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An excellent website with suggested books for children at every age level can be found at www.dailydoseofreading.com  

This website is designed to foster a life long love of reading in all children. Sponsors of the website include:  University Hospital, Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital, Rite-Aid and workflow.com.  The website encourages parents and caregivers to engage in reading activities with their children.  Tips for reading success are listed, beginning as early as one day of age. 

 Book lists for many topics are listed.  Some topics listed include:  Working Parents, Siblings, Growing and Changing Bodies, Death, Divorce, Bullies, A New Baby and Starting School.  Under each topic are suggested reading material for every age.

Go to:  www.dailydoseofreading.org 


Build a Better Reader

Five easy ways to build a better reader:

1.  Don't sweat mistakes.  If your child gets to a word he doesn't know when reading aloud, don't make him sound it out, just give him the word.  We learn from having our strengths identified not our mistakes magnified.  ~Jeff Wilhelm, Professor of Reading at Univ. of Idaho.

2.  Stay positive.  Don't make reading a barrier to an activity your child enjoys ("You can't go out and play until you've done your reading")~Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook.

3.  Card 'em.  When your child is reading a book with a lot of words, have him place an index card under the line of text he's reading and slide the card down the page as he reads.  This helps kids keep their place. ~Richard Allington, Ph.D., president of the International Reading Association.

4.  Form a team.  Rather than arguing with your child about when she's going to start and how she'll finish a daunting reading assignment, offer to share the burden.  Your child reads one page aloud, you read the next. ~Carol Rasco, CEO of Reading is Fundamental.

5.  Give books as gifts.  Children say they are more likely to read books they own, specifically, ones that were given to them by someone they love. ~Twila Liggett, Ph.D., creator of Reading Rainbow.


 General Pediatric Health and Child Development


Your Childís Health 
Schmitt, M.D.  

Dr. MomBy Marianne Neifert, M.D.

Dr. Spock Ďs Baby & Child CareBy
By Benjamin Spock, M.D.

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Caring for your Baby and Young Child    
By The American Academy of Pediatrics    

Dad to Dad:  Parenting Like a Pro

     David L. Hill, MD, FAAP

Caring for Your School Age Child
By The American Academy of Pediatrics

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Emotional, Behavioral and Discipline Issues  

By T. Berry Brazelton 

SOS Help for Parents 
By Clark  

Solve Your Childís Sleep Problems
By Richard Ferber

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The Magic Years  
By  Selma

 The Strong Willed Child 
By James Dobson   

The Difficult Child
By Stanley Turecki

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Taking Charge of ADHD:  The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents
By RA Barkley

Autism Spectrum Disorders What Every Parent Should Know    By American Academy of Pediatrics

Your Defiant Child:  Eight Steps To Better Behavior
By Russell A. Barkley, Christine M Benson

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The Explosive Child by Ross Greene, PHD

Sleep:  What Every Parent Needs to Know by Rachel Moon, MD 

The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child by Alan Kazdin

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Feeding Issues  
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Feed Me, Iím Yours      
By Vicki Lansky 

Breastfeeding and The Working Mother
By Marianne Neifert, M.D.



:NNutrition  What every parent needs to know      2nd edition

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Puberty and Adolescent Care  

Whatís Happening to my Body Book for Girls 
By Lynda Madras

Whatís Happening to my Body Book for Boys
By Lynda Madras

American Girl The Care and Keeping of You

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Itís a Girl Thing by Mavis Jukes

Itís Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris

Space Station 7th Grade by Jerry Spinelli

Then, Again, Maybe I Wonít by Judy Blume

Caring for your Adolescent Ages 12-21 by the American Academy of Pediatrics     

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Toilet Training  

Going to the Potty 
By Fred Rogers       

Once Upon a Potty  
By Fred Rogers       

Toilet Training in Less than a day


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How I was Adopted by Joanna Cole

Real Sisters by Susan Wright

Over the Moon by Karen Katz  

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The Very Worst Monster by Pat Hutchins

The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume

Later, Gater by Laurence Yep  

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Sometimes a Family Has to Split Up by Jane Watson

Itís Not Your Fault, Koko Bear by Vicki Lansky

How to Help Your Child Overcome Divorce by Elissa Benedek

Momís House, Dadís House by Isolina Ricci  

Daily dose of Reading Booklist:

