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Posted on September 14, 2023 at 12:35 PM by Robyn Benda
On September 10, 2023 the East Grand Forks Campbell Library spent the afternoon at Altu's TEARS (Together We Educate About the Realities of Suicide) annual Talk & Walk Event. We were able to bring many resources and partner with Lotus, Inc. Lotus, Inc. offers one-to-one individual support by a certified peer recovery specialist at the East Grand Forks Campbell Library and provides aid to members of our community facing struggles with substance use disorders.
Here is a list of books we have at the library that can help you further understand and process the realities of suicide, grief, and trauma.
Grief & Loss | Suicide | Trauma & Mental Illness | Books for Children
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Call Number: 155.9 ADICHIE 2021
An exquisite work of meditation, remembrance, and hope, written in the wake of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's beloved father’s death in the summer of 2020
by Emma Hopkinson
Call Number: 155.9 DONALDSON 2021
Written by two women who experienced loss at a young age, this incredible grieving book will help you navigate any kind of loss, whether it’s the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or the loss of your job.
by Joanne Cacciatore, PhD
Call Number: 155.937 CACCIATORE
In the style of a quote-a-day collection, this book from Wisdom’s bestselling author Joanne Cacciatore distills down the award-winning book Bearing the Unbearable into easy-to-access small chunks and includes much brand-new material, including new prose and poems from Dr. Jo and other sources as well.
by Megan Devine
Call Number: 155.9 DEVINE
Megan Devine offers a profound new approach to both the experience of grief and the way we help others who have endured tragedy. Having experienced grief from both sides--as both a therapist and as a woman who witnessed the accidental drowning of her beloved partner—Megan writes with deep insight about the unspoken truths of loss, love, and healing.
by Amanda Held Opelt
Call Number: 204.42 OPELT 2022
In a raw and inspiring reflection on grief—selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of the year—a mourning sister processes her personal story of loss by exploring the history of bereavement customs.
by Jayne Flaagan
Call Number: 155.937 FLAAGAN 2014
Written for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Your loss may have been recent or many years ago. You may have lost someone to death, a separation or divorce. Whatever the time frame or reason for your grieving, this book will help you along the road to recovery.
Call Number: DVD 248.866 RECLAIMING
Each year, over one million people end their lives by suicide. All death unsettles us, but suicide causes a very distinct set of emotional, moral, and religious scars. It brings with it an ache, a chaos, darkness, a stigma that only one who has survived it can understand. Through powerful first-hand experience, this video offers hope to those who have experienced suicide loss.
by Candace Jane Opper
Call Number: 362.28 OPPER
Orbits the death of a fourteen-year-old boy who shot and killed himself a week after Kurt Cobain’s suicide had become international news. Haunted by the hazy circumstances around her classmate’s death, Candace Jane Opper takes a kaleidoscopic lens to the cultural history of suicide in America, unearthing an invisible network and revealing the ways that no individual suicide—well-known or hardly documented—exists in a vacuum.
edited by Jennifer Landau
Call Number: 155.937 LANDAU
Losing a loved one is devastating at any age, but it can be especially trying for those going through the changes that adolescence brings. These engrossing stories offer first-person narratives of young adults coping with the death of someone close to them.
by Juliet Patterson
Call Number: 362.280973 PATTERSON 2022
In 2009, Juliet Patterson was recovering from a serious car accident when she learned her father had died by suicide. His death was part of a disturbing pattern in her family. Her father’s father had taken his own life; so had her mother’s. Over the weeks and months that followed, grieving and in physical pain, Patterson kept returning to one Why? Why had her family lost so many men, so many fathers, and what lay beneath the silence that had taken hold?
by Kate Fagan
Call Number: 616.85 FAGAN
From noted ESPN commentator and journalist Kate Fagan, the heartbreaking and vital story of college athlete Madison Holleran, whose death by suicide rocked the University of Pennsylvania campus and whose life reveals with haunting detail and uncommon understanding the struggle of young people suffering from mental illness today.
by Steve Leder
Call Number: 306.9 LEDER
As the senior rabbi of one of the largest synagogues in the world, Steve Leder has learned over and over again the many ways death teaches us how to live and love more deeply by showing us not only what is gone but also the beauty of what remains
by Annie Brewster, MD with Rachel Zimmerman
Call Number: 616.89 BREWSTER 2022
For patients, care providers, and anyone who has faced a traumatic or life-changing health event: a research-backed guide to reframing your story and reclaiming your life through narrative medicine.
by Kimberly Ann Johnson
Call Number:155.9 JOHNSON
From trauma educator and somatic guide Kimberly Ann Johnson comes a cutting-edge guide for tapping into the wisdom and resilience of the body to rewire the nervous system, heal from trauma, and live fully.
