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FOR PARENTS AND TEENS
Saving Beauty From the Beast: How to Protect Your Daughter from an Unhealthy Relationship   Faultline

A Mind at a Time We're Not Monsters: Teens Speak Out about Teens in Trouble
Tired of Arguing with your Kids? Raising a Good Kid
Raising Self-Reliant ChildrenHow to Behave So Your Children Will, Too !
Our Last Best Shot Building Moral Intelligence
The Field Guide to Parenting: A Comprehensive Handbook of Great Ideas, Advice, Tips, and Solutions for Parenting Children Ages One to Five The Over-Scheduled Child

 Boys of Few Words: Raising Our Sons to Communicate and Connect Boys of Few Words: Raising Our Sons to Communicate and Connect
by Adam J. Cox, PhD

When parents feel separated from their sons by a curtain of silence or a wall of resistance, they're right to be concerned. Boys of few words--the ones who limit their expression to a timid shrug or an indifferent grunt--need our help. Whether the problem is rooted in "nature" or "nurture," boys who grow up unable to talk about their thoughts and feelings find it hard to connect with others at school, home, and eventually in business and personal relationships. Psychologist Adam J. Cox helps parents understand all the factors that may be limiting their son's ability or willingness to communicate--from social pressures to brain differences, from personality traits to a simple lack of vocabulary. Based on these insights, parents can choose specific strategies to help their son improve the language and social skills needed to express himself. Mothers and fathers everywhere will see their own boys in this book, and will come away prepared to help them overcome obstacles, connect with others, and succeed in school and beyond.
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Is Your Son A Boy of Few Words?

Your Child's Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them by Jenifer FoxEducator Jenifer Fox argues against the flawed and maddening paradigm that "fixing"kids' weaknesses is the way to achieve success. Rather, Fox promotes focusing on kids' natural inclinations in three interdependent areas: Activity Strengths, Relationship Strengths, and Learning Strengths. Pairing inspiring firsthand accounts of success with practical workbook tools, alongside an outline of the award-winning strengths-based Affinities curriculum Fox has implemented in her own school. User-friendly and indispensable guide for parents, teachers, and administrators alike.
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Girl in the Know: Your Inside-and-Out Guide to Growing Up With a relaxed, conversational approach, Girl in the Know is a straight-talking little manual packed with everything a girl should know about the many changes she can expect in puberty and how to make her way through it all as smoothly as possible.

But there’s way more than just the body basics — the book is divided into three main sections (Your Body, Your Mind and Taking Care) where girls will find advice on their sexuality, mood swings, crushes, health and much more.
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Practical, innovative, and powerful methods to enliven classrooms and ignite a passion for learning in each and every child.
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STORYBOOKS FOR TOUGH TIMES
PHONICS PATHWAYS
LET'S READ TOGETHER

MY SELF - MY FAMILY - MY FRIENDS
EXPLORE YOUNG CHILDREN'S SELF ESTEEM

PARENTS' & TEACHERS GUIDE TO HELPING YOUNG CHILDREN LEARN

GUIDING YOUNG CHILDREN'S BEHAVIOR

HOW TO BEHAVE SO YOUR CHILDREN WILL TOO!

ASK THE CHILDREN: WHAT AMERICA'S CHILDREN REALLY THINK ABOUT WORKING PARENTS

THE LITTLE BOOK ON MEANING: WHY WE CRAVE IT, HOW WE CREATE IT

BOOKS FOR DEALING WITH BULLIES

GRIEF/DEATH

WHEN A FRIEND DIES: A BOOK FOR TEENS ABOUT GRIEVING AND HEALING - YA

WHAT ON EARTH DO YOU DO WHEN SOMEONE DIES - 9-12

HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE

DIVORCE

MY PARENTS STILL LOVE ME EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE GETTING DIVORCED - 4-8

Additional Books for GRIEF, DEATH, DIVORCE

GET A CLUE: WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON WITH PRE-TEENS AND HOW PARENTS CAN HELP

THE KIDS' BOOK OF QUESTIONS

ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS

TEENS WITH DISABILITIES

OWNING IT: STORIES ABOUT TEENS WITH DISABILITIES, edited by Donald R. Gallo - Whether their disabilities are physical or psychological, the subjects of these powerful short stories — written by ten outstanding young adult authors — meet every day with wit, intelligence, and courage. Alcohol addiction, tourettes, migraines, ADD, Asthma, Wheelchair handicapped, Blindness, Obesity, Brain Damage caused by drunk driver, Cancer.

