Storybooks to help children and young people talk about alcohol or drug use

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Children aged 2-8

Kit Kitten and the Topsy-Turvy Feelings: A Story About Parents Who Aren't Always Able to Care (2015) - Many children live in homes where things are chaotic and parents or carers are distracted and emotionally unavailable to them. Kit Kitten and the Topsy-Turvy Feelings, a therapeutic storybook for children aged 2 to 6, is about a kitten called Kit whose parent isn't always able to care for them. To help support Kit Kitten, Kindly Cat comes to their house and helps Kit to identify the feelings that are mixed up inside. It includes feelings based activities to build a child's emotional awareness and vocabulary. A helpful tool for use by parents, carers, social workers and other professionals to enable young children to begin to name and talk about their feelings.


Children aged 4-8

The Huge Bag of Worries Paperback (2011) - Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her - in a big blue bag. They are there when she goes swimming, when she is watching TV, and even when she is in the lavatory. Jenny decides they will have to go. But who can help her? The Huge Bag of Worries was written by Virginia Ironside, one of Britain's leading agony aunts.

Wishes and Worries (2011) - Wishes and Worries, a reassuring book, written by professionals, offers information in the form of a story about one family’s struggle. When Dad’s drinking ruins a birthday party, everyone wishes that he would just stop. If only wishing could fix the problem! Wishes and Worries is an excellent way to open a discussion between adult and child. It provides straightforward answers to common questions. Why does my parent drink? Will I drink too much, too? What can I do to help? Is it my fault? The book also includes important information for parents, teachers, and professionals.'

An Elephant In The Living Room - The Children's Book (1994) - An Elephant In the Living Room is an illustrated story to help children understand and cope with the problem of alcohol or other drug use in the family.

The brown bottle (1983) - The Brown Bottle simple but powerful short story resource is a tale about Charlie the fuzzy brown caterpillar. It helps talk about alcohol dependency with children and was originally written by Penny Jones in 1983.


Children aged 8-12

Emmy's Question (2007) - Emmy's Question focuses on Emmy who wants desperately to be a normal kid with a happy family like her friends. But no matter how hard she tries to keep her mom's drinking problem a secret, things are getting worse. Her mother humiliates her by showing up at school and her dance recital after drinking too much wine. Even though she's teased at school and snubbed by classmates after that, Emmy's too ashamed to admit to anyone how much she is hurting. When her mom leaves the family, Emmy's pain forces her to reach out for help, breaking her "Don't Tell Rule." "How could Mom choose wine over me?" she cries. Emmy comes to know she cannot cure her mother's disease, but still finds the best about herself. Emmy's voice is one not easily forgotten. Appropriate for small group reading and discussion. A complete resource guide is included.