• Parent Resources

    Frequently, requests are made by parents for books that can be used as resources on various issues common at this age level (5-8 years old).  Here are some of the “favorites” from Center School Staff and Guidance.
     Provides quick, easy to follow guidelines for handling difficult behaviors.  A great “how to” manual.
    • “Raising Kids Who Can” by Amy Lew and Betty Lou Bettner,Connexions Press, 1998
      Helps parents to understand  their child’s behavior and provides techniques to help deal with everyday problems.  Also, provides strategies for building cooperation within families through family meetings.
    • “Freeing Our Families from Perfectionism” by Thomas Greenspon, Free Spirit, 2002
      Guidelines for freeing families from perfectionism and encouraging creativity, self confidence, and positive relationships.
    • “Siblings Without Rivalry”  by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, Avon Books, 1998.
    • “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber and ElaineMazlish, Avon Books, 1999
    • “Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World: Seven Building Blocks for Developing Capable Young People” by Glenn, H.S. and Nelson, J., Prima Publishing, 2000
    • “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee” by Wendy Mogel, Ph.D. Penquin Compass, 2001

      Friendship Skills


    • The Unwritten Rules of Friends: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends” by Natalie Madorsky Elman, Q-Mart, 2003.Practical  suggestions on teaching your child social skills. 
    • "Good Friends are Hard to Find: Help Your Child Find, Make and Keep Friends” by Fred Frankel, Perspective Publishing, 1996.Offers, concrete, step by step solutions for typical friendship issues for ages 5-12 such as teasing, bullying, and shyness.

      Children’s Books:

    • “Join In and Play” by Cheri J. Meiners, Free Spirit, 2004.
    • “How to Be a Friend” by Laurie and Marc Brown, Little Brown, 1998.“The Care and Keeping of Friends” by Nadine Westcott, Library, 1996.


     Self Esteem/Resiliency


    • “Raising Resilient Children:  Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child” by R. Brooks and S. Goldstein, Contemporary Books, 2001Provides strategies to help children cope with today’s challenges.
    • “Playful Parenting” by L. Cohen, Ballantine Books, 2001Explains how children use play to explore and learn about their world and guides parents in using play to build self-confidence.
    • “Self Esteem: A Family Affair” by J. Clarke, Hazelden Bookplace, 1999Suggestions for all family members in making daily decisions to help build confidence. 

    Children’s Books:

    • “I Like Me” by Nancy Carlson, Puffin Books, 1990.
    • “Don’t Feed the Monster on Tuesday” by Adolph Moser, Landmark Editions,1991.
    • “Boy, You’re Amazing!” by Virginia Kroll, Albert Whitman, 2004.
    • “Girl, You’re Amazing!” by Virginia Kroll, Albert Whitman, 2004.


    Coping with Loss

     “Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One” by William C. Kroen, Free Spirit, 1996.

    • Provides strategies for adults in ways to respond and be supportive of young children going through the grieving process. 
    • “Helping Children Grieve:  When Someone They Love Dies” by Theresa Huntley, AugsburgFortress Publishers, 1991.
      Offers guidelines to adults to help children cope with grief at different developmental levels.

    Children’s Books:  

    • “Lifetimes” by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen, Bantam, 1983. 
    • “When Dinosaurs Die” by Laurie Brown and Marc Brown, Little, Brown and Co., 1996. 


    Coping with Divorce 


    • “Let’s Talk About It: Divorce” by Fred Rogers, Paperstar, 1996.
      Practical techniques for young children to deal with the stress of divorce.
    • “Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce” by M. Gary Neuman, Times Books, 1998.
      Offers concrete “lessons” for children in dealing with separation and divorce.  Tools and strategies to help children cope.

    Children’s Books: 

    • “Don’t Fall Apart on Saturdays!” by Adolph Moser, Landmark Editions, 2000.
    • “Dinosaurs Divorce” by Laurie and Marc Brown, Little, Brown and Co., 1986.