages 4 to 7 (, and "The Whatifs" for ages 4 to 8 (, 


For older kids, we recommend "What To Do When You Worry Too Much" for ages 6 to 12 (, "Outsmarting Worry" for ages 9 to 13 (, and "The Anxiety Workbook for Teens" for ages 13 and up ( 


For more books to help kids of all ages manage their worries, visit our blog post "25 Books to Help Kids Overcome Anxiety, Worry, and Fear" at