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P.O. Box 1086
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: (919) 904-4286



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These are books that are written for and/or about children of incarcerated parents. If you know of others, please let us know. Thanks to Tristan's Quest for supplying the list!

  • Mexican White Boy - Matt de la Peņa

  • Jailbird Kid - Shirlee Smith Matheson

  • My Mom Went to Jail - Suzanne Bergen and Kathleen Hodgkins

  • After Tupac & D Foster - Jacqueline Woodson

  • A Summer's Worth of Shame - Colby Rodowsky

  • Waiting for Daddy - Jennie Lou Harriman and Kylie Ann Flye

  • The Same Stuff as Stars - Katherine Paterson

  • Ruby on the Outside - Nora Raleigh Baskin

  • Glennis, Before and After - Patricia Calvert

  • Someone I Know Lives in Prison - Rebecca Myers

  • Time To Go - Fran Roznowski

  • An Inmate's Daughter - Jan Walker

  • My Mother and I Are Growing Stronger - Inez Maury

  • My Daddy Is In Jail - Janet Bender

  • Jakeman - Deborah Ellis

  • My Mommy's In Prison - Carol Lynne Vogel

  • A Boy Named Rocky - Janice Beal and Vanessa Gilmore

  • Romar Jones Takes A Hike - Jan Walker

  • Kofi's Mom - Richard Dyches

  • Mama Loves Me From Away - Pat Brisson

  • Wish You Were Here: Teens Write About Parents in Prison - Youth Communication

  • Monkey See. Monkey Do - Barthe DeClements

  • Do Not Pass Go - Kirkpatrick Hill

  • Parenting From A Distance: Your Rights and Responsibilities - Jan Walker

  • A Parent's Message: An Interactive Program Supporting Parent-Child Bond - The Messages Project

  • What Is Jail, Mommy? - Jackie Stanglin

  • Parenting From Prison: A Hands-on Guide for Incarcerated Parents - James Birney

  • Let's Talk About When Your Parent Is In Jail - Maureen Wittbold

  • The Prison Alphabet: An Educational Coloring Book for Children of Incarcerated Parents - Dr. Bahiyyan Muhammad and Muntaquim Muhammad

  • Hooray! Hooray! Dad's On His Way - LaShelle White-Corley

  • 1) There Are Some Real Special Kids In Our Class, 2) A Visit With Mommy, 3) A Visit With Daddy by Frank M. Black

  • Our Gracie Aunt by Jacqueline Woodson

  • When a Parent Goes to Jail: A Comprehensive Guide for Counseling Children of Incarcerated Parents by R.M. Yaffe and L.F. Hoade

  • Visiting Day by Jacqueline Woodson

  • Help For Kids! Understanding Your Feelings About Having A Parent in Prison or Jail by Carole Gesme; for ages 6 and older

  • What Will Happen To Me? by H. Zehr and L. Stutzman Amstutz; we had a copy at our symposium and community conversations

  • What Is Jail, Mommy? by Jackie A. Stanglin

  • Nine Candles by Maria Testa

  • When Andy's Father Went to Prison by Martha Whitmore Hickman

  • A Visit to the Big House by Oliver Butterworth

  • A Kind of Thief by Vivien Alcock

  • Harry Sue by Sue Stauffacher

  • Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett by Jennifer Gonnerman

  • The Night Dad Went to Jail: What to Expect When Someone You Love Goes to Jail - Melissa Higgins

  • The Year the Swallows Came Early - Kathryn Fitzmaurice

  • The Convicts - Iain Lawrence

  • Somewhere in the Darkness - Walter Dean Myers

  • Pool Boy - Michael Simmons

  • Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart - Vera B. Williams

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    Thanks to the wonderful children in our community (and their parents) who are modeling some of our hats. Do you have a cute picture of someone wearing one of our hats? We're always looking for great photos!

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