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Bear in the Family

by Eric Walters, illustrated by Olga Barinova
edition: eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: disasters, dogs, country life, bears

★“A profound, realistic story of a multiracial family...This brilliantly written tale is a lovely introduction to the important topics of wildfires and animal sanctuaries for young readers. Great for animal lovers and children curious about nature.”—School Library Journal, starred review

On returning to their home after a massive wildfire, n …

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Fire on the Mountain

by Pamela McDowell, illustrated by Dana Barton
edition: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: environment, country life, disasters, survival stories

Lightning sparks a forest fire deep in the mountains near the town of Waterton.

Days later, the sky is blue and the air is clear, so it doesn’t seem like an emergency, until crews of firefighters begin to arrive and townspeople start to prepare. Cricket and her friends watch deer and birds flee the forest and run right through town. But what abou …

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A Terrible Tide

by Suzanne Meade
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: post-confederation (1867-), disasters

November 18th, 1929. In her small village in Newfoundland, Celia is setting the table for her 13th birthday celebration when the house starts to shake. It's an earthquake, rumbling under the Atlantic Ocean. A few hours later, the sea water disappears from the harbor, only to rush back in a wave almost 30 feet high, destroying nearly everything in i …

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Don't Stand So Close to Me

by Eric Walters
edition: Audiobook
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: diseases, illnesses & injuries, friendship, disasters

Thirteen-year-old Quinn and her friends can't believe their luck when spring break is extended an extra two weeks—even if it's because of some virus.

But when the impact of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic becomes apparent, everyone, not just the students, has to learn to adjust to their new reality. Quinn’s father is an ER doctor and has to self …

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The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden

by Heather Smith, illustrated by Rachel Wada
edition: Audiobook
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: asia, emotions & feelings, disasters

★ “Smith spins a quietly moving narrative...Wada’s large-scale woodblock style illustrations are a perfect complement to the story’s restrained text...The graceful way in which this book handles a sensitive and serious subject makes it a first purchase."—School Library Journal

When the tsunami destroyed Makio's village, Makio lost his fath …

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Little Cloud

The Science of a Hurricane

by Johanna Wagstaffe, illustrated by Julie McLaughlin, read by Kirstie Hudson
edition: Audiobook
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: weather, environment, disasters

Follow our little cloud on an adventure through the sky and learn the science behind how it transforms from a simple cumulus cloud to a full-blown hurricane.

Beautifully detailed illustrations from award-winning artist Julie McLaughlin integrate science with storytelling. Children will enjoy finding new gems of information even after several reads, …

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