Book Lists

Book Lists on the Web


Little Parachutes Provides a simple way to search for picture books that address situations and issues that young children experience. Subjects include: Sharing, moving, potty training, eating healthily, visiting the doctor, bereavement, adoption, divorce and serious illness in the family.
The Center for Parenting Education
Recommended Parenting Books
Recommended Childrens Books
The mission of The Center for Parenting Education is to educate and support parents to raise their children in emotionally healthy ways so that their children can thrive personally, socially and academically. They have some great book lists.
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning Book List topics include: Being a Friend, Accepting Different Kinds of Friends, General Feelings, Happy Feelings, Sad Feelings, Angry or Mad Feelings, Scared or Worried Feelings, Caring About Others and Empathy, Problem Solving, Self Confidence, Good Behavior Expectations, Family Relationships, Bullying, Teasing, Brief and Death.
Adoption Programs of Children’s Home Society of Minnesota Great adoption themed book list.
About Parenting Age-appropriate books about children and divorce.
“Bibliotherapy for Teens: Helpful Tips and Recommended Fiction.” School Library Journal, 11/6/14. There is a wonderful reading list at the end of the article.
Goodreads - Listopia This section allows one to search Goodread’s database for general as well as specific subjects. For instance users can type in ‘children’ or 'children with chronic illness.'
Massachusetts Children’s Book Award – Salem State University This award program was formed in 1975 after finding that many children loose interest in books after reaching the intermediate grades. Designed for school children in grades 4-6. Past and present winners and master lists are available on this site.
Reach Out and Read Book Lists:
Recommended Children’s Books
(6 months -5 years)
Back to School Books
Reach Out and Read delivers early literacy intervention to 4 million children and their families annually via pediatricians in exam rooms nationwide.
Geekdad - Sex Education Book List Sex Education books for ages- 5-16+

Library Lists:

Cambridge Public Library Book lists for all ages.
Arlington Public Library Book Lists – (Toddler-6th grade)
Medford Public Library Book Lists for Children and Teens – (In the menu bar at top – roll over either children or teens and then select Book Lists).
Charlotte Mecklenburg, North Carolina Library Book List Archive.
Monroe County Public Library (Bloomington, IN)
Book Lists for Children
Book Lists for Teens
Book Lists.

Parenting Books

Picking a parenting book can be a challenge. There is no one way of parenting, therefore there is not a single book that will have all, if any of the answers you are looking for. Our recommendation is that you find a few sources that resonate with you. Remember, the last thing a parenting book should do is make you feel anxious. Here are a few suggestions.

Books by T. Berry Brazelton (We recommend any of his books - here are a few)

Touchpoints - This is a series of books as well as a wonderful website.

Infants and Mothers: Differences in Development

On Becoming a Family: The Growth of Attachment

Toddlers and Parents: Declaration of Independence

Doctor and Child

Books Published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, edited by Steven Shelov

Your Baby’s First Year

Caring for your Baby and Young Child Birth-5

Teen- School Age

The Developing Child Series – Harvard University Press

Titles in this Series: The Caring Child, Child Abuse, Children Drawing, Children’s Friendships, Children’s Talk, Distress and Comfort, Early Language, Early Literacy, Fathers, The First Relationship: Infant and Mother, Infancy, The Learning-Disabled Child, Mental Retardation, Mind and Media: The Effects of Television, Video Games and Computer, Mothering, The Perceptual World of the Child, The Psychology of Childbirth, Schooling, Sisters and Brothers

Books from our own shelves

The Baby Nurse Bible, by Carole Arsenault

Raising Resilient Children, by Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein

Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning, by Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D. & Laurie Dietzel, Ph.D.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

The Magic Years: Understanding and Handling the Problems of Early Childhood, by Selma H. Fraiberg and T. Berry Brazelton

Happiest Baby on the Block – Books and DVDs, Harvey Karp (how to sooth your baby – get it at the library they also have a website.

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, by Dan Kindlon, Michael Thompson

The Blessing of a B Minus, by Wendy Mogel

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, by Wendy Mogel

Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care

Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager, by Anthony E. Wolf



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