Recommended Books


It Will Never Happen To Me: Children of Alcoholics by Claudia Black, Ph.D, M.S.W. (1981)

Codependent No More by Melody Beattie (1992)

Understanding Addiction and Recovery Through a Child’s Eyes: Hope, Help and Healing for Families by Jerry Moe (2007)

Mindfulness and the 12 Steps: Living Recovery in the Present Moment by Therese Jacobs-Stewart (May 20, 2010)

Perfect Daughters: Adult Daughters of Alcoholics by Robert Ackerman (Jan 1, 2010)

Courage to Change: One Day at a Time in Al-Anon II by Al-Anon Family Group Head Inc (Jun 1992)

From Survival to Recovery: Growing Up in an Alcoholic Home by Al-Anon Family Group Head Inc (Jul 1, 1994)

Discovering Choices : Our Recovery in Relationships by Al-Anon Family Groups (2008)

Hope for Today by Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters (Mar 1, 2007)

Staying Sober: A Guide for Relapse Prevention- Based Upon the CENAPS Model of Treatment by Terence T. Gorski, Merlene Miller, Joseph C. Martin and Father Martin (Aug 10, 1986)

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous by Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson (Mar 19, 2013)

Children’s Books on Addiction

The Brown Bottle by Ginger Katz and Marci Alborghetti (2006)

Sunny’s Story  How to Save a Young Life by Penny Jones ( 1983)

The Addiction Monster and The Square Cat by Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis ( 2008)

The Children’s Place…At the Heart of Recovery by Jerry Moe and Ross Ziegler(1998)

Living with A Parent Who Takes Drugs by Judith S. Seixs (1989)

I Know the World’s Worst Secret – A Child’s Book about living with an alcoholic parent by Doris Sanford (1987)

I Wish Daddy Didn’t Drink So Much by Judith Vigna (1988)


Adoption Wisdom: A Guide to the Issues and Feelings of Adoption by Marlou Russell PhD (1996)

Children’s Books

A Mother for Choco (Paperstar)by Keiko Kasza (Mar 19, 1996)

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (Apr 30, 1993)

Children and Divorce

Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce by Abigail Trafford (1982)

Divorce Book For Parents by Vicki Lansky (1989)

Divorce Poison by Dr. Richard A. Warshak (2001)

Does Wednesday Mean Mom’s House or Dad’s?: Parenting Together While Living Apart by Mary J. Ackerman Ph.D (1997)

Helping Children Cope with Divorce by Edward Teyber (2001)

Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss by Claudia Jewett Jarratt (1994)

How It Feels When Parents Divorce by Jill Krementz (1984)

The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce by Judith S. Wallerstein; Julia M. Lewis; Sandra Blakeslee (2000)

Vicky Lansky’s Divorce Book for Parents by Vicki Lansky (1996)

Making Divorce Easier on Your Child: 50 Ways to Help Children Adjust by Nicholas Long & Rex Forehand (2002)

Children’s Books on Divorce

Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families by Laurene Krasney Brown and Marc Brown (1986)

How do I Feel About My Parent’s Divorce by Julia Cole (1997)

At Daddy’s on Saturday by Linda Girard (1988)

Where is Daddy? The Story of a Divorce by Beth Goff (1969)

Where am I Sleeping Tonight? by Carol Gordon Ekster, (A Story of Divorce)

When Mom and Dad Separate by Marge Heegard (1991) Woodland Press

Will Dad Ever Move Back Home by  Paula Hogan (1992)

How it Feels When Parents Divorce by Jill Krementz

It’s not Your Fault KoKo Bear by Vicki Lansky (1998)

Was it the Chocolate Pudding? by Sandra Levins (2005)

Please Come Home by Doris Sanford ( 1985)

Standing on my Own Two Feet by Tarmar Schmitz (2008)

I don’t Want to Talk About it by Jean Franz Ransom (2000)

Grief and Loss/Children and Grief

The Grief Recovery Handbook: A Step-by-Step Program for Moving Beyond Loss by John W. James and Frank Cherry (1988)

The Grieving Child: A Parent’s Guide by Helen Fitzgerald (1992)

Guiding Your Child Through Grief by Mary Ann Emswiler, M.A., M.P.S. and James P. Emswiler, M.A., M.P.S. (2000)

Helping Children Grieve When Someone They Love Dies by Theresa M. Huntley (2002)

How It Feels When a Parent Dies by Jill Krementz (1983)

The Loss That is Forever: The Lifelong Impact of the Early Death of a Mother or Fatherby Maxine Harris, Ph.D (1998)

