Recommended Books For Children & Teens

Feelings & Emotions

The Way I Feel by Janan Cain

The Way I feel is used at bedtime, when parents want to talk about what happened that day; in classrooms, when teachers want to talk about pride and disappointment; and with sick children who are suffering from fear and confusion as well as pain. It has drawn praise from parents, educators and medical professionals across the country. Janan Cain’s book is ideal for children with autism especially that children will learn useful words, and parents will have many chances to open conversations about what’s going on in their child’s life.

Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell

Silly, cranky, excited, or sad—everyone has moods that can change each day. From the #1 New York Times bestselling team - Jamie Lee Curtis's zany and touching verse, paired with Laura Cornell's whimsical and original illustrations, helps kids explore, identify, and even have fun with their ever-changing moods.

 

On Monday When It Rained by Cherryl Kachenmeister

On Monday When It Rained is a great book for talking about feelings and emotions. The story is about a boy and what happens to him every day for a week. Simple, straightforward text and marvelously expressive pictures.

Glad Monster, Sad Monster: A Book About Feelings by Anne Miranda & Ed Emberley

Glad Monster Sad Monster teaches kids different emotions as most kids between 2 to 4 don’t have the ability to express their feelings. The book helps control tantrums. The storyline will give teachers and parents the opportunity to introduce emotions to children in their pre-kindergarten years-the time when the children are still learning how to share, what to do when angry, and how to express joy.

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss and Steve Johnson

My Many Colored Days is a simple and colorful book which has a powerful message and helps set the groundword to give children a dialogue for their feelings. It helps you and your child identify their colors and where they feel them in their body, and helps them learn to express those colors in a positive way. A brighter, more playful cover design makes this board book edition all the more appropriate as a color concept book to use with babies or a feelings and moods book to discuss with toddlers.

When Sophie Gets Angry — Really, Really Angry… by Molly Garrett Bang

Everybody gets angry sometimes. For children, anger can be very upsetting. Parents, teachers, and children can talk about it. People do lots of different things when they get angry. A young girl is upset and doesn't know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure. In this book, kids will see what Sophie does when she gets angry.

Feelings (Reading Rainbow Book) by Aliki

Feelings by Aliki is a great way to explore feelings with young kids wherever they are- may they be at school or at home. This classic picture book uses a child-friendly cartoon style to build empathy and awareness in young readers—and to help them find appropriate ways to handle their feelings.

I’m Mad (Dealing With Feelings) by Elizabeth Crary

I’m Mad by Elizabeth Crary is a book which finally recognizes a child’s anger as legitimate and real feeling. The book is about Katie. Katie needs help working through her anger when a long-awaited picnic is cancelled by rain. Katie's father has several ideas, and your child can make suggestions, too.

I’m Frustrated (Dealing With Feelings) by Elizabeth Crary

I’m Frustrated by Elizabeth Crary shows that just one attempt to work through the feeling of frustration is not always enough. Everyone gets frustrated occasionally - children and adults - need skills to handle this feeling. The book is about Alex. Alex wants to skate like his brother and sister, but he can't even stand up.

When I Feel Angry by Cornelia Maude Spelman

When I feel Angry  focus on identifying the causes of an emotional reaction, and coming up with ways to start feeling calm and happy again. This book explains simple strategies to help kids understand and take care of their emotions.

When My Worries Get Too Big by Kari Dunn Burron

With a special section on evidence-based teaching activities for parents and teachers, this bestselling children’s classic - When My Worries Get Too Big -  just became even better and more relevant. Engaging and easy to read, this illustrated children’s book is filled with opportunities for children to participate in developing their own self-calming strategies.

What’s That Look on Your Face?  by Catherine Snodgrass

What’s That Look On Your Face helps young readers link faces to feelings by presenting situations they can all relate to. Each page spread is devoted to a feeling expressed through an exaggerated facial expression accompanied by a short poem that further elaborates on the expression to reinforce its meaning.Recognizing and interpreting facial expressions and the feelings they represent poses great challenges for children with language and communication difficulties, including those with an autism spectrum disorder.

The Feelings Book by Dr. Lynda Madison and Josee Masse

The Feelings Book will help your child understand their emotions, and deal with them in positive ways. They’ll get tips on how to express their feelings and stay in control, plus get sensitive advice on handling fear, anxiety, jealousy, and grief. As your child goes through puberty, there are lots of changes, and the feelings that come with it. Sometimes they are not sure what to say to you, and vice versa. Help your child learn how to stay in the driver's seat of their own emotions!

Mindfulness

Moody Cow Meditates by Kerry Lee McLean

This vibrant and funny children's book is a playful way to introduce children to the power of meditation. Children can develop greater joy and concentration through the practices of mindfulness and meditation. This is an effective anger management tool.

