These are books that Board Members of the CYCA of PEI have read and would recommend to others interested in the field of child and youth care work.

Where the Heart Is

by Billie Letts


Talk about unlucky sevens. An hour ago, seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend.

Kids Are Worth It! Revised Edition: Giving Your Child The Gift Of Inner Discipline

by Barbara Coloroso


The parenting classic, now revised with new chapters, checklists, and information about today's most pressing issues regarding our children

The Bully the Bullied and the Bystander: From Pre-School to High School - How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence

by Barbara Coloroso


Bestselling author and parenting educator Barbara Coloroso explains the phenomenon of bullying and the explosive proportions it has reached in our society, explaining what parents and other caregivers can do to recognise and help bullies and their victims before the violence becomes entrenched or tragically escalates.

Going Down Swinging

by Billie Livingston


A remarkable debut novel and bittersweet tale of the unflinching love and devotion between a mother and daughter.Razor sharp and darkly funny Going Down Swinging chronicles two years in the life of the Hoffmans. Eilleen Hoffman has just told Danny, her con-artist lover and father of her youngest daughter Grace, to get out — for good.

The Explosive Child:

A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children



An experienced therapist offers groundbreaking and compassionate techniques for helping chronically inflexible children, who suffer from excessively immoderate tempers, showing how brain-based deficits contribute to these problems and offering positive and constructive ways to calm things down.

Childhood Bullying, Teasing, and Violence: What School Personnel, Other Professionals, and Parents Can Do 2nd Edition

by Dorothea M. Ross



This is a "must" if you are interested in this topic

A Child and Youth Care Approach to Working With Families



In A Child and Youth Care Approach to Working with Families, practitioners and trainers develop a new methodology to show how to expand youth programmes to involve family work in what is proving to be a successful and revolutionary approach to this aspect of Social Work.

Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found

by Jennifer Lauck


With the startling emotional immediacy of a fractured family photo album, Jennifer Lauck's incandescent memoir is the story of an ordinary girl growing up at the turn of the 1970s and the truly extraordinary circumstances of a childhood lost. Wrenching and unforgettable, Blackbird will carry your heart away.

Augusta, Gone: A True Story

by Martha Tod Dudman


The story of a girl who is doing everything to hurt herself and a mother who would try anything to try to save her.

Aggression, Antisocial Behavior, and Violence among Girls: A Developmental Perspective

by Martha Putallaz (Editor)

From leading authorities, this book traces the development of female aggression and violence from early childhood through adulthood. Cutting-edge theoretical perspectives are interwoven with longitudinal data that elucidate the trajectories of aggressive girls' relationships with peers,

Playing at Being Bad: The Hidden Resilience of Troubled Teens

by Michael Ungar

“Our most troubled youth are far more resilient and healthy than we are ready to admit. If we take the time to listen very closely to our children speak about their experiences beyond our front doors, we hear an entirely different story about their lives than the one we adults tell.”

Strengths-Based Counseling With At-Risk Youth

This resource offers counseling strategies to promote adolescents' overlooked strengths and create healthy alternatives to problem behaviors such as bullying, drug use, violence, and promiscuity.

Too Safe For Their Own Good

Michael Ungar Ph.D.

Canadian children are safer now than at any other time in history. So why are we so fearful for them? When they’re young, we drive them to playdates, fill up their time with organized activity, and cocoon them from every imaginable peril. We think we are doing what’s best for them. But as they grow into young adults and we continue to manage their lives, running interference with teachers and coaches, we are, in fact, unwittingly stunting them.