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Books

  • Anderson, Elijah, Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City, W. W. Norton & Company, August 1999, ISBN 03-930402-32
  • Anderson, Elijah, Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community, University of Chicago Press, 1990, ISBN 0226018164
  • Bernstein, N. (2005). All alone in the world: Children of the incarcerated. NY: The New Press. ISBN 1-56584-952-3
  • Bloom, Barbara and Steinhart, D. (1993). Why Punish the Children? San Francisco, CA. Council on Crime & Delinquency; ISBN: 9993022268
  • Braman, Donald, Doing Time on the Outside: Incarceration and Family Life in Urban America, U. of Michigan 2004
  • Butterfield, Fox, All God’s Children, Avon Books, ISBN 0-380-72862-1
  • Casarjian, Robin, House of Healing, A Prisoner’s Guide to Inner Power and Freedom, Transcontinental printing, 1995, ISBN 0-9644933-0-6
  • Cole, David, No Equal Justice, The New Press, NY, ISBN 1565845668
  • Condry, R. (2007) Families Shamed, The consequences of crime for relatives of serious offenders, U.K. Willan Publishing ISBN 978-1-84392-207-0
  • Cyan-Brock, T.K., Prisoners of Love, Dreamcatcher Books, 2000, ISBN: 0-9707070-0-2.
  • EdenfieldAnn, Family Arrested: How to Survive the Incarceration of a Loved Owhane. ISBN: 1-58943-060-3.
  • Elsner, Alan, Gates of Injustice, The Crisis in America’s Prisons, Pearson Education, Inc. 2004 ISBN 0-13-142791-1
  • Friskies-Warren, Mary F., Considering Marriage – A Practical Workbook for Couples Separated by Incarceration, 1994, ISBN 1569910022.
  • Gadsden, Vivian L. (Editor), Wagner, Daniel A. (Editor), Literacy Among African American Youth: Issues in Learning, Teaching, and Schooling (Literacy-Research, Policy, and Practice), Hampton Press, January 1995, ISBN: 18-813032-76
  • Gaines, Patrice; Laughing in the Dark, Anchor, ISBN 0-385-48027-X
  • Garbarino, James, Raising Children in a Socially Toxic Environment, Jossey-Bass, September 1999, ISBN # 07-879504-24
  • Garbarino, James, Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them, Free Press, May 1999. ISBN 06-848590-84
  • Garbarino, James, Children in Danger: Coping with the Consequences of Community Violence (Jossey-Bass Social and Behavioral Science Series) Jossey-Bass, October 1998, ISBN 07-879465-40s
  • Gilens, Martin, Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Anti-poverty Policy, University of Chicago Pr (Trd); ISBN: 0226293645
  • Gilmore, Mikal; Shot in the Heart, Anchor Books, ISBN 0-385-47800-3
  • Girshick, Lori, No Safe Haven: Stories of Women in Prison. Northeastern University Press, c/o CUP Services, Box 6525, Ithaca, NY 14851
  • Franklin and Franklin; Boys Into Men, Dutton, ISBN 0-525-944966
  • Johnston, Denise (1996). Children of Incarcerated Parents. Pacific Oaks, California. Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents, (May 1995). Lexington Books; ISBN: 0029110424
  • Jones, Lou and Borges, Lorie Savel, Final Exposure, portraits from death row, American Friends Service Committee, 2002 ISBN 1-55553-277-2
  • Karr-Morse, Robin and Meredith S. Wiley, Ghosts from the Nursery, (February 1999)
  • Atlantic Monthly Pr; ISBN: 0871137348
  • Katz, Mark, On Playing a Poor Hand Well, (February 1997) W.W. Norton & Co (Sd); ISBN: 0393702324
  • King, Robert Hillary, From the Bottom of the Heap, The Autobiography of a Black Panther, PM Press, 2009 ISBN 978-1-60486-039-9
  • Lagana, T., Hansen, V., Canfield, J., Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul, Health Communications Inc. Books, 2000 ISBN 978-1-55874-836
  • Leary, J. D., Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing (Hardcover) Uptone Press 2005
  • Mauer, Mark, The Race to Incarcerate, (August 1999), New Press; ISBN: 1565844297
  • McCall, Nathan; Makes Me Wanna Hollar, Vintage, ISBN, 0-679-41268-9
  • Mincy, Ronald B. (Editor), Nurturing Young Black Males: Challenges to Agencies, Programs, and Social Policy, Urban Institute Press, February 1994 ISBN 08-776659-82
  • Morley, Patrick and R. C. Sproul, The Man in the Mirror, ISBN: 031023493X
  • O’Brien, Patricia, Making it in the “Free World” –  Women in Transition from Prison. State University of New York Press, 2001, ISBN: 0-7914-4861-4.
