Recommended Reading

Books for Parents

  • Why Good Kids Act Cruel by Carl Pickhardt, PhD (Learning about the types of social cruelty, psychology behind the behavior, and how to support adolescents and teenagers through that developmental time.)
  • Queen Bees and Wannabes and Masterminds and Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman (Crucial read to understand for boys and/or girls the social world they live in, group dynamics and roles, and what we can do as parents and educators to support them.)
  • Growing Up Brave by Donna B. Pincus, PhD (Expert strategies to help children overcome fear, stress, and anxiety.)
  • No Bad Kids by Janet Lansbury (While it is written to teach about toddler discipline, the short read has some great and relevant guidance for how we approach discipline, with the basics being applicable to all ages.)
  • Lost at School by Ross W. Greene, PhD (Great book to help parents and educators learn about Collaborative Problem Solving, and supporting our most challenging kids. Builds off of the mindset "Kids Will Do Well if they Can" versus "Kids Will Do Well if they Want to.")
  • The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal (Entertaining read that teaches us how self control works, why it matters, and how we can get more of it. Recommended if you are trying to build motivation.)
  • Your Perfect Right by Robert Alberti, PhD and Michael Emmons, PhD (USA Today calls it, "The assertiveness bible." This book will help you learn many ways to be assertive that will help you personally, as well as help you teach your kids an important skill that builds self advocacy and dealing with difficult people.)

Books for Children

  • The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig (Empathy)
  • My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig (Responding to Bullying)
  • Zach Gets Frustrated by William Mulcahy, and all others in the "Zach Rules" series - Makes Mistakes, Stands Up, Hangs in There, and Apologizes. (Emotional Regulation and other skills)
  • Superflex by Stephanie Madrigal and Michelle Garcia Winner (Social thinking skills through a comic book style)
  • You Are a Social Detective by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke (Teaching social skills, learning what is unexpected vs expected)
  • I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings (from Amazon, "The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere")
  • George by Alex Gino (chapter book for upper grades about George who is Transgender. Helps teach about empathy, stereotypes, and gender roles in society.)
  • Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud (Kindness)
  • Enemy Pie by Derek Munson (Friendship)
  • My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook (Managing impulses and blurting)
  • Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook (Respecting personal space boundaries)
  • Soda Pop Head by Julia Cook (Managing Anger)
  • The Empty Pot by Demi (Integrity)
  • The Secret Stone by Jill Lauffer and Kathleen Roberts (Gratitude)