There are many books that can help us understand ACEs from medical or lived perspectives, or show current best practice when supporting others.


‘The Deepest Well’ by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

‘Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes’ by Peter A. Levine and Maggie Kline

‘Why You Get Sick, How You Get Well’ by Dr. Arthur Janov

‘The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma’ by Bessel Van Der Kolk

‘Attachment in Common Sense and Doodles: A Practical Guide’ by Miriam Silver

‘The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook-What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing’ by Bruce D. Perry

Lived Experience

‘Poverty Safary’ by Darren McGarvey

‘I know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ by Maya Angelou

‘ACEs In The Shadows’ by A. Survivor

Working with Children

‘Toxic Childhood’ by Sue Palmer

‘When the Adults Change, Everything Changes’ by Paul Dix

‘Using Stories to Build Bridges with Traumatized Children’ by Kim S. Golding

‘Playful Approaches to Serious Problems: Narrative Therapy with Children and their Families’ by David Epston

‘The Discipline Coach’ by Jim Roberson


‘Suicide’ by David Émile Durkheim

‘Hiding In Plain Sight: Exploring Scotland’s Ill Health’ by Carol Craig


‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ by JD Vance

Children’s Fiction

‘Wonder’ by J Palaccio

‘Divided City’ by Theresa Breslin