Substance Abuse

Despite an intensive search, the authors could find few books that address smoking prevention.

Think Of Wind; Catherine J. Mercury; 1996; ages 3 to 8; fiction. A delightful book describing a child's feelings about and understanding of an alcoholic father.

I Can Be Me; Diane O'Connor; 1990; ages 4 to 12; fiction. Several children describe what it is like growing up with family members who have chemical dependencies.

I Can Say No; Doris Sanford; 1987; ages 6 to 9; fiction. A family discovers that a child is using drugs.

My Big Sister Takes Drugs; Judith Vigna; 1995; ages 6 to 10; fiction. A sensitive tale of a family's struggle with serious drug abuse by their teenage daughter, told from the naive perspective of her younger brother.

Daddy Doesn't Have To Be a Giant Anymore; Jane Resh Thomas; 1996; ages 6 to 10; nonfiction. A father denies his alcoholism, but a family intervention succeeds in getting him treated.

I Know The World's Worst Secret; Doris Sanford; 1987; ages 8 to 10; fiction. A young girl grows up caring for her family because of her mother's alcoholism.

My Dad Loves Me; My Dad Has a Disease; Claudia Black; 1993; ages 6 to 12; nonfiction. A classic book now in its third edition. In workbook format, this book raises all the issues, including denial, addiction, unpredictability, anger, and shame, and presents possibilities for recovery.

Sometimes My Mom Drinks Too Much; Kevin Kenny and Helen Krull; 1980; ages 8 to 12; nonfiction. A look at parental alcohol abuse from a child's perspective.

Taking Charge of My Mind & Body: A Girl's Guide to Outsmarting Alcohol, Drug, Smoking and Eating Problems; Gladys Folkers and Jeanne Engelmann; 1997; ages 10 to 14; nonfiction. Information and short essays about teenage girls dealing with issues of substance abuse and eating disorders.

My Dad's Definitely Not a Drunk; Elisa Lynn Carbone; 1992; ages 10 to 16; fiction. A teenage girl and her mother find a way to help the father with his alcohol abuse.

Bread Sticks and Blessing Places; Candy Boyd; 1985; ages 11 to 14; fiction. A poignant story about the disruption in the life of a 12-year-old African-American girl when her best friend is killed by a drunk driver.

The Crossing; Gary Paulsen; 1990; ages 12 to adult; fiction. A sympathetic story describing alcoholism, loneliness, and friendship.

Nicotine and Cigarettes; Barry McCaffrey and Steven Jaffe, 2000; ages 10 to adult; nonfiction. Factual, attractive, reader-friendly, nonpreachy text about the dangers of nicotine and how to break the addiction.

A Right to Smoke?; Emma Haughton; 1996; ages 13 to adult; nonfiction. One of the Viewpoints series, this book offers the pros and cons of smoking and asks readers to make up their own minds about whether to smoke. Parents must be willing to join in a discussion of the controversial opinions.

Adapted from: Ellen C. Perrin, MD Susan Starr, MEd Addressing Common Pediatric Concerns Through Children's Books. Pediatrics in Review. 2000;21:130-138. © 2000 American Academy of Pediatrics

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