  • Pfeiffer, Mary Beth, Crazy in America, The Hidden Tragedy of our Criminalized Mentally Ill, Avalon Publishing, 2007 ISBN 978-0-78671-745-3
  • Raphael, Jody, Freeing Tammy: Women, Drugs, and Incarceration (The Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law) (Paperback) 2007
  • Rasheed, Mikal M. and Janice M., Social Work Practice with African American Men: The Invisible Presence, (May 1999) Corwin Pr; ISBN: 0761911162
  • Seymour, C., Creasie Finney Hairston, C.F. (Editors), Children With Parents in Prison: Child Welfare Policy, Program, and Practice Issues (March 2000)
  • Transaction Pub; ISBN: 076580719X
  • Talvi, Silja J.A., Women Behind Bars, The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System, Seal Press, 2007 ISBN 978-1-58005-195-8
  • Toews, Barb, The Little Book of Restorative Justice for People in Prison, Rebuilding the Web of Relationships, Good Books, 2006 ISBN 978-1-56148-523-9
  • Thompson, Anthony C., Releasing Prisoners, Redeeming Communities: Reentry, Race, and Politics, (March 2009) New York University Press, ISBN 978-0814783214
  • Weissbourne, Richard, The Vulnerable Child, (April 1997) Perseus Pr; ISBN: 0201920808
  • Yaffe, Rebecca, When a Parent Goes to Jail: A Comprehensive Guide for Counseling Children of Incarcerated Parents, 2002.  Available from Rayve Productions,  ISBN 978-1-877810-08-4
  • Zehr, Howard, The Little Book of Restorative Justice, Good Books, 2002 ISBN 1-56148-376-1
  • Zehr, Howard, Transcending, Reflections of Crime Victims, Good Books, 2001, ISBN 1-56148-333-8 (paperback)
  • Zehr, Howard and Stutzman Amstutz, Lorraine.  Portraits by Howard Zehr.  What Will Happen to Me? Click here for more info.

Books for parents, caregivers and professionals to read with children of the incarcerated

  • Ayer, Bonnie & Bigelow, Amy. If You Have a Parent in Jail Then This Book Is For You. Flynn School.  Burlington, Vermont. 1996.
  • Beal, Janice M. & Gilmore, Vanessa. 2008.  A Boy Named Rocky: A Coloring book for the Children of Incarcerated Parents.  Available at: https://www.4theloveofkids.com/wordpress/
  • Beaty, Daniel. 2013. Knock, Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me. New York: Little Brown.
  • Bell,S.D. Surviving the Chaos: Dontae’s Story: Children with Incarcerated Parents (iBelieve-uBelieve Youth Book Series) (Volume 1) 2013 norahS Youth Publications (older children/young adults)
  • Bender, Janet M. My Daddy is in Jail: Story, Discussion Guide, and Small Group
  • Activities for Grades K-5.  Chapin, S.C.: YouthLight, Inc.
  • Bergen, Suzanne & Hodgkins, Kathleen. 1997.  My Mom Went to Jail.  Madison, WI: The Rainbow Project, Inc.
  • Beesley, Leslie. Locked Away.2012. Bookemon:http://www.bookemon.com/book-profile/locked-away/178136
  • Beesley, Leslie. Happy Birthday Gabina 2013. http://www.bookemon.com/book-profile/happy-birthday-gabina/266980
  • Black, Frank. There are Some Real Special Kids in our Class. 1999.
  • A Visit with Mommy
  • A Visit with Daddy
  • Brisson, Pat & Caple, Laurie (Illustrator). 2004.   Mama Loves Me from Away. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press
  • Burch, Robert. 1999. Queenie Peavy. London: Puffin Books.
