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Books about Sexual Abuse

Title:  My Body Belongs to Me

Author or Publisher:  A Teaching Tale from Channing Bete Co.

Speaking to children on their own terms, this critically acclaimed book sensitively establishes boundaries for youngsters. In a non-threatening, engaging manner, this guide teaches kids that when it comes to their body, there are some parts that are for “no one else to see” and empowers them to tell a parent or teacher if someone touches them inappropriately. Telling the story of a gender-neutral child who is inappropriately touched by an uncle’s friend, this tale delivers a powerful moral when the youngster reveals the offender and the parents praise the child’s bravery. Most importantly, this narrative assures young ones that sexual molestation is not their fault, and by speaking out, the child will continue to grow big and strong. A “Suggestions for the Storyteller” section is also included to assist in facilitating a comfortable discussion afterwards, thereby helping to prevent the unthinkable from happening to any child.

Age level 3 and up

Title: Some Parts are Not for Sharing

Author or Publisher: Julie Federico

Travel with a pair of friendly fish as they learn about what parts of our bodies we share with others. Children will learn what the boundaries of appropriate touching are in a very non-threatening way. Former School Counselor Julie Federico begins the imperative conversation of personal boundaries in Some Parts are not for Sharing. Children will learn about their bodies as they get some important information from a pair of fish. This book is also available in Spanish.

Ages 4 and up

Title: I Said No!

Author or Publisher: Zack and Kimberly King

Helping kids set healthy boundaries for their private parts can be a daunting and awkward task for parents, counselors and educators. Written from a kid s point of view, I Said No! makes this task a lot easier. To help Zack cope with a real-life experience he had with a friend, he and his mom wrote a book to help prepare other kids to deal with a range of problematic situations. I Said No! uses kid-friendly language and illustrations to help parents and concerned adults give kids guidance they can understand, practice and use. Using a simple, direct, decidedly non-icky approach that doesn’t dumb down the issues involved, as well as an easy-to-use system to help kids rehearse and remember appropriate responses to help keep them safe, I Said No! covers a variety of topics, including: What is appropriate and with whom. How to deal with inappropriate behavior, bribes and threats. When and where to go for help, and what to do if the people you are turning to for help don t listen. Dealing with feelings of guilt and shame.

Ages 4 and up

Title: Those are My Private Parts

Author or Publisher: Diane Hansen

In just 12 pages of rhyme, the book: gives parents a great starting point for having important, candid discussions with their children about recognizing and preventing sexual abuse; names the most common perpetrators of sexual abuse in clear, kid friendly language; informs children about the tactics perpetrators use to trick children; equips children with an action plan for telling trusted adults about abuse; empowers children to say “no” and to get righteously angry if abuse happens

Title: Please Tell! (English and Spanish versions)

Author or Publisher:  Hazelton

Written and illustrated by a young girl who was sexually molested by a family member, this book reaches out to other children in a way that no adult can. Jessie’s words carry the message, “It’s o.k. to tell; help can c  ome when you tell.” This book is an excellent tool for therapists, counselors, child protection workers, teachers, and parents dealing with children affected by sexual abuse. Jessie’s story adds a sense of hope for what should be, and the knowledge that the child protection system can work for children. Simple, direct, and from the heart, Jessie gives children the permission and the courage to deal with sexual abuse. Please Tell! has an important message for children who have been sexually abused: the abuse wasn’t their fault. Written and illustrated by Jessie, herself a pre-teen survivor of sexual abuse, it tells kids what to do to get the help they need.

Ages 4 and up

Title: A Terrible Thing Happened

Author or Publisher:  Margaret Holmes

Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first he tried to forget about it, but soon something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous for no reason. Sometimes his stomach hurt. He had bad dreams. And he started to feel angry and do mean things, which got him in trouble. Then he met Ms. Maple, who helped him talk about the terrible thing that he had tried to forget. Now Sherman is feeling much better. This gently told and tenderly illustrated story is for children who have witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire. An afterword by Sash a J. Mudlaff written for parents and other caregivers offers suggestions for helping traumatized children, including a list of other sources that focus on specific events.

Ages 4 and up

Books about Domestic Violence

Title: Mommy’s Black Eye

Author or Publisher: William George Bentrim

Domestic violence exists. That is a simple disturbing fact. It isn’t something that should be ignored or swept under the rug. It is imperative to face this problem, acknowledge it’s existence and do our best to aid those who are exposed to it. Children, all too often, are susceptible to accepting responsibility for their parent’s bad behavior. They need to understand that they are not responsible for the violence. This book attempts to explain a very complicated issue to young children. It is not designed as a panacea, merely an attempt to help them understand what is going on in their lives.   

Ages 4 to 13 

Title: I Want to Tell You Something (English and Spanish versions)

Author or Publisher: Casa de Esperanza

This workbook is designed to support healing for children who have witnessed domestic violence. An ideal tool for advocates, social workers, therapists, and other caring adults, the book guides the adult and child through four sessions of activities that facilitate communication. One side of the book is in Spanish, and the flip side is in English—allowing users to work easily through the text. Appropriate for domestic violence organizations, shelters, and other agencies.

