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BOOKS FOR FAMILIES

Adoption – for children

All about Adoption: How Families Are Made & How Kids Feel about It by Marc Nemiroff Ph.D., Jane Annunziata, and Carol Koeller (2003)

Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can’t Live With Their Parents by Janice Levy and Whitney Martin (2004)

Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Wilgocki, Marcia Kahn Wright, and Alissa Imre Geis (2002)

This is How We Became a Family: An Adoption Story by Wayne Willis Ph.D. (2000)

Zachary’s New Home: A Story for Foster and Adopted Children by Geraldine Molettiere Blomquist and Margo Lemieux (1990)

Adoption – for parents

The Third Choice: A Woman’s Guide to Placing a Child for Adoption by Leslie Foge and Gail Mosconi (2003)

Pregnant? Adoption Is an Option: Adoption from the Birthparents’ Perspective by Jeanne Warren Lindsay (1996)

The Open Adoption Experience – A Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families by Lois Ruskai Melina and Sharon Kaplan Roszia (1993)

Anxiety & Fear – for children

Big Ernie’s New Home: A Story for Children Who Are Moving by Whitney Martin (2006)

Cat’s Got Your Tongue? A Story for Children Afraid to Speak by Charles E. Schaefer (1992)

Clouds and Clocks: A Story for Children Who Soil by Matthew Galvin (2007)

David and the Worry Beast: Helping Children Cope with Anxiety by Anne Marie Guanci and Caroline Attia (2007)

I Don’t Know Why. . . I Guess I’m Shy by Barbara Cain (2000)

I Don’t Want to Go to School: Helping Children Cope with Separation Anxiety (Let’s Talk) by Nancy Pando and Kathy Voerg (2005)

I’ll be Home Soon by Patricia B McConnell (2000)

Imagine a Rainbow: A Child’s Guide for Soothing Pain by Brenda Miles (2006)

Into the Great Forest: A Story for Children Away from Parents for the First Time by Irene Wineman Marcus & Paul Marcus (1992)

Jenny is Scared! When Sad Things Happen in the World by Carol Shuman (2003)

Jessica and the Wolf: A Story for Children Who Have Bad Dreams by Ted Lobby (1990)

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (2006)

Lions Aren’t Scared of Shots: A Story for Children About Visiting the Doctor by Howard J. Bennett (2007)

Mama Will Be Home Soon by Nancy Minchella and Keiko Narahashi (2003)

Mom, Dad, Come Back Soon by Debra Pappas (2002)

Night Light: A Story for Children Afraid of the Dark by Jack Dutro (1991)

The Potty Chronicles: A Story to Help Children Adjust to Toilet Training by Annie Reiner (1991)

Regina’s Big Mistake by Marissa Moss (1995)

Scary Night Visitors: A Story for Children with Bedtime Fears by Irene Wineman Marcus & Paul Marcus (1990)

A Terrible Thing Happened: A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence or Trauma by Margaret M. Holmes (2000)

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner (2005)

When Fuzzy Was Afraid of Big and Loud Things by Inger M. Maier (2006)

When Fuzzy Was Afraid of Losing His Mother by Inger M. Maier (2004)

When Lizzy Was Afraid of Trying New Things (Fuzzy The Little Sheep) by Inger M. Maier (2005)

Anxiety – for parents

Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child’s Fears, Worries, and Phobias by Tamar E. Chansky (2004)

Separation Anxiety by Karen Brichoux (2004)

Helping Your Child Overcome Separation Anxiety or School Refusal: A Step-by-Step Guide For Parents by Andrew R. Eisen, Linda B. Engler, and Joshua Sparrow (2006)

Everyday Goodbyes: Starting School And Early Care, a Guide to the Separation Process (Early Childhood Education Series (Teachers College Pr)) by Nancy Balaban (2006)

The Anxiety Cure for Kids: A Guide for Parents by Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, Robert L.DuPont, and Caroline M. DuPont (2003)

Separation Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: An Individualized Approach to Assessment and Treatment by Andrew R. Eisen and Charles E. Schaefer (2005)

Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Disabilities – for children

50 Activities and Games for Kids with ADHD by Patricia O. Quinn M.D. and Judith M. Stern (2000) 

The Best of “Brakes”: An Activity Book for Kids With ADD by Patricia O. QuinnJudith M. Stern, and Kate Sternberg (2000)

Cory Stories: A Kid’s Book about Living with ADHD by Jeanne Kraus and Whitney Martin (2004)

