Reading Resources About Child Abuse

Ages 4-8

  • My Imaginary Friend by Shirley Povondra

  • My Body Is Private by Linda Walvoord Girard and Rodney Pate

  • Your Body Belongs To You by Cornelia Maude Spelman and Teri Weidner

  • A Terrible Thing Happened: A Book for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence or Trauma by Margaret M. Holmes, Sasha J. Mudlaff and Cary Pillo

  • I Wish the Hitting Would Stop: A Domestic Violence Education Program For Older Elementary Age Children by Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo

  • I Can’t Talk About It: A Child’s Book About Sexual Abuse by Doris Sanford and Graci Evans

  • Hitting and Hurting: A Child’s Guide to Preventing Physical Abuse by Frank MacHovec and Kevin Klein

  • No More Secrets For Me: Sexual Abuse Is A Secret No Child Should Have to Keep by Oralee Wachter and Jane Aaron

  • The Star: A Story to Help Young Children Understand Foster Care by Cynthia Miller Lovell and Angie J. Przystas

  • Tears of Joy by Ellen Anderson

  • Those Are MY Private Parts by Diane Hansen

  • Uncle Willy’s Tickles: A Child’s Right To Say No by Marcie Aboff and Kathleen Gartner

  • Words Hurt: Helping Children Cope With Verbal Abuse by Chris Loftis and Catherine Gallagher

  • Not In Room 204 by Shannon Riggs

  • To Sleep With the Angels by H. Elizabeth Collins and Judy Kuusisto

  • I Know the World’s Worst Secret: A Child’s Book About Living With An Alcoholic Parent by Doris Sanford and Graci Evans

  • Let’s Talk About Alcohol Abuse by Marianne Johnston

  • My Body Is Special: A Family Book About Sexual Abuse by Cynthia Geisen and R.W. Alley

  • Do You Have A Secret? How To Get Help For Scary Secrets by Pamela Russell

  • Mia’s Secret by Peter Ledwon

  • Don’t Hurt Me, Mama by Muriel Stanek and Helen Cogancherry

  • A Very Touching Book…for Little People and for Big People by Jan Hindman

  • It’s Not Your Fault by Judith A. Jance

  • Loving Touches by Lory Freeman


  • Ages 9-12
  • No More Hurt: A Child’s Workbook about Recovering from Abuse by Wendy Deaton and Kendall Johnson

  • Child Abuse: “Why Do My Parents Hit Me?” by Kaye Havelin

  • Know About Abuse by Margaret O. Hyde

  • Feeling Safe, Feeling Strong: How To Avoid Sexual Abuse and What To Do If It Happens To You by Susan Neiburg Terkel and Janice E. Rench

  • Call Me Hope by Gretchen Olson

  • What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman

  • I Told My Secret: A Book For Kids Who Were Abused by Eliana Gil


  • Young Adult
  • Strong At Heart: How It Feels To Heal From Sexual Abuse by Carolyn Lehman and Laura Davis

  • Straight Talk About Child Abuse by Susan Mufson and Rachel Kranz

  • Safe At Last: A Handbook for Recovery from Abuse by David J. Schopick and Suzanne Burr

  • When Something Feels Wrong: A Survival Guide About Abuse for Young People by Deanna S. Pledge

  • Finding Safety: Boundaries for Teenagers: How To Recognize and Protect Yourself From Abuse by Carole Marlowe

  • Coping With Verbal Abuse by Janet Grosshandler

  • Sexual Abuse: Let’s Talk About It by Margaret O. Hyde

  • Are You In the House Alone? By Richard Peck


  • These are Suggested Reading and The We Care for Kids Council is not responsible for the content of these books in any way.