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Billy Says. Joanne Alper, $69.00 (6 volumes, sold as a set only)

A set of six full colour picture books guiding children aged 3-8 through the process of fostering and adoption, by focusing on the experiences of a five-year-old girl called Kirsty and her magic doll Billy. Billy helps Kirsty to understand what is happening to her and to make sense of her complicated feelings.

Book 1 "It's not your fault" explores children's feelings when they are living in neglectful families.
Book 2 "You should be taken care of" covers fears around moving into foster care.
Book 3 "Foster carers can help" explains what happens when children move into foster care.
Book 4 "What you think matters" covers courts and the planning process.
Book 5 "Waiting can be hard" focuses on waiting for an adoptive family.
Book 6 "Living as a new family takes practice" explores living with an adoptive family.

This set is ideal for use by social workers, foster carers, adoptive parents and counsellors to help children aged 3-8 to understand the fostering and adoption process and to cope with the complex feelings that can arise.


Building Self-Esteem in Children Who are Adopted or Fostered. Sue Cornbluth, $25.95

How do you give your adopted or fostered child the best opportunities to grow up to be happy, healthy and successful? In this accessible book, psychologist and trauma expert Dr. Sue offers simple advice to those supporting children aged 7+. She explains why adopted or fostered children can often experience self-esteem issues, the impact it can have on their lives, and offers everyday strategies to help the child to move beyond their trauma and develop healthy self-esteem. Ideal for foster and adoptive parents as well as professionals supporting children and families, this book reveals the powerful role you can play in your child's well-being.


The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself. Ali Redford, ilustrated by Kara Simpson, $17.95

Boy hides behind his wall because he doesn't trust people and he knows how it feels to be hurt and let down. That is until Someone Kind arrives on the other side of his wall. This colour picture book will help children aged 4-9 who have experienced trauma, loss or neglect to come to terms with their experiences and to build healthy relationships.

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Caring with Vitality: Yoga and Wellbeing for Foster Carers, Adopters, and Their Families. Andrea Warman & Liz Lark, $27.95

In this positive book Andrea Warman uses her vast experience of work in fostering and adoption to identify the areas of life that many families struggle with and, in partnership with yoga expert Liz Lark and nutritional therapist Alli Godbold, presents everyday, tried and tested strategies to help improve your family life — whether it's encouraging a calm household, improving sleep or simply finding some personal space.

The book describes easy-to-follow mindfulness exercises and yoga poses to suit your needs and the length of time you have to spare, whether you are looking for energy and strength or relaxation and calm. It also shares healthy tips, ideas and recipes — many coming from carers Andrea has met over the years. The authors also reveal how, through shared confidence-building activities like cooking and gardening, families can not only enjoy spending relaxing time together but help children to develop the life skills they need for a healthy future.

Caring with Vitality is an inspiring, practical, accessible read for foster and adoptive families, and can also be used by agencies and related professionals providing support for parents or carers.


Connecting with Kids through Stories: Using Narratives to Facilitate Attachment in Adopted Children, 2nd Edition. Denise Lacher, Todd Nichols & Joanne May, $30.95

Children whose early development has been damaged by abuse or neglect are notoriously difficult to reach. CONNECTING WITH KIDS THROUGH STORIES is an accessible guide to Family Attachment Narrative Therapy for the parents of adopted or fostered children, and for the professionals who work with them. Providing a thorough theoretical grounding, and detailed information on therapeutic techniques and how to assess progress, the book shows parents how to create their own therapeutic stories to promote increased attachment and improved behavior in their child. The authors describe how different kinds of narratives can help with specific difficulties and illustrate their techniques with the story of a fictional family who develop their own narratives to help their adopted child heal.


Creating Compassionate Foster Care: Lessons of Hope from Children and Families in Crisis. Janet Mann & Molly Krethmar-Hendricks, $27.95

Inspired by their relationships with families in crisis, the authors began to rethink the traditional foster care models and developed an innovative practice that afforded birth parents the opportunity to reside, under supervision, with their children during evaluation and treatment. Drawing on over 20 years of work in foster care, along with current attachment research and theory, this book conveys the foster care experience with recommendations for improved models of care and intervention strategies.

Engaging case studies depict the challenging nature of determining the best outcome for a child and of supporting the adult's journey as a parent. Written in a narrative style and supported by in-depth research, this book will aid social workers and foster care professionals to better understand families in crisis and to further develop their practice.

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Cyril Squirrel Finds Out about Love. Jane Evans, illustrated by Izzy Bean, $19.95

Helping children to learn about the ways that love can look, sound or feel, this heart-warming picture book shows some of the many different forms love, friendship and kindness take. Suitable for all children aged 2-6, especially those who may have confused ideas about love, Cyril's adventure includes guidance for adults on how the book can be read with children.


Dancing Through the Snow. Jean Little, $8.99

Min has nothing. No mother. No birth certificate. No baby pictures. Not even a real birthday. The Children’s Aid people just gave her a fake birthday — the date she was found — not seeming to realize it was also the day she was lost. Now, after four different foster families, Min’s not surprised when she’s dumped back with Children’s Aid the week before Christmas. Still, a small part of her can’t help aching for a miracle... and now she’s found an injured dog that needs a miracle too.


The Defiant Child: a Parent’s Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Douglas Riley, $18.95

The Defiant Child guides readers through the difficulties of raising a child or teenager who is attempting to ignore or defeat them at every turn. While it explains how defiant children and teens think, delving deeply into the mistaken ideas that lead them to believe that it is safe to ignore parents and challenge their authority, its chief purpose is to provide parents with a step-by-step plan to regain peace and harmony in the family.

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Elliot. Julie Pearson, Illustrated by Manon Gauthier, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

Elliot’s parents love him very much, but all is not well. When he cries, they do not understand why. When he yells, they do not know what to do. When he misbehaves, they do not know how to react. One day a social worker named Thomas comes to visit, and Elliot’s world turns upside-down.

A gentle, warm-hearted story of one child’s journey through the foster care system in search of a “forever, forever” home.


