Our Books And Our Team Are In the News

May 4, 2024

Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi expands youth literacy program in Hawaii  In this news story, Kristi Yamaguchi talks about how after the devastating Maui fires, her non-profit, Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation, provided 300 copies of the book “Once I Was Very Very Scared” to provide social-emotional support to students. 

April 6, 2024

New Books Help Parents Explain Climate Disasters to Kids This article talks about how children's books, including our Trinka and Sam disaster series , can support families after disasters. 

February 16, 2024

Books being used to educate kids about mental health, addiction "You Weren't With Me" is read and featured during this news story as a resource. “You Weren’t With Me” addresses the feelings of having a loved one who’s away from you. "It really addresses loss of any kind with a child, whether it's someone in the hospital or someone who has addiction problems, that’s something different. But it really addresses the whole gamut of separation issues that especially our little ones can have and feel," Roy said.

August 8, 2023

Suburban school districts discuss safety measures after Willowbrook mass shooting  Once I Was Very Very Scared shared during this news interview as a resource for kids who are dealing with fear.

January 31, 2023

Joanna Fortune: Will this toddler remember who we are after an absence?  You Weren't With Me recommended as a book to support families after difficult separations.

September 10, 2022

Sismos para niños. ¿Cómo hablar de terremotos con ellos? Guías y recomendaciones  Trinka y Juan el día que la tierra se movió is shared as a resource. 

September 8, 2022

How can we help kids think about fire?  Trinka and Sam the Big Fire recommended as a book that is "appropriate and engaging for young children to discuss fire.

July 27, 2022

What to Say, and When to Say It, After the Next Tragedy  Kyle Pruett, an internationally  known child psychiatrist and expert on children, family relationships, and fathers recommends our book. 

"Books can help children relate to their feelings. Reading stories with children and talking about how the characters may feel often helps young ones open up and begin to talk about their own feelings and fears. A few of my favorite books to support children in sharing and talking about their feelings include Once I Was Very Very Scared by Chandra Ippen; My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems; The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld; and Lots of Feelings by Shelley Rotner."

July 6, 2022

What does trauma really mean?  Incorporates information from a webinar with Piplo Productions author, Chandra Ghosh Ippen. 

June 24, 2022

Why we need to pay attention to the mental health of children and caregivers:  Webinar conducted for the DART center that included Piplo Productions author, Chandra Ghosh Ippen.

June 6, 2022

What to Say if a Kid Asks, “What Does It Feel Like to Die?” and Other Questions About Mass Shootings:  An interview with Chandra about hard questions children may ask after the shootings and ways parents can support them.

June 6, 2022

Use Books to Support Children through Distress, Grief  “Books can be read together, or older students can read independently and then come together to discuss the book with a caring adult. Adults can ask open-ended questions about how the characters felt and what they did to handle their situations,” Beecher said. For example, the book “Once I Was Very, Very Scared,” by Chandra Ghosh Ippen, features animal characters who go through scary experiences and have different ways of managing their feelings. This can help adults talk with preschoolers and early elementary children about strategies that might work for them.

June 6, 2022

Create a strong community to survive times of unrest or crisis:  "I recommend the book Once I Was Very Very Scared, by Chandra Ghosh Ippen, for the preschool set. In the story, many animals go through scary experiences, but each reacts differently and has their own way of coping." 

June 3, 2022

How to talk to kids about tragedy:  One I Was Very Very Scared is recommended by Michael Strickland as a resource for families with preschoolers. 

May 26, 2022

What to say to kids about school shootings to ease their stress:  One I Was Very Very Scared is recommended by Dr. Melissa Brymer as a way to help parents and children have conversations about their fears. 

May 25, 2022

How to Talk About the Texas School Tragedy With Young Children: One I Was Very Very Scared is included in the article as a resource.

May 25, 2022

Holland schools: Safety measures in place, support available following Texas shooting:  One I Was Very Very Scared is included in the article as a resource recommended by child trauma experts. 

December 6, 2021

Parent Central: How to Speak with Your Kid About Mental Health and Illness:  Article about mental health with Mama's Waves and Daddy's Waves included as resources. 

May 9, 2021

The best-selling Glen Park author you’ve probably never heard of: Local news story covering our author-illustrator team. 

April 2, 2021

A dark and stormy day becomes a brightly colored future: Family pens book to help kids cope following Bucks County tornado: Trinka and Sm and the Swirling Twirling Wind are included as an additional resource in this news story about the impact of the tornadoes. 

February 12, 2021

Gobierno da $20 millones a United Way Puerto Rico para Fortalecer Lucha Contra el Covid-19

$20M Grant Awarded to United Way of Puerto Rico to Fight COVID-19 Trinka y Juan are named as part of the plan to support families in Puerto Rico - "Educational tools, such as, the booklet titled Trinka y Juan, will be used to provide support in dealing with traumatic stress."

