Recommended Reading – Parent, Child and General Mental Health

Parenting Books


  • How to Reach and Teach Children with ADD/ADHD: Practical Techniques, Strategies and Interventions by Sandra Rief
  • Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Autism Spectrum, Tourette’s, Anxiety and More!: The one-stop guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals by Martin L. Kutscher, Tony Attwood and Robert R. Wolf
  • Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD, and Executive Function Deficits: A
    Quick Reference Guide for Teachers and Parents
    by Chris A. Zeigler

Anxious Children:

  • Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior, by Jeffrey M. Schwartz
  • Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child by M.D., Katharina Manassis
  • Freeing Your Child From Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child’s Fears, Worries, and Phobias by Tamar E. Chansky
  • Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents, by Tamar E. Chansky
  • Helping Children Cope with Stress, by Avis Brenner
  • Helping Yourself Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents, by R.M. Rapee, S.H. Spence, V. Cobham, and A. Wignall
  • The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing: The Experience and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Judith Rapoport
  • The Scared Child: Helping Kids Overcome Traumatic Events,  by Barbara Brooks and Paula M. Siegel
  • What to do When Your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Strategies and Solutions, by A.P. Wagner
  • Your Anxious Child: How Parents and Teachers Can Relieve Anxiety in Children by John S. Dacey and Lisa Fiore

Behavior Management

  • How to Handle a Hard-to-Handle Kid: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding and Changing Problem Behaviors, by C.D. Edwards
  • Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide For Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent and Energetic, by M.S. Kurcinka
  • Taming the Dragon in Your Child, by M. Eastman
  • The Challenging Child: Understanding, Raising, and Enjoying the Five ‘Difficult’ Types of Children, by Stanley Greenspan with Jacqueline Salmon
  • The Difficult Child, by Stanley Turecki and Leslie Tonner
  • The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, by Ross W. Greene
  • The Impossible Child: A Guide for Caring Teachers and Parents by Daris Rapp

Cyber Space:

  • Cyber Safe Kids, Cyber Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn to Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly by Nancy E. Willard


  • Raising Depression-Free Children: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention and Early Intervention, by Kathleen Panula Hockey

Executive Functioning:

  • Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents Guide to Helping Children with
    Executive Functioning
     by Joyce Cooper-Kahn PhD and Laurie Dietzel Ph.D.


  • Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions for Stress Free Homework –   Ann K Dolin
  • How to Reach and Teach All Children in the Inclusive Classroom: Practical Strategies, Lessons, and Activities by Sandra F. Rief and Julie A. Heimburge
    Sandra Reif and Julie Heimburge
  • Learning Outside The lines: Two Ivy League Students with Learning
    Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and
    Educational Revolution
     by Jonathan Mooney and David Cole
  • The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in
    School and Beyond
     by Donna Goldberg with Jennifer Zweibel

Making Friends:

  • Helping the Child Who Doesn’t Fit In by Stephen Nowicki Jr. and Marshall P. Duke 
  • It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning
    Disabilities Find Social Success
     by Richard Lavoie, Michele Reiner,
    and Mel Levine
  • Outnumbered. Not Outsmarted!: An A to Z Guide for Working with Kids and Teens in Groups by Cathi Cohen
  • Playground Politics: Understanding the Emotional Life of Your School-Age Child by Stanley Greenspan with Jacqueline Salmon
  • Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In – When to Worry and When Not to Worry, by Perri Klass and Eileen Costello
  • Raise Your Child’s Social IQ: Stepping Stones to People Skills for Kids by Cathi Cohen
  • Stepping Stones to Building Friendships by Cathi Cohen
  • The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends by Natalie Madorsky Elman and Eileen Kennedy-Moore


  • The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child by Richard D. Lavoie
  •  Mindset – The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

Oppositional/Defiance Disorder:

  • Educating Oppositional and Defiant Children by Philip S. Hall and Nancy D Hall

Positive Discipline:

  • 1-2-3 Magic for Kids: Helping Your Children Understand the New Rules by Thomas Phelan and Tracy M. Lewis
  • From Chaos to Calm – Effective Parenting of Challenging Children with ADHD and Other Behavioral Problems by Sharon K. Weiss MEd and Janet E. Heininger PhD
  • How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • Loving Your Child Is Not Enough: Positive Discipline That Works by Nancy Samalin with Martha Moraghan Jablow
  • Positive Parenting from A to Z by Karen Renshaw Joslin
  • The No-Cry Discipline Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Good Behavior Without Whining, Tantrums & Tears by Elizabeth Pantley
  • Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach by Howard Glasser and Jennifer Easley

