Reading List

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Helping Your Socially Vulnerable Child: What to Do When Your Child Is Shy, Socially Anxious, Withdrawn, or Bullied.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

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


*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

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