Dr. Estrella , Elementary School Counselor at Key Biscayne K-8 Center

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Book Resources

Books are a great way to become informed on many topics. Reading books with 
children also help them learn more about a specific topic.  The following 
list was compiled for parents who seek information on: Parenting & 
Discipline, Divorce, Self-Esteem, Anger and Conflict, Separation Anxiety and 

Los libros proveen mucha informacion acerca de temas de interes para padres e 
hijos. Esta lista tiene temas acerca de disciplina, auto-estima, divorcio y 
perdida de un ser querido. Estoy segura que muchos de estos libros pueden 
tener traducciones en espanol. Puede consultar su libreria o biblioteca mas 


*Teach Your Children Well: Parenting For Authentic Success
by: Madeline Levine PhD

*How to Help Children with Common Problems
by: Charles Schaeffer

*Positive Discipline A-Z, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition:  From 
Toddlers to Teens, 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems.
by:  Jane Nelsen

*The New Dare to Discipline
by: James C. Dobson

*Parenting:  Guide to Positive Discipline
by: Paula Spencer

*1-2-3 Magic:  Effective Discipline for Children 2-12
by:  Thomas W. Phelan

*The Discipline Book:  How to Have a Better-Behaved Child from Birth to 
Age Ten
by:  William Sears

*Positive Discipline for Preschoolers:  For Their Early Years-Raising 
Children Who Are Responsible, Respectful, and Resourceful
by:  Jane Nelsen

*The Strong Willed Child:  Birth Through Adolescence
by:  James C. Dobson

*Perfect Parenting:  The Dictionary of 1,000 Parenting Tips
by:  Elizabeth Pantley

SEPARATION ANXIETY- Books to read with your child

*I'd Rather Stay with You 
by: Charlotte Steiner

*A Drink for Little Red Diker
by: Jane Thayer

by: Taro Yashima

*Will I Have a Friend?
by: Miriam Cohen

*The Two Friends
by: Grete Mannheim

*Cathy's First School
by: Betty Katzoff

*Shawn Goes to School
by: Petronella Breinberg

*I Am Here: Yo Estoy Aqui
by: Rose Blue


*Juggling Act:  Handling Divorce without Dropping the Ball: A Survival 
Kids for Parents and Kids
by:  Roberta Bey

*Magic Words Handbook for Kids
by:  Kent Winchester

*My Parents are Divorced, Too:  A Book for Kids by Kids
by:  Jan Blackstone-Ford

*What Children Need to Know When Parents Get Divorced
by:  William Coleman

*I Don't Want to Talk About It
by:  Jeanie Franz Ransom

*My Parents Still Love Me Even Though They're Getting Divorced:  An 
Interactive Tale For Children
by:  Lois V. Nightingale

*Why Don't We Live Together Anymore?:  Understanding Divorce
by:  Robin Monroe

*How Tia Lola Came to Stay
by: Julia Alvarez

*Mom's House, Dad's House:  Making Two Homes for Your Child
by: Isolina Ricci Ph.D.


*Bringing Them Up Without Tearing Them Down:  How to Raise 
Confident, Successful Children
by:  Kevin Leman

*Self-Esteem for Children:  A Parent's Gift That Lasts Forever: Life Skills 
Parenting Series

*Full Esteem Ahead:  100 Ways ro Build Self-Esteem in Children and 
by:  H.J. Kramer

*Boost your Child's Self-Esteem:  Simple, Effective Ways to Build 
Children's Self-Respect and Confidence
by:  Karin Ireland


*What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?
by:  Trevor Romain & Elizabeth Verdick 

*Helping Children Grieve:  When Someone They Love Dies
by:  Theresa Huntley

*35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child
by: Dougy Center Staff 

*Help Me Say Goodbye:  Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special 
Person Dies
by:  Janis Silverman

*What's Heaven?
by: Maria Shriver

*The Memory String
by:  Eve Bunting

Anger and Conflict 

*Amazing Mallika by Jami Parkison, 1997, MarshMedia. Mallika is a tiger with 
a temper.  It takes her awhile to figure out that being angry is no fun and 
that tantrums don't make things better.  Grades 1-5

*Don't Rant and Rave on Wednesdays!:  The Children's Anger-Control Book by 
Adolph Moser, Ed.D., 1994, Landmark Editions. Dr. Moser explains the causes 
of anger and offers methods to control anger.  Grades 1-5

*Mad Isn't Bad:  A Child's Book About Anger by Michaelene Mundy, 1999, Abbey 
Press. Students learn that it's okay to be angry.  It's what they do with 
their anger that matters.  Grades 1-4

*When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang, 1999, The Blue 
Sky Press. A great way to introduce a discussion of anger to children and 
explore ways to alleviate the strain that it causes.  Grades K-3 
Email:  troth@maes.morris.k12.mn.us 

Apologizing and Forgiveness 

* Franklin Says Sorry by Paulette Bourgeois, 1999 Scholastic. Franklin and 
Bear have been friends forever, but Framklin lets a secret out of the bag.  
Find out how they mend their friendship.  Grades K-3

