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Child & Adolescent Development


Covey, Sean (2002) The seven habits of highly effective teenagers.

Dawson. Peg and Guare R. (2012). Coaching students with executive skills deficits. Guilford Press.

Elkind, D. (1982). The hurried child; growing up too fast too soon. Addison-Wesley.

Erikson, E. (1950). Childhood and society. Norton.

  • Must reading.

Gilligan, C. (1982). In a different voice. Harvard Univ. Press.

  • Classic on gender differences.

Greenberger, D. & Padesky, C. (1995). Mind over mood. Guilford.

  • Good overview and strategies for implementing cognitive-behavioral therapy for adolescents and adults.

Journal of Clinical & Adolescent Psychology

  • All of the articles are the most up to date research on empirically supported treatments.

Kindlon, D. & Thompson, M. (2000). Raising Cain: Protecting the emotional life of boys. Ballantine.

LifeSkills TM Program. A 10 week CBT program on tape for anxious children and adolescents. (

National Geographic (Oct, 2011) Teenage Brains

Nikkah, J. (2000) Our boys speak: Adolescent boys write about their inner lives. St. Martin’s Griffin.

Oldfield, D. (1997). Rebuilding the thresholds: The modern call for ancient rites of passage.

Packer, Alex J. (1997). How Rude! Teenagers Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out. Free Spirit Publishing.

  • Humorous.

Packer, Alex J. (2004). How Rude! Friendship and Dating Manners for Teens: Surviving the Social Scene. Free Spirit Publishing.

PBS News Hour (2004). The Teen Brain. (

Pipher, M. (1994). Reviving Ophelia. Grosset/Putnam.

Pollack, W. (1999). Real Boys: Rescuing our sons from the myths of boyhood. Owl Books.

Savin-Williams, R. (2001). Mom, Dad, I'm Gay. APA Publications.

Shandler, Sara. (1999). Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self. Harper Perennial.

  • Girls' issues.

Walsh, D. (2004). Why do they act that way? A survival guide to the adolescent brain for you and your teen. Free Press.

  • Very readable


Bradley, Michael. (2003). Yes, Your Teen is Crazy! Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind. Harbor Press, Inc.

Cohen-Sandler, Roni & Sliver, Michelle. (2000). I'm Not Mad, I Just Hate You: A New Understanding of Mother-Daughter Conflict. Penguin.

Herrin, Marcia & Matsumoto, Nancy (2007). The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders: Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating, and Positive Body Image at Home. Gurze Books.

Kirshenbaum, M. & Foster, C. Parent/Teen Breakthrough: The Relationship Approach. Penguin.

  • Excellent.

Walsh, D. (2004). Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen. Free Press.

  • Very readable.


  • Teen sexuality information site.

  • Information on pregnancy, contraception, STD.

Child Development

Briggs, D. (1970). Your Child's Self Esteem: The Key to His Life. Doubleday Dolphin.

Brooks, R & Goldstein, S. (2002). Nurturing Resilience in Our Children: Answers to the Most Important Parenting Questions. McGraw-Hill.

Brooks, R & Goldstein, S. (2002). Raising Resilient Children: Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child. McGraw-Hill.

Burns, M. (1977). I Am Not a Short Adult!

  • A little dated but still a good reference.

Edelman, H. (1994). Motherless Daughters. Delta.

Eliot, Lise. (1999). What's Going On In There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life. Bantam.

  • Excellent and readable book on early child development.

Elkind, D. (1982). The Hurried Child; Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon. Addison-Wesley.

Erikson, E. (1950). Childhood and Society. Norton.

  • Must read.

Gopnick, Allison (2009). The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us about Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life. Farrar, Straus, Giroux.

  • Innovative and creative research reveal the amazing feats of infant and toddlers' brains.

Gilligan, C. (1982). In a Different Voice. Harvard Univ. Press.

  • Classic on gender differences.

Kindlon, D. & Thompson, M. (2000). Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys. Ballantine.

Nikkah, J. (2000). Our Boys Speak: Adolescent Boys Write About Their Inner Lives. St. Martin's Griffin.

Oldfield, D. (1997). Rebuilding the Thresholds: The Modern Call for Ancient Rites of Passage.

Phillips, J. (1975). The Origins of Intellect: Piaget's Theory. Freeman.

  • A readable book about a very complex, but seminal theory of children's cognitive development.

Tannen, D. (1990). You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation. Ballantine.

  • Classic and very readable.

Wood, Chip. (2007). Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom ages 4-14, 3rd Edition. Northeast Foundation for Children.

  • Classic and very readable.


Armstrong, Thomas. (1998). Awakening Genius in the Classroom. ASCD.

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. (1990). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Harper & Row.

  • Excellent book about creativity and happiness.

Shahn, Ben. (1597). The Shape of Content. Harvard

  • Down to earth advice for young people who want to be professional artists.

von Oech, Roger. (1986). A Kick in the Seat of the Pants. Harper Perennial.

  • Learn to use explorer, artist, judge & warrior sides of yourself.

Decision Making

Navarra, Tova. Playing It Smart: What to Do When You're on Your Own: A Kid's Guide to Handling the Ins and Outs of Everday Life.


Verdick, Elizabeth. (1998). When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens. Free Spirit Publishing.

Copeland, Mary Ellen. (2002). Recovering from Depression: A Workbook for Teens. Brookes Publishing Co.

Irwin, Cait. (1999). Conquering the Beast Within: How I Fought Depression and Won...and How You Can, Too. Three Rivers Press.

Relationships, Interpersonal

Carlson, Nancy. Loudmouth George and the Sixth-Grade Bully.

Simon, Norma. Nobody's Perfect, Not Even My Mother.

Wilt, Joy. Handling Your Disagreements.

Zelonky, Joy. My Best Friend Moved Away.

Self Esteem

Palmer, Pat. (1977). Liking Myself. Impact Press.


Brett, Doris. Annie Stories.

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