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Below you will find recommended reading on subjects of parenting, child abuse, foster care, and child development. Magazines and books can be purchased through, Barnes&, other Web sites, book stores and magazine stands.



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Early Childhood Today

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Child Abuse

Dave Pelzer Books
  • A Child Called "It" One Child's Courage to Survive
  • A Man Named Dave - A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness
  • Help
Yourself - Finding Hope, Courage and Happiness
  • The Lost Boy - A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family

Abused Boys : The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse, by Mic Hunter

Adult Children of Abusive Parents : A Healing Program for Those Who Have Been Physically, Sexually, or Emotionally Abused, by Steven Farmer

Adult Children of Alcoholics, by Janet Geringer Woititz

Allies in Healing : When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused As a Child, a Support Book, by Laura Davis

An Adult Child's Guide to What's 'Normal', by John C. Friel Ph.D., Linda D. Friel M.A.

A Parent's & Teacher's Handbook on Identifying and Preventing Child Abuse, by James A. Monteleone

The Battered Child, by Mary Edna Helfer (Editor), et al

Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You (Associated Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction), by Sue William Silverman

Beginning to Heal : A First Book for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
by Ellen Bass, Laura Davis

The Best Kept Secret : Sexual Abuse of Children, by Florence Rush

Betrayal of Innocence : Incest and Its Devastation, by Susan Forward, Craig Buck

Bitter Chocolate - Child Sexual Abuse in India, by Pinki Virani

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, by Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and Maia Szalavitz

Breaking the Silence: A Guide to Help Children with Complicated Grief-Suicide, Homoicide, AIDS,Violence and Abuse, by Linda Goldman

CAPTÏV, by S. Marie

Children in Danger: Coping with the Consequences of Community Violence, by James Garbarino PhD, Nancy Dubrow, Kathleen Kostelny, and Carole Pardo

Children In The Game, by Ross A. MacInnes

Children of Trauma : Rediscovering Your Discarded Self, by Jane
Middleton-Moz, Jane Middelton-Moz

Children Who See Too Much : Lessons from the Child Witness to Violence Project, by Betsy McAlister Groves

The Courage to Heal : A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
by Ellen Bass (Preface), Laura Davis

Daddy's Girl, by Charlotte Valeallen, Charlotte Vale Allen

dear stupid: Letters to My Wounded Child Within, by Zandra Bridger

Door Of Hope Recognizing And Resolving The Pains Of Your Past
by Jan Frank

The Drama of the Gifted Child : The Search for the True Self, by Alice Miller, Ruth Ward (Translator)

Emotional Child Abuse : The Family Curse, by Joel D. Covitz

For Your Own Good : Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence, by Alice Miller, et al

The Franklin Cover-Up : Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska,
by John W. Decamp

Genius With A Penis: Don't touch : By Stacey Honowitz

Ghosts in the Bedroom : A Guide for Partners of Incest Survivors,
by Ken Graber

Ghosts from the Nursery : Tracing the Roots of Violence, by Robin Karr-Morse, Meredith S. Wiley, T. Berry Brazelton (Introduction)

The Gus Chronicles : Reflections from an Abused Kid : About Sexual & Physical Abuse, Residential Treatment, Foster Care, Family Unification, and Much More by Charles D. Appelstein

Healing the Hurt Within : Understand and Relieve the Suffering Behind Self-Destructive Behaviour, by Jan Sutton

Healing Your Sexual Self, by Janet Geringer Woititz

The Heart Knows Something Different : Teenage Voices from the Foster Care System : Youth Communication, by Al Desetta

Helping Your Child Recover from Sexual Abuse, by Caren Adams, et al

I Know You're Hurting/Living Through Emotional Pain, by Lauren Stratford, Stormie Omartian

In Cabin Six : An Anthology of Poetry by Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse,
by Jill A. Kuhn (Editor)

I Never Told Anyone : Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass, Louise Thornton (Contributor)

The Inner Child Workbook : What to Do With Your Past When It Just Won't Go Away, by Cathryn L. Taylor

Journeys by Heart : A Christology of Erotic Power, by Rita Nakashima Brock

Just Before Dawn, by Jan Hindman

Kids Helping Kids Break the Silence of Sexual Abuse, by Linda Lee Foltz

Light Beyond The Darkness, by T. C. Morton

The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care, by Nina Bernstein

Many Roads, One Journey : Moving Beyond the Twelve Steps, by Charlotte Davis Kasl

The Me Nobody Knows : A Guide for Teen Survivors, by Barbara Bean, Shari Bennett

Men Surviving Incest : A Male Survivor Shares the Process of Recovery,
by T. Thomas

My Private Parts Are Private : By Stacey Honowitz

Never Giving Up On Love, by Lisa, Hilda Flores

Nobody's Children : Abuse and Neglect, Foster Drift, and the Adoption Alternative, by Elizabeth Bartholet

Orphans of the Living : Stories of America's Children in Foster Care, by Jennifer Toth

Outgrowing the Pain : A Book for and About Adults Abused As Children,
by Eliana Gil

Paperdolls: Healing from Sexual Abuse in Mormon Neighborhoods

Promise You Won't Tell Nobody, by Kimberly T. Matthews

Recognizing Abuse: Reclaiming Your Birthright, by Gloria Edmonson-Nelson

Recognizing Child Abuse: A Guide for the Concerned, by Douglas J. Besharov

Repressed Memories: A Journey to Recovery from Sexual Abuse (Fireside/Parkside Recovery Book), by Renee Fredrickson

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog
By Dr. Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz

The Right to Innocence : Healing the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse,
by Beverly Engel

The Right Touch: A Read-Aloud Story to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, by Sandy Kleven, Jody Bergsma (Illustrator)

