Literacy Connections by Topic

Kindness / Bucket Filling  

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud

Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for the Young Child by Carol McCloud

Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness: Three Rules for a Happier Life by Carol McCloud

How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer

Halle and Tiger with their Bucket Filling Family by Peggy Johncox

Will You Fill My Bucket? Daily Acts of Love Around the World by Carol McCloud and Karen Wells

ANXIETY and Related Topics

Anxiety -Children’s Books

When My Worries Get To Big! by Kari Dunn Buron

Don't Be Afraid to Drop by Julia Cook

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine by Julia Cook

Don't Worry Bear Greg Foley

David and the Worry Beats: Helping Children Cope with Anxiety by Anne Maries Guancia

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean

Something Special by David McPhail

Worried by Sarah Medina

Getting Out of a Stress Mess!: A Guide for Kids by Michalene Mundy

When I Feel Worried (The Way I Feel Books) by Cornelia Maude Superman

When I Miss You (The Way I Feel Books) by Cornelia Maude Spelman 

Courage by Bernard Waber

Is a Worry Worrying You? by Ferida Wolff

Accepting Mistakes/Perfectionism

Loretta: Ace Pinky Scout by Keith Graves

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett

Ish by Peter Reynolds

Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

Positive Self-Talk

The Worst Day of My Life Ever!  by Julia Cook

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborach Diesen

Tiger-Tiger is it True? by Byron Katie and Hans Wilhelm

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Anxiety Reduction Workbooks for Children

What to do When You're Scared and Worried: A Guide for Kids by James J. Crist

When My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety by Kari Dunn Buron

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What to Do Guides for Kids) by Dawn Huebner

Sometimes I Worry Too Much, But Now I Know How to Stop by Dawn A. Huebner, Ph.D., and Robin C. Morris

I Bet I Won't Fret: A Workbook to Help Children with Generalized Anxiety by Timothy Sisemore PhD

Relaxation CD’s

Indigo Dreams: Kids Rainforest Relaxation Music, Decrease Worry, Fear, Anxiety, Improve Sleep, Well Being, Creativity  by Lori Lite 

Indigo Dreams: Relaxation and Stress Management Bedtime Stories for Children, Improve Sleep, Manage Stress and Anxiety  by Lori Lite

Workbooks and Parent Guides

Freeing Your Child From Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child’s Fears, Worries and Phobias by Tamar Chansky

Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents by Ronald Rapee, Ann Wignall, Susan Spence and Heidi Lyneham

Stress and Your Child by Bettie B. Youngs, PhD

Your Anxious Child by John Daily and Lisa Fiore

Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child by Katharina Manasses

OCD Workbooks for Children

What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck:  A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD by Dawn Huebner

by Anthony C. Puliafico PhD and Joanna A. Robin PhD

Practicing Self-Talk 

You Can Do It!  Messing up? Sure, Giving up? No Way! By Tom Shay-Zapien

Courage  Bernard Waber

The Little Engine That Could  Watty Piper

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett


For Children

Distant Drums, Different Drummers - Ingersoll

Getting a Grip on ADD - Frank and Smith

Jumpin Johnny, Get Back to Work - Gordon

Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention - Nadeau and Dixon

Otto Learns About His Medicine - Galvin

The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD - John F. Taylor

Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids about ADHD - Kathleen G. Nadeau and Ellen B. Dixon

Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD - Patricia O. Quinn and Judith M. Stern 

Cory Stories: A Kid's Book about Living with ADHD - Jeanne R. Kraus 

The Adventures of Phoebe Flower: Stories of a Girl with ADHD - Barbara Robert

For Parents

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete,Authoritative Guide for Parents by Barkley

Homework Success for Children with ADHD - Power, Karustis, Habboushe

ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know - American Academy of Pediatrics

Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach by Vincent J. Monastra 

Bullying/ Teasing 

No More Teasing! by Emma Chichester Clark

Bully B.E.A.N.S. by Julia Cook

The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others by Bob 


Bye-Bye, Bully: A Kid's Guide for Dealing with Bullies by J S Jackson

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon By Patty Lovell

Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig and Patrice Barton

Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig and Adam Gustavson 

My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig and Adam Gustavson

Sorry! by Trudy Ludwig and Maurie J. Manning

Nobody Knew What to Do: A Story about Bullying by Becky Ray McCain

Say Something by Peggy Moss 

The Recess Queen by Alexis O'neill

King of the Playground by Phykkus Reynolds Naylor and Nola Langner Malone

Stop Picking On Me (A First Look at Bullying) by Pat Thomas


A Children’s Book About Lying by Joy W. Berry

The Berenstain Bears and the Truth by Stan Berenstain

Howard B. Wigglebottom and the Monkey on His Back  by Howard Binkow

Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox

Let’s Be Honest   by P.K. Hallinan 

Be Honest and Tell the Truth  by Cheri Meiners

I Tell the Truth!  by David Parker

Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin

A Big Fat Enormous Lie  by Marjorie W. Sharmat


I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to His Heart by Howard Binkow

I’m Gonna Like Me Jamie Lee Curtis

Incredible You  Dr. Wayne Dyer

Upstoppable You  Dr. Wayne Dyer

Affirmation Weaver: A Believe in Yourself Story by Lori Lite

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Ruth Harper and Nancy Leak

Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon by Patty Lovell

Queen of the Scene  Queen Latifah

                                                   Books I use in "Flexible Families" Group

 Who's In My Family?All About Our Families (Let's Talk about You and Me) by Robie H. Harris

 All Kinds of Families! by Mary Ann Doberman, Marc Boutavant

The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman

Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang 

The Family Book by Todd Parr

Who's in a Family? by Robert Skutch

All Families Are Special by Norma Simon 

All Kinds of Families by Norma Simon

Family Change


I Will Always Love You: Helping Kids Cope With Divorce and Separation by Aya Alasbali 

Dinosaurs Divorce by Marc Brown

The D Word by Julia Cook

When Mom and Dad Separate by Marge Deegaard

Always, Always by Crescent Dragonwagon

When Mom and Dad Separate: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief from Divorce

by Marge Heegaard

It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: A Read-Together Book for Parents and Young Children During Divorce 

by Vicki Lansky

Was It the Chocolate Pudding?: A Story For Little Kids About Divorce by Sandra Levins

Two Homes by Claire Masurel

When My Parents Forgot How to Be Friends (Let's Talk About It!) by Jennifer Moore Mallinos

I Don't Want to Talk About It by Jeanie Franz Ransom

Let's Talk About it: Divorce by Fred Rogers

Mama and Daddy Bear's Divorce by Cornelia Maude Spelman

My Family's Changing by Pat Thomas

What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce by Kent Winchester

When Mom and Dad Divorce by Emily Menendez-Aponte

Mom and Dad Break Up by Joan Singleton Prestine


All About Me by Lynn Burwash

My Family is Forever by Nacy Carlson

Lily by Kerri Campbell

(Specific to China.  Account of a child meeting her family and coming home.)

How I Was Adopted by Joanna Cole  

Tell Me Again About the Day I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis

    (Not specifically for adoption but good for domestic, newborn adoption)

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Jane Dyer

(Chinese adoption book “classic”.  Sweet story)

Forever Fingerprints  by Sherrie Eldridge   (Touches on issues that are hard for children to bring up such as

    feelings about birth family)

 You’re Not My Real Mother by Molly Friedrich 

A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza 

Celebrates transracial adoptive families through a bird, a bear an alligator and a pig.  Good for all adoptive families –especially transracial ones and ones with boys.

Over the Moon:  An Adoption Tale by Karen Katz

    Great for a beginning conversation

I Don’t’ Have Your Eyes by Carrie Kitze

Simple text.  Great book for children who look physically different than their families – bio or adoptive. Celebrates all kinds of differences not just Asian. 