On Children and Death by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1983)

When Children Grieve by John W. James and Russell Friedman (2001)

Children’s Books on Death

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen ( 2009)

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

Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley (Jul 16, 1992)

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages by Leo Buscaglia (Jun 1, 1982)


The Mindful Child by Susan Kaiser Greenland (2010)

Mindful Parenting by Kristen Race, Ph.D. (2013)

The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician’s Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. (2010)

Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana (2011)

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. (2011)

The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Bryson, Ph.D (2012)

101 Relaxation Games for Children: Finding a Little Peace and Quiet In Between by Alison Bartl (2008 )

10 Mindful Minutes by Goldie Hawn ( 2011)

A Pebble for Your Pocket – Mindful Stories for Children and Grown-ups by Nhat Hanh, Thich (2010)

Planting Seeds – Practicing Mindfulness with Children by Thich Nhat Hanh and The Plum Village Community (2011)

Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology: An Integrative Handbook of the Mind by Daniel Siegel (2012)

Child’s Mind- Mindfulness Practices to Help Our Children be more Focused, Calm, and Relaxed by Willard, Christopher ( 2011)

Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn (2005)

Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn (2010)

Books for Children- Relaxation and Mindfulness

Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer (2011)

Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger (1984)

A Lot of Otters by Barbara Berger (1997)

Starbright Meditations for Children by Maureen Garth (1991)

Each Breath a Smile by Thich Nhat Hanh (2001)

Papa Do You Love Me? by Barbara J. Joosse (2005)

Peaceful Piggy Meditates by Kerry Lee MacLean (2004 )

Moody Cow Meditates by Kerry Lee MacLean (2009 )

There’s A Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer, (1968)

Zen Ghosts by Jon Muth (2010)

Each Breath a Smile by Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Susan, Thi Hop Nguyen, Dong Nguyen (2001)

A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh (2012)

Take the Time – Mindfulness for Kids by Maud Roegiers (2010)

Looks Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw (1947)

The Sun in My Belly by Sister Susan, Sister Tin Nghiem, Thich Nhat Hanh (2007)

Sitting Still Like a Frog by Eline Snel (2013)

Sensational Meditation for Children Child-Friendly Meditation Techniques based on The Five Senses by Sarah Wood Vallely

Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible,No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, (1972)

CD’s and DVD’s for Children

The Relaxation Station – Relaxation Techniques for Kids DVD Children’s Hospital of Michagan (2006)

Indigo Dreams (3 CD Set): Children’s Bedtime Stories Designed to Decrease Stress, Anger and Anxiety while Increasing Self-Esteem and Self-Awareness by Lori Lite, [Audio CD]

Journey into the Elements- Guided Meditation for Children by Chitra Sukhu CD

Oceans of Light by NorthStar Musicians Direct Source Special Productions Inc CD

Ready… Set… Release!: Music and Relaxation Exercises for Children by Roger J.Klein PsyD, and Jeffrey S. Allen CD

Still Quiet Place – Mindfulness for Young Children by Amy Saltzman (2004) Peter Giordano and Story Teller Project CD

Ocean Waves with Alpha Brainwave Pulses by JefferyT hompson The Relaxation CD

Mindfulness for Beginners by ,Jon Kabat-Zinn (2006), Sounds True Publishers CD


1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children ages 2-12 by Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D (1998)

The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth by Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D. and Serena Wieder, Ph.D (1998)

Coping With Teenage Depression: A Parents’ Guide by Kathleen McCoy (1982)

Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Raley, M.D. (1994)

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated “Chronically Inflexible” Children by Ross . Greene, Ph.D (1998)

Get Out of My Life, but First Can You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent’s Guide to the New Teenager by Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D (1991)

Growing Up Sad: Childhood Depression and It’s Treatment by Leon Cytryn, M.D. and Donald Mcknew, M.D. (1998)

Healthy Parenting by Janet G. Woitititz, E.D.D. (1992)

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (1980)

How To Help Children With Common Problems by Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D and Howard L. Millman, Ph.D (1981)

Mindful Parenting by Kristen Race, Ph.D. (2013)

The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A. (2003)

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A. (1998)

Parenting by Heart: How to Be in Charge, Stay Connected and Instill Your Values, When it Feels Like You’ve Got Only 15 Minutes a Day

Parenting From the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel, M.D. and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed. (2004)

Positive Discipline A-Z: From Toddles to Teens-1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems by Jane Nelsen, Ed.D., Lynn Lott, M.A., M.F.C.C., and H. Stephen Glenn, Ph.D (1999)

