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Talking Nukes with Kids

Talking to Children About Nuclear WarTalking to Children About Nuclear War
Van Ornum and Van Ornum
1984

Submitter: I found this while weeding the Parent/Teacher collection in my medium-sized public library. This was a topical acquisition about 35 years ago when it was first published, but it’s never circulated as far back as we keep circulation records. Maybe someone will come looking for it in the current political climate, but if they do, I’m sure there’s got to be something out there that doesn’t predate the modern internet.

Holly: I’m sure more parents have had discussions with children about nuclear war in 2017 than in the last 30 years combined! Still, submitter is right. This might have a few useful tips, but we can probably do better for our kids.

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You Can Survive the Atomic Bomb!

How to Survive an Atomic BombHow to Survive an Atomic Bomb
Gerstell
1950

My generation was taught to hide under our school desk in order to dodge “the Bomb”.  Every school kid practiced civil defense drills, just like a fire drill. Evidently your average school desk is resistant to atomic rays.

This book contains lots of helpful advice, from wearing a hat to prevent radiation to calculating the body count from the bomb’s epicenter. Even with some grisly death counts, the author assures us that “authorities” will still be in charge and that nuclear war is survivable. So pack your Geiger counter and hat so you can be ready when “the big one” comes.

Hiding under my desk,

Mary

 

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Atom Bomb

Atom Bomb coverThe Atom Bomb
Killingray
1980

Submitter: I think this is an awful library book due to the cover, and was during the time of the cold war which I think is reflected in the cover and in the book.  But I have to say that this book, The Atom Bomb, by David Killingray the title and author is just perfect.  I get a laugh every time I think about it.  I am a reference librarian in a small community college in a rural area.

Holly: Ha! Killingray!

A historical book about the atom bomb is perfectly reasonable for a community college, but one that treats it as history – or which includes nuclear weapon threats of today – would be better than one from 1980. Mary loves this cold war stuff. Send it to her.

 

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