Parents in Prison

The project isn’t quite finished yet, but I have enough that I can begin to create specialized lists on request. If I find more books as I complete the project, I will edit the list later to make additions. Someone on Twitter asked Guardian Children’s Books for kids books for children with incarcerated parents. As ‘Parents in Prison’ is one of my subject tags, I thought I would create a list and make it available. I haven’t read most of these, so I won’t make any specific recommendations, but I would welcome feedback or additions to the list.

  • Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart
Type Book
Author Vera B. Williams
Edition Reprint edition
Publisher Greenwillow Books
ISBN 0060571829
Date March 2, 2004
Library Catalog Amazon.com
Language English
Date Added 9/9/2013, 11:00:44 AM
Modified 9/9/2013, 11:00:44 AM
  • Tags:
    • Adversity
    • Ages 7+
    • Chapter Book
    • Class
    • Gender
    • Grade 2-7
    • Parent in Prison
    • Poetry
    • Prisons
    • Strong Female

 

  • Bronxwood
Type Book
Author Coe Booth
Edition Reprint edition
Publisher Push
ISBN 9780439925358
Date October 29, 2013
Library Catalog Amazon.com
Language English
Abstract The anticipated return to Tyrell’s story, now in paperback!Tyrell’s father is just out of jail, and Tyrell doesn’t know how to deal with that. It’s bad enough that his brother Troy is in foster care and that his mother is no help whatsoever. Now there’s another thing up in his face, just when he’s trying to settle down. Tyrell’s father has plans of his own, and doesn’t seem to care whether or not Tyrell wants to go along with them. Tyrell can see the crash that’s coming — with his dad, with the rest of his family, with the girls he’s seeing — but he’s not sure he can stop it. Or if he even wants to.
# of Pages 336
Date Added 5/12/2014, 2:44:08 PM
Modified 5/12/2014, 2:44:08 PM
  • Tags:
    • Fiction
    • Parent in Prison
    • Prisons
    • Urban
    • Young Adult

 

  • Gringolandia: a novel
Type Book
Author Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Place Willimantic, CT
Publisher Curbstone Press
ISBN 9781931896498 1931896496
Date 2009
Library Catalog Open WorldCat
Language English
Abstract In 1986, when seventeen-year-old Daniel’s father arrives in Madison, Wisconsin, after five years of torture as a political prisoner in Chile, Daniel and his eighteen-year-old “gringa” girlfriend, Courtney, use different methods to help this bitter, self-destructive stranger who yearns to return home and continue his work.
Short Title Gringolandia
Date Added 11/26/2013, 1:58:19 PM
Modified 11/26/2013, 1:58:19 PM
  • Tags:
    • Activist
    • Chile
    • Fiction
    • Hispanic American
    • Historical Fiction
    • Human Rights
    • Oppression
    • Parent in Prison
    • Prisons
    • Young Adult

 

  • Harry Sue
Type Book
Author Sue Stauffacher
Place New York
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN 0375832742 9780375832741 0375932747 9780375932748
Date 2005
Library Catalog Open WorldCat
Language English
Abstract Although tough-talking Harry Sue would like to start a life of crime in order to be “sent up” and find her incarcerated mother, she must first protect the children at her neglectful grandmother’s home day care center and befriend a paralyzed boy.
Date Added 12/10/2013, 10:49:54 AM
Modified 12/10/2013, 10:49:54 AM
  • Tags:
    • Ages 8-12
    • Class
    • Fiction
    • Grade 3-7
    • Middle-Grade Reader
    • Parent in Prison
    • Prisons
    • Strong Female

 

  • I am a taxi
Type Book
Author Deborah Ellis
Place Toronto
Publisher Groundwood Books
ISBN 9780888997357 0888997353 9780888997364 0888997361
Date 2006
Library Catalog Open WorldCat
Language English
Abstract Living with his family in a prison in Bolivia due to his parents’ convictions for drug trafficking, twelve-year-old Diego does his best to live a normal life, but when his mother receives additional fines, Diego risks everything to earn quick money.
Date Added 9/12/2013, 3:24:12 PM
Modified 9/12/2013, 3:24:12 PM
  • Tags:
    • Ages 10-14
    • Bolivia
    • Canadian
    • Class
    • Drugs
    • Grade 4-9
    • Hard Times
    • Parent in Prison
    • Poverty
    • Prisons
    • South America
    • Survival
    • War On Drugs