Positive Discipline: The Classic Guide For Parents and Teachers to Help Children Develop Self-Discipline, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Problem-Solving Skills by Jane Nelsen, Ed.D (1996)

Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, (1991)

Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (1998)

Raising Self-Reliant Children In A Self-Indulgent World: Seven Building Blocks For Developing Capable Young Children by H. Stephen Glenn and Jane Nelson, Ed.D (1989)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen R. Covey (1997)

Siblings Without Rivalry: How To Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (1987)

The Strong Willed Child: Birth Through Adolescents by Dr. James Dobson (1978)

Treating Troubled Children and Their Families by Ellen F. Wachtel (1994)

Surviving Your Adolescents: How to Manage and Let Go of Your 13-18 Year Olds by Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D (1998)

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents by Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D (1995)

Troubled Families-Problem Children by Carolyn Webster-Stratton and Martin Herbert (1995)

Understanding Teenage Depression: A Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment and Management by Mauren Empfield, M.D. and Nicholas Bakalon (2004)

Your Child’s Self Esteem: Step-By-Step Guidelines for Raising Responsible, Productive, Happy Children by Dorothy Corkille Briggs (1989)

The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection by Brene Brown (May 1, 2013) Audio

Step Parenting/Blended Families

Step Coupling by Susan Wisdom and Jennifer Green (2002)

Blended Families: Creating Harmony as You Build a New Home Life by Maxine Marsolini (Jan 10, 2000)

The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family by Ron L. Deal (Jan 1, 2006)

Children’s Books

Jessica’s Two Familes: Helping Children Learn to Cope with Blended Households (Let’s Talk) by Lynne Hugo LPCC and Adam Gordon (Aug 1, 2005)

Two Homes by Claire Masurel (2007)

My Blended Family by Emma Lee Picone (2012)

Play Therapy

Dibs In Search of Self by Virginia M. Axline (1964)

The Healing Power of Play: Working With Abused Children by Eliana Gil (1991)

Play in Family Therapy by Eliana Gil (1994)

Child-Centered Play Therapy by Rise VanFleet, Andrea E. Sywulak, Cynthia Caparosa Sniscak and Louise F. Guerney (Sep 27, 2010)

Play Therapy by Virginia M. Axline (1947)

Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship by Garry Landreth (1991)

Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play by Ann M. Jernberg and Phyllis B. Booth (1999)

Childrens Books

A Child’s First Book of Play Therapy by Marc Nemiroff and Jane Annunziata (1999)

Koala Lou by Mem Fox (1988)

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, (1993)

A Pocket Full of Kisses by Audrey Penn (2004)

Is Your Mama a Lama? by Deborah Guarino (1989)

The Hurt by Teddi Doleski (1983)

There is No Such Thing As A Dragon by Jack Kent (1975)

Hello Grand Mamoon by Donna Steinman (2005)

FOO by Richard Thompson (1951

Purple Hair I Don’t Care by Diane Young and Barbara Hartman (1995)

The Hurt by Teddi Doleski (1983)

There is No Such Thing As A Dragon by Jack Kent (1975)

Psychology and the Brain

Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self by Allan N. Shore (2003)

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom by Rick Hanson, Ph.D (2009)

The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are by Daniel J. Siegel (1999)

Trauma/ Trauma and Children

The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment by Babette Rothschild (2000)

Children and Trauma: A Guide for Parents and Professionals by Cynthia Monahon (1993)

Children of Trauma by Jane Middelton-Moz (1989)

In An Unspoken Voice by Peter A. Levine, Ph.D (2010)

Outgrowing the Pain: A Book For and About Adults Abused As Children by Eliana Gil, Ph.D (1983)

Psychological Trauma by Bessel A. van der Kolk, M. D. (1987)

Too Scared to Cry: A Guide for Parents and Professionals by Cynthia Monahon (1993)

Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life by Dr. Susan Forward (1989)

Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents’ Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience by Peter A. Levine and Maggie Kline (2008)

The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden Wounds and Human Resiliency by Robert Scaer (2005)

Unchained Memories: True Stories of Traumatic Memories Lost and Found by Lenore Terr, M.D. (1994)


Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help You Find-and Keep-Love by Amir Levine, M.D. and Rachel S.F. Heller (2011)

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman (1994)

How To Stop Destroying Your Relationships: A Guide to Enjoyable, Dating, Mating and Relating by Albert Ellis, Ph.D and Robert A. Harper, Ph.D (2001)

Why Marriages Succeed or Fail: And How You Can Make Yours Last by John Gottman, Ph.D (1994)

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown ( 2010)

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown (2013)

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough” by Brene Brown (2007)


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