Treatment Foster Care Program Library Collection
Books and resources in the Treatment Foster Care Program Library may be borrowed for up to 3 weeks by foster parents registered with Knowles Centre.  For more information, contact Judi Heppner 339-4692 (ext. 170).

For additional books, visit check out the recommended reading list of books and resources available through City of Winnipeg libraries.

Books for Children

Hands are not for Hitting by Martine Agassi. Part of The Best Behavior Series - board books for young children that encourage positive behavior.

The Aboriginal Alphabet by Evelyn Ballantyne. Early years ABC book with aboriginal culture items.

Everybody Feels Angry by Jane Bingham. The Everybody Feels series helps young children understand their emotions.

Everybody Feels Happy by Jane Bingham. The Everybody Feels series helps young children understand their emotions.

Everybody Feels Sad by Jane Bingham. The Everybody Feels series helps young children understand their emotions.

Everybody Feels Scared by Jane Bingham. The Everybody Feels series helps young children understand their emotions.

When Dinosaurs Die by Laurene Krasny Brown. A picture book to help children deal with death.

Dinosaurs Divorce by Laurene Krasny Brown. A picture book to help children deal with parents breaking up.

Foster Baby by Rhian Brynjolson. A picture book about a foster baby that comes to live with a family. The book talks about what babies need from caregivers.

You Can Do It Too by Nicholas Burnside. A comic book about FASD (2 copies).

The Way I Feel by Janan Cain. A picture took to help children name and understand different emotions.

The Potty Book for Boys by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. A picture book about toilet training.

The Potty Book for Girls by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. A picture book about toilet training.

Going to a Party by Anne Civardi. Usborne First Experiences series helps children to know what to expect in new situations.

Going to School by Anne Civardi. Usborne First Experiences series helps children to know what to expect in new situations.

Going to the Dentist by Anne Civardi. Usborne First Experiences series helps children to know what to expect in new situations.

Going to the Doctor by Anne Civardi. Usborne First Experiences series helps children to know what to expect in new situations.

The Twelve Gifts of Birth by Charlene Costanzo. A book about virtues and values, such as courage, compassion, hope, joy, faith and wisdom.

The Secret of the Silver Horse by Department of Justice. A picture book to help understand sexual abuse and the difference between good secrets and harmful secrets.

The Moccasins by Earl Einarson. A foster child is given a special gift of moccasins.

Red Parka Mary by Peter Eyvindson. A picture book featuring aboriginal characters in which a young boy is scared of a nearby neighbor, but comes to appreciate her as he gets to know her.

The Missing Sun by Peter Eyvindson. A picture book featuring aboriginal characters. The book talks both about the scientific and legendary explanations for the disappearance of the sun in the North.

It's MY Body by Lory Freeman. This book teaches young children how to resist uncomfortable touch.

Murphy's Three Homes: A Story For Children in Foster Care by Jan Levinson Gilman. A picture book in which children in foster care can identify with the experience of a small dog who experienced different homes.

Looking After Me - Eating Well by Liz Gogerly. The Looking After Me Series helps young children understand self-care and safety.

Looking After Me - Exercise by Liz Gogerly. The Looking After Me Series helps young children understand self-care and safety.

Looking After Me - Keeping Clean by Liz Gogerly. The Looking After Me Series helps young children understand self-care and safety.

Looking After Me - Safety by Liz Gogerly. The Looking After Me Series helps young children understand self-care and safety.

Looking After Me - Taking Medicines by Liz Gogerly. The Looking After Me Series helps young children understand self-care and safety.

Looking After Me - Teeth by Liz Gogerly. The Looking After Me Series helps young children understand self-care and safety.

A Walk in the Rain with a Brain by Edward Hallowell. This book contains the message that everyone's brain has strengths.

Sam's Bear by Merryl Hammond. Prenatal exposure to alcohol and it's affects on the brain are explained in a kid-friendly way from the perspective of the teddy bear of a boy named Sam.

Boys, Girls and Body Science by Meg Hickling. This book covers basic sex education topics of the differences between male and female bodies, sex and how babies grow and are born.

What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dawn Huebner. A book for 6-12 year olds to help them deal with anger. It is best used with caregivers as facilitators.

Please tell (1991) by Jessie. this book was written and illustrated by a child who is a survivor of sexual abuse, and carries the message that it's okayto tell what happened.

A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza. A yellow bird is "adopted" by a mother bear.

Do Unto Otters by Lauire Keller. A fun picture book about the virtues, manners and treating others the way we want to be treated.

Cory Stories by Jeanne Kraus. A book  for 6-11 year olds about living with ADHD. Helps kids understand that they have both strengths and challenges, and gives ideas for helping with the challenges.

Hide and Sneak by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak. A book about a girl who played hide and seek and encountered an Ijiraq (a Inuit legendary creature).

Finding the Right Spot by Janice Levy. A book about being in foster care for kids age 6-12.

My Kokum Called Today by Iris Loewen. This story features aboriginal characters and celebrates a young girl's participation in cultural activities when she visits her grandmother in the country.

Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig. A picture book about a girl who learns about her own bullying behaviour and changing it through the help of her school counsellor.

Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig. A picture book about a boy who is emotionally bullied and how he learns strategies to deal with it, as well as learning that confronting bullying is not tattling.

Have you Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. This book encourages children to practice acts of kindness.

Nanabosho Dances by Joe McLellan. The Nanabosho series features aboriginal legends.

Nanabosho: How the Turtle Got Its Shell by Joe McLellan. The Nanabosho series features aboriginal legends.

The Birth of Nanabosho by Joe McLellan. The Nanabosho series features aboriginal legends.

Mad isn't Bad by Michaelene Mundy. This book helps children find positive ways of dealing with anger.

