by Julia Cook; illustrated by Anita DuFalla
When a loved one is sentenced to prison, the emotional turmoil is difficult for everyone to handle. Children of incarcerated parents often suffer the heaviest burden of all and pay the price of hardship. As a result, they often develop mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and feelings of abandonment and grief. Unfortunately, over 7.3 million children have at least one parent in prison. These at-risk children are largely ignored—until they get into trouble.
This book for children takes a look at the internal struggles faced by a child of a parent in prison. What Do I Say about That? creatively explores and validates the rollercoaster journey of emotions that children of imprisoned parents endure. It also gives insight into the process of healing and coping. For ages 8 and up. (32 pp.)