Families Change: a Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights. Julie Nelson, illustrated by Mary Gallagher, $14.99

All families change over time. Sometimes a baby is born, or a grown-up gets married. And sometimes a child gets a new foster parent or a new adopted mom or dad. Children need to know that when this happens, it’s not their fault. They need to understand that they can remember and value their birth family and love their new family, too. Straightforward words and full-color illustrations offer hope and support for children facing or experiencing change. Includes resources and information for birth parents, foster parents, social workers, counselors, and teachers.


A Family is Family is a Family. Sara O'Leary, illustrated by Qin Leng, $18.95

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One has many stepsiblings, and another has a new baby in the family. As her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them — family of every shape, size and every kind of relation — the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, it is special.

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Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can’t Live with Their Parents. Janice Levy, illustrated by Whitney Martin, $13.50 ages 6-12

Finding the Right Spot is a story for kids who can’t live with their parents, regardless of the circumstances. It’s a story about resilience and loyalty, hope and disappointment, love, sadness and anger too.


Foster Parenting Step-by-Step: How to Nurture the Traumatized Child and Overcome Conflict. Kalyani Gopal, $17.95

When you decide to foster, you are faced with many difficult decisions, dilemmas and questions: How do you navigate the daily struggles of foster parenting? How can you nurture bonds with your foster child who is angry, sad, and defiant? How can you prepare to step back when it's time to let go?

FOSTER PARENTING STEP-BY-STEP is a concise how-to guide to fostering that summarizes what to expect as a foster parent, and gives immediate practical solutions. It outlines the different stages of a fostering relationship, raising common issues encountered at each age and how to tackle them. It also explains the impact of trauma on your child: how this can show itself through challenging behavior and how to respond to it. This book will provide fostering parents with the skills and knowledge to support the needs of the children in foster care. It will be invaluable not just to foster parents but also to those professionals supporting foster placements.

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The Foster Parenting Manual: a Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe and Stable Home. John Degarmo, $17.95

THE FOSTER PARENTING MANUAL is a comprehensive guide offering proven, friendly advice for novice and experienced parents alike. Distilling many years' experience into one book, John DeGarmo combines his own wisdom with that of fellow foster parents. He describes what to expect from the process, how to access help and how to ensure the best care for your child. He tackles thorny issues such as children's use of the Internet and social media, managing contact with birth parents and how to support your child at school. Most importantly, he provides advice designed to help your child feel safe, secure and loved.


The Foster Parenting Toolbox. Edited by Kim Phagan-Hansel, $33.95

A practical, hands-on approach to parenting children in foster care, THE FOSTER PARENTING TOOLBOX provides the collected wisdom, experience, advice, and support of others who’ve walked in the same shoes.


Foster Parents. Rebecca Rissman, $8.95

With beautiful photographs and simple text, this lovely picture book explains foster care and foster parents and how all families are different to young children.

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The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans: How to Decode Their Behavior, Develop Unshakeable Trust, and Raise a Respectable Adult. Josh Shipp, $33.50

In 2015, Harvard researchers found that every child who does well in the face of adversity has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. But Josh Shipp didn’t need Harvard to know that. Once an at-risk foster kid, he was headed straight for trouble until he met the man who changed his life: Rodney, the foster parent who refused to quit on Shipp and got him to believe in himself.

Now, in The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans, Shipp shows all of us how to be that caring adult in a teenager’s life. Stressing the need for compassion, trust, and encouragement, he breaks down the phases of a teenage human from sixth to twelfth grade, examining the changes, goals, and mentality of teenagers at each stage. Shipp offers revelatory stories that take us inside the teen brain, and shares wisdom from top professionals and the most expert grown-ups. Written in Shipp’s playfully authoritative, no-nonsense voice, The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans tells his story and unpacks practical strategies that can make a difference. Ultimately, it's not about shortcuts or magic words — as Shipp reminds us, it’s about investing in kids and giving them the love, time, and support they need to thrive. And that means every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.


A Guide to Therapeutic Child Care: What You Need to Know to Create a Healing Home. Ruth Emond, Laura Steckley & Autumn Roesch-Marsh, $31.95

A Guide to Therapeutic Child Care provides an easy to read explanation of the secrets that lie behind good quality therapeutic child care. It describes relevant theories, the 'invisible' psychological challenges that children will often struggle with and how to develop a nurturing relationship and build trust. Combining advice with practical strategies, the book also provides specific guidance on how to create safe spaces (both physical and relational) and how to aid the development of key social or emotional skills for children which may be lacking as a result of early trauma.

Written with input from foster carers, the book is an ideal guide for residential child care workers, foster carers, kinship carers, social workers and new adoptive parents.

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Happy Families: a Parents’ Guide to the Non-Violent Resistance Approach. Carmelite Avraham-Krehwinkel & David Aldridge, $17.95

Parenting a severely disruptive child can be exhausting and demoralizing to the point where breaking the cycle of bad behaviour seems an impossible task. Happy Families offers a realistic, step-by-step, practical approach to tackling destructive behaviour that helps parents regain control and establish harmony within the family.

Using hands-on techniques based on the principles of non-violent resistance, each chapter deals with a different stage of the process - from communicating to the child an unwavering determination that the situation will change and enlisting the support of family and friends, to taking positive action in a way that avoids escalation. General advice such as how to respond constructively and consistently to provocation is included throughout, and morale-boosting tips encourage flagging parents to persevere with the approach.


Helping Foster Children in School: a Guide for Foster Parents, Social Workers, and Teachers. John DeGarmo, $29.95

Helping Foster Children In School explores the challenges that foster children face in schools and offers positive and practical guidance tailored to help the parents, teachers and social workers supporting them. 

Children in care often perform poorly at school both in terms of their behavior and their academic performance, with many failing to complete their education. They will have often experienced trauma or neglect which can result in a number of developmental delays. By looking at why children in foster care do not perform as well as their counterparts, John DeGarmo, who has fostered more than 40 children, provides easy-to-use strategies to target the problems commonly faced. He emphasizes the importance of an open dialogue between teacher, parent and social worker, to ensure that everyone is working jointly to achieve the best outcome for the child. 


A Home for Ruby: Helping Children Adjust to New Families. PJ Neer, $13.95

Ruby, a spirited horse, never felt loved by her previous owners. She misbehaved all the time and eventually each owner sent her off to a different farm. One day she arrived at Meadow Green, a wonderful farm with many other horses. She thought for sure that she would be sent away again to another farm, so she continued to misbehave there. Jen was Ruby’s new owner and, through patience, Jen and Ruby became best friends. It took some time but Ruby realized that bad behavior was not the right way to get attention. Ruby learned that her new home with her new family was exactly where she wanted to be.

