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BOOKS ABOUT TRAUMA FOR ALL AGES

Good Answers to Tough Questions

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BOOKS ABOUT SAFTY FOR ALL AGES

Danger Zones

INDIVIDUAL BOOKS FOR ALL AGES

Individual Titles

THE CLASSIC STATUS OF THE NONGRADED BOOKS

The NONGRADED books include the GOOD ANSWERS TO TOUGH QUESTIONS 10-book series, the DANGER ZONES 3-book series, the EVERY KID’S GUIDE TO SAVING THE EARTH individual title, and the TAKING THE SCARY OUT OF HALLOWEEN individual title.

These NONGRADED books are a part of the collection of kids’ self-help books and other materials called THE JOY BERRY CLASSICS.

The purpose of the JOY BERRY CLASSICS is to help children, from the beginning of their lives through pre-adolescence, become responsible:

for themselves,
in their relationships with others, and
in the way that they relate to the things in their environment.

The classic look and feel of the NONGRADED books is due to the restoration of the vintage artwork from the original publications that is now featured in the current NONGRADED books.

GOOD ANSWERS TO TOUGH QUESTIONS

THE PURPOSE

The 10 GOOD ANSWERS TO TOUGH QUESTIONS nongraded books help turn traumatic experiences into positive experiences that can help children grow and become better people.

No matter how hard one tries to shield a child from trauma, it is a given that every child will encounter traumatic experiences sometime during childhood. Whether experienced directly or indirectly, children need to be equipped to relate to trauma appropriately to ensure that it will not cause permanent emotional damage. Each GOOD ANSWERS TO TOUGH QUESTIONS book teaches children everything they need to know about a particular trauma in order to survive and grow from it. The GOOD ANSWERS TO TOUGH QUESTIONS books also teach that, in and of itself, trauma is not positive or negative. Instead, it is how one handles trauma that makes it positive or negative.

THE GUIDELINES FOR USE

It is recommended that the NONGRADED books be presented on an as-needed basis.

However, In order to derive the maximum benefits from the NONGRADED books it is recommended that adults use the books in the following ways:

Phase One
Adult Resource: The adult reads the books for information, insights, and encouragement.

Phase Two
Adult-Child Activity: The adult reads the books with the child and encourages the child to question or comment on the subject matter.

Phase Three
Independent Activity: The child is encouraged to use the books independently of the adult.

Phase Four
Reference Material: The books are placed in the child’s library along with other resource materials and used whenever specific situations need to be addressed.

THE GOOD ANSWERS TO TOUGH QUESTIONS BOOKS

LEVEL ONE TRAUMA

The purpose of the Good Answers to Tough Questions books in this category is to help kids understand and process the traumas that they are likely to encounter either directly or indirectly during childhood.

Books in this category include Dependence and Separation, Divorce, Stepfamilies, and Change and Moving.

LEVEL TWO TRAUMA

The purpose of the Good Answers to Tough Questions books in this category is to help kids understand and process the challenging traumas they might or might not encounter either directly or indirectly during childhood.

Books in this category include Weight Problems and Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, and Physical Disabilities.

LEVEL THREE TRAUMA

The purpose of the Good Answers to Tough Questions books in this category is to help kids cope with and process the devastating traumas they might or might not encounter either directly or indirectly during childhood.

Books in this category include Traumatic Experiences, Disasters, and Death.

DANGER ZONES

PURPOSE

The Danger Zones books provide the crucial information and guidelines kids need to keep themselves safe.

The Danger Zones books include Abuse and Neglect, Sexual Abuse, and Kidnapping.

DANGER ZONES BOOKS

Abuse and Neglect defines what constitutes abuse and neglect and explains what children can do when they or others are being abused or neglected.

Sexual Abuse defines sexual abuse and explains how it can be avoided or how it can be handled if it should occur.

Kidnapping explains how kidnapping can occur and explains how it can be avoided or how it can be handled if it should occur.

THE EVERY KIDS GUIDE TO SAVING THE EARTH

PURPOSE

Every Kids Guide to Saving the Earth educates kids about the environment and conservation and encourages them to engage in fun and effective activities that will enable them to become responsible inhabitants of the earth.

MINE & YOURS

PURPOSE

Mine and Yours defines and explains the 13 Human Rights for Kids as put forth in The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The CRC is a 1947 United Nations human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health, and cultural rights of children.

THE JUNKROOM BAND'S GIG GOES GLOBAL

PURPOSE

The Junkroom Band’s Gig Goes Globalis a graphic novel that features the JRB characters and defines and explains the 13 Human Rights for Kids in a fun and entertaining way.

Actual photographs depicting various human rights abuses are interspersed among the cartoon art in the graphic novel in order to ensure that the seriousness of the subject matter does not get lost in all of the fun and humor that makes the graphic novel entertaining and engaging.

TAKING THE SCARY OUT OF HALLOWEEN

PURPOSE

Taking the Scary Out of Halloween helps ensure that Halloween is a safe and fun holiday by providing important safety tips as well as engaging activities related to costumes, masks, party ideas, yummy treats and much more.

MESSAGES FROM JOY

Good Answers to Tough Questions:

My children and I have experienced our share of traumatic experiences–traumatic births, disabilities, life-threatening illnesses, divorce, challenging relocations, fatal accidents, enormous losses and more.

Because my young children seldom initiated conversations about the traumas that swirled around them, I assumed (hoped) that they were oblivious to what was happening. However, I could not have been more wrong. Children often lack the emotional or communication skills to talk about a trauma. Or they might fear that acknowledging or discussing a trauma will only make it worse and thus more painful.

When children do not know, they intuit. And while their intuition is often helpful in informing them that something is wrong, it ceases to be helpful if it does not lead to the acquisition of honest, accurate information. That is because, in the absence of true information, children often use their imaginations to fill in the blanks with their own misguided conclusions.

Unfortunately, if left uncorrected, misguided conclusions can morph into notions that have a negative effect on a child’s feelings, thinking and behavior. And if the notions are allowed to persist, they can eventually become internal fears and phobias that can haunt people throughout their lives. Consequently, it is important to correct any misguided conclusions related to childhood trauma in order to avoid their possible long-term effects.

It is also important to understand that, while some traumas are experienced directly, other traumas might be experienced indirectly. For example, a child observing someone else going through a trauma might also be affected by the trauma. And, no matter how much parents strive to shield their children from the pain caused by direct or indirect trauma, it is most likely that their children will absorb the pain.

The only way for children to move beyond the pain caused by a trauma is to process the trauma appropriately. The GATQ books can help children understand and process trauma in a constructive way.

 

Danger Zones:

The primary responsibility of parents is to ensure the safety of their children. However, given the fact that parents cannot always be with their children, how can they keep their children safe? The answer is, “they can’t.”

That is why it is necessary for parents to:

  • Encourage children to respect their fear when it is warning them of a possible danger,
  • Make children aware about the dangers that surround them,
  • Teach children how to avoid dangers, and
  • Teach children how to handle the dangers they encounter.

The DZ books help parents provide the information and tools that can empower children to keep themselves safe.