Help Is On the Way : A Child’s Book About ADD by Dr. Marc A. Nemiroff Ph.D.Dr. Jane Annunziata Psy.D., and Margaret Scott (1998)

Learning To Slow Down & Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD by Kathleen G. NadeauEllen B. Dixon, and Charles Beyl (2004)

Many Ways to Learn: Young People’s Guide to Learning Disablities by Judith M. Stern, Uzi Ben-Ami, and Michael Chesworth (1996)

Otto Learns About His Medicine: A Story About Medication for Children With ADHD by Matthew R. Galvin and Sandra Ferraro (2001)

Putting on the Brakes: Young People’s Guide to Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by Patricia O. Quinn and Judith M. Stern (2001)

The “Putting on the Brakes” Activity Book for Young People With ADHD by Patricia O. Quinn and Judith M. Stern (1993)

Sparky’s Excellent Misadventures: My A.D.D. Journal by Phyllis CarpenterMarti Ford, and Peter Horjus (1999)

What To Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming OCD by Dawn Huebner (2007)

Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Disabilities – for adolescents

ADD and the College Student: A Guide for High School and College Students with Attention Deficit Disorder by Patricia O. Quinn (2001)

Adolescents and ADD: Gaining the Advantage by Patricia O. Quinn (1995)

Survival Guide for College Students with ADHD or LD by Kathleen G. Nadeau

Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Disabilities – for parents

Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Tamar Chansky (2012)

Couples & Emotionally Focused Therapy

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson (2008)

Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships by Dr. Sue Johnson (2013)

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John M. Gottman (2015)

Safe Haven Marriage: Building the Relationship You Want to Come Home To by Dr. Archibald D. Hart and Dr. Sharon Hart Morris (2003)

Death, Loss & Grief – for children

Don’t Despair on Thursdays! The Children’s Grief-Management Book (The Emotional Impact Series) by Adolph MoserDavid Melton (1996)

Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying by Joyce C Mills Ph.D.Cary Pillo (2003)

Gran-Gran’s Best Trick: A Story for Children Who Have Lost Someone They Love by  L. Dwight HoldenMichael Chesworth (1989)

I Don’t Have an Uncle Phil Anymore by Marjorie White Pellegrino and Christine Kempf (1998)

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen (1983)

Someone Special Died (Kids Have Feelings, Too) by Joan Singleton Prestine and Virginia Kylberg (1993)

Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss by  Pat SchwiebertChuck DeKlyenTaylor Bills (2005)

Death, Loss & Grief – for parents

A Child’s View of Grief: A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Counselors by Alan D. Wolfelt Ph.D. (2004)

Season of Heartbreak: Healing for the Heart, Brain, and Soul by Mark Gregory Karris (2017)

Depression – for children

Depression Is the Pits, but I’m Getting Better: A Guide for Adolescents by E. Jane Garland M.D., (2010)

Why Are You So Sad: A Child’s Book about Parental Depression by Beth AndrewsNicole WongB AndrewsJ Annunziata (2002)

Disability 

Elana’s Ears, or How I Became the Best Big Sister in the World by Gloria Roth LowellKaren Stormer Brooks (2000)

Tibby Tried It by Sharon UsemanErnie UsemanCary Pillo (1999)

Divorce – for children

The Case of the Scary Divorce (Jackson Skye Mystery) by Carl Pickhardt (1998)

Ginny Morris and Dads New Girlfriend by Mary Collins Gallagher (2006)

Ginny Morris And Mom’s House, Dad’s House by Mary Collins Gallagher (2005)

I Don’t Want to Talk about It by Jeanie Franz Ransom (2000)

My Mom and Dad Don’t Live Together Anymore: A Drawing Book for Children of Separated or Divorced Parents by Judith Rubin (2002)

My Parents Are Divorced Too: A Book for Kids by Kids by Melanie FordSteven FordAnnie FordJann Blackstone-Ford (2006)

This Is Me and My Two Families: An Awareness Scrapbook Journal for Children Living in Stepfamilies by Marla D Evans (1988)

Was It the Chocolate Pudding?: A Story For Little Kids About Divorce by Sandra Levins and Bryan Langdo (2006)

What Can I Do?: A Book for Children of Divorce by Danielle Lowry (2001)

Daddy Doesn’t Live Here Anymore : A Book About Divorce by Betty Boegehold (1985)

Help!: A Girl’s Guide to Divorce and Stepfamilies (American Girl Library) by Nancy Holyoke and Scott Nash (1999)