Through Ruby, children will see the importance of relationships and how to get along with a new family. At the end of the book there are helpful tips to open up discussions for parents, educators and children on adjusting to a new home.

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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, 30th Anniversary Edition. Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish, $21.00; Audiobook (CD format) $39.99

Updated with new insights from the next generation, this bestselling book gives you the know-how you need to be more effective with your children — and more supportive of yourself.

The down-to-earth, respectful approach of Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding. Now, in this revised edition, Faber and Mazlish share their latest insights and suggestions based on feedback they've received over the years. Their methods of communication — illustrated with delightful cartoons showing the skills in action—offer innovative ways to solve common problems.


I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from Their Parents. Michael Ungar, $24.99

Family therapist Michael Ungar, internationally-renowned for his work on child and youth resilience, takes us into his world each Wednesday, when he meets with three families with very troubled children. In the book, Michael shares nine things that all troubled kids need from their parents that will help them turn their lives around and flourish: 

  • Structure
  • Consequences 
  • Parent-child connections
  • Lots of peer and adult relationships 
  • A powerful identity 
  • A sense of control
  • A sense of belonging, spirituality, and life purpose 
  • Fair and just treatment by others 
  • Safety and support

Hopeful in tone, and using knowledge gathered from Michael's work around the world, the book shows that it is never too late to help our children change and reconnect with those who will always love them.

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Improving Sensory Processing in Traumatized Children: Practical Ideas to Help Your Child's Movement, Coordination, and Body Awareness. Sarah Lloyd, $19.95

Early trauma and neglect can have a profound effect upon a child's development. Sensory integration theory offers a way of understanding how the brain processes and stores movement experience, and how these experiences manifest at a physical and emotional level. This book explains how early movement experiences affect brain development and gives examples of how trauma can prevent basic sensory processing pathways from being correctly established. It shows how you can identify gaps in normal sensory development and offers ideas for how you can use physical activities to help build up the underdeveloped systems. Good bodily awareness forms the foundation of motor development as well as social and emotional skills and learning. This book will help your child to be more in tune with themselves and their bodies and feel more comfortable in their environment.

Highly accessible with lots of practical tips and examples, this book is written for adoptive and foster parents, and will also be useful for social workers, fostering and adoption workers and those working in primary and early years educational settings.


Jakeman. Deborah Ellis, $11.95 (novel, pre-teen)

Jake and his sister Shoshona have been in foster care since their single mother was arrested three years before. Both have found their own ways to cope: Shoshona has become a bossy mother figure; Jake, who is a budding comic book artist, has created an alter ego named Jakeman. Four times a year Jake and his sister take the long overnight journey through New York State to visit their mother in jail - along with an assortment of nervous, angry, and damaged kids on the way to visit their own mothers.

But this trip will be like no other trip they've ever taken.


Jason’s Why. Beth Goobie, $8.95

Jason’s mom says he is a problem, and puts him in a group home. Now Jason has to live with boys and grown-ups he doesn’t know. There’s a bug bubble of mad inside Jason. It makes him yell and throw things. Jason wants to be good and move home again, but the mad bubble just won’t go away.

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Keeping Foster Children Safe Online: Positive Strategies to Prevent Cyberbullying, Inappropriate Contact, and Other Digital Dangers. John DeGarmo, $22.95

Foster children are more likely than other children to be involved in risky activities online due to backgrounds of neglect and abuse, an absence of supportive adults, lower self-esteem, and greater exposure to drugs and alcohol. Covering all the dangers of online technology that your foster child might encounter, from cyberbullying and "sexting", to child grooming and online hoaxes, this book pays particular attention to dangers unique to foster families, such as the difficulties internet access poses for maintaining formal arrangements for contact with birth families.

DeGarmo equips foster parents and professionals with strategies to keep foster children safe online, giving tips on establishing expectations for internet usage, advice on how to prevent inappropriate contact and protect personal information, and explaining the importance of "netiquette". An indispensable guide to negotiating online dangers, this is required reading for all foster families as well as residential child care workers, social workers and other professionals working with children in care.


The Kids are All Right: a Memoir. Diana Welch, Liz Welch, Dan Welch & Amanda Welch, $29.99

Perfect is boring.” Well, 1983 certainly wasn't boring for the Welch family. Somehow, between their handsome father’s mysterious death, their glamorous soap opera star mother’s cancer diagnosis, and a phalanx of lawyers intent on bankruptcy proceedings, the four Welch siblings managed to handle each new heartbreaking misfortune together. But all that changed with the death of their mother. While nineteen year-old Amanda was legally on her own, the three younger siblings — Liz, 16; Dan, 14 and Diana, 8 — were each dispersed to a different set of family friends.

Told in the alternating voices of the four siblings, this memoir tells their poignant, harrowing story of growing up as lost souls, taking disastrous turns along the way, but eventually coming out right side up.


Kids Need to Be Safe: a Book for Children in Foster Care. Julie Nelson, $14.99 (ages 4-8)

Kids are important… They need safe places to live, and safe places to play. For some kids, this means living with foster parents. In simple words and full-color illustrations, this book explains why some kids move to foster homes, and ways kids might feel when they can’t live with their mom or dad. Children often believe that they are in care because they are “bad.” This book makes it clear that the troubles in their lives are not their fault; the message throughout is one of hope and support. Includes resources and information for caregivers, social workers, counselors, and teachers.

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Life Story Books for Adopted and Fostered Children: a Family Friendly Approach, 2nd Edition. Joy Rees, $31.95

Through words, pictures, photographs, certificates and other 'little treasures', a Life Story Book provides a detailed account of the child's early history and a chronology of their life. Fully updated, this clear and concise book shows a unique family-friendly way to compile a Life Story Book which promotes a sense of permanency for the child, and encourages attachments within new families. Joy Rees' influential model works chronologically backwards rather than forwards, aiming to reinforce the child's sense of belonging and security before addressing the child's past and early trauma. The book contains simple explanations of complex concepts, practical examples, helpful suggestions and includes some simple checklists. This new edition has been expanded to include fostered children and those living in kinship care or with a special guardian.