Ages 6-11

Title: Hear My Roar- A story of Family violence

Author or Publisher: Gillian Watts

It seems to Orsa Bear that Papa is angry all the time — especially after he’s had a lot of jack-berry wine. If Papa’s not yelling at Mama about the weeds in their garden, he’s roaring at Orsa for being clumsy at his chores.  Orsa is scared and doesn’t understand why his father acts this way. After a long winter’s sleep things get worse, but with the help of Dr. Owl, Mama and Orsa bravely take steps to break the cycle of violence.  Told in an easy-to-read graphic narrative format, Hear My Roar provides a gentle, non-threatening approach to talking with children about family violence. The foreword and afterword help parents, teachers and caregivers use the story with young readers. This edition of Hear My Roar was adapted from the first edition by Dr. Ty Hochban, who has conducted extensive research in child developmental psychology and the effects of family violence.

Ages 6 and up

Title: Something is Wrong at my House (English and Spanish versions)

Author or Publisher: Diane Davis

How can kids understand and cope when their parents fight? Based on a true story, this 32-page book shows a child seeking, and finally obtaining, help in a domestic violence situation. Written so that it can be used with both the very young, and the school-age child, Something Is Wrong at My House provides brief text with illustrations on one page of each two-page spread, and more detailed information on the facing page. Recommended for use by school nurses, counselors, social workers and teachers, and by therapists, and the staff in shelters. Something Is Wrong at My House is available in English and in Spanish.

Ages 3 and up

Books about Bullying

Title: Rose’s New Shoes (Bullying story)

Author or Publisher: Target

Rose goes to school happy because she has shiny-new red shoes. But seeing Carlos, a classmate, being bullied leaves her feeling scared — especially after her friend Becca warns her not to talk to Carlos for fear of drawing the bullies’ attention. Rose is conflicted: She’s afraid of the bullies, too — but she’s also sad that she didn’t help Carlos. Later, her dad helps her see that there are lots of things that everyone — especially victims and bystanders like herself — can do to help stop bullying, and that it’s important to take action right away. The next day there’s a happy ending when Rose enlists Becca’s help in reporting the bullies to a teacher, and the girls befriend Carlos.

For parents and children ages 6-8 years

Title: The Meanest Thing to Say

Author or Publisher: Bill Cosby

This is an easy-to-read story about peer pressure by comedian and storyteller Bill Cosby. Michael Reilly has introduced a new game to Little Bill and his friends. You get twelve chances to say something mean to another kid–and whoever comes up with the biggest insult is the winner. Insults start flying: “Jose hops with the frogs in science lab!” “Andrew eats frogs for dinner!” “Little Bill shoots baskets like a girl!” Little Bill tries to think of really mean things to say in retaliation. But Dad teaches him a strategy that enables Little Bill to save face while remaining the nice kid that he really is!

Ages 4 and up

Books about Feelings and Emotions

Title: When I Feel Angry

Author or Publisher: Cornelia Maude Spelman

Anger is a scary emotion for young children, their parents, and caregivers. As this little bunny experiences the things that make her angry, she also learns ways to deal with her anger–ways that won’t hurt others.

Age level 3 and up

Title:  Elena and the Magic Beans (English and Spanish versions)

Author or Publisher: Casa de Esperanza

Elena and the Magic Beans is a bilingual children’s book that explores the importance of talking about feelings. When Elena’s family decides to move to the United States, she has many feelings about adapting to a new culture and language. The beans help her to express those feelings, and she soon makes friends at her new school. The colorful illustrations, and side-by-side Spanish and English text, make this a compelling story with universal themes relatable for any child. Service providers, counselors, teachers and parents will find this book a helpful tool.

Title: What are you Feeling (English and Spanish versions)

Author or Publisher: Casa de Esperanza

The bilingual educational flashcards are a tool for service providers, counselors, teachers and parents to encourage children to communicate their feelings. Lively illustrations that reflect the diversity within the Latino community are used to demonstrate twenty-four different feelings. The spiral bound cards are designed for children and come with suggestions for adults to help children identify and articulate feelings.

Ages 4 – 12

Title: The Feelings Book

Author or Publisher:  Todd Parr

The Feelings Book vibrantly illustrates the wide range of moods we all experience. Kids and adults will appreciate Todd Parr’s quirky intelligence as he pays special attention to the ever-changing, sometimes nonsensical emotions that we all feel. Targeted to young children first beginning to read with bold, bright colors and silly scenes.  The Feelings Book is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism, and promote character growth.

Ages 3 and up

Title: Sad Isn’t Bad, a Good Grief Guidebook for Kid’s dealing with loss

Author or Publisher:  Michaelene Mondy

Loaded with positive, life-affirming advice for coping with loss as a child, this guide tells children what they need to know after a loss–that the world is still safe; life is good; and hurting hearts do mend. Written by a school counselor, this book may help comfort children facing difficult reality.

