Recommended Reading: Books

General Development

  • Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week, by Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler
  • Heading Home with Your Newborn, by Penelope Leach (AAP publication)
  • Your Baby and Child: from Birth to Age Five (Revised Edition, AAP publication)
  • Touchpoints, by T. Berry Brazelton


  • The American Academy of Pediatrics New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding (Revised Edition), by Joan Younger Meek


  • Superfoods for Babies, by Annabel Karmel
  • Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense, by Ellyn Satter
  • How to Get Your Child to Eat but Not Too Much, by Ellyn Satter


  • Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems, by Richard Ferber
  • Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, by Marc Weissbluth
  • The No-Cry Sleep Solution, by Elizabeth Pantley


  • SOS: Help for Parents, by Lynn Clark (time-out)
  • Positive Discipline, by Jane Nelson
  • 1-2-3 Magic, by Thomas Phelan
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • The Parents We Mean to Be, by Richard Weissbourd.  
    • Premise: we need to help our children be “good,” not “happy.”
  • The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus, by Wendy Mogel
    • Premise: parents need to give their children the chance to fail in order to build resilience and self-achievement
  • Playful Parenting, by Lawrence Cohen
    • Premise: sometimes a sense of humor and getting down on the floor and playing is the best thing we can do for our children
  • Siblings without Rivalry, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • Raising Your Spirited Child Rev Ed: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic, by Sheedy Kurcinka
  • The Explosive Child, A New Approach For Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, by Ross Greene, Ph.D.

Body Awareness

  • First Human Body Encyclopedia, DK First Reference Series
    • General information about how the body works
  • Amazing You! Getting Smart about your Private Parts, by Gail Saltz
    • For younger children
  • It’s Not the Stork, by Robbie H. Harris

Puberty/Adolescent Development

  • The Care and Keeping of You 1: The Body Book for Younger Girls, by Valerie Schaefer (age 8 and older)
  • The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls, by Cara Natterson (age 10 and older)
  • The Feelings Book (Revised): The Care and Keeping of Your Emotions, by Linda Madison (age 8 and older)
  • What’s Happening to My Body? Books for Girls, Revised Edition, by Linda Madaras and Area Madaras
  • What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys, Revised Edition, by Linda Madaras and Area Madaras
  • American Medical Association Boys’ Guide to Becoming a Teen, by Amy Middleman, Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer
  • It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie H. Harris

Parenting: Raising Girls

  • Things Will Be Different for My Daughter: A Practical Guide to Building Her Self-Esteem and Self-Reliance, by Mindy Bingham, Sandy Stryker, Susan Allstetter Neufeldt  
  • Girl Wars: 12 Strategies That Will End Female Bullying, by Cheryl Dellasega and Charisse Nixon 
  • Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity and Jealousy, by Rachel Simmons
  • Queen Bees and Wannabes, by Rosalind Wiseman
  • Little Girls can be Mean, by Michelle Anthony and Reyna Lindert
  • Lisa Damour Untangled, by Lisa Damour

Parenting: Raising Boys

  • Raising Cain, by Michael Thompson
  • The Men They will Become: The Nature and Nurture of Male Character, by Eli Newberger
  • It’s a Boy! Your Son’s Development from Birth to Age 18, by Michael Thompson
  • Speaking of Boys, by Michael Thompson

Social Emotional Health/Younger Children

  • How are You Peeling, by Saxton Freymann 
  • The Way I Feel, by Janan Cain 
  • Today I Feel Silly, by Jamie Lee Curtis 
  • The Way I Feel Books, by Cornelia Maude Spelman, LICSW
  • Moody Cow Meditates, by Kerry Lee MacLean 
  • I am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness, by Susan Verde
  • When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry, by Molly Bang
  • Mean Soup, by Betsy Everitt 
  • Chocolate Covered Cookie Tantrum, by Deborah Blumenthal 
  • If You’re Angry and You Know It, by Cecily Kaiser
  • When Mommy Was Mad, by Lynne Jonell

Managing Emotions

  • What To Do When Your Temper Flares, by Dawn Huebner
    • This series has many other books on managing other emotions such as worry, fairness, making mistakes, bad habits and more. 


  • What To Do When You Worry Too Much, By Dawn Huebner 
    • 6-12 year olds
  • Helping Your Anxious Child, by Ronald Rapee, Ann Wignall, et. al

ADHD/Executive Function

  • ADHD, 3rd Edition, What Every Parent Needs to Know, by Mark Wolraich and Joseph Hagan (AAP)
  • Driven to Distraction, by Ned Hallowell
  • Super Parenting for ADHD, by Ned Hallowell
  • ADHD Now, by Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster
  • Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents, by Russell Barkley
  • Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential, by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare


  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, by Leo Buscaglia
  • Talking with Children about Loss, by Maria Trozzi


Recommended Reading: Websites


General Resources


  • Common Sense Media 
    • Website to rate and describe appropriateness of movies, apps, electronics.  

Raising Children

  • Making Caring Common   
    • Website of a program through the Harvard Graduate School of Education on how to raise caring, ethical children.  Resources on bullying, relationship issues, gender identity​ and more.

Teenage Health



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Parenting & Psychosocial Development 

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