A comprehensive list of websites and books that provides information on child development, parenting, family life, teenagers, learning, health & safety, child psychology and mental health.

Websites and Apps

Link-It for Literacy

Link-IT provides educators an intuitive application that connects instruction with technology while offering students a motivational medium. Link-IT was created by school psychologists and literacy experts with the adult and child in mind. Link-IT offers dimension and choice for educators, reading specialists, tutors, and parents. Either one-on-one, in a small group, or through whole class instruction using Airplay, Link-IT can be used in conjunction with various multisensory programs. By allowing for an easier and more efficient delivery to students, Link-IT is another example of the continuity in educational care emphasized by its creators

Child Development Institute

Information on child development, parenting, family life, teenagers, learning, health & safety, child psychology and mental health including ADHD [Recommended by Psychology Today and American Psychological Association]


Temperament.com is about behavioral individuality in infants, children and adults. Just as babies are born with their own combination of physical characteristics such as hair and eye color, skin tone, and physique, behavioral scientists know that each one has patterns of behavior, or temperament, that are also part of their uniqueness.


Understood aims to support parents so they can their children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more.

National Association for Gifted Children

NAGC’s mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

CHADD is in the forefront in creating and implementing programs and services in response to the needs of adults and families affected by ADHD through collaborative partnerships and advocacy, including training for parents and K-12 teachers, hosting educational webinars and workshops, being an informative clearinghouse for the latest evidence-based ADHD information, and providing information specialists to support the ADHD community.

Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA)

ADAA is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research.

First Signs

First Signs is dedicated to the early identification and intervention of children with developmental delays and disorders.

Everyone Reading

Everyone Reading Illinois’ mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with dyslexia and related learning disabilities through high quality professional development for teachers, increased public awareness and support for families.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

NAEYC is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related condition

International Dislexia Association

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is the oldest organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia. It is also committed to providing complete information and services to address the full scope of dyslexia and related reading and writing challenges.

All Kinds of Minds

All Kinds of Minds is a non-profit Institute that helps students who struggle with learning measurably improve their success in school and life by providing programs that integrate educational, scientific, and clinical expertise. All Kinds of Minds was founded in 1995 by renowned pediatrician, Dr. Mel Levine, and financier Charles R. Schwab to translate the latest research on how children learn into programs, products, and services that help students struggling in school become more successful learners.


Portions of this list put together by good friend and colleague Kathy Brandeisky, LCSW
*books for parent/child reading & discussion.

Must Read List

The Price of Privilege
by Madeline Levine, Ph.D.

Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences
by Leonard Sax, MD, PhD

A Mind At A Time
by Dr. Mel Levine.
This book explains how to identify individual learning patterns in children and maximize their success in life.

Numerous other books

Raising Lifelong Learners by Lucy Calkins

How to Parent So Children Will Learn by Sylvia Rimm

Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades by Sylvia Rimm

The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

Real Boys by William Pollack

Raising a Son by Don Elium

Raising a Daughter by Jeanne Elium

Growing Up: It’s a Girl Thing* by Mavis Jukes

The Care and Keeping of You: the Body Book for Girls* by Valorie Lee Schaefer

Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher

Ritalin Nation by Richard J. DeGrandpre (re: Rough Spot theory)

I Never Get Anything! by Thomas Phelan

123 Magic by Thomas Phelan

The New Dare to Discipline by James Dobson

Pick Up Your Socks and Other Skills Growing Children Need by Elizabeth Crary

Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Children by Sally Yahnke Walker

Childhood Speech, Language and Listening Problems by Patricia McAleer Hamaguchi

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction by Carol Stock Kranowitz

Aspergers Syndrome: A guide for parents and professionals by Tony Attwood

Attention Deficit Disorder & Learning Disabilities by Ingersoll & Goldstein

The Difficult Child by Stanley Turecki

Dr. Larry Silver’s Advice to Parents by Larry Silver

The Misunderstood Child by Larry Silver

Raising Your Spirited Child Mary by Sheedy Kurcinka

Special Kids Need Special Parents by Judith Loseff Lavin

Teaching Your Child The Language of Social Success by Duke, Nowicki & Martin

Playground Politics by Stanley Greenspan

Helping the Child Who Doesn’t Fit In by Stephen Nowicki

Ready or Not: What Happens When We Treat Our Children as Adults by Kay S. Hymowitz

Freeing Our Families From Perfectionism by Thomas Greenspon

Perfectionism: What’s Bad about Being Too Good by Miriam Adderholt

The Irreducible Needs of Children by Brazelton and Greenspan

Best Friends/Worst Enemies by Michael Thompson

The Good Divorce by Constance R. Ahrons

Easing the Teasing Guide by Judy Freedman

Rough Spot Training: a Manual for Teachers and Parentsby London/Monjes

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Moral Intelligence of Children by Robert Coles

