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Alateen-Hope for Children of Alcoholics. Virginia Beach, VA: Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., updated 2003.

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.

Courage to Be Me: Living With Alcoholism. 1996. Al-Anon, Headquaters, Virginia Beach, VA. Educates about alcoholism as well as how Alateen functions. For ages 11 to adult.

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.

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.

Kids' Power Too! Words to Grow By. Jerry Moe, Cathy Brown and Betty LaPorte. ImaginWorks, 1996. A page for each day for young COAs. Gives a message of hope affirmations and suggestions about self care and choices.

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.

Books and Other Materials for Parents to use with Their Children
For children:

Black, Claudia My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has a Disease. MAC Publishing, Denver, CO, 1982.

Crosbie, Karol Mom and Me. Community Intervention, Minneapolis, MN, 1989.

Fettig, Art The Three Robots Learn about Drugs. Growth Unlimited, Inc., Battle Creek, MI, 1987.

Figueroa, Ronaldo Pablito's Secret/El Secreto de Pablito. Health Communications, Inc., Deerfield Beach, FL, 1984.

Hall, Lindsey and Leigh Cohn Dear Kids of Alcoholics. Gurze Books, Carlsbad, CA, 1988.

Hammond, Mary and Lynnann Chestnut My Mom Doesn't Look Like an Alcoholic. Health Communications, Inc., Deerfield Beach, Fl, 1984.

Jance, Judith A. Welcome Home: A Child's View of Alcoholism. Charles Franklin Press, Edmonds, WA, 1986.

Kenny, Kevin and Helen Krull Sometimes My Mom Drinks Too Much. Raintree Children's Books, Milwaukee, WI, 1980.

Palmer, Pat The Mouse, the Monster and Me: Assertiveness for Young People. Impact Publishers, San Luis Obispo, CA, 1977.

Seixas, Judith S. Alcohol: What It Is, What It Does. Greenwillow Books, New York, NY, 1979.

Seixas, Judith S. Drugs, What They Are, What They Do. Greenwillow Books, New York, NY, 1987.

Stanek, Muriel Don't Hurt Me, Mama. Albert Whitmen, and Co., Niles, IL, 1983.

Typpo, Marion H. and Jill M. Hastings An Elephant in the Living Room. CompCare Publications, Minneapolis, MN, 1984.

For adolescents:

Al-Anon Family Groups Alateen-Hope for Children of Alcoholics. Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Virginia Beach, VA 2003.

Al-Anon Family Groups Youth and the Alcoholic Family. Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Virginia Beach, VA 2003.

Balcerzak, Ann M. Hope for Young People with Alcoholic Parents. Hazelden Educational Materials, Center City, MN, 1981.

Hornick-Beer, Edith Lynn A Teenager's Guide to Living with an Alcoholic Parent. Hazelden Educational Materials, Center City, MN, 1984.

If You Think Your Parent Drinks Too Much, Here's Something You Should Think About from the Children of Alcoholics Foundation, New York, NY, 1992.

Leite, Evelyn and Pamela Espeland Different Like Me: A Book for Teens Who Worry about their Parents' Use of Alcohol/Drugs. Johnson Institute, Minneapolis, MN, 1987.

Morrison, Toni The Bluest Eye. Pocket Books, Simon and Schuster, Inc., New York, NY, 1972.

Porterfield, Kay Marie Coping with an Alcoholic Parent. The Rosen Publishing Group, New York, NY, 1985.

Porterfield, Kay Marie Familiar Strangers. Hazelden Foundation, Center City, MN, 1984.

Ryerson, Eric When Your Parent Drinks Too Much: A Book for Teenagers. Facts on File, New York, NY, 1985.

Scales, Cynthia G. Potato Chips for Breakfast. Quotidian Press, Rockaway, NJ, 1986.

Seixas, Judith Living with a Parent Who Drinks Too Much. Greenwillow Books, New York, NY, 1979.

Simon, Sidney Vulture: A Modern Allegory in the Art of Putting Oneself Down. Argus Communications, Niles, IL, 1977.

Books on Family Alcoholism:

Ackerman, Robert J., ed. Growing in the Shadow: Children of Alcoholics. Health Communications, Inc. Deerfield Beach, FL, 1986

Ackerman, Robert J. Same House, Different Homes: Why Adult Children of Alcoholics Are Not All the Same. Health Communications, Inc., Deerfield Beach, Fl, 1987.

Black, Claudia It Will Never Happen to Me. MAC Publishing, Denver CO 1982.

Black, Claudia Changing Course. MAC Publishing, Denver, CO, 1994.

Dean, Amy E. Once Upon a Time. Hazelden Educational Materials, Center City, MN, 1987.

Deutsch, Charles Broken Bottles, Broken Dreams. Teachers College Press, New York, NY, 1982.


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