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Our doctors have assembled this list of books they recommend to our patients.  If you have a question about a specific book, please call our office. You can also download the entire list.

List updated 05/31/2016.

Infant & toddler development

Touchpoints–Birth to Three (09/26/2006)+
By T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua D. Sparrow

The Nursing Mother’s Companion – 7th Edition: The Breastfeeding Book Mothers Trust, from Pregnancy through Weaning (04/14/2015)+
By Kathleen Huggins

Newborn Intensive Care: What Every Parent Needs to Know, 3rd Edition (10/19/2010)*
By Jeanette Zaichkin

Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality (06/09/2015)*
By Laura A. Jana and Jennifer Shu

Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro (05/03/2012)*
By David L. Hill

Your Baby’s First Year, 4th Edition (09/29/2015)*
By Steven P. Shelov

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, Birth to Age 5, 6th Edition (11/02/2014)*
By Steven P. Shelov

Raising Twins, 2nd Edition: Parenting Multiples From Pregnancy Through the School Years (09/05/2014)*
By Shelly Vaziri Flais

Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby’s First Year (08/17/2015)
By Ari Brown and Denise Fields

Care of school-age children

The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls, Revised Edition (03/26/2012)+
By Valorie Schaefer and Josee Masse

Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting, 2nd Edition (04/10/2015)*
By Howard J. Bennett

Caring for Your School Age Child: Ages 5-12 (07/06/1999)*
By Edward L. Schor

Touchpoints 3 to 6 (10/15/2002)
By T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua D. Sparrow

Puberty & adolescent development

The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls (02/26/2013)+
By Cara Natterson and Josee Masse

Caring for Your Teenager (04/29/2003)*
By Donald Greydanus and Philip Bashe

What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: Revised Edition (06/06/2007)
By Lynda Madaras and Area Madaras

What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls: Revised Edition (06/06/2007)
By Lynda Madaras and Area Madaras

The Feelings Book (Revised): The Care and Keeping of Your Emotions (02/26/2013)
By Lynda Madison and Josee Masse

A Smart Girl’s Guide: Friendship Troubles – Revised (08/01/2013) (additional American Girl – Smart Girl’s Guides recommended)
By Patti Kelly Criswell and Angela Martini

Behavioral development

The Difficult Child: Expanded and Revised Edition (03/14/2000)+
By Stanley Turecki

SOS: Help for Parents, Third Edition (10/30/2005)+
By Lynn Clark

ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know, 2nd edition (02/13/2011)*
By Michael I. Reiff

Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know (09/26/2012)*
By Alan I. Rosenblatt & Paul S. Carbone

Building Resilience in Children and Teens, 3rd Edition (10/21/14)*
By Kenneth R. Ginsburg

Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust (03/24/2015)*
By Kenneth R. Ginsburg

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children (updated and revised 05/20/2014)
By Ross W. Greene

Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In- When to Worry and When Not to Worry (08/31/2004)
By Perri Klass and Eileen Costello

A Slant of Sun: One Child’s Courage (06/17/1998, for parents)
By Beth Kephart

Mental and emotional health

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What to Do Guides for Kids) (09/15/2005)+
By Dawn Huebner and Bonnie Matthews

The Anxiety & Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution (09/08/2011)
By David Clark and Aaron Beck

The Bear’s House (03/25/1987, a story about bullies, poverty, and mental illness for ages 8-12)
By Marilyn Sachs

The Chalk Box Kid (09/12/1987, topics include depression and sadness for grades 4-6)
By Clyde Robert Bulla

The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Program (11/01/2014)
By William Knaus

Dear Mr. Henshaw (05/31/2000, topics include divorce, insecurity, and bullying for grades 4-6)
By Beverly Cleary

The Emotional Life of the Toddler (05/01/1995)
By Alicia F. Lieberman

The Face at the Window (09/09/1998, a story about mental illness for ages 6-10)
By Regina Hanson