Perfect for social workers, adoption agencies, adoptive parents, foster carers and kinship carers, Life Story Books for Adopted and Fostered Children is a refreshing, innovative and common-sense guide.


Lifesaving Lessons. Linda Greenlaw, $18.00

Linda Greenlaw isn’t a woman who shies away from a challenge — a nationally renowned swordfish boat captain made famous in the film The Perfect Storm, Greenlaw is also a bestselling author and a television celebrity. Through hard work and determination, she had created a life of peaceful independence, living on a rugged island off the coast of Maine. Then came Mariah.

A troubled fifteen-year-old, Mariah arrives on the island to stay with her uncle, an island newcomer and seemingly normal guy. The entire community is rocked when it is revealed that Mariah has suffered terrible abuse at his hands, and the island comes together to rescue the teenager from further harm. Alone and at risk, Mariah needs a guardian and the island residents nominate Linda, who is not exactly the picture of maternal warmth.

A remarkably candid and tenderly funny memoir, LIFESAVING LESSONS follows this unexpected mother-daughter pair as they navigate their new life together, learning to trust themselves and each other and forge the loving family that neither of them knew they needed.

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Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, a Memoir. Paula McLain, $22.95

Like Family tells the story of three young sisters who are abandoned by their mother and father and raised as wards of the Fresno County, California, court. McLain's unflinching recollection of being shuttled from foster home to foster home strikes a universal chord, capturing the loneliness, uncertainty, and odd pleasures that are the very nature of adolescence.


Living Alongside a Child's Recovery: Therapeutic Parenting with Traumatized Children. Billy Pughe & Terry Philpot, $33.95

Living Alongside a Child's Recovery asserts that a good understanding of child development and attachment theory is essential to effective therapeutic parenting of a traumatized child, and the book details the roots of trauma as well as the impact this has on a child's ability to maintain normal family bonds, whether with birth parents, foster parents or with staff in a residential setting. It also explains the practicalities of carrying out effective therapeutic parenting, including how to design a therapeutic physical environment, the importance of routine and security, how to approach issues of hygiene and organizing mealtimes. The authors examine individual and group work settings, and also explore transitions; how to manage a child's move to a permanent placement while at the same time ensuring that their needs are prioritized.


Love and Mayhem: One Big Family's Uplifting Story of Fostering and Adoption. John DeGarmo, $22.95

Many people say being a parent is the toughest job there is. John DeGarmo, foster and adoptive parent, tells us just how tough it can be, having parented over 40 children. At times he and his wife, Kelly, have cared for up to nine children at a time, many with severe trauma and learning difficulties. 

Love and Mayhem is an honest and open account of the struggles, sadness and joy that comes with the job of being a parent to a traumatized child. From the sleepless nights with babies withdrawing from drug-addiction, to the heartbreak when a child moves on to another home, and the loving chaos times that come with a large and blended family, John DeGarmo fights for the many children who have come through his home. Ideal for foster families, general readers, fostering agencies and social workers who are looking for a true to life memoir of what it really is to be a foster parent.

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The Moccasins. Earl Einarson, illustrated by Julie Flett, $10.95 ages 4-9

This is the endearing story of a young Aboriginal foster child who is given a special gift by his foster mother. Her warm and thoughtful gift encourages her young foster child and brings him acceptance and love.


My Feeling Better Workbook: Activities that Help Kids Beat the Blues. Sarah Hamil, $23.95

There are many ways to help children who are sad and depressed, and you might not even realize how much you can do to make your child feel better. By working through this book, guiding your child through just one activity a day, you can empower him or her with the skills necessary to overcome sadness and low self-esteem and live an active, joyful life.


My Lifebook Journal: a Workbook That Helps Kids Adjust to Foster Care. Therese Accinelli, $23.95

Children placed in foster homes face many difficult changes over which they have no control. They must learn to quickly adjust to a different family, a new set of rules, and possibly a new school and community. These changes can be overwhelming for kids, and the sadness, fear, and anger they may feel can prevent them from making a successful transition into foster care.

The simple activities in My Lifebook Journal offer children the tools they need to adjust to their new situation in a healthy way. Using the worksheets in this book, kids can journal about their positive experiences and memories, learn to develop a strong sense of self, identify the people they can rely on, and learn coping skills for dealing with feelings of anger and sadness. Writing down and exploring their thoughts and feelings in just a few minutes each day can help children better understand themselves and their biological and foster families. The resiliency and self-confidence that these activities develop will help children handle not only the transition into foster care, but also the many positive changes in their lives still to come.

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No Biking In the House Without a Helmet. Melissa Fay Greene, $28.95

National Book Award finalist Melissa Fay Greene and her husband so loved raising their four children by birth, they didn’t want to stop. When the clock started to run down on the home team, they brought in ringers. When the number of children hit nine, Greene took a break from reporting. She trained her journalist’s eye upon events at home. Fisseha was riding a bike down the basement stairs; out on the porch, a squirrel was sitting on Jesse’s head; vulgar posters had erupted on bedroom walls; the insult niftam (the Amharic word for “snot”) had led to fistfights; and four non-native-English-speaking teenage boys were researching, on Mom’s computer, the subject of “saxing.”

“At first I thought one of our trombone players was considering a change of instrument,” writes Greene. “Then I remembered: they can’t spell.”

A celebration of parenthood; an ingathering of children, through birth and out of loss and bereavement; a relishing of moments hilarious and enlightening — No Biking in the House Without a Helmet is a loving portrait of a unique twenty-first-century family as it wobbles between disaster and joy.


Nobody Knows. Shelley Tanaka, $9.95 (novel, 10+)

It's autumn in Tokyo, and 12-year-old Akira and his younger siblings, Kyoko, Shige and little Yuki, have just moved into a new apartment with their mother. Akira hopes it's a new start for all of them, even though the little ones are not allowed to leave the apartment or make any noise, since the landlord doesn't permit young children in the building. But their mother soon begins to spend more and more time away from the apartment, and then one morning Akira finds an envelope of money and a note. She has gone away with her new boyfriend for a while.

Akira bravely shoulders the responsibility for the family. He shops and cooks and pays the bills, while Kyoko does the laundry. The children spend their time watching TV, drawing and playing games, wishing they could go to school and have friends like everyone else. Then one day tragedy strikes.