The Scarred Soul : Understanding & Ending Self-Inflicted Violence, by Tracy Alderman

The Seat of the Soul, by Gary Zukav

The Secret Trauma : Incest in the Lives of Girls and Women, by Diana E. H. Russell, Daina E. Russell

The Sexual Healing Journey : A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, by Wendy Maltz, Carol Arian (Illustrator)

Sibling Abuse : Hidden Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Trauma, by Vernon R. Wiehe

Silently Seduced : When Parents Make Their Children Partners : Understanding Covert Incest, by Kenneth M. Adams

Small Sips of Water : Understanding Dissociation in Recovery, by Madeline Adler O'Conner

Soul Murder : The Effects of Childhood Abuse and Deprivation, by Leonard Shengold

Superando El Dolor : Un Libro Para Y Acerca De Adultos Abusados En LA Ninez, by Eliana Gil, Ana I. Ilvento (Translator), Sally Haskell (Illustrator)

Telling (True-To-Life Series from Hamilton High), by Marilyn Reynolds

The Truth Will Set You Free: Overcoming Emotional Blindness, by Alice Miller

Thou Shalt Not Be Aware : Society's Betrayal of the Child, by Alice Miller

Too Scared to Cry : Psychic Trauma in Childhood, by Lenore Terr

Trauma and Recovery, by Judith Herman MD, Judith Lewis Herman

The Untouched Key : Tracing Childhood Trauma in Creativity and Destructiveness, by Alice Miller, et al

Twisted Roots of Evil, by Susan A. Kesegich

Victims No Longer : Men Recovering from Incest and Other Sexual Child Abuse, by Mike Lew, Ellen Bass

War Against Schools : Academic Child Abuse, by Engelmann

What About Me? A Guide for Men Helping Female Partners Deal with Childhood Sexual Abuse, by Grant Cameron

Whatever Mother Says : An Incredible True Story of Death and Destruction Inside One Ordinary Family, by Wensley Clarkson

When Your Child Has Been Molested : A Parent's Guide to Healing and Recovery, by Hagans Karthryn, et al
The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse, by Dan B. Allender, Larry Crabb

The Wounded Woman : Healing the Father-Daughter Relationship, by Linda Schierse Leonard

You Don't Know Me, by David Klass

Child Development

Babyhood, by Penelope Leach, PhD

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, by The American Academy of Pediatrics, et al

Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care, by Benjamin Spock, et al

How Your Baby and Child Learns: Your Guide to Joyful and Confident Parenting, by Penny Shore,Penelope Leach (Editor),Otto Weininger (Editor)

Parents in Charge: Setting Healthy, Loving Boundaries for You and Your Child, by Dana Chidekel

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, by Dan Kindlon, PhD and Michael Thompson, PhD

Too Much of a Good Thing - Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age, by Dan Kindlon, PhD

The Child With Special Needs : Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth, by Stanley I., Md. Greenspan, et al

The Wonder of Girls: Understanding the Hidden Nature of Our Daughters, by Michael Gurian

You Are My World: How A Parent's Love Shapes A Baby's Mind
by Amy L. Hatkoff

Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five, by Penelope Leach, PhD and Jenny Matthews

Your Baby and Child, by Penelope Leach, PhD and Jenny Matthews

Your Baby and Child's Emotional and Social Development: Your Guide to Joyful and Confident Parenting, by Penny A. Shore,Oto Weininger,William Sears,Martha Sears,Penelope Leach,Otto Weininger (Editor)

Your Growing Child: From Babyhood through Adolescence, by Penelope Leach, PhD


Children First: What Our Society Must Do and Is Not Doing for Our Children Today, by Penelope Leach

Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn To Use The Internet Safely And Responsibly, by Nancy E, Willard

How to Achieve Joyful and Confident Parenting: Your Guide to Joyful and Confident Parenting, Penny A. Shore, Penelope Leach (Editor), Otto Weininger (Editor)

Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and how We Can Save Them, by James Garbarino, PhD

Parent School: Simple Lessons from the Leading Experts on Being a Mom and Dad, by Jerry Biederman (Compiler),Lorin Michelle Biederman (Compiler), Foreword by Penelope Leach

Parents Under Siege: Why You Are the Solution, Not the Problem, in Your Child's Life, James Garbarino PhD,Claire Bedard

Raising Children in a Socially Toxic Environment, James Garbarino PhD

Teaching Your Child Positive Discipline: Your Guide to Joyful and Confident Parenting, by Penny A. Shore,Penelope Leach PhD, (Editor),Otto Weininger (Editor)

What Children Can Tell Us: Eliciting, Interpreting, and Evaluating Critical Information from Children by James Garbarino PhD, Frances M. Stott

Why Can't You Catch Me Being Good? By Dr. Edythe Denkin

Wit's End - Advice and Resources for Saving Your Out-of-Control Teen, By Sue Scheff

You Are My World: How A Parent's Love Shapes A Baby's Mind, by Amy L. Hatkoff

For Children


 Elizabeth Galinauskas, Healed Heart Creations

  • Sad Pies
    (The first in a series of children's books intended to raise awareness of the
     importance of validating and labeling children's emotions.)
  • Tunny Worries
  • Just Mad
  • Blushing Blues

Internet Safety

Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn To Use The  Internet Safely and Responsibly, Nancy E. Willard

        Stranger Safety

  A Stranger in the Park, By Stuart Fitts and Donna Day Asay

  Never Talk to Strangers, By Irma Joyce and S.D. Schindler
  Once Upon A Dragon: Stranger Safety For Kids (and Dragons), By Jean Pendziwol   and Martine Gourbault

  The Berenstain Bears Learn Abour Stangers, By Stan and Jan Berenstain


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