Here to Help: Books about Incarceration

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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.

When someone is incarcerated, a child may feel angry, sad, or confused. These books for young children encourage discussion and talk about what to expect.

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.

Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me

A boy wakes up one morning to find his father gone. At first, he feels lost. But his father has left him a letter filled with advice to guide him through the times he cannot be there.

Mama Loves Me from Away

When a mother and daughter are separated by the mother’s incarceration, they find a special way to keep their loving relationship alive.

Missing Daddy

A little girl who misses her father because he’s away in prison shares how his absence affects different parts of her life. Her greatest excitement is the days when she gets to visit her beloved father.

Visiting Day

A young girl and her grandmother visit the girl’s father in prison.