Must Read Books on Childhood Abuse

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month!

Below is a list of books for children, as well as parents, teens, and professionals on child abuse. As you will see, abuse during childhood is not only an issue for child therapists. Adults who were abused as children continue to struggle with feelings of anger, shame, and depression from their experience.


Something Happened and I’m Scared to Tell

A Terrible Thing Happened: A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence or Trauma

The Trouble with Secrets

Reena’s Bollywood Dream: A Story About Sexual Abuse

Annabelle’s¬†Secret: A Story About Sexual Abuse

Please Tell: A Child’s Story About Sexual Abuse


A Child Called It

The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family

A Man Named Dave

Play Therapy with Abused Children

Finding Sunshine After the Storm: A Workbook for Children Healing from Sexual Abuse

The Words Hurt: Helping Children Cope with Verbal Abuse

When Your Child Has Been Molested: A Parent’s Guide to Healing and Recovery

How Long Does It Hurt?

We Are Not Alone: A Guidebook for Helping Professionals and Parents Supporting Adolescent Victims of Sexual Abuse

Therapeutic Exercises for Victimized and Neglected Girls

Structured Psychotherapy Groups for Sexually Abused Children and Adolescents

Gentling: A Practical Guide to Treating PTSD in Abused Children

Repair for Kids: A Children’s Program for Recovery from Incest and Childhood Sexual Abuse

A Brother’s Journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse

The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

My Story

Am I Bad: Recovering from Abuse

The Invisible Child

Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect

Child Abuse and Culture: Working with Diverse Families

The Breakdown of an All-American Family

You may also enjoy reading Early Trauma and Attachment!