We have many of these books in our office and we are happy to loan them out to families. You can also find many of them at the local library.  If the library doesn’t own a copy, you can access Minerva, the statewide inter-library loan system.  Most of the books can  be found though your favorite bookseller.

Also check out our Resources for Families page for more information on particular topics.


George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends by James Marshall
How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them by Laurene Krasny Brown
Poppleton and Friends by Cynthia Rylant
The Care and Keeping of Friends - American Girl Library
The Brand New Kid-Katie Couric
My Friend and I by Lisa Jahn-Clough (kindergarten)
Our Friendship Rules by Peggy Moss (grades 2-5)
The Boy Who Wouldn't Share by Mike Reiss
How to Lose all your friends - Carlson
Best Friends for Frances by Russell Hoban
Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes
Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Stevie by John Steptoe
Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Hunter’s Best Friend at School – Laura Elliott
One of Us - Peggy Moss
A Smart Girl’s Guide to Friendship Troubles (American Girl Library) - Patti Kelley Criswell and Angela Martini
The Feelings Book:  The Care and Keeping of Your Emotions (American Girl Library) - Dr. Lynda Madison
Friends - Making Them and Keeping Them - Patti Kelley Criswell

Recommended booklist - Books on Friendship from A Mighty Girl
Link to “Friendship Skills: Children’s Books for Preschool to Age 8”    pex-10-friendship-skills-childre-1.pdf

DVD - Ruby's Studio "The Friendship Show" Ruby's Studio
For Parents:  Best Friends,Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children by Michael Thompson and Catherine O’Neill Grace


Just the way you are- Marcus Pfister
I Like Me by Nancy Carlson
I’m Gonna Like Me – Jamie Lee Curtis
Amazing Grace – Mary Hoffma
Molly Lou Mellon
A Smart Girl’s Guide to Liking Herself, Even on Bad Days - Laurie Zelinger

Executive Functioning and ADHD

All Dogs Have ADHD
Howard Wigglebottom Learns to Listen   Check out the animated books at
Putting on the Brakes:  Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD - Quinn, Stern, Lee
The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD - Taylor
Booklist for children recommended by CHADD  -
For parents of children with executive functioning issues: 
Smart but Scattered - Peg Dawson and Richard Guare
ADHD:  What Every Parent Needs to Know  - American Academy of Pediatrics
Interesting discussion on treating young children with ADHD:
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder at
My Growing-Up Chart

Attitude and Choices

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?  By Carol McCloud
Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day-Judith Viorst
Hey Little Ant
The Band aid Chicken by Becky Rangel Henton
The WORST Day of My Life EVER!  by Julia Cook
Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin
Children's books that promote resilience Storybooks that promote resilience pdf


How are you Peeling? Foods with Moods
Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods that Make My Day – Jamie Lee Curtis
My Many Colored Days - Dr. Seuss
The Way I Feel – Janan Cain

Military Families / Veterans

H is for Honor by Devin Scilian
The Wall    by Eve Bunting
America’s White Table    by Margot Theis Raven

My Dad's a Hero   by Christianson and Armstrong
While You Were Away  by Eileen Spinelli
When Dad's at Sea  by Mindy Pelton
My Hero - Military Kids Write About their Moms and Dads  edited by Appel and Rothmiller


When Dinosaurs Die by Marc Brown
PBS Families -
Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola
Lifetimes:  The beautiful way to explain death to children by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
When Someone Very Special Dies by Marge Heegard
The Fall of Freddy the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia
The Purple Balloon
Good-Bye, Vivi!  by Antonie Schneider and Maja Dusikova
All Shining in the Spring: The Story of a Baby Who Died by Siobhan Parkinson (The author wrote this for her 6-year-old son when his baby brother died at birth)
Anna's Scrapbook : Journal of a Sister's Love   by Susan Aitken
Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
The Tenth Good Thing about Barney - Judith Viorst
Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
I’ll Always Love You – Hans Wilhelm

