A Friend Like Iggy
A Friend Like Iggy
By Kathryn Cole Photographs by Ian Richards
With BOOST Child & Youth Advocacy Centre
Iggy has an important job to do.
Explore the true story of Iggy, a special dog who helps kids navigate a very difficult time. 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, counselling 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 Author
Kathryn Cole has had a forty-five-year career in children’s books and is the author of the I’m a Great Little Kid Series with BOOST Child & Youth Advocacy Centre. Kathryn volunteered as a support to parents for thirteen years with BOOST in their crisis support and court preparation groups.
Release: April 15, 2019
11 x 8.5
Ages 6-8 / Grades 1-3
Lexile 610L Guided Reading: N
Trained facilitator and support dogs.
Navigating child abuse and trauma.
Court protection services and police services.
Praise for A Friend Like Iggy
“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
“A Friend Like Iggy, like the dog himself, will reassure and support and should be in all school libraries, hospitals, police stations, and medical offices. It might prompt a child to reveal truths they have been reluctant to speak while reassure them that there is support once they have.” - CanLit for LittleCanadians
“[This is] useful for learning about the difference between trained therapy dogs and opportunistic “comfort” animals. A lot of schools and libraries now arrange therapy dog visits, so this could make a good preview as a read aloud.” - Youth Services Book Review