Prison and Parents

Having a parent in prison can be difficult for both the child and the parent, sharing stories about other children who’s parent is in prison can help put a child’s mind at ease.

Ella on the Outside
by Cath Howe

Ella has a secret – her father is in prison and she does not want anybody at her new school to find out.
Age 10+

Captain Fantastic
by Tom Palmer

Craig is a gifted footballer, but he is struggling with his home life as dad is in prison.
Age: 7+

Tommy’s Dad
by Emma Randle-Caprez

Tommy Puddle returns from school one day to find out that his Dad isn’t at home – and nobody will tell him why his Dad isn’t around. The next day at school, though, one of his school friends tells him they’ve heard his Dad’s in prison – and later, he finally learns the truth. Soon Tommy and his sister receive a letter from their Dad, and find out that they can visit him. It’s difficult for everyone, particularly when it’s time for them to leave – but Tommy’s Dad helps reassure the children that everything will be alright.
Age: 4+

My Dad’s in Prison
by Jackie Walter

Story of a little boy who visits his father in prison. It is written in association with Storybook Dads.
Age 5+

When Dad Was Away
by Liz Weir and Karin Littlewood

When Mum tells Milly that Dad has been sent to prison, Milly feels angry and confused. She can’t believe her dad won’t be at home to read her stories and make her laugh. But soon Mum takes Milly and her brother Sam to visit Dad in prison.
Age: 4+

Useful Organisations

Support and advice for children who has one or more parents in prison.

Prisoner Advice:
Advice, support and help for families.
Information and support for families.

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

About the book

It begins just before Christmas in Barcelona in 1957, one year after Daniel and Bea from THE SHADOW OF THE WIND have married. They now have a son, Julian, and are living with Daniel’s father at Sempere & Sons. Fermin still works with them and is busy preparing for his wedding to Bernarda in the New Year. However something appears to be bothering him.

Daniel is alone in the shop one morning when a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp enters. He spots one of their most precious volumes that is kept locked in a glass cabinet, a beautiful and unique illustrated edition of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. Despite the fact that the stranger seems to care little for books, he wants to buy this expensive edition. Then, to Daniel’s surprise, the man inscribes the book with the words ‘To Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future’. This visit leads back to a story of imprisonment, betrayal and the return of a deadly rival …


Reviewed by Wallington Village

Well drawn characters. Good use of language. The dialogue was clear with the characters telling the story which galloped

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