Percy Plays it Safe by Stuart Murphy. A book about playground safety.

Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention by Kathleen Nadeau. Written for kids age 6-11 with ADHD, including ways they can learn to help themselves with everyday issues such as making friends, cleaning a bedroom and paying attention in school.

Feelings Flashcards by Todd Parr. A set of sturdy flashcards with pictures of feelings which caregivers can use in a variety of ways to help kids be able to name their feelings.

Eagle Feather - An Honour by Ferguson Plain. A book about a boy's relationship with his grandfather and learning aboriginal values and teachings.

Baby Learns About Animals by Jessie Eve Ruffenach. Board book with Navajo art.

Baby Learns About Seasons by Jessie Eve Ruffenach. Board book with Navajo art.

Please Pass the Manners by Lola Schaeffer. A board book introducing young children to the concept of manners.

Eat Healthy, Feel Great by William Sears. This picture book helps children understand basic nutrition and encourages them to eat foods that are good for them.

But Michael Makes Me Laugh by Lori Stetina. A picture book to help young children understand children who have FASD.

Feet are not for Kicking by Elizabeth Verdick. Part of The Best Behavior Series - board books for young children that encourage positive behavior.

Germs are not for Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick. Part of The Best Behavior Series - board books for young children that encourage positive behavior.

Tails are Not for Pulling by Elizabeth Verdick. Part of The Best Behavior Series - board books for young children that encourage positive behavior.

Teeth are not for Biting by Elizabeth Verdick. Part of The Best Behavior Series - board books for young children that encourage positive behavior.

Words are not for Hurting by Elizabeth Verdick. Part of The Best Behavior Series - board books for young children that encourage positive behavior.

Maybe Days: A Book For Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Wikgocki. A picture book about foster care for kids aged 4-10.

 

Books for Children & Teens

This is Me by Interagency FASD Program. CD Rom and instruction book to help understand the brain domains of FASD and how they affect children's behaviour.

All Kinds of Minds: A young students' book about learning abilities and learning disorders by Mel Levine. A chapter book to help older kids understand their own minds' strengths and challenges, such as problems with attention deficit, memory, social skills, motor skills, language and reading.

The Feelings Book by Lynda Madison. This book helps girls heading into puberty to understand and deal with their emotions.

The Voyageurs by Christopher Meyer. Part of the Rabbit and Bear Paws series, a set of graphic novels that teach about Frist Nations history, cultures and traditions.

A Boy Called "It" by Dave Pelzer. The author recounts his experiences growing up in an abusive home.

Putting on the Brakes by Patricia Quinn. A book about ADHD for kids aged 8-13.

The Care and Keeping of You - The Body Book for Girls by Valorie Schaefer. A book for girls approaching or in puberty which covers a range of topics including body changes of puberty, emotional issues and self-care.

 

Books for Teens

Where the Rivers Meet by Don Sawyer. Novel for young adults about a character who learns traditional aboriginal ways.

Life Sucks by Donna G. Sutherland. A novel about a 14-year-old girl who finds her way through life with the help of the Seven Sacred Teachings of the ancient Cree.

 

Books for Parents & Caregivers

Strategies for Parenting Children with FASD by Brighter Futures Family Resource Society. This book gives many examples of parenting ideas for children with FASD.

Kids are Worth It by Barbara Coloroso. Highlights everyday situations to give the gift of inner discipline to kids. Emphasizes using parenting strategies that treat kids with dignity and respect.

No Mind Left Behind by Adam J. Cox. In this book for caregivers the author looks at 8 mind skills: initiating action, flexible thinking, sustaining attention, organization, planning, working memory, self-awareness and managing emotions. Cox gives very practical strategies for caregivers whose children have difficulty in any of these areas.

Guiding Your Child Through Grief by Mary Ann Emswiler. This book is for caregivers to help children who are in mourning. It addresses different needs at different ages, from very young children to teenagers.

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber. Practical strategies for foster parents to communicate with their kids with lots of examples.

How to Talk so Teens Will Listen and Listen so Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber. Practical strategies for foster parents to communicate with their teens with lots of examples.

All Lives Well Lived by Fetal Alcohol Family Association. A book that explains the basics about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Becoming a Behaviour Detective by Fetal Alcohol Family Association. This book helps caregivers understand the behaviour of children with FASD.

Navigating Life, Making Better Choices by Fetal Alcohol Family Association. This book helps caregivers and people with FASD handle life situations, such as making decisions, social contacts, and legal issues.

The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene. A book for caregivers about parenting easily frustrated and chronically inflexible children.

What Educators Need to Know about FASD by Healthy Child Manitoba. This book covers features of FASD and strategies that can be used for school-aged children. Many of the strategies can be applied in the home.

What Early Childhood Educators Need to Know about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder by Healthy Child Manitoba. This book covers features of FASD and strategies that can be used for preschool children. Many of the strategies can be applied in the home.

The Total Transformations Program by James Lehman. A DVD set with strategies to manage very challenging behaviours in children and teens.

Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children by Cathy Malchiodi. Written for professionals, this book explores ideas from creative therapies such as play, music and drama.

Hold On to Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld. A book for caregivers about forming strong attachment relationships to children and by doing so, reducing the impact that peers have on our children and youth.

Maltreated Children by Bruce Perry. Perry discussed how abuse and neglect affect brain development and the implications for helping children who have been abused. *ON ORDER*.

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce Perry. A child psychiatrist recalls the stories of children he has worked with and what they taught him about the brain, trauma, resilience and healing.

No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents by Martha B Straus. This book provides guidance to work with kids who can't or won't engage in conversation-based therapy.

Born for Love by Maia Szalavitz. A book for adults about why empathy is needed by our children and what is necessary for them to develop empathy.

 
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