Raising Adopted Children by Lois Ruskai Melina

Making Sense of Adoption: a Parent’s Guide by Lois Ruskai Melina

Normal Children Have Problems Too by Stanley Turecki

The Hurried Child by David Elkind

Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child by Katharina Manassis

New Parent Power by John Rosemond

The Explosive Child by Ross Green

Discipline with Dignity by Richard Curwin

How Your Child is Smart by Dawna Markova

Homework Without Tears by Lee Canter

The Defiant Child by Douglas Riley

Thinking, Feeling, Behaving by Ann Vernon (re: Rough Spot)

Easing the Teasing by Judy Freedman

Eating, Sleeping & Getting Up: How to Stop Daily Battles with Your Child by Carolyn Crowder

Mind at a Time by Mel Levine

Myth of Laziness by Mel Levine

How to Behave So Your Children Will Too by Sal Severe

Moving with Children by Olkowski & Parker

Parenting A Struggling Reader by Susan Hall & Louisa Moats

Straight Talk About Reading by Susan Hall & Louisa Moats

Siblings Without Rivalry by (rev.) Adele Farber/Elaine Mazlish

The Shy Child by Ward Swallow

The Secure Child by Stanley Greenspan

Silver Spoon Kids: How Successful Parents Raise Responsible Children by Eileen Gallo & Jon Gallo

Backtalk by Audrey Ricker and Carolyn Crowder

The Overscheduled Child by Alvin Rosenfeld and Nicole Wise

Emotionally Intelligent Parenting by Elias, Tobias & Friedlander

The Friendship Factor by Kenneth Rubin

Caring For Your School-Aged Child Ages 5-12 by American Academy of Pediatrics

S.T.E.P.: The Parent’s Handbook (revised) by Dinkmeyer & McKay

Developing Talent in Young People by Bloom, ed.

In Their Own Way by Thomas Armstrong

Awakening Your Child’s Natural Genius by Thomas Armstrong

Discipline with Dignity by Curwin and Mendler

Literacy: Helping Children Construct Meaning by J. David Cooper

The Bookfinder 5: When Kids Need Books by Sharon Spredeman Dreyer

Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children by eihart, Reis, Robinson & Moon, Ed.

You Read to Me and I’ll Read to You by Janet Schulman, Selector

Video: “A Walk in Your Shoes” Noggin’s Disabilities Awareness

Dinosaur’s Divorce* by Laurene Krasny Brown

My Life Turned Upside Down, But I Turned It Rightside Up* by Mary Blitzer Field

The Bear Who Lost His Sleep: a story about worrying too much* byJessica Lamb-Shapiro

The Lion Who Lost His Roar: a story about facing your fears* by Marcia Shosanna Nass

The Hyena Who Lost Her Laugh: a story about changing your negative thinking* by Jessica Lamb-Shapiro

The Penguin Who Lost Her Cool: A story about controlling your anger* by Marla Sobel

Let’s Talk about Having Allergies* by Elizabeth Weitzman

Taking Cerebral Palsy to School* by Mary Elizabeth Anderson

Taking Food Allergies to School* by Ellen Weiner

Taking Diabetes to School* by Kim Gosselin

Taking A.D.D. to School* by Ellen Weiner

Taking Seizure Disorders to School* by Kim Gosselin

Taking Cystic Fibrosis to School* by Cynthia S. Henry

Taking Asthma to School* by Kim Gosselin

I’m Tougher than Diabetes* by Alden R. Carter

The Berenstain Bears and the truth* by Stan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears get in a fight* by Stan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears learn about strangers* by Stan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears and the bad dream* by Stan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears: no girls allowed* by Stan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears get the gimmies* by Stan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears-the trouble with friends* by Stan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears and the bully* by Stan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears and the blame game* by Stan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears and too much teasing* by Stan Berenstain

Every Time I Blow My Top I Lose My Head* by Laura Slap-Shelton

Bullies are a Pain in the Brain* by Trevor Romain

A Volcano in my Tummy: Helping Children Handle Anger*by Whitehouse and Pudney

The Lovables in the Kingdom of Self Esteem* by Diane Loomans

Wemberly Worried* by Kevin Henkes

Just the Way You Are* by Marcus Pfister

Sometimes I Feel Like I Don’t Have Any Friends* by Tracy Zimmerman

Badger’s Parting Gifts* by Susan Varley

Raising Resilient Children by Robert Brooks & Sam Goldstein

Parenting by Heart Ron Taffel

See Jane Win by Sylvia Rimm

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