Resources

This page is a great place to find book, website and other resources that pertain to kids, counseling and schools. Have a suggestion?  Let me know!  I’m still really building this section so it isn’t yet comprehensive.  It will be soon though! I will update it often so check back.

Books about ADHD: 

For parents:

The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD– By John F. Taylor, PH.D   

This book is one of my go to books for working with kids and families.  It is a great one for families to have on hand to look through with your kids.  While the title is a little old school (it is just ADHD with different subtypes now) the content is solid.

Understanding Girls with ADHD: How They Feel and Why They Do What They DoBy Kathleen Nadeau 

Girls with ADHD can often look a lot different than boys with ADHD.  As such they can be slip through the cracks or just be conceptualized as being a daydreamer or spacey.  This book has been very helpful for parents and teachers to help gain a deeper understanding into the mind of a girls with ADHD.

Hyper: A Personal History with ADHD- By Timothy Denevi

Timothy Denevi is a writer and college professor.  This is his memoir about growing up with ADHD.  Denevi goes far beyond just writing about his life dealing with his diagnosis of ADHD.  He looks at the history of diagnosis and medication.  I have read a ton of books on this subject but this one really brought home the struggle that many of these kids have.  This book is written with honesty and personal knowledge.  Denevi writes on this topic in a way that is fresh and new.

For Kids: 

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key- By Jack Gantos

Trouble tends to roll off of Joey Pigza.  He has more energy than he knows what to do with and often finds himself in unintended situations.  This is a great read to let kids know what it feels like to have ADHD and if your kid has ADHD to know they are not alone.

Mrs. Gorski, I think I have the Wiggle Fidgets- By Barbara Esham 

This is a picture book and the name just speaks for itself.  A great read for all!

It’s Hard to be a Verb By Julia Cook

Julia Cook writes a lot of great picture books for kids.  Her books are great guides to help kids solve some real world kid problems.  In this case, the main character is a kid that just has to move.  He is a verb.  He is full of action.  Cook explores the difficulties of being constantly on the move, especially when you sometimes have to be still.  This book gives some great practical strategies for kids!

Social Issues: 

For Parents:

The Parents we Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development By Richard Weissbourd

This is an in-depth look at how we can help to raise moral children.  I really appreciate how Weissbourd examines the unintentional ways that we can undermine our kid’s growth when we focus only on their happiness.  That may seem counterintuitive. Of course we want them to be happy.  However, our quest for their happiness may mean that we avoid making them ever feel discomfort.  Weissbourd gives practical strategies on how to meet the needs of the whole child, even when it is hard.

The Minds of Boys: Saving our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life– by Michael Gurian.

The Minds of Boys is relatively old book but the topic is still relevant and important.  It has been a go to for educators for years and is one that could easily be re-read.  This book does just what it says, it examines the internal working of boys and allows us to view them through a lens of understanding.

Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women– Courtney E. Martin

This is a sobering but utterly important book.  Martin interviewed more than 100 women and girls between the ages of 9-29 for this book.  Martin examines the ways that our culture perpetuates an endless campaign for perfection- perfect body, perfect brain, perfect person.  Imagine what brain space could be freed if we lightened up on the quest for perfection.

Queen Bees and Wannabees: Helping your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boys and the New Realities of Girl World– By Rosalind Wiseman

I love all things Rosalind Wiseman.  She has such an in-depth and thoughtful way of looking at tough issues.  This book is now in its third edition and is a must read for all parents of a tween/teen daughter.

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls– By Rachel Simmons

This book is exactly what it says it is.  Simmons provides great suggestions and solutions to parents and educators to help girls navigate complicated social dynamics both in person and in the cyber world.

Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends and the New Rules of Boy World– By Rosalind Wiseman

As a mother of a son I was so happy to see that Wiseman dove into the world of boys.  These kinds of books are often written for girl social dynamics but hasn’t been as heavily investigated for boys.  Wiseman did a fantastic job on this book and as such it is a valuable resource.

American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers– By Nancy Jo Sales

I am still reading this book but it is oh so good.  We all know that social media is changing and growing faster than we can ever keep up with it.  It is also shaping the way our teens interact.  This is a fascinating and at times terrifying look into this digital world for teens.

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape– By Peggy Orenstein

Much like American Girls, this book is a fantastic by at times heartbreaking read.  Orenstein conducted some in-depth interviews with hundreds of girls to better understand their attitudes and beliefs towards sex and how they are formed.  This is a must read for any parent and especially for those of girls.

For Kids:

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