What to read after a natural disaster?

When a natural disaster strikes it impacts entires communities for years. I remember living in Middle TN when tornados ripped through Murfreesboro on Easter weekend. Years later I still had students panic during tornado drills, cry at the sounds of rain and families that were rebuilding their lives and homes.

Facing a crisis may be one of the hardest things a counselor can face. Not only are you taking care of your clients, students, faculty members, and families, but you are also taking care of yourself.

Here are some of my favorite resources to help you and others after a natural disaster.

Picture books for children:

Books To Support Students After A Natural Disaster

Hurricane by David Wiesner


Once I Was Very Very Scared by Chandra Ghosh Ippen  


Clifford And The Big Storm by Norman Bridwell

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When Worry Takes by Liz Haske(Author)

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Me And My Fear by Francesca Sanna


 A Terrible Thing Happened, by Margaret M. Holmes and Sasha J. Mudlaff

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Jenny Is Scared: When Sad Things Happen in the World by Carol Shuman

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Flood by Alvaro F. Villa


The Birdie Book Series

Activities to partner with the books:

Check out my list of mindfulness resources here.

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CLASSROOM YOGA: Mindfulness Yoga Poses for Kids + Calm Corner Sensory Break By WholeHearted School Counseling 


Mindfulness Dog Breaths: 24 Breathing Techniques By Mental Fills Counseling Tools


Trauma Workbook and Healing Counseling Activities by  Mental Fills Counseling Tools


Coping Skills Activities Interactive Calming Strategies Lap Book By Counselor Keri


Worry Ninja Power Cards By School Counseling Files


CBT Worksheets: Feelings Thermometers and Thought Maps By Social Emotional Workshop


The Things I Can Control and Can’t Control FREE Poster! By WholeHearted School Counseling


Sand Tray Therapy



Play Therapy



Small group resources:

Group Counseling Routines By The Responsive Counselor


*It is imperative that students find safety and security with routines at school after a tragedy.

Counselor – GRIEF Small Group Ideas By The Counseling Teacher Brandy


Stress Management Activities Group Counseling Program Interactive Notebook By Counselor Keri


School-wide and teacher resources:

10 Tips For Crisis Response Counseling By The School Counselor Is In


Trauma Sensitive Classroom Rules & Expectations Poster *In Our Class We…… by Whole Hearted School Counseling


Books for adults:

Healing Your Grief When Disaster Strikes: 100 Practical Ideas for Coping After a Tornado, Hurricane, Flood, Earthquake, Wildfire, or Other Natural Disaster by Alan D. Wolfelt

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Find more support here: https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors/professional-development/learn-more/natural-disasters-helping-kids-during-crisis

2 thoughts on “What to read after a natural disaster?

  1. Tanya says:

    Wow – This is such a great list – many of these books I have never heard of before so very helpful to be aware of them. Also, thank you for the additional TPT, etc. resources. Very helpful post!


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