Based on a true story, from the award-winning film by Hirokazu Kore-eda, this is a powerfully moving novel about four children who become invisible to almost everyone in their community and manage — for a time — to survive on their own.

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One for the Murphys. Lynda Mullaly Hunt, $18.00 (novel, ages 11-16)

A moving debut novel about a foster child learning to open her heart to a family's love. 

Carley uses humour and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, she's blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong — until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She's not really a Murphy, but the gifts they've given her have opened up a new future.


1-2-3 Magic

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2 – 12, 6th Edition. Thomas Phelan, $22.50; DVD $55.95

This award-winning, bestselling book in a new edition is now even easier to use with an updated internal design that is user-friendly and has more visual interest. The 6th Edition is more engaging and browse-able for the reader. We’ve also added a handy new index. The world's simplest and most effective parenting program is all right here!

  • Part I: Building a Solid Foundation for Parenting
  • Part II: Controlling Obnoxious Behavior: Parenting Job 1
  • Part III: Managing Testing and Manipulation
  • Part IV: Encouraging Good Behavior: Parenting Job 2
  • Part V: Strengthening Your Relationship with Your Children: Parenting Job 3
  • Part VI: Enjoying Your New Family Life

1-2-3 Magic Workbook: an Interactive Parenting Resource, 2nd Edition. Thomas Phelan & Tracy Lewis, $25.50

This user-friendly manual includes chapter reviews, case studies, self-evaluation questions and planning exercises to help parents get the most out of the 1-2-3 Magic program.

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Our Gracie Aunt. Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Jon Muth, $6.50 ages 5-9

Johnson and his sister Beebee seem to be all alone in the world. Their Mama has gone away and left them on their own. Then a social worker comes and takes them to stay with their Aunt Gracie. This child’s-eye view of a brother and sister entering foster care is an exploration of change, trust, forgiveness and the true meaning of family.


Preparing for Adoption: Everything Adopting Parents Need to Know about Preparations, Introductions and the First Few Weeks. Julia Davis, $22.95

When you decide to adopt a child, you might assume that all the important work begins when the child comes to live with you. In fact the preparation stage before is crucial in ensuring that the adopted child will arrive to a safe and secure family. Preparing for Adoption provides clear advice on how to prepare for your adoptive child and create a strong foundation for a healthy and loving relationship. Julia Davis explains how many different factors can shape preparations for adoption, such as finding out about your child's history and using this information to establish a family environment which will meet your child's specific attachment needs. There is also advice on how to prepare your home to create a sense of safety for your child and how to prepare your family to support you as adoptive parents. 

Primarily for adopters, foster carers and professionals supporting adopters, this book offers ideas and strategies to help parents prepare a happy and settled home for children before their arrival and ways to parent them in the early days of becoming a family that addresses their attachment needs.


Reparenting the Child Who Hurts: a Guide to Healing Developmental Trauma and Attachments. Caroline Archer & Christine Gordon, $31.95

Finally, a parenting book which demystifies the latest thinking on neurobiology, physiology and trauma and explains what the research means for the everyday life of parents of children who hurt. As experts on adoption and fostering who are adoptive parents themselves, Caroline Archer and Christine Gordon explain how this knowledge can help parents to better understand and care for their child. They explain why conventional parenting techniques are often not helpful for the child who has experienced early trauma and explore why therapeutic reparenting is the only way to help repair the unhealthy neurobiological and behavioural patterns which affect the child's development. They do not shy away from how difficult reparenting is, acknowledging how hard it can be to recognize our own fallibility as parents and to change our own parenting patterns. The authors also offer hard-won advice on a range of common parenting flashpoints — from defusing arguments and aggression to negotiating bedtimes and breaks in routine, and making sure that special occasions are remembered for all the right reasons.

REPARENTING THE CHILD WHO HURTS is a humane, no-nonsense survival guide for any parent caring for a child with developmental trauma or attachment difficulties, and will also provide information and insights for social workers, teachers, counsellors and other professionals involved in supporting adoptive and foster families.

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Resilient Grandparent Caregivers: a Strengths-Based Perspective. Bert Hayslip Jr. & Gregory Smith, Editors, $53.50

The study of grandparents raising grandchildren has tended to have a negative bias, emphasizing the difficulties such people face and the negative impact that grandparent caregiving has on them physically, socially, and emotionally. This book seeks to reverse this trend by taking a positive approach to understanding grandparent caregivers, focusing on their resilience and resourcefulness. This method reflects a strengths-based approach and the importance of benefit-finding and positive coping. Chapters feature information from both qualitative and quantitative studies and are written by a diverse range of professionals, such as counselors, psychologists, geriatric social workers, and nurse practitioners, to provide multidisciplinary perspectives for practitioners working with grandparent caregivers.


Returnable Girl. Pamela Lowell, $9.99

Thirteen years old, Ronnie has been "returned" from multiple foster homes because of her impulsive lying and stealing. Her latest foster mom, Alison, is Ronnie’s very last chance—if she doesn’t want to end up in some awful residential treatment center … As Ronnie struggles to define herself, an important letter will present her with the most heart-wrenching decision of her life: to accept the woman who wants to adopt her, or to return to the mother who once abandoned her.


A Short Introduction to Promoting Resilience in Children. Colby Pearce, $24.95

A child's capacity to cope with adversity and 'stand on their own two feet' is seen as critical to their development, well-being, and future independence and success in adulthood. Psychological strength, or resilience, directly affects a child's capacity to cope with adversity.

This book provides a succinct, accessible and clear guide on how to promote resilience in children and achieve positive developmental outcomes for them. The author covers three key factors that affect resiliency: vulnerability to stress and anxiety, attachment relationships, and access to basic needs. For each, the author presents practical advice and strategies, such as how to regulate children's stress and anxiety, how to encourage and maintain secure attachments, and how to assure children that their needs are understood and will be met. The model presented will help parents and carers ensure their children grow up happy, healthy and resilient.

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The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley. Jan Andrews, $14.95 (novel, ages 13+)

Kyle McGinley doesn’t say a word. Fed up with being shuttled from one foster care home to another, he has stopped speaking. But at the home of Jill and Scott Wardman, with the help of a crow, and a swamp, and an excess of black paint, he begins to think maybe — just maybe — life could get better.


Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas Not Mommies and Daddies. Gayle Byrne, illustrated by Mary Haverfield, $22.99

Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas is a delightful and uplifting story of a young girl being raised by her grandparents.


A Star for Rae: a Book about Foster Children. Dylan, Cheryl and Michael Rieder, $7.99

Ten-year-old Dylan and his family have decided to share their home with a foster child. Soon after, a baby girl named Rae Anne joins their lives.

A touching look at foster care, A Star for Rae is designed to help young children understand what it means to offer a space in your home and your heart to another child.


Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids, 4th Edition. Timothy Wilens & Paul Hammerness, $24.50

Is medication the right choice for treating your child's emotional or behavioral problems? How can you be confident that he or she has been properly diagnosed? What do you need to know to get the most benefits from medication treatment, with the least risk? From leading child psychiatrists Timothy Wilens and Paul Hammerness, this book has already empowered many tens of thousands of parents to make tough decisions and become active, informed managers of their children's care. With clarity and compassion, it explains how medications work; their impact on kids' emotions, personality, school performance, and health; the pros and cons of specific treatment options; and much more. In addition to parents, teachers and other school professionals will find this book an ideal reference.

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Therapeutic Parenting Books

Meet Rosie Rudey, Callum Kindly, William Wobbly, Katie Careful, Charley Chatty and Sophie Spikey who are each having a very bad day.

William struggles to control his feelings and when he arrived at school this morning he hid under his desk. Rosie has an empty feeling in her stomach which she tries to fix by eating too much sugary food. Callum Kindly has Katie Careful to stay but cannot help but think she is a bit weird, and Charley Chatty is talking so very much that she is letting her imagination run wild.  Luckily, their mum is here to help them save the day.  Written by a mum who understands, and her daughter (who also liked to tell tales), this set of therapeutic parenting books for children functioning at ages 3 to 10 deals with common emotional and behavioural difficulties of adopted and fostered children. 

Callum Kindly and the Very Weird Child: a Story about Sharing Your Home with a New Child. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $18.95

Callum Kindly is a kind and caring boy, who lives alone with his mum. That is until Katie Careful comes to stay with them who Callum thinks is a very weird child. Katie manages to get in the way whenever Callum wants to speak to his mum or have snuggle time. She cries and sulks on his birthday and she steals his toy car. Callum learns to understand, when his mum explains to him why Katie acts differently.

Charley Chatty and the Disappearing Pennies: a Story about Lying and Stealing. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $17.95

Charley Chatty likes shiny things, especially shiny pennies. Sometimes Charley thinks her siblings get more than her so she likes to keep the pennies safe in her pocket. Charley spots some pennies lying around the house, and puts them in her piggy bank. But she gets very nervous when her Dad starts looking for the missing pennies. Luckily, Charley's Dad is good at working out what might have happened and helps Charley to put it all right again.

Charley Chatty and the Wiggly Worry Worm: a Story about Insecurity and Attention-Seeking. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $17.95

Charley Chatty wiggly worry worm is making her feel very anxious, that is until she starts to tell a very big tale. This is the perfect story for any child who talks for attention. Sometimes, Charley's imagination takes over and she tells stories about things that didn't really happen. She doesn't mean to but she likes how it makes her feel important and the wiggly worry worm inside her belly goes away.

Katie Careful and the Very Sad Smile: a Story about Anxious and Clingy Behaviour. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $18.95

Katie Careful has just moved in with her siblings and their new parents. Even if she's sad or scared, she smiles and smiles to try and hide her wobbly feelings. She clings on to her Mum's leg and won't let go and she even follows her to the toilet, banging on the door to remind her that she's there. Luckily, her Mum understands why Katie acts this way.

Rosey Rudey and the Annoying Parent: a Story about a Prickly Child Who Is Scared of Getting Close. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $17.95

Today Rosie Rudey has had enough of her annoying family. She'll be just fine on her own. Will Rosie like it as much as she thinks without her family? Will she be lured back by the smell of dinner cooking and the sounds of her brother and sisters playing? Rosie did not have an easy childhood which has made her build a hard shell around herself so no one can get in. Luckily her new mum knows just how to help soften Rosie's hard exterior. This is a story for any child who is scared of getting close.

Rosey Rudey and the Enormous Chocolate Mountain: a Story about Hunger, Overeating, and using Food for Comfort. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $18.95

Whenever Rosie Rudey gets an empty feeling in her tummy, she'll try to fix it by eating sugary food, especially chocolate. One day Rosie eats far more than she means to, and throws up all over the garden! This is the perfect story to explain to children aged 3-10 the problems of overeating and using food for comfort.

Sophie Spikey Has a Very Big Problem: a Story about Refusing Help and Needing to Be in Control. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $17.95

Sophie Spikey needs help but no way is she asking for it. She's become used to doing things by herself. Sophie did not have an easy start in life and now she cannot trust grown-ups to help her. Luckily, her new mum is good at guessing when Sophie needs a helping hand. This is the perfect story for any child who refuses help and likes to be in control.

William Wobbly and the Mysterious Holey Jumper: a Story about Fear and Coping. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $17.95

Sometimes William Wobbly gets very anxious. When he is anxious he'll often turn to chewing his jumper or hiding under his school desk. But luckily his mum knows how to help cope with those wobbly feelings. This is the perfect story for any child who uses problematic coping mechanisms to deal with fear or anxiety.

William Wobbly and the Very Bad Day: a Story about When Feelings Become Too Big. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $17.95

William Wobbly lashes out and he doesn't know why. He does things he doesn't mean to do and he always gets in trouble for it. This is the perfect story for any child who struggles to manage their emotions. Something happened to William Wobbly when he was very little which makes it hard for him to understand or control his feelings. His new mum is here to help with his wibbly wobbly feelings. This is a story for children functioning at age 3-10 who struggle with sensory overload.

