Reading is a great way to learn something new, discover a new outlook, develop new habits, or just be curious about new ideas and perspectives.  We've put together a collection of book suggestions for parents, educators, and other adults that are filled with useful information, great advice, strategies you can try at home, and maybe provide a new way of looking at things.  So kick off your shoes and grab a good book.  We hope you enjoy them!

* Many of these books are available to borrow at the Barrington Area Library.  Visit for more information.


  1. Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive  by Marc Brackett, PhD
  2. Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World  by Devorah Heitner, PhD
  3. The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired  by Daniel J Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
  4. Differently Wired: A Parent’s Guide to Raising an Atypical Child with Confidence and Hope  by Deborah Reber
  5. toughLOVE: Raising Confident, Kind, Resilient Kids  by Lisa Stiepock, Amy Iorio, and Lori Gottlieb
  6. Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings  by Kenneth R. Ginsberg, MD, M. Ed, FAAP
  7. This Is How It Always Is  by Laurie Frankel
  8. UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed  in Our All-About-Me World  by Michelle Borba, Ed.D
  9. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind  by Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
  10. How to be an Anti-Racist  by Ibram X. Kendi
  11. Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World  by Rosalind Wiseman
  12. Educated: A Memoir  by Tara Westover
  13. Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls  by Lisa Damour, PhD
  14. The Self-Motivated Kid: How to Raise Happy, Healthy Children Who Know What They Want and Go After It Without Being Told  by Shimi Kang, MD
  15. The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults  by Frances E. Jensen, MD with Amy Ellis Nutt
  16. How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success  by Julie Lycott-Haims
  17. Mindfulness for Children: Help Your Child to be Calm and Content from Breakfast Till Bedtime  by Uz Afzal
  18. Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents  by Christine Carter, PhD
  19. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption  by Bryan Stevenson
  20. The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed  by Jessica Lahey
  21. Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood  by Lisa Damour, PhD
  22. Middle School Matter: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond - and How Parents Can Help  by Phyllis L. Fagell, LCPC
  23. Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead  by Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW
  24. El aprendizaje de la felicidad  by Christine Carter
  25. El cerebro del niño. Libro de ejercicios: Hojas de trabajo, actividades y ejercicios prácticos para cultivar la mente en desarrollo de tu hijo  by Daniel J Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD

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