for children & ADults
recommended by our staff & volunteers
Ryan recommends: The Four Agreements: A practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
In The Four Agreements, bestselling author Don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
Jessie recommends: The Good Teen: Rescuing Adolescence From The Myths Of The Storm And Stress Years, by Richard M. Lerner
Richard Lerner is one of the leading scholars in the Positive Youth Development (PYD) field. The Good Teen is an easy to read resource geared towards parents. With his experience in studying developmental science, researching PYD philosophies, and working with PYD programs, Lerner provides an interesting insight on how teenagers think the way they do. He provides a plethora of practical advice on how parents can incorporate the PYD approach at home and in the community to help their teens find a thriving path toward adulthood.
Patrick recommends: The Pagemaster
by David Kirschner
Encourage your sense of imagination and adventure! Ten-year-old Richard Tyler discovers a world of adventure at his local library when the books start to come alive and he is surrounded by some of literature's most entertaining characters.
Lynette recommends: My Many Colored Days by Dr. Suess
Using a spectrum of vibrant colors and a menagerie of animals, this unique book does for the range of human moods and emotions what Oh, the Places You'll Go! does for the human life cycle.
This book provides a wonderful way for parents to talk with children about their feelings. This rare and beautiful book is bound to appeal to both the innocent young and the most sophisticated seniors.
Kim recommends: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
For more than a century, The Wind in the Willows and its endearing protagonists--Mole, Mr. Toad, Badger, and Ratty--have enchanted children of all ages. Whether the four friends are setting forth on an exciting adventure, engaging in a comic caper, or simply relaxing by the River Thames, their stories are among the most charming in all English literature. A book for the young or old, the story teaches us much about how to be human.
Caroline recommends: What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen, by Kate Fagan
As a clinician, I believe this book is especially pertinent in today's world - where adolescents and teens deal with the tricky task of navigating social media while parents attempt to walk the balance of protecting and trusting their children's exposure to the internet. It is an important resource for both parents and teens that can open an opportunity to discuss mental illness and feelings of stress and hopelessness.