by Thomas Insel, MD
Call Number: 362.20973 INSEL 2022
As director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Thomas Insel was giving a presentation when the father of a boy with schizophrenia yelled from the back of the room, “Our house is on fire and you’re telling me about the chemistry of the paint! What are you doing to put out the fire?” Dr. Insel knew in his heart that the answer was not nearly enough. The gargantuan American mental health industry was not healing millions who were desperately in need. He left his position atop the mental health research world to investigate all that was broken—and what a better path to mental health might look like.
by Anastasia Higginbotham
Call Number: Easy 155.937 HIGGINBOTHAM
This forthright exploration of grief and mourning recognizes the anger, confusion, and fear that we feel about death—but refuses to succumb to banalities when talking about it. Necessary and beautiful, Death Is Stupid is an invaluable tool for talking about death, but also the possibilities for celebrating life and love.
by Stephanie Finne
Call Number: Easy 155.937
In this book, readers will learn about healthy ways to cope with the death of a loved one, the different stages of grieving, and ways to help others who are experiencing loss.
by Kenesha Sneed
Call Number: Easy SNEED
Eisha lives with her mother, a ceramic artist, who helps her make a special shape out of a piece of clay. The shape reminds Eisha of her father, of the ocean, of a lemon. As Eisha goes through her neighborhood doing errands with her mother, the piece of clay hardens and then shatters into pieces when Eisha taps it. In poignant and powerful words and pictures, Kenesha Sneed shows how Eisha learns to live with the sense of loss and of the joyful power of making something new out of what is left behind.
by Jayde Perkin
Call Number: Easy PERKIN
What does it look like to live on, even when Mom is gone? In this grounded, sensitive story, a young girl looks for ways of dealing with the anger, loneliness, and jealousy that death can create. Finding comfort in her mother’s old sweater, she discovers that grief doesn’t necessarily grow smaller over time—but little by little, day by day, we can grow into grief.
by Todd Parr
Call Number: Easy PARR
Through the lens of a pet fish who has lost his companion, Todd Parr tells a moving and wholly accessible story about saying goodbye. Touching upon the host of emotions children experience, Todd reminds readers that it's okay not to know all the answers, and that someone will always be there to support them. An invaluable resource for life's toughest moments.
by Michelle Theodore
Call Number: Easy SILVER
When her friends and family arrive at her house to sit shiva, laden with cakes and stories, she refuses to come downstairs. But the laughter and memories gradually bring her into the fold, where she is comforted by her community. By the end of the book, she feels stronger and more nourished, and she understands the beautiful tradition.
Tag(s): trauma, suicide, recommendations, nonfiction, mental illness, health care, health and wellness, grief and loss, children's nonfiction
Posted on February 24, 2023 at 4:34 PM by Genesis Gaule
The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced their 2023 Youth Media Awards which honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Here are this year's winners and honorees we have in our catalog!
Looking for past award winners? Check out our posts for the 2021 and 2022 award winners.
Jump to: Children's | Junior | Teen / YA
Given to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.
written and illustrated by Michael Emberley
Learning to ride a bike is hard. Can I do it? Yes, I can! A fun comic that kindergarteners and first graders can read on their own.Easy Reader Blue // Ages 4 - 8
GEISEL HONOR BOOKS:
Given to a Latino/Latina illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
written by Xelena González, illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia
A lyrical and stunning picture book about a grandmother bonding with her granddaughters as she teaches them how much they can learn from nature just by being curious.Easy // Ages 3 - 7
PURA BELPRÉ HONOR BOOK:
(1) For most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.(2) Given to outstanding African American authors that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
by Amina Luqman-Dawson
After fleeing the plantation where they were enslaved, siblings Ada and Homer discover the secret community of Freewater, and work with freeborn Sanzi to protect their new home from the encroaching dangers of the outside world.Junior // Ages 8 - 12
NEWBERRY HONOR BOOKS:
For outstanding children's books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country and subsequently translated into English.
originally published in Italian written by Lia Levi, illustrated by Jess Mason
1938, Italy. Six-year-old Jewish girl Lia grows up during a difficult time of racial discrimination and war, and discovers light in unexpected places. A classic, powerful story adapted for young readers, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations, family photo album, and author’s note.Nonfiction // Ages 8 - 12
To honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.