AIDS

OUR STORIES, OUR SONGS: AFRICAN CHILDREN TALK ABOUT AIDS

BOOKS ON SEXUAL HEALTH (all science-based)

IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL by Robie Harris
IT'S SO AMAZING! by Robie Harris
IT'S NOT THE STORK! by Robie Harris

Family Education Network

Learning Disabilities

Report on Youth Labor Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Student Pledge Against Gun Violence

Youth Rules! - Youth Employment and Federal Labor Laws

21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times (2010) [introduces a framework for 21st Century learning that maps out the skills needed to survive and thrive in a complex and connected world. Content includes the basic core subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic-but also emphasizes global awareness, financial/economic literacy, and health issues. The skills fall into three categories: learning and innovations skills; digital literacy skills; and life and career skills. This book is filled with vignettes, international examples, and classroom samples that help illustrate the framework and provide an exciting view of what twenty-first century teaching and learning can achieve.]

WATER SAFETY FOR KIDS (and Dragons) by Jean E. Pendziwol and Martine Gourbault
A Tresure at Sea for Dragon and Me

Winning combination of adventure and water safety. Checklist of rules at the end of the book. Ages 3-7 (April 2005)
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Also by the same authors, Once Upon a Dragon: Stranger Safety for Kids (and Dragons)

Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim
Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim is a child's first guide to water safety. Written for children ages two through six, the book conveys an important message of how to be safe near the water through the story of Stewie, a duck who wants to swim with the 'big ducks,' but is prevented from going in the water by his older sister until he learns the water safety rules.
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Swimming Lessons with Stewie the Duck
The book, written for children ages two through seven, addresses the skills and fears children face when they first start taking swimming lessons. Book comes with free music CD of the song, "It's Fun at Swimming School." Swimming Lessons with Stew the Duck opens with Stewie asking his mom if he can take swimming lessons now that he knows the water safety rules. New characters Avery the Otter, Cameron the Frog, Hunter the Puppy and Susannah the Swan, along with Swim Coach Rob, encompass Stewie's swim class, and together they help each other pass the swim test and recieve a coveted 'safe swimmer' medal. The lessons are reinforced with a new song the children learn - "It's fun at Swimming School" - sung to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."
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Sergio Makes a Splash
Sergio is a penguin. He loves fish, soccer, and water. He loves drinking water, bathing in water, spraying water, just about anything with water! But he has one big problem; he can't swim. So when his class takes a field trip to the ocean, Sergio must decide whether he should face his fear or avoid something he loves.
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The Boy Who Wouldn't Swim Eric Dooley just won't swim. Eric finds a way to conquer his fears. And just like that he goes from being the boy who wouldn't swim . . . to being the boy who won't get out of the pool. Not even in October. AGes 5-8 (June 2008)

Someday is Not a Day of the Week
"Max and Momma sat at the kitchen table together. Max ate blueberry waffles while Momma made a list of the things she had to do that day. It looked very long and boring to Max.

He smiled, thinking of all the things he would like to put on Momma's list.

'Let's go to the fair today!' he said through a mouthful of waffles. Momma had a lot to think about so she didn't answer him right away. Finally, without looking up, Momma softly sighed and said, 'Someday, Max, but not today.'
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At school, Pearl is a group of one, and at home her beloved granny is fading. A poignant gem of a tale about independence, grief, and finding your place. Author, Sally Murphy follows a girl who holds fast to her individuality even as she learns to let go— and in daring to share her voice, discovers that maybe she’s not a group of one after all. Good choice for children dealing with grief, aging family members, etc.
Ages 7-9
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Last Update: October 18, 2011