Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

CEO's Top Four Picks

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.

  • Magazines
  • Adoptive Families
  • American Baby
  • Black Family Digest Baby
  • Black Family Digest Magazine
  • Early Childhood Today
  • Healthy Kids
  • Parenting Magazine
  • Parents Magazine


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

Child Abuse Books

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