by Lisa Yee
Eleven-year-old Maizy visits her estranged grandparents, who own and run a Chinese restaurant in Last Chance, MN; as her visit lengthens, she makes unexpected discoveries about her family's history and herself.Junior // Ages 8 - 12
* John Newbery Medal (2023 Honor)
Given to a Latino/Latina writer whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
written by Claribel A. Ortega, illustrated by Rose Bousamra
Marlene's--a young Dominican girl--greatest enemy is the hair salon! Through her struggles and triumphs, this heartwarming and gorgeous middle-grade graphic novel shows the radical power of accepting yourself as you are, frizzy curls and all.Junior Graphic Novel // Ages 9+
PURA BELPRÉ AUTHOR HONOR BOOK:
For most distinguished informational book for youth.
written by Elizabeth Partridge and illustrated by Lauren Tamaki
This important work of nonfiction features powerful images of the Japanese American incarceration in America during World War II captured by three photographers—Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams—along with firsthand accounts of this grave moment in history.Nonfiction // Ages 10+
* Winner of the BolognaRagazzi Award for Photography* Named a Best Book of the Year by Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, and others
Honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.
written by Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile
On October 16, 1968, during the medal ceremony at the Mexico City Olympics, Tommie Smith, the gold medal winner in the 200-meter sprint, and John Carlos, the bronze medal winner, stood on the podium in black socks and raised their black-gloved fists to protest racial injustice inflicted upon African Americans. In his first-ever memoir for young readers, Tommie Smith looks back on his childhood growing up in rural Texas through to his stellar athletic career, culminating in his historic victory and Olympic podium protest.Nonfiction Graphic Novel // Ages 8+ // e-book only
* Coretta Scott King Award: Author and Illustrator (2023 Honor)* A School Library Journal Best Book of 2022* Finalist for the 2022 National Book Award for Young People's Literature* A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year* A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year* A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year* A Booklist Best Book of the Year* A Horn Book Fanfare Title
YALSA NONFICTION HONOR BOOK:
Given to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.
written by Sabaa Tahir
Growing up as outcasts in the small desert town in California, best friends Salahudin and Noor understand each other the way no one else does. Until "The Fight", which destroys their bond with the swift fury of a star exploding. What is their friendship worth—and what will it take to defeat the monsters in their pasts and the ones in their midst? A brilliant, unforgettable, and heart-wrenching contemporary novel of young love, family and forgiveness, love and loss, in a sweeping story that crosses generations and continents.Young Adult // Ages 14 - 17
* National Book Award for Young People’s Literature (2022 Winner)
To affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.
written by Jas Hammonds
What's more important: Knowing the truth or keeping the peace? When seventeen-year-old Avery moves to rural Georgia to live with her ailing grandmother, she encounters decade-old family secrets and a mystery surrounding the town's racist past. Family secrets, a swoon-worthy romance, and a slow-burn mystery collide in a YA debut that explores how racial violence can ripple down through generations.Young Adult // Ages 14 - 18
* A School Library Journal Best Book of 2022* A Kirkus Best Books of 2022* A Parents Magazine Best Books of 2022* People magazine's Best Children's Books of 2022
Given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
Tag(s): young adult fiction, World War II, science fiction, recommendations, picture books, nonfiction, lgbt, junior fiction, Genesis Gaule, fiction, easy fiction, award winners, Asian Americans, African Americans
Posted on February 10, 2023 at 12:17 PM by Genesis Gaule
What do librarians and Tinder have in common? We’re both matchmakers! Though, instead of an awkward first date, you’ll get a potential new favorite book.
Our staff are always eager to set you up with your next great read. Our displays are great ways to find new books that fit a certain theme, with a variety of tropes and themes to pick from. We also have book lists on the Libby app to help pair you with the perfect eBook or eAudiobook based on your previously read authors. Here are some other ways to find your next NFB (New Favorite Book).
The bookseller website Brilliant Books has put together this amazing list of book recommendations that allows you to pick a book based on your tastes. They have varying descriptions of the book with increasing amounts in detail. If there is a title that piques your interest, you can always check our catalog to see if we carry the book!
Looking for a more personalized recommendation? Ask our librarians for help and we’ll ask you a series of questions to get a better idea of what you might like. There are so many sub genres, and it can be hard to find what you are looking for if you haven’t identified what you gravitate towards.
While it may be tempting to always reach for the shiny new arrivals with pretty covers, it can be a hit or miss method for choosing books. I recommend looking through the shelves and picking up some of the soft covered and well worn books that have creased pages. These books tend to be loved over the years by many different people, and I have read some of the most thought provoking and heartstring tugging books this way.
Nothing gets me out of a reading rut than reading books outside of the adult reading level. Whether it’s a popular Junior graphic novel, new middle grade fantasy series, or an old collection of nonfiction picture books, there’s just something about giving your brain a break and letting your curiosity about a subject grow! Plus it gives you some fun facts to tell at parties.
What book will you swipe right on next?
Tag(s): Vanesa Gomez, reading, how-to, at the library, article