 

  • Jakeman
Type Book
Author Deborah Ellis
Edition 1 edition
Place Markham, Ont.
Publisher Fitzhenry and Whiteside
ISBN 9781550415735
Date April 10, 2007
Library Catalog Amazon
Language English
Abstract Diamond Willow Award nominee, 2008 Silver Birch Fiction shortlist, 2007 CLA Children’s Book of the Year Award 2008 shorlist VOYA’s Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers list, 2007 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award Jake and his sister Shoshona have been under foster care since their single mother was arrested for possession and trafficking three years before. Both have found their own ways to cope: Shoshona has become a bossy mother figure; Jake, who is a budding comic book artist, has created an alter ego named Jakeman. And unbeknownst to his sister, Jake continues his one-man letter-writing campaign to the Governor, pleading for clemency for their mom. Along with an assortment of nervous, angry, and damaged kids, Jake and Shoshona take a community-provided school bus four times a year on the long overnight journey through New York State to visit their mother in jail. This time will be like no other trip they’ve ever taken. Their adult chaperones contract food poisoning on the way back and must be dropped off at a hospital. And their driver, refusing to wait for another adult to replace their chaperones, sets off again with only the kids and a hidden bottle of booze in tow. In no time they are off the main highway and lost. And their driver, now staggering drunk, abandons the kids and walks off, leaving them in the middle of nowhere. Angry and sick to death of a system that has deserted them at every turn, Shoshana takes the wheel. And through a series of crazy side trips, Jake and the others hatch a plan to visit the Governor’s mother. And when the old lady sees that her son has dismissed Jake’s appeals and refused to even reply, she helps them face off with the Governor himself. Jake and the others find themselves at a photo opportunity that ends in tragedy even as it gives the long-abandoned kids a forum to be heard at long last.
# of Pages 192
Date Added 6/2/2015, 10:33:40 AM
Modified 6/2/2015, 10:33:40 AM
  • Tags:
    • African American
    • Ages 8-12
    • Class
    • Middle-Grade Reader
    • Parent in Prison
    • Poverty
    • Prisons
    • Race
    • Siblings
    • Urban

 

  • Kofi’s Mom
Type Book
Author Richard Dyches
Contributor Edwin Garcia
Contributor Roger Sheffer
Place Berryville, AR
Publisher Children Left Behind
ISBN 9780982920329
Date October 8, 2010
Library Catalog Amazon
Language English
Abstract Kofi’s Mom is a story about Kofi whose mother is sent to prison. It explores his feelings of loss and confusion. Through friends at school, Kofi begins to talk about his mom and to look forward to her return.
# of Pages 24
Date Added 6/2/2015, 10:51:39 AM
Modified 6/2/2015, 10:51:39 AM
  • Tags:
    • African American
    • Mothers
    • Mother-Son
    • Parent in Prison
    • Picturebook

 

  • Mama loves me from away
Type Book
Author Pat Brisson
Author Laurie A Caple
Place Honesdale, Pa.
Publisher Boyds Mills Press
ISBN 1563979667 9781563979668
Date 2004
Library Catalog Open WorldCat
Language English
Abstract When a mother and daughter are separated by the mother’s incarceration, they find a special way to keep their loving relationship alive.
Date Added 12/9/2013, 12:00:43 PM
Modified 12/9/2013, 12:00:43 PM
  • Tags:
    • Ages 4-8
    • Birthdays
    • Grade PK+
    • Mother-Daughter
    • Mothers
    • Parent in Prison
    • Picturebook
    • Prisons

 

