JUST FOR KIDS
You can take this list to the library, and ask the librarian if they have any of these books. If they haven't, you might ask if they are at another library. If they are, sometimes the librarian can get an "inter-library" loan for you. Maybe the library might think about getting them for their own library.
Alateen-Hope for Children of Alcoholics. Virginia Beach: Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., 1980.
Brown Bottle: A Fable for Children of All Ages. Penny Jones, Center City, MN: Hazelden Foundation, 1983. Presents an allegory of alcoholism in the illustrated story of Charlie the caterpillar who leaves the caterpillar kingdom to follow the glow of the brown bottle.
The Cat Who Drank Too Much. LeClair Bissell and Richard Watherwax. Bantam, CT: Bibulophile Press, 1982. Twenty captioned black and white photos that relate the story of a kitten that was obsessed with drinking, reflecting the behavior and feelings of many alcoholics.
Courage to Be Me-Living with Alcoholism.
Virginia Beach. Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, inc., 1996.
An Elephant in the Living Room, The Children's Book. M.H. Typpo and J.M. Hastings Minneapolis, MN: Compcare Publications, 1984. A program designed to help children from seven years to early adolescence cope with the problems of living with a problem drinking or drug-abusing parent or sibling. The leader's guide is primarily for adults working with children in groups. The children's book uses a workbook format with line drawings.
My Dad Loves Me, My Dad has a Disease. Claudia Black. Denver, CO: M.A C. Printing, 1979. A workbook designed to help young children learn about themselves, their feelings, and the disease of alcoholism in their families through art therapy. Children between the ages of six and fourteen share what it is like for them to live in an alcoholic family.
Something's Wrong in My House. Katherine Leiner. New York: Franklin Watts, 1988. About domestic violence and alcoholism and how it affects children. Acknowledges the universal feelings of fear, anger, and hopelessness, and looks for ways to cope.
Think of Wind. Catherine Mercury. Rochester, NY: One Big Press. A simply stated story about how alcoholism impacts families. An excellent resources for teachers and parents to use with young children, and older children to read on their own.
Have You Ever Been A Child? (Hints for children and adults) Leslie Gebhart. Palm Springs, CA: Trineheart Publishers. A great book for parents and teachers to use with children, and older children to use on their own. Simple illustrations with hope-filled messages give inspiration to children of all ages. Ordering information: 1-800-898-7884.
Phone NumbersRemember that these calls won't cost you anything because they have an
area code of "800". Be sure to dial the "1" first.
Boystown National Hotline 1-800-448-3000
CHILDHELP USA Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4453 Press 1 to talk with a counselor
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK(8255)
National Runaway Switchboard 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)