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Far Apart, Close in Heart
Far Apart, Close in Heart

Far Apart, Close in Heart

Being a Family when a Loved One is Incarcerated

By Becky Birtha, Illustrated by Maja Kastelic


32 Pages, 9 x 9

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book, PDF

Hardcover Picture Book, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $22.99)

Publication Date: March 2017

ISBN 9780807512753

Rights: WOR

Albert Whitman & Company (Mar 2017)

Price: $16.99


Children can experience many emotions when a parent is in jail or prison. They may be angry, sad, lonely, or scared. Sometimes friends act differently toward them. Sometimes the children begin acting differently too. In this important book, young readers will learn that even when it feels like nothing can get better again, there are ways they can improve their circumstances. Sending letters, talking to a trusted grown-up about their feelings, and even visiting a parent in jail or prison can help keep a parent close in their hearts. Use this title as a helpful tool to start a conversation with any child in this situation and to remind them they are not alone.


"This book is a necessary one." —Kirkus Reviews starred review

"A highly recommended title that serves as an excellent entry to discuss incarceration in an age-appropriate way." —School Library Journal starred review

"Having a parent in prison is a complicated matter . . . Drawing on her own experience, Birtha gilds the text with tenderness and affirmation." —Booklist

"A unique and important picture book . . . Especially and unreservedly recommended." —Midwest Book Review

"Birtha introduces a multicultural cast of children, each with at least one incarcerated parent (the crimes aren't specified) and a unique challenge." —The Horn Book Magazine

Author Biography

Becky Birtha is the author of Grandmama's Pride and Lucky Beans, which also express her advocacy for social justice. She has degrees in children's studies and creative writing. She lives in Pennsylvania with her partner and their two young adult children. Maja Kastelic studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. Before starting her career in illustration, she worked as a retouching artist restoring frescoes. She lives in Slovenia.