  • My Daddy Is in Jail: Story, Discussion Guide, and Small Group Activities for Grades K-5
Type Book
Author Janet M. Bender
Place Chapin, SC
Publisher YouthLight, Inc.
ISBN 9781889636481
Date November 2003
Library Catalog Amazon
Language English
Abstract “My Daddy is in Jail” is a long overdue resource for helping children cope with the incarceration of a loved one. It includes a read-aloud story, discussion guide, caregiver suggestions and optional small group counseling activities. With this book, helping professionals, and other caring adults, will fid themselves better equipped to provide information and support to these vulnerable children and their families
Short Title My Daddy Is in Jail
# of Pages 53
Date Added 6/2/2015, 10:45:05 AM
Modified 6/2/2015, 10:45:05 AM
  • Tags:
    • Early Reader
    • Fathers
    • Grade K-5
    • Parent in Prison

 

  • Queenie Peavy
Type Book
Author Robert Burch
Edition Reissue edition
Publisher Puffin
ISBN 0140323058
Date August 1, 1987
Library Catalog Amazon.com
Language English
Date Added 9/9/2013, 11:16:29 AM
Modified 12/16/2013, 10:34:30 AM
  • Tags:
    • Ages 10+
    • Fathers
    • Grade 5+
    • Great Depression
    • Historical Fiction
    • LM 850L
    • Middle-Grade Reader
    • Parent in Prison
    • Prisons
    • Strong Female

 

  • Secret Saturdays
Type Book
Author Torrey Maldonado
Edition Reprint edition
Publisher Puffin
ISBN 9780142417478
Date April 12, 2012
Library Catalog Amazon.com
Language English
Abstract An urban novel with the power and intensity of Walter Dean Myers’s books Sean is Justin’s best friend – or at least Justin thought he was. But lately Sean has been acting differently. He’s been telling lies, getting into trouble at school, hanging out with a tougher crowd, even getting into fights. When Justin finally discovers that Sean’s been secretly going to visit his father in prison and is dealing with the shame of that, Justin wants to do something to help before his friend spirals further out of control. But will trying to save Sean jeopardize their friendship? Should Justin risk losing his best friend in order to save him?
# of Pages 208
Date Added 4/14/2014, 9:58:54 AM
Modified 4/14/2014, 9:58:54 AM
  • Tags:
    • African American
    • Ages 12+
    • Friendship
    • Grade 7+
    • Hispanic American
    • Homophobia
    • LGBTQ
    • Masculinity
    • Mixed Heritage
    • Parent in Prison
    • Prisons
    • Projects
    • Puerto Rico
    • Urban
    • Young Adult

 

  • The Night Dad Went to Jail: What to Expect When Someone You Love Goes to Jail
Type Book
Author Melissa Higgins
Contributor Wednesday Kirwan
Place Mankato, MN
Publisher Picture Window Books
ISBN 9781479521425
Date August 1, 2013
Library Catalog Amazon
Language English
Abstract When someone you love goes to jail, you might feel lost, scared, and even mad. What do you do? No matter who your loved one is, this story can help you through the tough times.
Short Title The Night Dad Went to Jail
# of Pages 24
Date Added 6/2/2015, 10:44:03 AM
Modified 6/2/2015, 10:44:03 AM
  • Tags:
    • Ages 5-8
    • Fathers
    • Grade 2-3
    • LM 470L
    • Parent in Prison
    • Picturebook
    • Prisons

 

  • Two of every 100
Type Book
Author Dr Richard W. Dyches Ph.D
Place Berryville, AR
Publisher Children Left Behind
ISBN 9780982920336
Date October 18, 2010
Library Catalog Amazon
Language English
Abstract There are lots of kids who have a parent in prison. In fact, 2 out of every 100 kids in America have a parent in prison. In a group of 100 kids, could you pick out which two have a parent in prison? Of course you can’t. Kids who have a parent in prison look just like any other kid!!! These children have special needs which they often have trouble verbalizing. The exercises in the workbook are designed to be conversation starters to facilitate their talking about their concerns and feelings.
# of Pages 52
Date Added 6/2/2015, 10:54:50 AM
Modified 6/2/2015, 10:54:50 AM
  • Tags:
    • Non-Fiction
    • Parent in Prison