Bullying/Teasing/Fitting in

Annotated booklist prepared for an anti-bullying conference
MSLA anti-bullying resources booklist.pdf
Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon.
Simon’s Hook– Karen Gedig Burnett
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester
Say Something by Peggy Moss
The Recess Queen
Nobody Knew What to Do by Becky Ray McCain
King of the Playground
Bad case of Stripes by David Shannon
The Berenstain Bears and the Bully
Stop Picking on Me by Cornelia Spellman
Bullies are a Pain in the Brain - Trevor Romain
Oliver Button is a Sissy
Brand New Kid by Katie Couric
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
The Meanest Thing to Say – Bill Cosby
Hey Little Ant – Phillip and Hannah Hoose
Don’t Laugh at Me – Steve Seskin
My Secret Bully
American Girl movie:  “Chrissa Stands Strong”
One of Us - Peggy Moss

Honesty / Responsibility / Trust

Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big – Berkeley Breathed
Eli’s Lie-O-Meter - Sandra Levins
The Empty Pot - Demi
Berenstain Bears and the Truth
Pinky Promise: A Book about Telling the Truth
A Bad Case of Stripes – David Shannon
Don’t Tell a Whopper on Fridays!
Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Sam Tells Stories
I’m Telling the Truth:  A First Look at Honesty
For Parents to use with their children:  The Family Virtues Guide:  Simple Ways to Bring Out the Best in Our Children and Ourselves  -  Popov

Learning difficulties

Thank You Mr. Faulkner- Patricia Polacco
Leo the Late Bloomer- Robeert Kraus
For parents:  Overcoming Dyslexia - Sally Shaywitz, MD

Worrying and/or Perfectionism

The Kissing Hand -  (Penn) Kindergarten separation
Wemberly Worried - Kevin Henkes
What to do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by D. Huebner
When My Worries Get Too Big
A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety by Kari Dunn Buron
Too Perfect by Trudy Ludwig
Perfectionism: What's Bad About Being Too Good  by Jan Goldberg
Nobody's Perfect: A Story for Children About Perfectionism by Ellen Flanagan Burns
Also check out resources at Worry Wise Kids at


We are All Alike…We are all Different -Cheltenham Elementary School Kindergartners
People by Peter Spier
Children Just Like Me  (Unicef)
Big Al
One of Us - Peggy Moss
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
The Crayon Box that Talked – Shane DeRolf
Teaching for Change booklist

Divorce/Family Change

When my Parents Forgot how to be Friends
Dinosaurs Divorce - Brown
It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear
Charlie Anderson – Barbara Abercrombie


When Sophie Got Angry, Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang
When Emily woke up angry-Riana Duncan
How to Take the Grrr Out of Anger
Lily's Purple Plastic Purse – Kevin Henkes
Potter Pig in Control - Diane Kooser
Cool Down and Work Through Anger  - Cherie Meiners
The Very Angry Day that Amy Didn’t Have - Lawrence Shapiro
The Temper Tantrum Book - Edna Mitchell Preston


A regular flood of mishap- Tom Birdseye
Mixed up Michael
A Big Mistake – Lenore Rinder

Beautiful Oops!- Barney Saltzberg
Perfect Square- Michael Hall

Bodies and questions about sex

It's So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families by Robie Harris and Michael Emberley
It's Not the Stork! A Book about Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends by Robie Harris and Michael Emberley
Amazing You! Getting Smart about your Private Parts by Lynne Woodcock Cravath

Special Needs

My Book for Kids with Cansur – Jason Gaes
My Mom has Cancer - Cancer Society
Be Good to Eddie Lee – Virginia Fleming
What's Wrong With Timmy? By Maria Shriver
Ian’s Walk - A Story about Autism  -  Laurie Lears
Russell is extra special: A book about autism for children - Amenta
A is for Autism, F is for Friend - Keating-Velasco
Little rainman: Autism through the eyes of a child - Simmons
In Jesse’s Shoes - Appreciating Kids with Special Needs  -  Verly Lewis
Looking after Louis - Lesley Ely

Starting Kindergarten

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten - Joseph Slate
The Kissing Hand - Audrey Penn
The Night Before Kindergarten - Natasha Wing
Countdown to Kindergarten - Alison McGhee
Do I Have to Go to School - Pat Thomas

Parenting Books

There are SO MANY of them! 

On our short list...
Raising Happiness - Dr. Christine Carter
A Parents Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens by Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg
The Blessing of a Skinned Knee - Wendy Mogel, PhD
The Explosive Child - Ross Greene
Positive Discipline - Jane Nelson