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Children's Nonfiction Physical & Emotional Abuse

A Friend Like Iggy

by (author) Kathryn Cole

photographs by Ian Richards

with Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2019
Physical & Emotional Abuse, Emotions & Feelings, Sexual Abuse
Recommended Age
6 to 8
Recommended Grade
1 to 3
Recommended Reading age
6 to 8
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
    List Price

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The true story of Iggy, a very special dog who helps kids navigate difficult times. When children disclose abuse, they often navigate an unfamiliar chain of events, sometimes testifying in court. Iggy is a specially trained facilitator dog, and his job is to make each child he meets comfortable with the job they have to do. Iggy eases their path with his gentle, non-judgmental friendship. He can be present for police interviews, counseling sessions, court preparation, and testifying. He helps children aged three to eighteen feel more comfortable and confident. It’s a big job, but not too big for a dog with an even bigger heart.

About the authors

Kathryn Cole has spent a forty-five-year career in children’s books as an illustrator, art director, editor, designer, and publisher, including Editorial Director of Tundra Books. The books she has overseen have won multiple awards, including four Governor General’s Awards. Kathryn volunteered as a support to parents for thirteen years with Boost in their crisis support and court preparation groups. She shares the managing editor role at Second Story Press and lives in Toronto.

Kathryn Cole's profile page

Ian Richards' profile page

Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre's profile page


  • Commended, "A Best Spiritual Book of the Year" from Spirituality & Practice
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens

Editorial Reviews

Warm text and cheery images make this accessible title a wonderful tool for children in need of emotional support.

School Library Journal

A Friend Like Iggy is slim, the presentation visually inviting. The up-close, often full-page photos make it highly suitable for sharing. Readers/listeners will identify with the volunteer youngsters posing in the photos...Highly Recommended

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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