From Darkness to Light: Teens Write about How They Triumphed over Trouble (05/09/1996, topics include depression, physical illness, and disabilities for ages 12-16)
By Julie Landsman

Growing Up Brave: Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety (08/28/2012)
By Donna B. Pincus

Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents (12/03/2008)
By Ronald Rapee, Ann Wignall, Susan Spence, Heidi Lyneham

Leo the Late Bloomer (04/19/1994, topics include depression and sadness for grades 1-3)
By Robert Kraus

Master of Your Anxiety and Worry (03/23/2006)
By Michelle Craske and David Barlow

My Sister Then and Now: A Book About Mental Illness (08/1992, ages 8-12)
By Virginia L. Kroll

A Parent’s Guide for Suicidal and Depressed Teens: Help for Recognizing if a Child is in Crisis and What to Do About It (03/08/1995)
By Kate Williams

The Tub People (10/06/1999, topics include depression and sadness for grades 1-3)
By Pam Conrad

The Ugly Duckling (03/24/1999, topics include depression and sadness for grades 1-3)
By Hans Christian Andersen

Ups and Downs: How to Beat the Blues and Teen Depression (01/25/1999, ages 13+)By Susan Klebanoff and Ellen Luboversusky
Wemberly Worried (04/27/2010)By Kevin Henkes

Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children (10/15/2005)
By Aureen Pinto Wagner


Sports Success RX! Your Child’s Prescription for the Best Experience (09/01/2006)*
By Paul R. Stricker

Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way: Ensuring the Best Experience for Your Kids in Any Sport (04/05/2007)
By Cal Ripken and Rick Wolff


Between Parent and Child (07/22/2003)+
By Haim G. Ginott

Talking with Children about Loss (10/01/1999)+
By Maria Trozzi

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk (02/07/2012)
By Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition (07/25/2013)
By Jim Trelease

What Else Should I Read? Guiding Kids to Good Books, Vol. 1 (04/01/1995)
By Matthew L. Berman

What Else Should I Read? Guiding Kids to Good Books, Vol. 2 (08/15/1996)
By Matthew L. Berman

When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death (Dino Life Guides for Families) (04/01/1998)
By Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown


Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense, Revised and Updated Edition (03/01/2000)+
By Ellyn Satter

Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed With Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup (02/07/2012)*
By Laura A. Jana and Jennifer Shu

Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know (10/01/2011)*
By William H. Dietz and Loraine Stern

A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Obesity: A Roadmap to Health (08/01/2006)*
By Sandra G. Hassink

How to Get Your Kid to Eat: But Not Too Much (09/01/1987)
By Ellyn Satter

Cooking Light Magazine (monthly publication)

Sibling Rivalry

Arthur’s Baby (Arthur Adventures) (11/30/1987)
By Marc Brown

Julius, the Baby of the World (09/21/1995)
By Kevin Henkes

Siblings without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too (04/09/2012)
By Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Sickness, Signs, & Symptoms
Vaccines and Your Child: Separating Fact from Fiction (03/07/2011)+
By Paul A. Offit and Charlotte A. Moser

My Child Is Sick: Expert Advice for Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries (07/01/2011)*
By Barton D. Schmitt

Breaking the Antibiotic Habit: A Parent’s Guide to Coughs, Colds, Ear Infections, and Sore Throats (03/01/1999)
By Paul A. Offit

Your Child’s Health: The Parents’ One-Stop Reference Guide to: Symptoms, Emergencies, Common Illnesses, Behavior Problems, and Healthy Development (11/29/2005)
By Barton D. Schmitt


Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems – New, Revised, and Expanded Edition (05/23/2006)+
By Richard Ferber

Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know (09/03/2013)*
By Rachel Moon

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, 4th Edition: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night’s Sleep (12/15/2015)
By Marc Weissbluth

+ Longwood Pediatrics favorite publications
*American Academy of Pediatrics publications, available at

The titles above may be available at your local library, bookstore, or online wherever books are sold.