 

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13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do: Raising Self-Assured Children and Training Their Brains for a Life of Happiness, Meaning, and Success. Amy Morin, $33.50

Do today’s children lack the flexibility and mental strength they need to cope with life’s challenges in an increasingly complicated and scary world? With safe spaces and trigger warnings designed to "protect" kids, many adults worry that children don’t have the resilience to reach their greatest potential. Amy Morin, the author who identified the characteristics that mentally strong people share, now gives adults — parents, teachers, and other mentors — the tools they need to become mental strength trainers. While other books tell parents what to do, Amy teaches parents what "not to do," which she says is equally important in raising mentally strong youngsters.

As a foster parent, psychotherapist, and expert in family and teen therapy, Amy has witnessed first-hand what works. When children have the skills they need to deal with challenges in their everyday lives, they can flourish socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and academically. With appropriate support, encouragement, and guidance from adults, kids grow stronger and become better. Drawing on her experiences and insight, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do combines case studies, practical tips, specific strategies, and concrete and proven exercises to help children of all ages — from preschoolers to teenagers — build mental muscle and develop into healthy, strong adults.


Three Little Words: a Memoir. Ashley Rhodes-Courter, $12.99

Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system.

Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real-life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative, humiliating treatment from a very abusive foster family. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed — and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice.

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The Way Home. Becky Citra, $8.95 (novel, ages 9-12)

A pony called Lucky and a girl named Tory, are kindred spirits. They are both searching for a place to call home – wherever that may be.


Welcome to Fostering: a Guide to Becoming and Being a Foster Carer. Edited by Andy Elvin & Martin Barrow, $19.95

If you're thinking about becoming a foster carer, or have recently become one, this book is the one companion you'll need to understand the experience of fostering. This book demystifies the process of fostering; it answers all the questions you've had about how to become a foster carer, what the challenges and highlights are, and how to thrive.


What Angry Kids Need: Parenting Your Angry Child without Going Mad. Jennifer Brown & Pam Provonsha Hopkins, $16.95

In language every parent, caregiver and teacher can understand (even when exhausted and frustrated), this practical and compassionate book explains why kids get angry, what anger management skills they (and the entire family) can be taught, how adults can model anger management techniques—and how adults can cope when nothing seems to work. The authors, who emphasize the importance of patience and practice in developing the ability to handle anger, also explain the options available when more help is needed.

This is a terrific resource for parents, as well as anyone working with a child whose intense emotions leave you feeling depleted and looking for answers.

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Why Can’t My Child Behave? Empathic Parenting Strategies that Work for Adoptive and Foster Families. Amber Elliot, $22.95

WHY CAN'T MY CHILD BEHAVE provides friendly, expert advice on how to respond to difficult behaviours and emotions for parents of children with developmental trauma. Each chapter focuses on the common difficulties faced by carers or parents and features quick, applicable ideas with exercises and illustrations. How do you react to a child's difficult behaviour? How do you deal with your own negative emotions? How do you know when to be empathic? The book looks beyond the traditional punishment/reward strategies and aims to provide an explanation for such questions whilst helping the child in the process. This book will prove to be an invaluable resource for parents, foster carers, social workers and professionals working with children who are adopted or fostered.


William Wobbly and the Very Bad Day: a Therapeutic Parenting Book. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $17.95

William Wobbly lashes out and he doesn't know why. He does things he doesn't mean to do and he always gets in trouble for it. But luckily for William his mum understands that sometimes his feelings get too big and muddled and burst out of him. This is the perfect story for any child who struggles to manage their emotions. Something happened to William Wobbly when he was very little which makes it hard for him to understand or control his feelings. Luckily, his new mum is here to help with his wibbly wobbly feelings.

Written by a mum who understands, and her daughter (who used to have a lot of wobbly feelings), this is a story for children functioning at age 3-10 who struggle with sensory overload.


You Can Heal Your Child. Regalena Melrose, $19.50

A guide for parents of misdiagnosed, stressed, traumatized, and otherwise misunderstood children.

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Resources for Foster Care Families

Building Self-Esteem in Children Who are Adopted or Fostered. Sue Cornbluth, $25.95

Caring with Vitality: Yoga and Wellbeing for Foster Carers, Adopters, and Their Families. Andrea Warman & Liz Lark, $27.95

Children and Trauma: a Guide for Parents and Professionals. Cynthia Monahon, $25.99

Connecting with Kids through Stories: Using Narratives to Facilitate Attachment in Adopted Children, 2nd Edition. Denise Lacher, Todd Nichols & Joanne May, $30.95

Creating Compassionate Foster Care: Lessons of Hope from Children and Families in Crisis. Janet Mann & Molly Krethmar-Hendricks, $27.95

The Defiant Child: a Parent’s Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Douglas Riley, $18.95

The Explosive Child: a New Approach to Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated "Chronically Inflexible" Children. Ross Greene, $17.99

The Foster Parenting Manual: a Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe and Stable Home. John Degarmo, $17.95

Foster Parenting Step-by-Step: How to Nurture the Traumatized Child and Overcome Conflict. Kalyani Gopal, $17.95

The Foster Parenting Toolbox. Edited by Kim Phagan-Hansel, $33.95

The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans: How to Decode Their Behavior, Develop Unshakeable Trust, and Raise a Respectable Adult. Josh Shipp, $33.50

A Guide to Therapeutic Child Care: What You Need to Know to Create a Healing Home. Ruth Emond, Laura Steckley & Autumn Roesch-Marsh, $31.95

Happy Families: a Parents’ Guide to the Non-Violent Resistance Approach. Carmelite Avraham-Krehwinkel & David Aldridge, $17.95

The Healing Power of the Family. Richard Delaney, $25.95

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, 30th Anniversary Edition. Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish, $21.00; Audiobook (CD format) $39.99

I Love You Rituals: Fun Activities for Parent and Children. Becky Bailey, $18.50

I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from Their Parents. Michael Ungar, $24.99

Improving Sensory Processing in Traumatized Children: Practical Ideas to Help Your Child's Movement, Coordination, and Body Awareness. Sarah Lloyd, $19.95

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Keeping Foster Children Safe Online: Positive Strategies to Prevent Cyberbullying, Inappropriate Contact, and Other Digital Dangers. John DeGarmo, $22.95

The Kids are All Right: a Memoir. Diana Welch, Liz Welch, Dan Welch & Amanda Welch, $29.99

Life Story Books for Adopted and Fostered Children: a Family Friendly Approach, 2nd Edition. Joy Rees, $31.95

