Who’s Afraid of a Terrorism Title

January 2002
by Fern Reiss

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Sometimes, smaller is better.

When 12 New York City publishing houses turned down Terrorism and Kids: Comforting Your Child a few months ago, I could have given up. But the truth is,
although I assumed a big house might be able to get better distribution faster on this title, I’m glad I went the smaller route.

Terrorism and Kids: Comforting Your Child grew out of my personal experiences witnessing terrorism and trauma and the effects on children in Israel, Africa, and Asia. At first, it was a bunch of magazine articles on that topic. Then it evolved into a book for my American friends who had moved to Israel with their children (and as such, it seemed to have a permanently limited market.)

The book deals with symptoms parents might overlook in their children after a terrorist incident, such as sudden preoccupation with bruises, which can be a sign of trauma. It discusses strategies for dealing with children’s fears. And it provides very specific answers for the detailed questions children are likely to ask in the aftermath of a terrorist incident, like “What about anthrax?” It’s based on years of research and pages of notes from interviews with psychiatrists and counselors–and on my own experience in talking through these issues with many, many parents and children.

Tragically Timely

When September 11th happened, the book suddenly assumed an importance that I never thought it could have in the U.S. I…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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