Ages 6 and up

Books about Parent Related Issues

Title: Jay’s Military Dad, a Story about Deployment

Author or Publisher: Prevent Child Abuse America

Jay feels sad and scared when he hears his dad is going to be deployed. Plus, he’s disappointed that his dad will miss the soapbox derby they’ve been getting ready for. But with some help from his mom and a friend whose parent is also deployed, Jay sends care packages and e-mails to his dad, talks about his feelings, and maintains other healthy habits. He even gets a little help finishing his soapbox car and sends a video to his dad! Easy-to-read text is approachable for parents of different reading levels, and questions appear throughout the book to spark discussion between parents and children.

For parents and children ages 6-8 years

Title: An Elephant in the Living Room/The Children’s Book

Author or Publisher: Jill Hastings

An illustrated story to help children understand and cope with the problem of alcoholism or other drug addiction in the family.

Ages 9 and up

Title: Dinosaurs Divorce, a Guide for Changing Families

Author or Publisher: Laurene and Marc Brown

Dinosaurs Divorce Will Help you Understand: Divorce Words and What They Mean, Why Parents Divorce, What About You?, After the Divorce, Living with One Parent, Visiting Your Parent, Having Two Homes, Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions, Telling Your Friends, Meeting Parents’ New Friends, Living with Stepparents, Having Stepsisters and Stepbrothers.

Ages 3 and up

Books about Maladaptive Behaviors

Title: Words are not for Hurting

Author or Publisher: Elizabeth Verdick

The older children get, the more words they know and can use—including hurtful words. This book teaches children that their words belong to them: They can think before they speak, then choose what to say and how to say it. It also explores positive ways to respond when others use unkind words and reinforces the importance of saying “I’m sorry.” Also available in a version in English/Spanish

Ages 4-7 years

Title: Hands are Not for Hitting

Author or Publisher: Martine Agassi

Children learn that violence is never okay, that they can manage their anger and other strong feelings, and that they’re capable of positive, loving actions—like playing, making music, learning, counting, helping, taking care, and much more. Includes a special section for adults with activities and discussion starters.

Ages 4 and up

Title: Feet are not for Kicking

Author or Publisher: Elizabeth Verdick

“Look at those feet! Aren’t they sweet?” Yes—when they’re walking, standing, leaping and landing. And when they’re kicking balls or leaves. But not when they’re kicking people! In simple words and charming full-color illustrations, this book helps little ones learn to use their feet for fun, not in anger or frustration. It also includes tips for parents and caregivers on how to help toddlers be sweet with their feet.

Age range 2-3

Title: Jessica and the Wolf

Author or Publisher: Ted Lobby

Every night, Jessica dreams of a sleek black wolf who chases her through a dark forest. She’s afraid to go to sleep because of these bad dreams. After consulting her parents, her teddy bear, and her own persona l “magic,” Jessica learns to overcome her fears and chase the wolf away, once and for all. This spirited adventure, gorgeously illustrated by Tennessee Dixon’s powerful, striking images, will teach children to confront their nighttime fears and face down their own private wolves.

Title: The Trouble with Secrets

Author or Publisher: Karen Johnsen

Recommended by members of Parents Anonymous, and available in both Spanish and English, this book helps children understand what to do when asked to keep a secret. Some secrets are fun and should be kept secret, author Johnsen explains. But if you feel hurt or confused when you’re told something is a secret, you need to tell a grownup. Uses examples of secrets that will be familiar to children.

Ages 4 and up

Books about Self-Esteem

Title:  It’s Okay to be Different

Author or Publisher:  Todd Parr

It’s Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring Todd Parr’s trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes. Targeted to young children first beginning to read, this book will inspire kids to celebrate their individuality through acceptance of others and self-confidence. 

Ages 3 and up

Title: Theo Tries Something New (Self-esteem)

Author or Publisher: Target

This engaging story follows a conversation between Theo and his dad after Theo’s disastrous attempt to build a perfect model plane. Theo learns what self-esteem is and what he can do (try new things and help others, for starters) to build high self-esteem. Theo’s story is designed for parents and children to read together, and even includes extra discussion questions on almost every page, to help children process the material as they read. Also includes instructions for parents at the story’s beginning.

For parents and children ages 6-8 years

Title: I can make my World a Safer Place

Author or Publisher: Paul Kival

Through simple text, drawings, and activities such as mazes, crosswords, and word searches, this book encourages kids to think about and act to promote peace at home, in their communities, and in the world. Harriet Tubman, Cesar Chavez, and Julia Butterfly are among those profiled as positive activists. The book differentiates public danger (gangs, drug-related violence) from private (sexual assault, domestic violence) and provides ways to stay safe and get help when necessary.

Ages 6 and up       

 

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