Dinosaurs Divorce (Dino Life Guides) by Marc Brown and Laurie Krasny Brown (1988)

Divorce – for preteens

The Boys and Girls Book About Divorce: For Children and Their Divorced Parents–The Essential Book by Richard Gardner (1985)

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (2000)

The Divorce Express by Paula Danziger (2007)

It’s Not the End of the World by Judy Blume (2014)

The Kids’ Book of Divorce: By, For, and About Kids by Fayerweather Street School Unit and Eric E. Rofes (1981)

Mitzi’s Honeymoon With Nana Potts by Barbara Williams (1985)

Mom is Dating Weird Wayne by Mary Jane Auch (1988)

My Mother Is Not Married to My Father by Jean Davies Okomoto (1981)

What’s Going to Happen to Me?: When Parents Separate or Divorce by Eda Le Shane (1987)

Emotion – for children

Beverly Billingsly Takes the Cake by Alexander Stadler (2005)

The Boy Who Didn’t Want to Be Sad by Rob Goldblatt (2004)

Don’t Squeal Unless It’s a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales by Jeanie Franz Ransom (2005)

Double-Dip Feelings: Stories to Help Children Understand Emotions by Barbara S Cain and Anne Patterson (2001)

Josh’s Smiley Faces: A Story about Anger by Gina Ditta-Donahue  (2003)

Proud of Our Feelings by Lindsay Leghorn (1995)

Rising Above the Storm Clouds: What It’s Like to Forgive by Robert D. Enright and Kathryn Kunz Finney (2004)

What to Do When You Grumble Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Negativity by Dawn Huebner (2007)

Regina’s Big Mistake by Marissa Moss (1995)

Throwing tantrums (A children’s book about) by Joy Wilt Berry (1988)

The Hurt by Teddi Doleski (1983)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst (1987)

Family Matters – for children

Big Ernie’s New Home: A Story for Children Who Are Moving by Whitney Martin (2006)

Big Sister Now: A Story About Me and our New Baby by Annette Sheldon (2005)

Elana’s Ears, or How I Became the Best Big Sister in the World by Gloria Roth Lowell (2000)

Into the Great Forest: A Story for Children Away from Parents for the First Time by Irene Wineman Marcus & Paul Marcus (1992)

The Magic Box: When Parents Can’t Be There to Tuck You In by Marty Sederman and Seymour Epstein (2003)

My Grandma’s the Mayor by Marjorie White Pellegrino (2000)

The Potty Chronicles: A Story to Help Children Adjust to Toilet Training by Annie Reiner (1991)

Individual Self Reflection

Simple Introspection, a guided journal by Cindy Knapp (2019)

Parenting 

Homemade Books to Help Kids Cope: An Easy-To-Learn Technique for Parents & Professionals by Robert G. Ziegler (1992)

Make-Believe: Games & Activities for Imaginative Play – A Book for Parents, Teachers, and the Young Children in Their Lives by Dorothy G. Singer and Jerome L. Singer (2000)

More Annie Stories: Therapeutic Storytelling Techniques by Doris Brett (1992)

Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell (2013)

Play Therapy: The Groundbreaking Book That Has Become a Vital Tool in the Growth and Development of Children by Virginia Axline (1981)

Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child The Heart of Parenting by John Gottman Ph.D., Joan Declaire, and Daniel Goleman (1998)

Supernanny: How To Get The Best From Your Children by Jo Frost (2005)

Sexuality – for children

How Babies Are Made by Andrew C. Andry and Steven Schepp (2015)

Our New Baby: A Picture Story for Parents and Children by Grethe Fagerstrom and Gunilla Hansson (1982)

Sexuality – for parents

A Gift for All Ages: A Family Handbook on Sexuality by Clifford & Joyce Penner (1986)

Sex Facts For The Family by Clifford & Joyce Penner (1992)

PODCASTS

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Lovelink- Interview with Dr. Sue Johnson about Emotionally Focused Therapy

VIDEOS

Parenting

Choices, Cookies and Kids: A Creative Approach to Discipline. How To Teach Your Child Self-Control & Self Discipline DVD/VIDEO by Dr. Gary Landreth www.centerforplaytherapy.com

Supernanny DVD/VIDEO Series Created and Produced by Ricochet

WEBITES

Adoption

Adoption Center of San Diego http://www.adoption-center.org/ Sarah Jensen. The Adoption Center of San Diego . ACSD was established in 1987 as a non-profit center providing complete adoption facilitation.