Title Author Summary                 
The Days Of Summer Eve Bunting Two young girls struggle with the news that their grandparents are getting a divorce. Picture Book
Two Homes Claire Masurel Alex has adjusted to his parents two different homes. Picture Book
Grandma Without Me Judith Vigna After his parents divorce, a young boy is still able to keep his relationship with his grandmother. Picture Book
I Don't Want To Talk About It J.F. Ransom A girl describes her various feelings after her parents tell her they are getting divorced. Picture Book
Charlie Anderson Barbara Abercrombie A cat is similar to two sisters in the fact that it has two homes. Picture Book
Just For You! A Day With Daddy Nikki Grimes A boy describes his weekly outing with his father. Picture Book
On The Day His Daddy Left Eric Adams Danny wonders if his father left because of him. Picture Book
As The Crow Flies Elizabeth Winthrop Michael's father comes from far away for a visit. Picture Book
Was It The Chocolate Pudding?: A Story For Little Kids About Divorce S. Levins Divorce brings out different emotions for children. Picture Book
Amber Brown Is Feeling Blue Paula Danziger Amber has to decide which parent to stay with for Thanksgiving. Grade School
Max's Logbook Marissa Moss Max keeps a notebook of his ideas, thoughts and feelings and deals with his parents divorce. Grade School
Dear Mr. Henshaw Beverly Cleary Leigh uses letters to his favorite author to cope with problems relating to his parents and their divorce. Grade School
Crossing Over Sandra Love Life is very different for Megan and Kevin when they spend time with their father. Grade School
The Top-Secret Journal of Fiona Claire Jardin Robin Cruise Fiona's therapist has her record her feelings as she adjusts to her parents divorce. Grade School
Rope Burn Jan Siebold Writing helps Richard come to terms with his feelings and his parents divorce. Grade School
Ginny Morris And Mom's House, Dad's House Mary Collins Gallagher 4th grader Ginny goes back and forth between her mother's apartment and father's house, switching each Sunday. Grade School
Some Frog Eve Bunting Billy's father doesn't always keep his promises and Billy has to deal with some disappointments. Grade School
It's Not The End Of The World Judy Blume Karen struggles with her emotions when her father moves out of the house. Teen Fiction
Hatchet Gary Paulsen A thirteen year old survives alone in the wilderness after a plane crash. Teen Fiction
Strider Beverly Cleary Leigh and his best friend try to share custody of a stray dog in this sequel to Dear Mr. Henshaw. Teen Fiction
My Parents' Divorce Julia Cole Simple, clear text answers questions and offers factual information for children coping with divorce and their emotions. Non-Fiction
How It Feels When Parents Divorce Jill Krementz Children from different backgrounds share their feelings about their parents divorces. Non-Fiction
Dinosaurs Divorce Laurie and Marc Brown This book addresses various aspects of divorce for young children. Non-Fiction
Help! A Girl's Guide To Divorce And Stepfamilies Nancy Holyoke This practical manual from American Girl helps girls deal with divorce. Non-Fiction
The Divorce Handbook For Teens Cynthia MacGregor This guide offers a helping hand to teens struggling to answer tough questions about their parents divorce. Non-Fiction
Divorce Fred Rogers Mr. Rogers offers support and validation for readers working through divorce.

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Death and Dying


Rudi's Pond by Eve Bunting.  

I had a friend named Peter by Janice Cohn


Sweet, Sweet Memory  by Jaqueline Woodson  

Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs  by Tomie DePaola

Remember the Butterflies  by Anna Grossnickle Hines


Everett Anderson's Good bye  by Lucille Clifton

After Charlotte's Mom died  by Cornelia Spelman

Daddy's Climbing Tree  by C.S. Adler

Wander by Susan Lindquist

Upside-Down Cake  by Carol Carrick


Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

Beat the Turtle Drum by Constance Greene

A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry


Let's Talk About Going to a Funeral by Marianne Johnston

Talking about Death:  A dialogue between parent and child by Earl Grollman

I Miss You:  A First Look at Death by Pat Thomas


I'll Always Love You by Hans Wilheim

The Tenth Good Thing about Barney by Judith Viorst

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A daily dose of reading booklist:




Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Patty Lovell

When the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and she feels good about herself.

The Recess Queen

Alexis O’Neill

Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the school playground until a new girl arrives and challenges Mary Jean's status as the recess queen.

Blue Cheese Breath And Stinky Feet

Catherine Depino

A young boy is bullied by a classmate.

Hooway For Wodney Wat

Helen Lester

Rodneys classmates make fun of him because he cant pronounce his name, but it is Rodneys speech impediment that drives away the class bully.

Nobody Knew What To Do

Becky McCain

When bullies pick on a boy at school, one child realizes he must act.


Judith Caseley

Mickey has trouble with Mack, a bully at school, until he decides to try being nice to Mack.

Jake Drake, Bully Buster

Andrew Clements

Fourth grader Jake Drake relates how he comes to terms with Super Bully Link Baxter when they are assigned to be partners on a class project.

Beating Bully O'Brien

Karen Coombs

Ten year old Rocky comes to understand the girl who has been bullying him.

Mr. Lincoln's Way

Patricia Polacco

Mr. Lincoln, the coolest principal in the whole worldĚ discovers that Eugene, the school bully, knows a lot about birds. He uses that interest to help Eugene overcome his intolerance.

Reluctantly Alice

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Alice experiences the joys and embarrassments of seventh grade.

The Hundred Dresses

Eleanor Estes

An immigrant girl in an American school is teased for wearing the same faded blue dress every day.

Bad Girls

Cynthia Voigt

Two girls help each other in and out of trouble.

Stepping On The Cracks

May Downing Hahn

Eleven year old Margaret comes to terms with the school bully.

How To Handle Bullies, Teasers And Other Meanies

Kate Cohen-Posey

This book provides information on what makes bullies and teasers tick, how to handle bullies, how to deal with prejudice, and how to defend oneself when being teased or insulted.

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PostPartum Depression

Contemporary Pediatrics June 2012

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