*I Did It, I'm Sorry by Caralyn and Mark Buehner, 1998, Puffin. A hilarious 
quiz book where students are invited to select the appropriate behavior from 
a series of choices.  Grades K-3

*Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane DeGroat, 1996, Mulberry 
Books. How can Gilbert write a nice Valentine poem for a boy who tweaked his 
nose, or the girl who made fun of his glasses?  Grades K-3

*I'm Sorry by Sam McBratney, 2000 HarperCollins. Discusses the ups and downs 
of friendships.  Grades K-2 

Bad Language
*Andrew's Angry Words by Dorothea Lachner, 1995, North-South Books
Andrew got mad and before he knew it, he shouted the biggest bunch of angry 
words!  Grades K-3

*The Berenstain Bears and the Big Blooper by Stan and Jan Berenstain, 2000, 
Random House. Mama Bear explains to Sister Bear about words that adults and 
cubs alike should not use at any time.  Grades K-2

*Elbert's Bad Word by Audrey Wood, 1988, Voyager Books
After shocking his parents and guests by using bad words, Elbert learns some 
acceptable substitutes for inappropriate language.  Grades K-4  

Being Yourself
*Annie's Gifts by Angela Medearis, 1994, Just Us Books
Annie learns that everyone doesn't have the same talents, but the gifts she 
possesses are important, too.  Grades 2-5

*Different Just Like Me by Lori Mitchell, 1999, Charlesbridge Publishing
The visual differences between people are striking, but looking beyond that, 
we are really similar! Grades 1-5

*Stephanie's Ponytail by Robert Munsch, 1996 Annick Press. The story of one 
girl's experiment with self-expression--through her hair!  Grades 1-3

*Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester, 1988, Houghton Mifflin
Tacky is an odd bird.  He feels badly that he doesn't fit in with his 
companions.  Grades  K-3

Bullies and Being Bullied 

*The Berenstain Bears and the Bully by Stan and Jan Berenstain, 1993, Random 
House. The entire Bear family is up in arms when Sister Bear comes home in 
tears after dealing with a bully!  Grades K-2

*Bully On the Bus by Carl Bosch, 1988, Parenting Press
Jack is being teased by a bully on the bus.  Should Jack ignore him, ask an 
adult for help, or fight back?  The book has alternate endings that students 
can choose.  Grades 3-6

*Stop Picking On Me: A First Look at Bullying by Pat Thomas, 2000, Barron's 
This book explores the difficult issue of bullying in reassuringly simple 
terms.  It helps kids accept the normal fears and worries that accompany 
bullying.  Grades K-2

*How to Handle Bullies, Teasers, and Other Meanies by Kate Cohen-Posey, 
1995, Rainbow Books, Inc. This book covers namecalling, prejudice, anger, 
and more.  Contains more than 12 ways for melting meanness.  Grades 3-6

Divorce and Stepfamilies
*Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide For Changing Families by Laurie and Mark Brown, 
1986, Little/Brown. A book to help families deal with the confusion, 
misconceptions, and anxieties likely to arise with a divorce.  Grades K-3

*Divorce Happens To the Nicest Kids:  A Self-Help Book for Kids and Adults 
by Michael Prokop, M.Ed.  1996, Alegra House. This book explains dovorce in 
a positive, reassuring manner.  It has a workbook companion called, Kids' 
Divorce Workbook.  Grades K-6

*It's Not Your Fault, KoKo Bear:  A Read Together Book for Parents & Young 
Children During Divorce by Vicki Lansky, 1998, Book Peddlers. KoKo, a 
lovable bear, unfortunately must learn what divorce really means.  Grades K-3

*When Mom and Dad Divorce:  A Kid's Resource by Emily Menendez-Aponte, 1999, 
Abbey Press. The author assures children that divorce is not their fault, 
and that they will always be loved and cared for.  (There are several 
references to God in this book.)  Grades K-3 
Email:  troth@maes.morris.k12.mn.us 

Feelings and Emotions 

*The Feelings Storybook by Alexandra Delis-Abrams, Ph.D., 1998, ABC Feelings 
Inc. A collection of 26 one-page feeling stories with questions at the end 
for discussion.  
Grades K-3

*How Are You Peeling?  Foods With Moods by Saxton Freymann, et al., 1999, 
Arthur A. Levine Books. This Popular book features photos of food sculptures 
that are quite expressive of human feelings and emotions.  Grades K-6

*Little Feelings by Judy Barton, 1998, Prometheus Books
A collection of 26 delightful poems.  You can use these poems to help your 
students understand and accept their feelings.  Grades 2-5

*Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day by Jaime Lee Curtis
A very animated book, humorous that reminds us that we have all kinds of 


*How To Be a Friend:  A Guide To Making Friends and Keeping Them by Laurie 
and Mark Brown, 1998, Little/Brown. Uses dinosaur characters to show the 
value of friends.  Grades K-3

*How To Lose All Your Friends by Nancy Carlson, 1994, Puffin
If you don't want any friends, be sure to follow the advice in this humorous 
book!  Grades K-4

*A Rainbow of Friends by P. K. Hallinan, 1994, Ideals
Children are urged to treat everyone with kindness and care regardless of 
differences.  Grades K-3 

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