Summer Reading List 2024

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: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success – Marc Brackett, PhD
  2. The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child – Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD.
  3. The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired – Daniel J. Seigel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
  4. Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential – Peg Dawson, EdD and Richard Guare, PhD
  5. Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety: A Complete Guide to Your Child’s Stressed, Depressed, Expanded, Amazing Adolescence – Dr. John Duffy
  6. Tiny Humans, Big Emotions: How to Navigate Tantrums, Meltdowns, and Defiance to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children – Alyssa Blask Campbell, M.Ed and Lauren Stauble, M.S.
  7. The Emotional Life of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable and Compassionate Adolescents – Lisa Damour, PhD
  8. Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen: The Essential Conversations You Need to Have with Your Kids Before They Start High School – Michelle Icard
  9. One Trusted Adult: How to Build Strong Connections & Healthy Boundaries with Young People – Brooklyn Raney
  10. Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be – Dr. Becky Kennedy
  11. Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic-and What We Can Do About It – Jennifer Breheny Wallace
  12. Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood – Lisa Damour, PhD
  13. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind – Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
  14. Calm the Chaos: A Fail-Proof Road Map for Parenting Even the Most Challenging Kids – Dayna Abraham
  15. Raising Mentally Strong Kids: How to Combine the Power of Neuroscience with Love and Logic to Grow Confident, Kind, Responsible, and Resilient Children and Young Adults – Daniel G. Amen, MD and Charles Fay, PhD
  16. Eight Setbacks That Can Make a Child a Success: What to Do and What to Say to Turn “Failures” into Character-Building Moments – Michelle Icard
  17. Raising Good Humans: A Mindful Guide to Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting and Raising Kind, Confident Kids – Hunter Clarke-Fields, MSAE
  18. Growing Up in Public: Coming of Age in a Digital World – Devorah Heitner, PhD
  19. Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Step for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents – Christine Carter, PhD
  20. UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World – Michele Borba, EdD
  21. No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind – Daniel J. Siegel, MD & Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
  22. The Book You Wish You’re Parents Had Read (And Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) – Philippa Perry
  23. The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed – Jessica Lahey
  24. How to Talk to Kids about Anything: Tips, Scripts, Stories, and Steps to Make Even the Toughest Conversations Easier – Robyn Silverman, PhD
  25. The Parenting Map: Step-by-Step Solutions to Consciously Create the Ultimate Parent-Child Relationship – Dr. Shefali Tsabary
  26. The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults – Elizabeth Laugeson, PsyD
  27. Decoding Boys: New Science Behind the Art of Raising Sons – Cara Natterson, MD
  28. Educar sin miedo: Conviértete en la madre o el padre que quieres ser – Dra. Becky Kennedy
  29. Disciplina sin lágrimas – Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
  30. Cómo hablar para que los niños escuchen / How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk: Y cómo escuchar para que los niños hablen – Adele Faber y Elaine Mazlish

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