Lifesaving Lessons. Linda Greenlaw, $18.00

Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, a Memoir. Paula McLain, $22.95

Living Alongside a Child's Recovery: Therapeutic Parenting with Traumatized Children. Billy Pughe & Terry Philpot, $33.95

Living with FASD: a Guide for Parents. Sara Graefe, $24.95

Love and Mayhem: One Big Family's Uplifting Story of Fostering and Adoption. John DeGarmo, $22.95

My Feeling Better Workbook: Activities that Help Kids Beat the Blues. Sarah Hamil, $23.95

My Lifebook Journal: a Workbook That Helps Kids Adjust to Foster Care. Therese Accinelli, $23.95

No Biking In the House Without a Helmet. Melissa Fay Greene, $28.95

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2 – 12, 6th Edition. Thomas Phelan, $22.50; DVD $55.95

1-2-3 Magic Workbook: an Interactive Parenting Resource, 2nd Edition. Thomas Phelan & Tracy Lewis, $25.50

Parenting From the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive. Daniel Siegel & Mary Hartzell, $23.00

Preparing for Adoption: Everything Adopting Parents Need to Know about Preparations, Introductions and the First Few Weeks. Julia Davis, $22.95

Raising Children Who Refuse to Be Raised: Parenting Skills and Therapy Interventions for the Most Difficult Children. Dave Ziegler, $33.50

Reparenting the Child Who Hurts: a Guide to Healing Developmental Trauma and Attachments. Caroline Archer & Christine Gordon, $31.95

Resilient Grandparent Caregivers: a Strengths-Based Perspective. Bert Hayslip Jr. & Gregory Smith, Editors, $53.50

A Short Introduction to Promoting Resilience in Children. Colby Pearce, $24.95

Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids, 4th Edition. Timothy Wilens & Paul Hammerness, $24.50

Success as a Foster Parent: Everything You Need to Know About Foster CareNational Foster Care Association, with Rachel Greene Baldino, $21.00

13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do: Raising Self-Assured Children and Training Their Brains for a Life of Happiness, Meaning, and Success. Amy Morin, $33.50

Three Little Words: a Memoir. Ashley Rhodes-Courter, $21.00

Understanding Children’s Sexual Behaviors: What’s Natural and Healthy, Revised. Toni Cavanagh Johnson, $2.75

A Volcano in my Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger. Eliane Whitehouse & Warwick Pudney, $14.95

Welcome to Fostering: a Guide to Becoming and Being a Foster Carer. Edited by Andy Elvin & Martin Barrow, $19.95

What Angry Kids Need: Parenting Your Angry Child without Going Mad. Jennifer Brown & Pam Provonsha Hopkins, $16.95

When Love is Not Enough: a Guide to Parenting Children with RAD — Reactive Attachment Disorder. Nancy Thomas, $20.75

Why Can’t My Child Behave? Empathic Parenting Strategies that Work for Adoptive and Foster Families. Amber Elliot, $22.95

You Can Heal Your Child. Regalena Melrose, $19.50

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Resources for Kids

Billy Says. Joanne Alper, $69.00 (6 volumes, sold as a set only)

The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself. Ali Redford, ilustrated by Kara Simpson, $17.95

Cyril Squirrel Finds Out about Love. Jane Evans, illustrated by Izzy Bean, $19.95

Dancing Through the Snow. Jean Little, $8.99 (novel, preteen)

Elliot. Julie Pearson, Illustrated by Manon Gauthier, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

Families Change: a Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights. Julie Nelson, illustrated by Mary Gallagher, $14.99 (ages 4-8)

A Family is Family is a Family. Sara O'Leary, illustrated by Qin Leng, $18.95

Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can’t Live with Their Parents. Janice Levy, illustrated by Whitney Martin, $13.50 (ages 6-12)

Foster Parents. Rebecca Rissman, $8.95

A Home for Ruby: Helping Children Adjust to New Families. PJ Neer, $13.95

I Love You, Stinky Face. Lisa McCourt, $8.99 (ages 4-7)

Jakeman. Deborah Ellis, $11.95 (novel, pre-teen)

Jason’s Why. Beth Goobie, $8.95

Kids Need to Be Safe: a Book for Children in Foster Care. Julie Nelson, $14.99 (ages 4-8)

Love You Forever. Robert Munsch, $4.95 (ages 3 & up)

Maybe Days: a Book for Children in Foster Care. Jennifer Wilgocki & Marcia Kahn Wright, $13.95 (ages 3-6)

The Moccasins. Earl Einarson, illustrated by Julie Flett, $10.95 (ages 4-9)

Nobody Knows. Shelley Tanaka, $9.95 (novel, 10+)

One for the Murphys. Lynda Mullaly Hunt, $18.00 (novel, ages 11-16)

Our Gracie Aunt. Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Jon Muth, $6.50 (ages 5-9)

Returnable Girl. Pamela Lowell, $9.99

The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley. Jan Andrews, $14.95 (novel, ages 13+)

Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas Not Mommies and Daddies. Gayle Byrne, illustrated by Mary Haverfield, $22.99 (ages 4-8)

A Star for Rae: a Book about Foster Children. Dylan, Cheryl and Michael Rieder, $7.99

Therapeutic Parenting Books:
Callum Kindly and the Very Weird Child: a Story about Sharing Your Home with a New Child. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $18.95
Charley Chatty and the Disappearing Pennies: a Story about Lying and Stealing. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $17.95
Charley Chatty and the Wiggly Worry Worm: a Story about Insecurity and Attention-Seeking. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $17.95
Katie Careful and the Very Sad Smile: a Story about Anxious and Clingy Behaviour. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $18.95
Rosey Rudey and the Annoying Parent: a Story about a Prickly Child Who Is Scared of Getting Close. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $17.95
Rosey Rudey and the Enormous Chocolate Mountain: a Story about Hunger, Overeating, and using Food for Comfort. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $18.95
Sophie Spikey Has a Very Big Problem: a Story about Refusing Help and Needing to Be in Control. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $17.95
William Wobbly and the Mysterious Holey Jumper: a Story about Fear and Coping. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $17.95
William Wobbly and the Very Bad Day: a Story about When Feelings Become Too Big. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $17.95

The Way Home. Becky Citra, $8.95 (novel, ages 9-12)

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