Recommended Books - Parenting

Recommended Reading



The following is a list of books we’ve found helpful, grouped by category:


Parenting – General

  • “Get Out of My Life But First Will You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?” by Anthony Wolf
  • "How to Talk so Teens will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk," by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • “Parenting Through Adolescence,” by Laura Kastner
  • “Positive Discipline for Teenagers: Empowering your Teen and Yourself Through Kind and Firm Parenting,” by Jane Nelson and Lynn Lott 
  • “Staying Connected to Your Teenager - How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They are Saying,” by Michael Kiera
  • “Yes, Your Teen is Crazy: Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind,” by Michael Bradner
  • “The Seven Year Stretch: How Families Work Together to Grow Through Adolescence,” by Michael Kastner

Bulimia / Eating Disorders

  • “Kim:  Empty Inside:  Diary of an Anonymous Teenager,” by Beatrice Sparks
  • “No Body’s Perfect,” by Kimberly Kirberger

Dealing with Guys

  • “The Girls’ Guide to Guys: Straight Talk for Teens on Flirting, Dating, Breaking Up, Making Up & Finding True Love,” by Julie Taylor
  • “Sex, Boys and How to Be Your Own Best Girlfriend,” by Joni Arredia
  • “What Smart Teenagers Know…About Dating, Relationships and Sex,” by Deborah Hatchell

Drugs & Alcohol

  • “Go Ask Alice,” Anonymous author 


  • “Dreamland,” by Sarah Dessen
  • “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” by Ned Vizzini 
  • “Life Strategies for Teens,” by Jay McGraw
  • “When Anger Hurts: Quieting the Storm Within,” by Matthew McKay

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • “Kissing Doorknobs,” by Terry Spencer Hesser
  • “Talking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids and Teens say ‘No Way’ – and Parents Say ‘Way to Go,’” by John March

Parenting – Adolescent Girls

  • “Dealing with Stuff that Makes Life Tough,” by Jill Zimmerman-Rutledge
  • “Mean Chicks, Cliques and Dirty Tricks,” by Erika Shearin-Karves
  • “Promise You Won’t Freak Out: A Teenager Tells Her Mom the Truth About Boys, Booze, Body Piercing and Other Touchy Topics,” by Doris Fuller
  • “Queen Bees & Wannabees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and the New Realities of Girl World,” by Rosalind Wiseman  


  • “For Girls Only: Wise Words, Good Advice,” by Carol Weston
  • “Girlwise:  How to be Confident, Capable, Cool & in Control,” by Julia DeVillers 
  • “Teens Can Make it Happen,” by Stedman Graham 
  • “Reviving Ophelia,” by Mary Pipher

Self-Harm Behaviors

  • “Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Program for Self-Injurers,” by Karen Conterio, Wendy Lader and Jennifer Kingson Bloom 
  • “Cut,” by Patricia Mccormick
  • “Cutting and Self-Mutilation: When Teens Injure Themselves,” by Kathleen Winkler
  • “See My Pain! Creative Strategies and Activities for Helping Young People Who Self-Injure,” by Susan Bowman and Kaye Randall