Here to Help: Books about Child Abuse

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By sharing stories together and having conversations about the books you read, you can help young children understand the world around them. Seeing diverse experiences represented in books helps children to explore their own identities and develop empathy for others.

Inappropriate touching, personal boundaries, and the importance of informing an adult are difficult topics that are discussed in this list of books for young children about child abuse.

Not every book is available at all locations, but any title can be requested. The children’s librarian at your neighborhood library is also here to help, with suggestions for additional titles on topics of interest–or feel free to suggest some titles to us.  New books are always being added to the collection. You can find more Here to Help booklists on different topics by clicking here.

Let's Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent & Respect

Explores concepts of body boundaries in a child-friendly and easily understood manner, employing familiar scenarios for children to engage with and discuss. Includes discussion questions for parents, caregivers, and educators.

My Body! What I Say Goes!

Uses age-appropriate illustrations and engaging text to teach children the following crucial and empowering skills in personal body safety: identifying safe and unsafe feelings, recognizing early warning signs, developing a safety network, using the correct names for private parts, understanding the difference between safe and unsafe touch, understanding the difference between secrets and surprises, and respecting body boundaries. Includes discussion questions for parents, caregivers, and educators.

Not in Room 204

A teacher tells the children in her class to talk to an adult if they are being sexually abused.

Our Gracie Aunt

When a brother and sister are taken to stay with their mother’s sister because their mother neglects them, they wonder if they will see their mother again.