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Recommended Reading

Here are a list of books I recommend. Some books are for children and others for parents. This list is updated when I find new and useful references. If you can’t find one that fits the issue you are concerned about, try Magination Press, which is a publishing house run by the American Psychological Association. They have many more useful books that are written by those in the field of psychology.

Adolescent Development

  • Brainstorm by Daniel Siegel

Developing Brain

  • Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak (Children’s Book)

Attachment Objects

  • Owen by Keven Henkes (Children’s Book)

Separation Issues

  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (Children’s Book)
  • A Kiss Goodbye by Audrey Penn (Children’s Book)
  • Oh the Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss (Children’s Book)



  • What Does It Mean to Be Present? by Rana Diorio
  • The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal, PhD
  • Buddha’s Brain: Happiness, Love and Wisdom by Rick Hanson, PhD and Richard Mendius, MD
  • Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain by Rick Hanson
  • Mindsight by Daniel Siegel, MD


  • My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic by Michael A. Tompkins, Phd, and Katherine Mirtinez, PsyD


  • Exercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-being by Michael Otto, PhD and Jasper A.J. Smits, PhD

High Sensitivity

  • The Highly Sensitive Child by Maureen Healy

Developing Sexuality

  • It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growiwng Up, Sex and Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley
  • Amazing You! Getting Smart About Your Private Parts By Dr. Gail Saltz, MD (Children’s Book)


  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Krasny Brown and Marc Brown (Children’s Book)

Potty Training

  • You Can Go to the Potty by William Sears (Children’s Book)
  • Max Archer Kid Detective: The Case of the Wet Bed by Howard J Bennett, MD (This Children’s book also covers how the body works.)

Parenting Books

  • Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting by John Gottman, PhD with Joan Declaire
  • Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by John Medina (This book does a great job of summarizing most of the key early childhood development research and provides some parenting stratagies.)
  • The Baby Book by Sears and Sears
  • The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us about the Mind by Alison Gopnik
  • And Baby Makes Three by Gottman and Gottman

The Effects of Technology on Children

  • Does Your Toddler Text? Article by Margaret Ann Jessop, PsyD
  • Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle