Talk About Touch
Written by Sandy Kleven, LCSW
Illustrated by Patrick Minock
Reading Level: Ages 3-10
Size: 12" x 9"
Sponsored by the abuse prevention professionals of Alaska, Talk About Touch was written to help adults talk to children about the crucial but very delicate subject of sexual abuse. Since talking about the dangers of sexual abuse is not easy, this book gives adults the right words to use in telling children how to protect themselves.
Set in a remote Alaskan village, it emphasizes the importance of children telling family or authority figures when sexual abuse has occurred. Children are often too afraid to report abuse, so this can be an invaluable aid in providing a dialog that increases safety within the family and the community.
About the Author
A resident of Anchorage, Alaska, Sandy Kleven is a licensed clinical social worker with a long history as a family clinician. When Sandy began working in Bethel, Alaska in 1984, she recognized the importance of teaching children safety lessons in the context of their own culture and community. Having also earned a Masters degree in Creative Writing, she is a writer, poet, and filmmaker.
About the Illustrator
A native of Pilot Station, Alaska, Patrick Minock attended art school in New Mexico. He has built a reputation as a chronicler of scenes throughout the Lower Yukon. Patrick’s work appears in The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection: Selected Works, published by the University of Oklahoma.
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