Pre-Teens and Teens:

  • When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs by Jim Delisle and Judy Galbraith

Raising Confident Girls:

  • Freeing Your Child From Negative Thinking: Powerful, Practical Strategies to Build a Lifetime of Resilience, Flexibility and Happiness by Tamar E. Chansky
  • Raising Confident Girls – 100 Parenting Tips for Parents and Teachers by Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer
  • Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know by Meg Meeker
  • The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence by Rachel Simmons

Stress and Relaxation:

  • What To Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner

Understanding Child Development:

  • Ages & Stages: A Parent’s Guide to Normal Childhood Development by Charles E. Schaefer and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo
  • Ages and Stages: Developmental Descriptions and Activities, Birth Through Eight Yearsby Karen Miller
  • Child Behavior: The Classic Child Care Manual from the Gesell Institute of Human Development by Francis L. Ilg, Louise Bates Ames, and Sydney M. Baker
  • First Feelings: Milestones in the Emotional Development of Your Baby and Child, by  Stanley Greenspan and Nancy Thorndike Greenspan
  • The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth, by Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder
  • The Yale Child Study Center Guide to Understanding Your Child: Healthy Development from Birth to Adolescence by Linda C. Mayers M.D. and Donald J. Cohen M.D.
  • Your One Year Old through Your Ten to Fourteen Year Old series by Louise Bates Ames, PhD, Gesell Institute of Human Development

Children’s Books


  • Attention, Girls!:  A Guide to Learn All about your AD/HD by Patricia Quinn (9 & up) 
  • Learning To Slow Down and Pay Attention:  A Book for Kids About ADHD by  Kathleen Nadeau and Ellen Dixon (9 and up)
  • The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD by John F. Taylor Ph.D. (8 and up)

Anger Management:

  • Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Dayby Judith Viorst (4 & up)
  • Andrew’s Angry Words by D. Lachner and Tjong King (4 & up)
  • Hands Are Not For Hitting by Martine Agassi PhD (4 & up)
  • How to Take the Grrrrr Out of Anger by Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis (8 & up)
  • Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney (3 & up)
  • Mad Isn’t Bad – A Child’s Book About Anger by Michaelene Mundy (4 & up)
  • Mean Soup by Betsy Everitt (2 & up)
  • The Very Angry Day That Amy Didn’t Haveby Lawrence Shapiro (4 – 10)
  • When Sophie Gets Angry – Really Really Angry by Molly Bang (4 & up)


Anxious Children:

  • Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes (4 & up)


Body Awareness:

  • 100 Things Guys Need to Know by Bill Zimmerman (9 & up)
  • Growing Up: It’s A Girl Thing by Mavis Jukes (10 & up)
  • The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls (American Girl Library) by Valorie Schaefer (8 & up)
  • The Period Book, Updated Edition: Everything You Don’t Want to Ask by Karen Gravelle and Debbie Palen (8 & up)
  • What’s Going on Down There?: Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to Ask by Karen Gravelle (10 & up)


  • It’s My Body; A Book to Teach Young Children How to Resist Uncomfortable Touch by Lory Britain
  • Uncle Willie’s Tickles: A Child’s Right to Say No by Marcie Aboff (4 and up)


  • A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook and Anita DuFalla (3 & up)
  • Billy Bullyby Alvaro & Ana Galan (3 & up) 
  • Blue In the Shoes of Christopher by James Callner MA (8 & up)
  • Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain (ages 8-12) by Trevor Romain (8-10)
  • Cliques Phonies & Other Baloney by Trevor Romain (8 & up)
  • How to Lose All Your Friends by Nancy Carlson (3 & up)
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Bully by Stan & Jan Berenstain (4 & up)
  • The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing by Stan & Jan Berenstain (4 & up)
  • The Paper Bag Princess (4 & up)
  • The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill (rules police, group games) (4 & up)


  • Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant (pet death) (4 & up)
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages by Leo Buscaglia (4 & up)
  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst (pet death) (6 & up)
  • What’s Happening to Grandpa by Maria Shriver (Preschool)
  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown (Preschool)


  • Boundless Grace by Mary Hoffman (4 & up)
  • Was It The Chocolate Pudding? A Story for Little Kids About Divorce by Sandra Levins and Bryan Langdo (4 & up)
  • When Dinosaurs Divorce by Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown (Preschool)

