BCBA: 10 Book Selections for National Child Abuse Prevention Month

On March 31st, President Barack Obama released his Presidential Proclamation for National Child Abuse Prevention Month. He stated, “I call upon all Americans to observe this month with programs and activities that help prevent child abuse and provide for children’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs.” National Child Abuse Prevention Week began in June of 1982. The following year, former President Ronald Reagan changed the week of observances to the entire month of April. The books listed in this article along with the few on our Genres, Themes, and… category page are all fiction, except for June Jordan’s memoir, Soldier: A Poet’s Childhood. They deal with different forms of child abuse—physical, neglect, emotional, sexual, etc.—in various ways, whether it’s the main character or one of their family members, friends, or associates. And while they may or may not provide definite solutions or happy endings, they will certainly lead the conversation by offering some sort of insight or reflection. One thing is for sure, there is a need for more Black children’s authors to honestly tackle the difficult topic. To learn more about National Child Abuse Prevention Month or child abuse in general, click on the sources and additional reading links below.




One of the Problems of Everett Anderson - Lucille Clifton

One of the Problems of Everett Anderson - Lucille Clifton

Dear Corinne, Tell Somebody! Love, Annie - Mari Evans

Dear Corinne, Tell Somebody! Love, Annie - Mari Evans

The Road to Paris - Nikki Grimes

The Road to Paris - Nikki Grimes

The Death of Jayson Porter - Jaime Adoff

The Death of Jayson Porter - Jaime Adoff

Pointe - Brandy Colbert

Pointe - Brandy Colbert

I’m Late: The Story of Laneese and Moonlight and Alisha Who Didn’t Have Anyone of Her Own - Mari Evans

I’m Late: The Story of Laneese and Moonlight and Alisha Who Didn’t Have Anyone of Her Own - Mari Evans

Touching Snow - M. Sindy Felin

Touching Snow - M. Sindy Felin

When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune - Lori Aurelia Williams

When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune - Lori Aurelia Williams

Sunday You Learn How to Box- Bil Wright

Sunday You Learn How to Box- Bil Wright

His Own Where - June Jordan

His Own Where - June Jordan
Sources/Additional Reading: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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