Our Children's Place
Our Children's Place
P.O. Box 13073
Durham, NC 27709
Phone: (919) 904-4286
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A Boy Named Rocky – Janice Beal and Vanessa Gilmore

Glennis, Before and After - Patricia Calvert

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

Kofi's Mom - Richard Dyches

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

Mama Loves Me From Far Away - Pat Brisson and Laura Caple

My Daddy Is In Jail - Janet Bender

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

Nine Candles - Maria Testa

Our Gracie Aunt - Jacqueline Woodson

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

Ruby on the Outside - Nora Raleigh Baskin

Sunny Holiday - Coleen Murtagh Paratore

A Visit to the Big House - Oliver Butterworth

Visiting Day - Jacqueline Woodson

Waiting for Daddy - Jennie Lou Harriman and Kylie Ann Flye

What Is Jail, Mommy? - Jackie Stanglin

Young Readers

After Tupac & D Foster - Jacqueline Woodson

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

The Convicts - Iain Lawrence

Do Not Pass Go - Kirkpatrick Hill

Everyone Makes Mistakes: Living With My Daddy In Jail - Madison Strempek

Five-Finger Discount - Barthe DeClements

Harry Sue - Sue Stauffacher

An Inmate's Daughter - Jan Walker

Jailbird Kid - Shirlee Smith Matheson

Jakeman - Deborah Ellis

A Kind of Thief - Vivien Alcock

Pool Boy - Michael Simmons

The Same Stuff as Stars - Katherine Paterson

Secret Saturdays - Torrey Maldonado

Turn the Next Corner – Gudrun Alcock

When Andy's Father Went to Prison - Martha Whitmore Hickman

The Year the Swallows Came Early - Kathryn Fitzmaurice

High School

Mexican White Boy - Matt de la Peña

My Father’s Son - Terri Fields

Romar Jones Takes A Hike: Runaway or Missing Person… - Jan Walker

Somewhere in the Darkness - Walter Dean Myers

Tyrell - Coe Booth

Wish You Were Here: Teens Write About Parents in Prison - Pat Brisson


Help For Kids! Understanding Your Feelings About Having A Parent in Prison or Jail - Carole Gesme

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

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

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

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

What Will Happen To Me? - H. Zehr and L. Stutzman Amstutz

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

The following books are out of print and/or difficult to find. You might want to consider asking your local library about interlibrary loans.


My Mom Went to Jail – Suzanne Bergen and Kathleen Hodgkins

My Mommy’s in Jail – Carol Lynne Vogel

Monkey See, Monkey Do – Barthe DeClements

My Mother and I Are Growing Stronger – Inez Maury

Young Reader

A Summer’s Worth of Shame – Colby Rodowsky

Someone I Know Lives in Prison – Rebecca Myers

Time to Go – Fran Roznowski

There Are Some Real Special Kids in Our Class; A Visit with Mommy; A Visit with Daddy – Frank Black

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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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