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Books on Surviving Disaster

Picture Books
Jump to: Upper Elementary
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A Storm Called Katrina by Myron Uhlberg
When flood waters from broken levees submerge their New Orleans neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a young cornet player and his parents evacuate their home and struggle to survive and stay together.

Numenia and the Hurricane: Inspired by a True Migration Story by Fiona Halliday
Thousands of birds are migrating from the Arctic to the Caribbean when a hurricane rips a young whimbrel, Numenia, from her sisters, forcing her to struggle on alone. Includes note about the true story that inspired the book.

Out of the Woods: A True Story of an Unforgettable Event by Rebecca Bond
Inspired by the author's grandfather's experiences living in a lodge in the woods, a story of how people and animals survive a forest fire in a small Canadian town.

Sea Bear: A Journey for Survival by Lindsay Moore
A polar bear waits patiently for spring when the ice breaks up, but after months of hunting, paddling and resting on ice floes, summer ends and the bear must swim very far to find land. 

Upper Elementary

Swallow's Dance by Wendy Orr
Leira is about to start her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake leaves her home - and her family - in pieces. And the earth goddess hasn't finished with the island yet. With her family, Leira flees across the sea to Crete, expecting sanctuary. But a volcanic eruption throws the entire world into darkness. After the resulting tsunami, society descends into chaos; the status and privilege of being noble-born are reduced to nothing.

The Night Diary
by Veera Hiranandani
Shy twelve-year-old Nisha, forced to flee her home with her Hindu family during the 1947 partition of India, tries to find her voice and make sense of the world falling apart around her by writing to her deceased Muslim mother in the pages of her diary.

The Empty City by Erin Hunter
In the aftermath of the Big Growl that destroyed his city, a Lone Dog named Lucky must find a way to work with other dogs in order to survive in this frightening new world.

Storm Blown
by Nick Courage
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alejandro worries about his great uncle while helping guests at a resort. In New Orleans, Emily worries about her sick brother as a major hurricane rages, changing both of their lives forever.

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.

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