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.

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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.  

Product Information

  • Release: April 15, 2019

  • $18.95 Hardcover

  • 32 Pages

  • Children's Nonfiction

  • 11 x 8.5

  • Ages 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • Lexile 610L Guided Reading: N

  • ISBN: 9781772600841

Key Themes

  • 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