Puppy Mind by Andrew Nance

Puppy Mind In this picture book for children and adults, a young boy discovers his mind is like a puppy, always wandering away, into the past or the future. It is an inspiring young adult novel due to its positive message and beneficial lesson for children to help learn patience.

What Does It Mean to Be Present? by Rana DiOrio

Noticing when someone needs help Waiting patiently for your turn. Focusing on what's happening now. These are just some ways on how to be present.. Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner, What Does It Mean to Be Present? is the perfect introduction to mindfulness for kids and learning empathy at all ages.

The Listening Walk by Paul Showers

The Listening Walk is about a little girl and her father taking a quiet walk and identifying the sounds around them. Soon the girl discovers an extraordinary world of sounds in her everyday environment. The Listening Walk will remind both parents and children of the wonders all around them, if they slow down and listen. This picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.

Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer

Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda will be guiding readers to a calmer and more attentive mind. This wonderful picture book for children and adults alike introduces the powerful practice of mindfulness in a fun and exciting way - readers will be delighted.

Sitting Still Like a Frog by Eline Snel and Myla Kabat-Zinn

Sitting Still Like A Frog is a very appealing introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents. In a simple and accessible way, it describes what mindfulness is and how mindfulness-based practices can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger and generally become more patient and aware. It contains eleven practices that focus on just these scenarios, along with short examples and anecdotes throughout. Included with purchase is an audio CD with guided meditations. Simple mindfulness practices to help your child (ages 5-12) deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and handle difficult emotions.

Sensory Awareness

This is Gabriel-Making Sense of School by Hartley Steiner

This is Gabriel Making Sense of School gives the readers a look into the challenges children with Sensory Processing Disorder face in the classroom. This easy-to-read and beautifully illustrated picture book provides teachers, parents and children a better understanding of all seven senses, how they are each affected at school, and what kinds of accommodations are necessary to help children with SPD become learning sensations!

Squirmy Wormy by Lynda Farrington Wilson

 

Squirmy Wormy will help kids help themselves through daily life like no one has before with some great everyday tips and techniques. It is a wonderful little children's book about a boy named Tyler, who has autism and SPD. Together with Tyler, the reader learns about SPD and what easy therapies he can do by himself to feel better.

Arnie and His School Tools by Jennifer Veenendall

International Book Award Winner Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions to Build Success is an illustrated children's book about an exuberant little boy who had difficulty paying attention in class and doing his school work until he is given the tools to accommodate his sensory needs.Occupational therapists, teachers and parents will find this book an engaging way to introduce elementary students to basic sensory tools used to help children focus in classroom settings, such as fidgets, chewy pencil toppers, and weighted vests. Additional resources are provided at the end of the book, including definitions of sensory processing and sensory modulation disorder, suggested discussion questions, and lists of related books and websites.

Listening to my Body by Gabi Garcia and Ying Hui Tan

Listening to My Body helps children develop a sensations vocabulary so that they can express what they are experiencing. This engaging and interactive book guides children through the practice of naming their feelings and the physical sensations that accompany them. Easy, kid-friendly mindfulness activities are woven throughout to reinforce the teachings. Listening to My Body is a wonderful tool for parents, counselors and teachers! This book is also available in Spanish version!

How to be a Super Hero by Lauren Brukner

This illustrated book also features an appendix with photocopiable super power charts, reinforcers, and reminder tools to ensure that parents, teachers, and other professionals can support children in upholding superhero strategies even after the book has been read. Self-Control teaches children with emotional and sensory regulation difficulties aged approximately 4-7 how to calm themselves using self-massage, deep pressure, breathing exercises, and activities such as making an imaginary list and finding their own peaceful place.

Social

Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook

Personal Space Camp addresses the complex issue of respect for another person's physical boundaries. Written with style, wit, and rhythm, this story is a must have resource for parents, teachers, and counselors who want to communicate the idea of personal space in a manner that connects with kids.

My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook

My Mouth Is A Volcano takes an empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting and teaches children a witty technique to help them manage their rambunctious thoughts and words. This book is a story that provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the value of respecting others by listening and waiting for their turn to speak.

David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon

David Gets in Trouble, written and illustrated by David Shannon is an extraordinary picture book.  The book is about a young boy, David, whose actions cause him to get into trouble; however he manages to come up with numerous excuses for his mistakes. Many children and even adults can relate to the events the main character goes through. They too have done the things David has done or has known someone who has eaten dog food, broken a window with a baseball, etc.

You are a Social Detective by Michelle G. Winner

Written by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke, this comic book teaches these students how to recognize and develop social skills. You Are A Social Detective offers different lessons that can be reviewed repeatedly with students who have higher-functioning autism, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD and other social-cognitive challenges. Elementary school-aged (K-5) students, and immature older middle and high school students who enjoy visual books, will benefit from this book.