 

  • Visiting day
Type Book
Author Jacqueline Woodson
Author James Ransome
Place New York
Publisher Scholastic Press
ISBN 0590400053 9780590400053 0590552627 9780590552622
Date 2002
Library Catalog Open WorldCat
Language English
Abstract A young girl and her grandmother visit the girl’s father in prison.
Date Added 11/28/2013, 4:34:39 PM
Modified 11/28/2013, 4:34:39 PM
  • Tags:
    • African American
    • Ages 4+
    • Father and Daughter
    • Fathers
    • Parent in Prison
    • Picturebook

 

  • What Will Happen to Me: Every Night, Approximately Three Million Children Go To Bed With A Parent In Prison
Type Book
Author Howard Zehr
Place Intercourse, PA
Publisher Good Books
ISBN 9781561486892
Date November 1, 2010
Library Catalog Amazon
Language English
Abstract What is life like for a child who has a parent in prison? This book brings together photographic portraits of 30 children whose parents are incarcerated, along with their thoughts and reflections, in their own words. As Taylor says, “I want other kids to know that, even though your parents are locked up, they’re not bad people. “And I want them to know that we’ll get through it. As long as we have someone there to help us, we can get through it. It makes you stronger.”           The material in “What Will Happen to Me?” has been gathered and written by two nationally-recognized experts. Howard Zehr is known around the world as the “grandfather of restorative justice.” He lectures and consults internationally on that topic and related issues. He is currently a member of the Victims Advisory Group of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.           Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz travels the U.S. doing mediation work in severe crime cases. She provides consulting and training for agencies and communities seeking to implement programs of restorative justice. This book of portraits and text includes: Reflections of several grandparents who are unexpectedly parenting children whose parents are incarcerated. “Ten Questions Often Asked by Children.” “Dealing with Emotions”—including grief and loss, shame and stigma, anger and isolation. Resources for “Staying in Touch,” “Finding Moments of Celebration,” “Adjusting to a Parent’s Return,” “Self-Care for Family Caregivers,” and “Suggestions for Third-Party Caregivers.” “The Children’s Bill of Rights,” along with thoughtful consideration about how to apply restorative justice and respect for relationships in these difficult situations.
Short Title What Will Happen to Me
# of Pages 94
Date Added 6/2/2015, 10:55:47 AM
Modified 6/2/2015, 10:55:47 AM
  • Tags:
    • Grade 7+
    • Non-Fiction
    • Parent in Prison

 

  • When Andy’s Father Went to Prison
Type Book
Author Martha Whitmore Hickman
Editor Abby Levine
Contributor Larry Raymond
Edition Revised edition
Place Niles, Ill
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company
ISBN 9780807588741
Date June 1990
Library Catalog Amazon
Language English
Abstract When Andy’s father is sent to prison for robbery and the family moves to be near him, Andy is afraid of what the kids at his new school will think.
# of Pages 40
Date Added 6/2/2015, 10:53:35 AM
Modified 6/2/2015, 10:53:35 AM
  • Tags:
    • Father and Son
    • Fathers
    • Grade K-5
    • Parent in Prison
    • Picturebook

 

  • When dad was away
Type Book
Author Liz Weir
Author Karin Littlewood
Place London
Publisher Frances Lincoln Children’s
ISBN 9781845079130 1845079132
Date 2013
Library Catalog Open WorldCat
Language English
Abstract When Milly’s dad is sent to prison, she feels angry and confused. She can’t believe her dad won’t be at home to read her stories. But soon Mum takes Milly and her brother Sam to visit Dad in prison, and a week later a special package arrives at home – a CD of Milly’s favourite animal stories, read especially for her by Dad.
Date Added 4/10/2014, 12:34:48 PM
Modified 4/10/2014, 12:34:48 PM
  • Tags:
    • Ages 5-8
    • Family
    • Fathers
    • Grade K-3
    • Parent in Prison
    • Picturebook
    • Prisons
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