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Summer Reading List: Turn Your Everyday Kid into a Resilient Revolutionary

May 30, 2016
This article references the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health to illustrate the frequency of ACEs in Alaska. Namely, 40% of Alaska's children age 5 or under have experienced at least one adverse event and 15% have experienced two or more. Among children ages 6 to 11, 52% have experienced at least one adverse event and 27% have experienced two or more. An October 2013 study published in the journal Science found that reading literary fiction helps children better understand the complex social relationships we confront in life. The author states that it is critical that Alaskan children read to develop the emotional intelligence to manage their emotions, set and achieve their goals, build relationship skills, and make responsible decisions. By fostering socio-emotional skills, children have a better chance of avoiding depression, violence and other serious mental health problems, according to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.