  • Butterworth, Oliver & Avishai, Susan (Illustrator). 1993. A Visit to the Big House. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
  • Cain, Sandra, Speed, Margaret & Mukhida, Zul (Photographer). 1999.  Dad’s in Prison. London: A&C Black.
  • Crane, J. & Short, B. n.d.  Two in Every Hundred: Workbook for Older (school-age) children.  Nashville, TN: Reconciliation.  Order from: Reconciliation, 702 51st Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37209, (615) 292-6371.
  • Curcio, A. (2015). My daddy’s in jail. ICG Children’s
  • Dyches, R. W., & Garcia, E. (2011). Doogie’s dad. Berryville, AR: Children Left Behind
  • Dyches, R. W. (2011). Kofi’s mom. Berryville, AR: Children Left Behind
  • Ellis, S. (2016). Almost Like Visiting. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
  • Futrell, Q. (2015). Our Mom’s (Living With Incarcerated Parents). Quniana Futrell, LLC.
  • Gesme, Carole, Kodpfmann, Michele & Schmoker, Lisa. 1993.   Help for Kids!
  • Understanding Your Feelings About Having A Parent in Prison or Jail For Kids Ages Six and Older.  Minneapolis, MN: Pine Press.  (6 years and older)
  • Harriman, Jeannie Lou and Kylie Ann Flye Waiting for Daddy 2013. Create Space Independent Publishing. 
  • Hayes, Margaret, Witherill, Jill & Pergrim, Lois A. 1989. My Daddy is in Prison. Johnstown, PA: Cambria County Community Action Council.
  • Hickman, Martha Whitmore. 1983.  When Can Daddy Come Home? Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.
  • Hickman, Martha Whitmore & Raymond, Larry (Illustrator). 1990. When Andy’s Father Went to Prison. Niles, IL: Albert Whitman and Company.  (K-5)
  • Higgens,M. The Night Dad Went to Jail. 2011.Picture Window Books
  • Jones, Donna. n.d.  Joey’s Visit.  Syracuse, NY: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County.
  • Kagy-Taylor, Kathy, Dansker, Donna. All About Change.  The Aring Institute Of Beech Acres. Cincinnati, Ohio. 1991. 
  • Kerniski, Ann. n.d. Keeping in Touch by Long Distance.  Syracuse, NY: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County.
  • Maury, Inez. 2002.  My Mother and I Are Growing Stronger. Berkeley, CA: New Seed, Press. 
  • Maldonado, Torrey. Secret Saturdays.2010.New York: Putnam.
  • Muhammad, B., Dr., & Muhammad, M. (2014). The Prison Alphabet (Project Iron Kids). Goldest Karat Publishing
  • Myers, Rebecca. Someone I Know Lives in Prison. 2013 order from http://www.asca.net/system/assets/attachments/6121/Book%20Order%20Form.pdf?1375408369 
  • Nelson, Julie. Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights (Kids Are Important) Free Spirit Publishing, 2006.
  • Paterson, Katherine. The Same Stuff as Stars.2002.Clarion Books. ( 10-14 year olds) 
  • Paratore, Colleen. Sunny Holiday.2009.Scholastic Press.
  • Penn, Audrey. The Kissing Hand. Child Welfare League of America. Atlanta, Georgia.1993.
  • Roznowski, Fran & Toyoshima, Tak (Illustrator). n.d.  Time to Go. Order a copy by sending $7 (includes postage) to: Fran Roznowski, 11 Cottage St., Chelsea, MA. 02150.
  • Speed, Margret, Cain, Sandra & Mukhida, Zul. Dad’s in Prsion. 1999.  London: A & C Black.
  • St. Pierre, Stephanie. 1994.  Everything You Need to Know When a Parent is in Jail. New York: Rosen Publishing Group.
  • Stanglin, Jackie A. & McGuckie, Cierra Jade. 2007.  Mami, Que es una Carcel? Centennial, CO: Lifevest Publishing, Inc
  • Stanglin, Jackie A. and McGuckie, Cierra Jade. 2006.  What is Jail, Mommy? Centennial, CO: Lifevest Publishing, Inc.  (Ages to 8)
  • Testa, Maria & Amanda Schaffer (Illustrator). 1996.  Nine Candles. Minneapolis, MN: Carol Rhoda Books.
