Family Using a Tablet
Stones of Meaning
Online Communication
Grandpa and Grandchild Having Fun
Happy family
Family Guides
  • The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated

  • Sesame Street in Communities: Coping with Incarceration videos and activities for children and families

  • National Institute of Corrections: Families of Inmates

  • The National Reentry Resource Center

  • Prison Fellowship

  • Friends and Families of Incarcerated Persons

  • The Marshall Project: Families of the Incarcerated

  • The Fortune Society:  An organization for reentry advocacy.

  • Forever Family

  • KidsMates

  • Rainbows for all Children

  • Save Kids of Incarcerated Parents

  • Volunteers of America: Correctional Re-entry Services

  • Topics for Children of Incarcerated Parents

  • Assisting Families of Inmates


Videos for Children 

Sesame Street: Little Children, Big Challenges:  What is Incarceration?

Sesame Street: Little Children, Big Challenges:  Sophia Remembers

Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration
Visiting Dad in Prison

Sesame Street: Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration
Murray Talks With Nylo







Book List for Children Ages 3-12

  • Kofi’s Mom by Richard Dyches (ages 3-5)

  • Andy: Another new dad-less year by Amanda Florence-Houk (ages 3-5)

  • What is Jail, Mommy? & Mami, Que Es Una Carcel? By Jackie Stanglin (ages 3-8)

  • Far Apart, Close in Heart: Being a Family when a Loved One is Incarcerated by Becky Birtha (ages 4-8) 

  • Knock, Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty (ages 5-8)

  • Our Moms by Q. Furtell (ages 5-8)

  • My Daddy is in Jail: Story, discussion guide, and small group activities for grades K-5 by Janet Bender (ages 5-10)

  • Mama Loves Me from Away by Pat Brisson & Laurie Caple (ages 5-8)

  • Kennedy’s Big Visit by Daphne Brooks (ages 5-8)

  • My Daddy’s in Jail by Anthony Curcio (ages 5-10)

  • Two of Every 100 by Richard Dyches (ages 5-10)

  • Doogie’s Dad by Richard Dyches (ages 5-8)

  • Almost Like Visiting by Shannon Ellis & Katrina Tapper (ages 5-10)

  • Help for Kids!: Understanding your feelings about having a parent in prison or jail by Carol Gesme, Michele Kodpfmann, & Lisa Schmoker (ages 5-10)

  • Waiting for Daddy by Jennie Lou Harriman & Kylie Ann Flye (ages 5-8)

  • The Night Dad Went to Jail by Melissa Higgins (ages 5-8)

  • When Dad was Away by Karin Littlewood and Liz Weir (ages 5-8)

  • Someone I Know Lives in Prison by Rebecca Myers (ages 5-8)

  • Welcome Home: Mommy Gets Out Today by Jamantha Williams (ages 5-8)

  • Visiting Day by Jacqueline Woodson & James Ransome (ages 5-8)

  • Daddy’s Big House by Corey Beauford & Marilyn Garin (ages 6-9)

  • Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can't Live With Their Parents by Janice Levy (ages 6-9)

  • A Visit to the Big House by Oliver Butterworth (ages 7-10)

  • Where’s Dad? By Richard Dyches & Korky Paul (ages 8-10)

  • What Do I Say About That?: Coping with an incarcerated parent by Julia Cook (ages 8-12)

  • Everyone Makes Mistakes: Living with my daddy in jail by Madison Strempek (ages 10+)

  • Ruby on the Outside by Nora Raleigh Baskin (ages 11+)

  • The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice (ages 11+)

  • Empowering Children of Incarcerated Parents by Satcey Burgess, Tonia Caselman, & Jennifer Carsey (ages 7-12)

  • Clarissa’s Disappointment by Megan Sullivan (ages 5-12 & parents)

  • Romar Jones Takes a Hike by Jan Walker (ages 11+)

  • An Inmate’s Daughter by Jan Walker (ages 10+)

  • What Will Happen to Me?: Every Night, Approximately Three Million Children Go To Bed With A Parent In Prison By Howard Zehr & Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz  (all ages)

  • A Boy Named Rocky: A coloring book for the children of prisoners by Dr. Janice M. Beal & Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore (all ages) (also titled Rocky’s Road: A coloring book for the children of prisoners)

Book List for Children Ages 12-18

  • Growing Up on 21st Street, Northeast Washington, DC: A memoir by Bryant Mayo (ages 10-18)

  • Wish You Were Here: Teens write about parents in prison by Autumn Spane & Nora McCarthy (ages 14-18)

  • Incarceration: Before, During and After (A Journey of Change) byJ.M. Benjamin (ages 11-18)

  • Teen Guide to Living With Incarcerated Parents: A Self-Help Book for Coping During an Age of Mass Incarceration by Anye Young (teens)

  • Tyrell by Coe Booth (ages 14-17)

Book List for Adults

  • Family Arrested: How to Survive the Incarceration of a Loved One by Ann Edenfield

  • Prisoners of Love: A Guide for Anyone Wanting to Cultivate, Maintain and Strengthen Relationships with Loved Ones During Times of Incarceration by T.K. Cyan-Brock

  • Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison by Shaka Senghor

  • Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones by Hill Harper

  • The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose by Chris Wilson

  • The Prisoner's Wife : A Memoir by Asha Bandele

  • Teen Guide to Living With Incarcerated Parents: A Self-Help Book for Coping During an Age of Mass Incarceration by James Birney


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