Reader's Resources for Difficult Topics

The Higher Power of Lucky addresses difficult topics such as death, absent parents, and addiction with realism, humor, and wonder, making the overall message one of hope and love. We hope that teachers, parents, and kids alike will find these resources helpful in understanding the concepts of the story and expand their reading experience.

Family Matters

Coping with Loss: The Life Changes Handbook
by Anita Naik 
Offers advice to young readers facing a parents' divorce, a loss of a loved one, moving away, and other life changes.
Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can't Live With Their Parents
by Janice Levy 
A young girl living with her foster parent describes the emotional ups and downs of being separated from her mother and living in unfamiliar surroundings.
Foster Families
by Julianna Fields Explores the history of foster care, describes the reasons children enter foster care, and discusses foster parents, caseworkers, and the conditions in foster homes.
Our Dad Died: The True Story of Three Kids Whose Lives Changed
by Amy Denison 
Three children, ages eight (twins) and four, describe how their lives changed when their father died suddenly two years earlier and offer practical advice for overcoming loss and moving on with life.

Child Welfare League of America
A coalition of agencies serving vulnerable children and families.
Al-Anon Family Groups
For friends and families of problem drinkers.
The California Department of Social Services 
Offers information about the foster care system and links to useful sites
California Kids Connection
Learn more about fostering and adoption


Food, Nutrition and Government Assistance

USDA Food assistance programs
A resource listing available government food assistance programs that provide children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition.
USDA for Kids
Provides students, parents, and teachers with youth-geared information and resources related to agriculture.



For Kids – kidSPEAK!
Where kids, teachers, and parents can stand up for kid's First Amendment right for free speech.
American Library Association & Intellectual Freedom for Young People (for adults)
Explores the first amendment rights of young people in schools.