  • Thompson, Blair. 1995. The Magic Quilt. Sundance Publishing ( out of print)
  • Vogel, Carol Lynne & Mulhollen, Amy. 1996.  My Mommy’s in Prison.  Pennsylvania: Southwest-South Central Pennsylvania AmeriCorps Program, The Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps.
  • Walker, Jan & Leonhard, Herb (Illustrator). 2006.  An Inmate’s Daughter.  Norris, MT: Raven Publishing of Montana.  (Grades 5 – 8)
  • Whitbold, Maureen. 2003.  Let’s Talk About When Your Parent is in Jail. New York: Rosen Publishing Group, Inc.
  • Williams, Vera B. 2001.  Amber was Brave, Essie was Smart. New York: Greenwillow.
  • Wittbold, Maureen. 1998.  Let’s Talk about When Your Parent is in Jail. New York: PowerKids Press.
  • Woodson, Jacqueline. 2002.  Our Gracie Aunt. New York: Hyperion.
  • Woodson, Jacqueline & Ransome, James (Illustrator). 2002.  Visiting Day.  New York: Scholastic Press. (Ages 4 – 8)

Films

  • A Hard Straight, Goro Toshima, 2004,  Award winning documentary film tells the story of what it’s really like for a person to make the radical transition from prison life to society.
  • A Sentence of Their Own. Film chronicles one family’s annual pilgrimage to a New Hampshire State Prison and reveals the damaging impact incarceration has on families. https://www.asentenceoftheirown.com/Home.html
  • Beyond the Walls, The Road to Redemption, Rachel Libert, 2006 -Film portraying the true stories of families affected by violence. TOVA, https://www.worldcat.org/title/beyond-the-walls-the-road-to-redemption/oclc/301592077
  • Champagne and the Talking Eggs, Michael Sporn, Director, VHS, 1997. Cartoon format appropriate for children and adults.
  • Charisse Shumate: Fighting for Our Lives, story of a woman who stood up against the CA Dept. of Corrections and fought against the substandard health care in women’s prisons., The Freedom Archives, 2004
  • Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights, produced by the San Francisco Partnership for Children of Incarcerated Parents- a short video about the Bill of Rights featuring the stories of children who have experienced parental incarceration.
  • Children of Prisoners: Children of Promise, U.S. Dept. of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, 2003, Peter Argentine, A candid conversation with fathers in jail and after release. The film presents the importance of family and the pain of separation.
  • Echoes of Incarceration is a youth-produced documentary project focusing on impact of the prison system on children. For more info and purchasing information, visit our “From Our Partners” page.
  • Family Ties is a candid conversation with fathers in jail and after release.  The film presents the importance of family and the pain of separation –  told through the words of 7 men, their families, and the Warden of the Allegheny County (PA) Jail. Produced by award-winning filmmaker Peter Argentine and sponsored by Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation.  For more info and purchasing information, visit our “From Our Partners” page.
  • Prison Lullabies, Odile Isralson and Lina Matta, 2003. Film about women who gave birth in prison.
  • Shadows, Rachel Libert, 2008 is a film by Tova: Artistic Project for Social Change .  It is a powerful training film, bringing  the voices and realities of children with incarcerated parents, their caregivers and their incarcerated parents out of the shadows of anger and pain and into the light of healing and forgiveness. A must see for anyone working with incarcerated fathers, their children and their caregivers. Available for purchase from NRCCFI here.
  • Troop 1500, Ellen Spiro, 2006, Their mothers have been convicted of various crimes, but the Girl Scouts of Troop 1500 want to be doctors, social workers and marine biologists. Troop 1500 is their story-and that of their mothers-trying to hold together their families from behind the walls.
  • Up The Ridge, Szuberla, N. and Kirby, A,  documentary following the building of a supermax prison in VA and the impact on the community, the people incarcerated there and their families, Appalshop, 2006
  • When the Bough Breaks, Jill Evans-Petzall, a documentary about three Missouri families whose children are bounced between social workers, foster parents, grandparents and visits with their moms in prison.