You can also read the press release from the Government of Puerto Rico.

October 30, 2020

‘Don’t Want To Leave Their House’: COVID-19 Fears Crippling Our Kids: Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown Work Together is featured in an interview with UC Davis Psychologist Bradi Hawk

August 5, 2020

Rochester child therapist shares advice on talking to kids about COVID-19: Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka. Sam, and Littletown Work Together is featured as a useful resource in an interview with therapist Betty Lacine.

July 17, 2020

Livro infantil disponível em inglês e português convida famílias e educadores a falarem sobre as experiências da pandemia: News Article featuring the English and Portuguese versions of our Trinka and Sam COVID-19 story.

July 14, 2020

Livro infantil convida-o a falar sobre experiências da pandemia: News Article introduces and discussed the Portuguese version of our Trinka and Sam COVID-19 story, 'No combate ao Grande Vírus: Trinka, João e a Comunidade trabalham juntos!'

May 20, 2020

Resources to help children cope with severe weather: Trinka and Sam and the Swirling Twirling Wind is included as a resource in this news report from Oklahoma.

March, 26, 2020

Chandra joins Marisa Lagos and KQED Newsroom to talk about the impact of COVID on mental health.

April 30, 2020

Local psychiatrist says a coloring book can help families better understand the coronavirus: Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown are featured during this news interview with Dr. Pamela McPherson

March 17, 2020

Keep calm and carry on: Helping children deal with stress about coronavirus: Piplo books recommended as showing coping strategies

December 5, 2019

Baby  Your Baby:  Parental and infant mental health - Once I Was Very Very Scared recommended as a picture book.

December 3, 2019

How One Philadelphia After-school Program Works to Be Trauma-informed: Specific activities at Sunrise include use of the book “Once I Was Very Very Scared” with younger children. It’s a jumping-off point for talking about fears and healthy ways to self-soothe

November 19, 2019

Read for Resilience In this interview, we learn about a reading program that helps children cope with natural disasters. (Once I Was Very Very Scared is included as a book in this program)

August 9, 2019

Gilroy Community Grapples With Trauma After Mass Shooting: ‘Sometimes It’s Terror’: Chandra talks about the impact of the Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting

August 6, 2019

Project Helping Young Children Heal Through Books: Once I Was Very Very Scared included as one of their books.

March 16, 2019

Helping children cope after Hurricane Michael: Once I Was Very Very Scared featured in the news study as a tool to help children talk about their fears.

March 14, 2019

How pinwheels and Play-Doh could address post-tornado trauma in Lee County. Story featured "Trinka and Sam and the Swirling Twirling Wind," as part of their comfort kits.

March 13, 2019

Child Comfort Kits make their way to young tornado victims "Trinka and Sam and the Swirling Twirling Wind," featured in this interview of Dallas Rabig who is sharing comfort kits that are being given to the Red Cross..

March 6, 2019

Helping children cope after Hurricane Michael: Once I Was Very Very Scared is featured in this news story as a way to help children share their emotions after experiencing the hurricane.

February 3, 2019

Museum of the North's earthquake exhibit examines the shaky life of Alaska :Trinka and Sam the Day the Earth Shook recommended as a resource.

December 26, 2018

Helping children cope with trauma after Hurricane Michael: Once I Was Very Very Scared is shown in this news story about the Hope and Recovery Project. 

November 16, 2017

Where to find supplemental disaster information Trinka and Sam, the Day the Earth Shook is included on the Chronicle's List of supplemental disaster information.

October 8, 2017

Parents, If You Haven't Talked About Las Vegas With Your Kids Yet, Start Today: Once I Was Very Very Scared included as a recommended resource.

September 7, 2017

15 Children’s Books on Disasters, Weather and Worry: Once I Was Very Very Scared included as children's book about being scared, anxiety, and coping.

August 30, 2017

8 Books To Help Children Understand Natural Disasters And Cope With Anxiety: Once I Was Very Very Scared recommended as one of 8 books to help children understand natural disasters and cope with anxiety.

August 2016

The Power of a Book: The Spanish version of Trinka and Sam the Day the Earth Shook is featured prominently in this edition of El Clima, the Official Peace Corps Ecuador Magazine. The article, page 20-21, details the use of the Trinka y Juan, El Día Que La Tierra Se Movió in Ecuador after the earthquake.

July 13, 2016

Un cuento por tu sonrisa, plan de ayuda a familias a través de libros. Article about how Trinka y Juan el Dá que la Tierra se Movió will be distributed in Ecuador after the earthquake.

May 18, 2016

Un cuento para aliviar el terremoto: Describes the dissemination of Trinka y Juan el Día que la Tierra se Movió in Ecuador.

February 12, 2015

Teaching Children to be Prepare in Emergencies: Trinka and Sam and the Rainy Windy Day and Trinka and Sam the Day the Earth Shook are recommended as resources.