Substance Use Book in Prevention

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Elementary kids hold up copies of our substance use prevention book Sunny's Story.

Elementary kids hold up copies of our substance use prevention book Sunny’s Story.

Sunny’s Story, written by Ginger Katz, is the substance use book in prevention that is written for all ages. It is about a compelling story for children, teenagers, parents, grandparents, teachers and more. Sunny’s Story tells of joyful times and sad times, and of how a dog’s best friend was needlessly lost to substance use.

It is narrated through the eyes, ears and mind of Sunny, the family beagle. The story tells the ups and downs of life with his young master Ian, beginning with their meeting at an animal shelter, and ending with a futile effort to ward off disaster.

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Sunny’s Story is read at many dinner tables across the country, in schools, and libraries as part of the Courage to Speak® substance use curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students.  This is one of those substance use books that can be a standalone as well for children of all ages, parents, grandparents, teachers and professionals in the field of substance use treatment and drug prevention.



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Raving Fans Talk About Our Substance Use Book

“This book is an important and unique addition to the list of prevention tools so necessary for the youth of today’s world. Sunny’s Story opens a dialogue between parents and their children.”

Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Professor of Practice and Associate Dean Harvard School of Public Health

“We as educators and parents need to be as strong in voice as Sunny is in the story. This story has to be told. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of a program that will save lives.”

David Hay, Elementary School Principal

“The book about Sunny will be such an asset to our language arts and health curriculum…. It will be required reading for my school.”

Dr. Lynn Moore, Middle School Principal

“Ian’s story, told through the eyes of his dog, Sunny, will help children understand how even ‘good kids’ can fall prey to the lure of drugs. The commitment of Ian’s family helps young people and their parents understand the danger never stops. Having the courage to face hard issues is he only way to keep our children safe.”

Salvatore J. Corda, Ph.D, Superintendent of Schools Norwalk Public Schools

“Through the voice of the family dog and in a tender and thoughtful way, Sunny’s Story brings to light one of the most challenging issues facing children, parents and educators today.”

Robert. B. Charles, former Assistant Secretary of State, under Colin Powell, for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement

“Sunny’s Story begins as any child’s storybook. Tragically, its ending reflects real life as it is experienced by far too many families. It’s unique approach in helping children consider the consequences of their actions and impacts upon their families is very powerful. Sunny’s Story would be a valuable read for all youngsters and their parents!”

Calvina Fay, Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation, Inc.

“I’ve decided to give Sunny’s Story as a special gift to my grandchildren and all of my friend’s children.”

Kileen Doyle, Grandmother of three grandchildren

“A heartfelt story on how one’s decisions effects family and relationships.”

Pat Vigilo, Middle School Health Class Teacher

Our Substance Use Book Shows The Effects Of Drugs On Kids

Our substance abuse books Sunny's Story

Student read our substance use book in drug prevention through the eyes of Sunny, our family dog.  This substance use book on drug prevention shows the effects of drugs on children.  This book can be used to show children the effects of drugs on teens lives.  This substance use book is engaging for children of all ages to help spread the effects of drug use in children’s lives.

Watching a teen life spiral out of control in this substance use book should be eye opening for any child who thinks about using drugs.  Childhood drug use will destroy a child’s future and the drug addictions effects on children and families are staggering.

This substance use book on drug prevention can be a great gift to give to a parent who needs help tackling the issue of drug abuse.  Many children do not see the harmful effects of substance use on teen lives.  Knowledge can be power, so give them to power to say no to drugs and help in the prevention of substance use in kids.

Allow Ginger’s courage to speak shine through and help your child decide to say no to substance use with our substance use book.  The illegal use of drugs can destroy a life once they have taken hold.  Show your children that they hold their lives in their hands and can say no to substance use.

This substance use book on drug prevention shows the effects that drugs can have on youth.  Learn from this story of substance use.  Our substance use book can be purchased here.  Please send us any childhood drug use questions you may have toward the prevention of substance use.