The Day We Met You by Phoebe Koehler

Simple language. Tell story of a family hearing they have a child and then meeting that child (a baby) for the first time.   Neutral for different types of adoptions.

My Adopted Child,There’s No One Like You by Kevin Leman

Orange Peel’s Pockets by Rose Lewis

Sweet illustrations and great story about a girl adopted from China. She wants to tell her class about China but doesn’t know much about where she is from.  She gathers little trinkets that can help her teach her classmates about China.   Great if you child is struggling to explain their birth place and also a nice way to start gathering your own treasures about where you are from.

Why Was I Adopted by Carole Livingston

Picture book that deals with some of the questions children ask most frequently about adoption.  Answers are designed to reinforce feelings of love and self-esteem.

All About Adoption: How Families are made and how kids feel about it

By Marc Nemiroff

(Also great for older kids going through adoption)

We Belong Together by Todd Parr

Simple drawings and language. All pages start with “We belong together”  Nice message that works for all sorts of adoptive families.

I Wished for You: An Adoption Story by Marianne Richard

Let’s Talk About Adoption by Fred Rogers

Great content and talks about what family is, what adoption is and feelings a child may have.  Great message.  Family means belonging.  Encourages children to talk with their parents about their happy and sad feelings about being adopted. (FYI: Very Outdated Photos – but still worth reading!!)

Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption and Brownies with Sprinkles

By Darlene Friedman and Roger Roth

Deals with birth parent questions and feelings  -  Helps get discussion going on these topics.

What is Adoption? Helping Non-Adopted Children Understand Adoption bySofie Stergianis

A Family for Eve by Kristan Struck

Story helps introduce conversations in age appropriate ways about birthparents and the loss that surrounds adoption.

ABC, Adoption and Me by Gayle Swift

My Parents Picked Me: A First Look at Adoption  by Pat Thomas

Chinese Eyes by Marjorie Ann Waybill

An adopted Korean girls gets a lesson on how unimportant it is that some people think she is different.

Rosie’s Family by Lori Rosove

    Great for kids who have questions but don’t know how to express them

Sisters by

Story about an international adoption of an older girl.  Simple language, cute pictures and touches on both girls fears and adjustments and in the end, they argue and make up just as sisters do. 

Red in the Flower Bed: An Illustrated Story About Interracial Adoption by Andrea Nepa

This beautiful story subtly conveys the story of adoption and allows the freedom to talk about how your child “landed in the perfect spot” and what a joy if has been to watch your child grow and the blessing he/she is to your family.



Talking with Young Children about Adoption by Mary Watkins

Foster Care 

Elfa and the Box of Memories by Michelle Bell

    Helps to navigate memories both good and bad. Provides an excellent opportunity to talk to children            about releasing burdens and the freedom we can experience in that release. 

Murphy's Three Homes: A Story for Children in Foster Care by Jan Levinson Gilman

I’d Rather Be With a Real Mom Who Loves Me by Michael Gordon

The Visit by S. Latisha Herbert

I Miss My Foster Parents by Stefon Herbert

    A boy and his sister love their foster parents.  When they learn they are going to be adopted they are        upset and frightened.  After the move they begin to like their new parents and home.  They still miss            their foster parents and hope they will be able to visit them someday.

What’s a Foster Family Anyway?  by Martine Golden Inlay

My Foster Family:  A Story of Entering Foster Care by Jennifer Levine

Little Flower: A Journey of Caring by Laura McAndrew

Zachary’s New Home:  A Story for Foster and Adopted Children by Geraldine Molettiere

About a kitten who is adopted and finds the adjustment difficult.

Kids Need to Be Safe: A Book for Children in Foster Care (Kids are Important) by Julie Nelson

Familes Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights by Julie Nelson

Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care  by Julie Wilgocki



Walter was Worried by Laura Vaccaro Seeger