Parents frequently ask me for relevant books on topics related to parenting their children. I always encourage parents (and children or teens) to increase their understanding and knowledge, though with so many options out there it difficult to know what to choose. I have included a list of resources that I and many others recommend for both parents and youth.
Complete Booklist – Anxiety Resources for Families
Generalized Anxiety + Parenting:
*What to Do When Your Child Worries Too Much. Aureen Wagner
*Helping your Anxious Child, a Step-by-step Guide for parents. Ronald Rapee, S. Spence, V. Cobham & A. Wignall
*Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child’s Fears, Worries and Phobias. Tamar Chansky
*Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child. K. Manassis
Your Anxious Child: How Parents and Teachers Can Relieve Anxiety in Children. John Dacey and Lisa Fiore
*What to Do When You’re Scared & Worried. by James J. Christ (for kids and discusses different types of Anxiety Disorders)
I Bet I Won’t Fret: A workbook to help Children with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Timothy Sisemore
*What to Do When You Worry Too Much (younger child). Dawn Heubner
David and the Worry Beast: Helping Children Cope with Anxiety. Anne Marie Guanci and Caroline Attia (younger child)
School Phobia, Social Anxiety & Panic Attacks
School Phobia, Panic Attacks and Anxiety in Children. Marianna Csoti
Overcoming School Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Deal with Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia and Other Worries. Diane Peters Mayer
Helping Your Child Overcome Separation Anxiety or School Refusal: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents. Andrew Eisen, Linda Engler and Joshua Sparrow
The Sky Is Falling: Understanding & Coping with Phobias, Panic & OCD. Raeann Dumont
Helping Your Socially Vulnerable Child: What to Do When Your Child Is Shy, Socially Anxious, Withdrawn, or Bullied. Andrew Eisen, Linda Engler and Joshua Sparrow.
I Don’t Want to Go to School: Helping Children Cope with Separation Anxiety (Let’s Talk). Nancy Pando. (Younger children)
The Hair-Pulling Problem: a Complete Guide to Trichotillomania. Fred Penzel
Help for Hair Pullers: Understanding and Coping with Trichotillomania. Nancy Keuthen, et al
*Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: a Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents. Tamar Chansky
*Talking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say “No Way” — and Parents Say “Way to Go.” John March
Helping Your Child with OCD: a Workbook for Parents of Children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Lee Fitzgibbons & Cherry Pedrick
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: New Help for the Family. Herbert Gravitz
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: a Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well, Fred Penzel, Ph.D.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Help for Children and Adolescents. Mitzi Waltz
Teaching the Tiger: a Handbook for Individuals Involved in the Education of Students with Attention Deficit Disorders, Tourette Syndrome or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Marilyn Dornbush & Sheryl Pruitt
**Kissing Doorknobs. Terry Spencer Hesser
*Mr. Worry: a Story about OCD. Holly Niner (younger child)
**What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming OCD (What-to-Do Guides for Kids). Dawn Heubner
Blink, Blink, Clop, Clop: Why do We Do Things We Can’t Stop? An OCD Storybook, by E. Katia Moritz, Jennifer Jablonsky, and Rick Geary
Touch And Go Joe: An Adolescent’s Experience of OCD. Joe Wells
**Up and Down the Worry Hill: a Child’s Book about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Its Treatment. Aureen Pinto Wagner & Paul Jutton
*Indigo Dreams: Relaxation and Stress Management Bedtime Stories for Children, Improve Sleep, Manage Stress and Anxiety (Indigo Dreams) [AUDIOBOOK] by Lori Lite
*The Goodnight Caterpillar: A Children’s Relaxation Story to Improve Sleep, Manage Stress, Anxiety, Anger (Indigo Dreams). Lori Lite and Kimberly Fox
When My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety. Kari Dunn Buron
Behavioral Problems & Parenting Strategies:
*The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children. Ross Green. Harper Collins, 2005.
Parenting the Explosive Child: the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach. VIDEO: Featuring Ross Greene & Stuart Ablon, VHS and DVD format $65.95 each
*Taking Charge of ADHD: the Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents, Revised 2000. Russell Barkley
The Incredible Years: A Trouble-Shooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 3-8. Carolyn Webster-Stratton.
*1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-13. T. Phelan, $22.95; Video, $59.95; DVD, $55.95; More l-2-3 Magic Video, $59.95; DVD $55.95
*Angry Children, Worried Parents: Seven Steps to Help Families Manage Anger. Sam Goldstein et al
*The Angry Child: Regaining Control When Your Child is Out of Control. Tim Murphy
*Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns. Brenda Smith Myles & Jack Southwick
Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome: 200 Tips and Strategies. Brenda Boyd, 2003.
*The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Revised 2005. Carol Kranowitz