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Recommended Reading

For Parents

For Teens

Later Childhood

Early Childhood

For Parents


  • The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary

  • The Awakened Family by Shefali Tsabary

  • The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When The World Overwhelms Them by Elaine N. Aron, PhD

  • Raising Good Humans: A Mindful Guide to Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting and Raising Kind, Confident Kids by Hunter Clarke-Fields MSAE

  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nuture Your Child's Mind by Daniel Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD

  • The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired by Daniel Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD

  • 1-2-3 Magic: Gentle 3-Step Child & Toddler Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting by Thomas Phelan, PhD

  • Tired of Yelling: Teaching Our Children to Resolve Conflict by Lyndon D. Waugh, MD

  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

  • Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child: Eliminating Conflict by Establishing Clear, Firm and Respectful Boundaries by Robert J. MacKenzie, EdD

  • Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Setting Limits and Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by Shauna Shapiro, PhD and Chris White, MD

  • Reset Your Child's Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen Time by Victoria L. Dunckley, MD

  • Glow Kids by Nicholas Kardaras, PhD

  • Building Healthy Minds by Stanley Greenspan, MD

Teen Issues

  • Why Do they Act That Way: A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen by David Walsh, PhD

  • The Blessing of a B Minus: Raising Resilient Teenagers by Wendy Mogel, PhD

  • For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values, and Health by Al Vernacchio

  • Your Brain on Porn by Gary Wilson

  • Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein

  • Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein

  • Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour, PhD

  • Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boys, and the New Realities of Girl World by Rosalind Wiseman

  • Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men by Leonard Sax, MD, PhD

  • The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups by Leonard Sax, MD, PhD


  • ADHD Without Drugs: A Guide to the Natural Care of Children with ADHD by Sanford Newmark, MD

  • Getting Ahead of ADHD: What Next-Generation Science Says a bout Treatments That Work - and How You Can Make Them Work for Your Child by Joel T. Nigg, PhD

  • Ending the Homework Hassle: Understanding, Preventing, and Solving School Performance Problems by John Rosemond


  • Metabolical: The Lure and Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine by Robert Lustig

  • Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease by Robert Lustig

  • Feeding Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Program for Healthy, Safe Nutrition by Alan Greene, MD

  • Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families by Reshma Shah, MD, MPH and Brenda Davis, RD

  • Born To Eat: Whole, Healthy Foods From Baby's First Bite by Leslie Schilling, MA, RDN and Wendy Jo Peterson, MS, RDN

  • Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating by Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH and Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP

  • Simple and Safe Baby-Led Weaning by Malina Linkas Malkani, MS, RDN, CDN

  • Baby-Led Weaning the Essential Guide by Gill Rapley, PhD and Tracy Murkett

  • The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight From the Soil by Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD

  • How to Get Your Kid to Eat: But Not Too Much by Ellyn Satter

            (don't recommend her recipes, they're outdated)

  • Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense by Ellyn Satter

  • Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed World by Bettina Elias Siegel

  • Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed with Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup by Laura A. Jana, MD and Jennifer Shu, MD

  • Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up by Daphne Miller, MD

  • Eat, Drink and Be Healthy: the Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating by Walter Willett, MD, DrPH with Patrick Skerrett

  • What The Fork Are You Eating? by Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN

  • Fiber Fueled: The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for Losing Weight, Restoring Your Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome by Will Bulsiewicz, MD

  • The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker

  • In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan

  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat by Michael Pollan

  • Feeding the Whole Family: Cooking with Whole Foods by Cynthia Lair

  • French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters by Karen Le Billon

  • Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being by Marc David

  • The Yoga of Eating by Charles Eisenstein

  • Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life by Thich Nhat Hahn and Dr. Lilian Cheung

  • The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-Term Health by Justin Sonnenburg, PhD, and Erica Sonnenburg, PhD

Sports Nutrition

  • Feeding the Young Athlete by Cynthia Lair

  • Sports Nutrition for Young Adults by Jackie Slomin, MD, RDN

  • Plant-Based Sports Nutrition by D. Enette Larson-Meyer, PhD, RDN and Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RDN


  • Freeing Your Child From Anxiety by Tamar E. Chansky, PhD

General Health
  • Health and Healing by Andrew Weil, MD

  • Mind Over Meds by Andrew Weil, MD

  • Happiness 101: Simple Secrets to Smart Living and Well-Being by Tim Bono, PhD

  • Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers: 8-minute Routines to Help Your Child Grow Smarter, Be Happier, and Behave Better by Helen Garabedian

  • Yoga Mom, Buddha Baby: The Yoga Workout for New Moms by Jyothi Larson


  • Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhD

  • How to Sleep: The New Science-Based Solutions for Sleeping Through the Night by Raphael Pelayo MD

  • Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep by Marc Weissbluth, MD



  • Depression: A Teen's Guide to Survive and Thrive by Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD and Claire A.B. Freeland, PhD

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple: 10 Strategies for Managing Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Panic, and Worry by Seth J. Gillihan, PhD

  • Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: A Workbook for Managing Depression and Anxiety by Seth J Gillihan, PhD

  • S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties by Heather Corinna

Late Childhood

Later Childhood

  • Wonder

  • Sex is a Funny Word

  • The Care and Keeping of You American Girl

  • Growing Up Great: the Ultimate Puberty Book for Boys

  • Its So Amazing: A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies and Families 

  • The Omnivore's Dilemma Young Reader's Edition by Michael Pollan

Early Childhood

Early Childhood

Friendships and Bullying

  • Hooway For Wadney Wat by Helen Lester

  • Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

  • Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

  • I Am NOT Sleepy and I Will NOT Go to Bed by Lauren Child

  • Amazing You! by Dr. Gail Saltz & Lynne Cravath


  • The Sandwich Swap by Rania Al Abdullah & Kelly DiPucchio

  • The Berenstain Bears And Too Much Junk Food by Stan & Jan Berenstain

  • I Will Never NOT Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child

  • Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat

  • How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

  • Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

  • Today I Feel Silly by Curtis Cornell

  • The Feelings Book by Todd Parr

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst & Ray Cruz

  • When Sophie Gets Angry

  • Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco 

  • Woolbur

  • It's Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr

  • Dear Girl,: A Celebration of Wonderful, Smart, Beautiful You! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal

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