Child Recommended Reading

ADHD

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

Anger Management

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

Anxious Children

  • Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes (4 and up)
  • What To Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner (ages 6–12)

Body Awareness

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

Boundaries

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

Bullying

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

Death/Dying/Grief

  • Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant (pet death) (4 and up)
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages by Leo Buscaglia (4 and up)
  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst (pet death) (6 and 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)

Divorce

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

Feelings Awareness

  • Glad Monster, Sad Monster: A Book About Feelings by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda (Preschool)
  • The Hurt by Teddi Doleski (7 and up)
  • The Way I Feel by Janan Cain (4 and up)
  • Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis (4 and up)
  • Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes (4 and up)

Friendship

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

Friend Moving

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

School

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

Self-Control

  • My Mouth is a Volcano! by Julia Cook (4 and up)
  • Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook (4 and up)
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (7 and up)

Self-Esteem

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

Separation From Parent

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

Sibling Relationships

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

Sportsmanship

  • Sam Is Not a Loser by Theirry Robberecht (4 and up)

Stress and Relaxation

  • A Boy and a Bear: The Children’s Relaxation Book by Lori Lite (6 and up)
  • A Boy and a Turtle: A Children’s Relaxation Story by Lori Lite (8 and up)
  • Affirmation Weaver: A Believe in Yourself Story by Lori Lite ( 7 and up)
  • Bubble Riding: A Relaxation Story by Lori Lite (10 and up)
  • Help Is Here for Facing Fear! by Molly Wigand (4 and up)
  • Stress Can Really Get on Your Nerves! by Trevor Romain and Elizabeth Verdick (8 and up)

General Social

  • 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows by Ann Brashares (12 and up)
  • How Rude! series by Alex J. Packer (13 and up)
  • More Than a Label: Why What You Wear or Who You’re With Doesn’t Define Who You Are by Aisha Muharrar (13 and up)

Getting Organized/Homework

  • Get Organized Without Losing It by Janet S. Fox (8 and up)
  • How to Do Homework Without Throwing Up by Trevor Romain (8 and up)

Perfectionism

  • Nobody’s Perfect: A Story for Children About Perfectionism by Ellen Flanagan Burns (8 and up)
  • What to Do When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism by Thomas S. Greenspon (9 and up)

Pre-Teens and Teens

  • More Than a Test Score : Teens Talk About Being Gifted, Talented, or Otherwise Extra-Ordinary by Robert A. Schultz and James R. Delisle (13 and up)

Stress Management

  • Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens by Earl Hipp (11 and up)

Values/Ethics

  • Knowing and Doing What’s Right: The Positive Values Assets by Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick (8 and up)
  • Respect: Dare to Care, Share and Be Fair! by Ted and Jenny O’Neal (8 and up)