This Children’s book is a part of a project we aectionately call “The
Storybook Research Project.” Through focus groups and individual
interviews held in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia
area, our research team gained a breadth of knowledge about
communication between parents, caregivers, and their children
regarding parental incarceration. Insights, lessons learned, and
tips from parents and caregivers who participated in the study are
integrated in our website resources for families and children. As we
continue our quest to bring about social change that renders healing
for those aected by mass incarceration, we oer our thanks to the
countless families who, in the midst of their own perils, were willing
to contribute to research in hopes that their contributions will yield
such interventions as our children’s books.
We also acknowledge the following individuals who contributed to
the “Storybook Research Project” and ultimately made this project a
success: Dr. Avon Hart-Johnson (Author & Principle Researcher), Dr.
Renata Hedrington-Jones (Author & Co-Principle Researcher), Dr.
Georey Johnson (Author & Co-Principle Researcher), Dr. Brenda
Fawcett (Child-Psychologist), Ms. Miki Gilmore (Web Developer/
Graphic Artist), Ms. Rhythm Bowers (Graphic Artist), Monique
Davis (Voiceover Talent), Ms. Madra Cochrane (Project Manager).
and Caidyn Zuri-Aloma Jones (Creative Consultant). We also wish
to thank Walden University, who sponsored the research project
through a 2018 Faculty Research Initiative Grant. Dr. Avon Hart-
Johnson is the Principle Researcher for this project and currently a
contributing faculty member at Walden University. She is the author