Feelings Awareness:

  • Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley (Preschool)
  • The Hurt by Teddi Doleski (7 & up) 
  • The Way I Feel by Janan Cain (4 & up)
  • Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Connell (4 & up)
  • Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes (4 & up)


  • A Good Friend – How to Make One & How to Be One by Ron Hevron and Val J. Peter (10 & up)
  • Bear’s New Friendby Karma Wilson (3 & up) 
  • Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson (9 & up)
  • Bink & Gollie by Allison McGhee and Kate DiCamello (6 & up)
  • Corduory by Don Freeman (2 & up)
  • Franklin’s Secret Club by Paulette Bourgeois & Brenda Clark (3 & up)
  • Franklin’s New Friend by Paulette Bourgeois & Brenda Clark (3 & up)
  • Frog and Toad: The Gardenby Arnold Lobel (3 & up)
  • Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber (7 & up)
  • Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber (Preschool)
  • My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann (4 & up)
  • My Friend Bear by Jez Alborough (3 & up)
  • Owl Moonby Jane Yolen (3 & up)
  • Standing Up To Peer Pressure – A Guide to Being True to You by Jim Auer (8 & up)
  • Stephanie’s Ponytail (4 & up)
  • The Kind of Friends We Used to Be by France O’Roark Dowell (8 & up)
  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister (3 & up)
  • The Secret Language of Girls (8 & up)
  • Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka (4 & up)

Friend moving:

  • Ira Says Goodbye by Bernard Waber (2 & up)
  • My Best Friend Moved Away by Nancy Carlson (3 & up)
  • We Are Best Friends by Aliki (3 & up)


  • David Goes To School by David Shannon (3 & up)
  • I Don’t Want to Go to School By Stephanie Blake (ages 4-8)
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (4 & up)
  • Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes (4 & up)


  • My Mouth is a Volcanoby Julia Cook and Carrie Hartman (4 & up)
  • Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook and Carrie Hartman (4 & up)
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (7 & up)


  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (4 & up) 
  • Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon (diversity, being who you are, loving self) (5 & up)
  • I Like Me by Nancy Carlson (3 & up)
  • It’s Okay to Be Differentby Todd Parr (Preschool)
  • I Wish I Were A Butterfly by James Howe and Ed Young (self image, being unique, differences)  (4 & up)
  • Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus (5 & up)
  • Stand Tall Molly Lou Melonby Patty Lovell and David Castrow (4 & up)
  • The Empty Pot by Demi (honesty, self-esteem, integrity) (4 & up)
  • The Little Engine that Could(positive self talk) (2 & up)
  • The Patch by Justina Chen Headley (differences, diversity) (Preschool)
  • The Very Ugly Bug by Liz Pichon (3 & up)

Separation From Parent:

  • The Berenstain Bears and the Sitter by Stan and Jan Berenstain (4 & up)
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (4 & up)

Siblings relationships:

  • Julius the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes (5 & up)
  • Rules by Cynthia Lords (sibling of child with autism) (9 & up)


  • Sam is Not a Loser by Theirry Robberecht (4 & up)

Stress and Relaxation:

  • A Boy & a Bear – The Children’s Relaxation Book (6 & up)
  • A Boy & a Turtle(8 & up)
  • Affirmation Weaver by Lori Lite ( 7 & up)
  • Bubble Riding (10 & up)
  • Help is Here for Facing Fear by Molly Wigand
  • Stress Can Really Get on Your Nerves by Trevor Roman (8 & up)

General Social:

  • 3 Willows by Ann Brashares (12 & up)
  • How Rude Books by Alex J. Parker (13 & up)
  • More Than a Label by Aisha Muharrar (13 & up)

Getting Organized/Homework:

  • Getting Organized Without Losing It by Janet Fox (8 & up)
  • How to Do Without Throwing Up by Trevor Romain (8 & up)


  • Nobody’s Perfect by Ellen Flanagan Burns and Erica Pelton Villneve (8 & up)
  • What to Do When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough by Thomas Greenspon PhD (9 & up)

Pre-Teens and Teens:

  • More Than a Test Score by Robert Schultz (13 & up)
  • The Gifted (13 & up)

Stress Management:

  • Fighting Invisible Tigers: A Stress Management Guide for Teens by E. Hipp (11 & up)


  • Knowing and Doing What’s Right by Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick (8 & up)
  • Respect – Dare to Care, Share and Be Fair by Ted and Jenny O’Neil (8 & up)