Whole Body Listening Larry at School! by Elizabeth Sautter and Kristen Wilson

Whole Body Listening Larry at School helps our students develop a better concept of holistic listening, or Whole Body Listening. Preschool through 2nd - 3rd grade students love the antics of our characters as they teach this important concept in a very fun manner!

Whole Body Listening Larry at Home! by Elizabeth Sautter and Kristen Wilson

This colorfully illustrated storybook, based on the idea created by Susanne Poulette Truesdale (1990), provides fun ways to teach children an abstract but essential idea - that their eyes, hands, brains – their whole bodies! – communicate and affect the people around them. Parents, teachers and therapists use this book to teach this challenging concept through illustrated scenarios at home, in the car, with friends, with grandparents – and a number of other very recognizable situations. It includes a handout at the end of the book for copying and ideas and images to use to reinforce lessons.

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by Howard Binkow

Howard B. Wigglebottom is helping millions of children listen better to others, their hearts, feelings, bodies, and to intuition, the little voice in their head. 15 books, animations and lessons help ages 4-7 become better listeners and learn important life lessons. will help you stay safe, in less trouble and learn more. Listening and paying attention are different and mean more than do as we are told. Award-winning, educator endorsed. Free download discussion ideas, video poster, song, interactive questions.

How to Lose All Your Friends by Nancy Carlson

With exuberant pictures and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, the author takes a light-hearted look at bratty behavior that will have children laughing in recognition while learning exactly how not to behave. Colored-pencil illustrations throughout.

Duck Rabbit by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

Duck! Rabbit! Provides us a clever take on the age-old optical illusion: is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it! Readers will find more than just Amy Krouse Rosenthal's signature humor here; there's also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument. The book is smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side - A New York Times bestselling children’s book!

Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak Ph.D and Sarah Ackerler

Educator and psychologist Dr. JoAnn Deak offers a fun and engaging introduction to the anatomy and functions of the brain that will empower each young reader to S-T-R-E-T-C-H and grow their fantastic, elastic brain! The author shares information in ways that are accessible for parents, teachers, and children alike. Delightful illustrations with accurate details foster motivation to learn and grow in new ways.

What is a Thought? by Amy Kahofer and Jack Pransky

This poetic and engaging book introduces children (K-5th) to the amazing, creative power within us all: thought. What Is A Thought? Is a story to help children and adults see how their own thinking creates their lives, moment to moment, day to day. Wonderfully illustrated, this children's book not only introduces young readers to the concept of thought but also the amazing power of their own thoughts.

Tweens & Teens

How to be a Super Hero by Lauren Brukner

This illustrated book also features an appendix with photocopiable super power charts, reinforcers, and reminder tools to ensure that parents, teachers, and other professionals can support children in upholding superhero strategies even after the book has been read. Self-Control teaches children with emotional and sensory regulation difficulties aged approximately 4-7 how to calm themselves using self-massage, deep pressure, breathing exercises, and activities such as making an imaginary list and finding their own peaceful place.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, has been to millions of teens: a handbook to self-esteem and success. Now updated for the digital age, this classic book applies the timeless principles of 7 Habits to the tough issues and life-changing decisions teens face. Covey provides a simple approach to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, and appreciate their parents, as well as tackle the new challenges of our time, like cyberbullying and social media.

Diary of a Social Detective: by Jeffrey E. Jessum

Learn social skills while solving social mysteries! Detective agencies come in many shapes and forms, but never before has there been a one-man social detective agency! Diary of a Social Detective: Real-Life Tales of Mystery, Intrigue and Interpersonal Adventure teaches children and adolescents how to be social detectives in their own lives. This book combines social instruction with reading comprehension in a fun and unique way! A Teacher's Choice Award Winner! Moonbeam Children's Book Award Winner! Mom's Choice Award Winner!

Curiously Social, Socially Curious by Michelle G. Winner

This anime-illustrated guidebook is written for teens and young adults to learn how the social mind is expected to work in order to effectively relate to others at school, at work, in the community and even at home. Since there is relatively little information on how to talk about social information, this book redefines what it means to "be social" and it is likely not what you think!

Social Fortune or Social Fate by Michelle G. Winner

Social Fortune or Social Fate: A Social Thinking Graphic Novel Map for Social Quest Seekers By Michelle Garcia Winner and Pam Crooke Utilizing the graphic novel with anime illustrations concept to capture the attention of teens, we have developed this book to teach the core concepts related to Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Behavior Mapping (SBM). The core of the book consists of 10 social scenarios, each one scenario is played out through the lens of Social Fortune or Social Fate by demonstrating visually how a situation can change quickly based on how someone reacts within it.

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