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Books to guide parents, teachers, librarians and counselors to the best children's fiction for problem-solving

Books to Grow With: A Guide to Using the Best Children¹s Fiction for Everyday Issues and Tough Challenges, by Cheryl Coon - a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to over 500 children's fiction books, covering more than 100 issues kids today face.

"A massive amount of research that many parents will benefit from. Books to Grow With should be endorsed by PTA groups, Parent's Magazine, Gerber's, the Head Start program, to name only a few..."

--Dr. Al Siebert, The Survivor Personality (Perigee Books 1996)

 

"Books to Grow With is an invaluable resource for parents that is sensitive to the needs of different age groups, family situations and childhood issues. I will highly recommend Books to Grow With to my patients."

--Jennifer Trachtenberg, M.D., pediatrician and faculty member at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Dr. Trachtenberg has a special interest in development and behavior of children, including children with special needs. She is a regular contributor on ivillage.com.

Lutra Press, ISBN: 0-9748025-7-3; July 2004; $17.95; 336 pages, five indexes
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"A clear and easy way to find books that deal with all types of situations. It's so nice to find a reference book that has multiple ways to find the right book for the right issue. This book is one you will want to keep close by."

--Rochella Farnand, Third Grade Teacher
Chapman Elementary School

 

"An excellent tool. Parents, librarians, and teachers will be delighted."

--GraceAnne A. DeCandido, lecturer in Children's Literature, Rutgers SCILS

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword
Introduction
How to Use Fiction to Help Children
What You Will Find in the Book Reviews
The Recommended Books
 
THE EARLY CHILDHOOD TRANSITIONS
Moving From a Crib to a Big Bed
Potty Training
Giving Up Comfort Objects
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Pacifiers
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Blankets
NEW EXPERIENCES
Loose Tooth
Babysitters
Haircuts
Airplane Trip
Sleepovers
A Visit to the Doctor
A Visit to the Dentist
A Trip to the Hospital
NEW SKILLS
Learning to Swim
Learning to Ride a Bicycle
SCHOOL-AGE KIDS
Starting Pre-School
Starting Kindergarten
Learning to Read
Reading Problems
Stuttering
Boredom
Homework
Pressure
Gifted Kids
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER CHILDREN
Making Friends
Best Friends
Sharing
Being a Good Sport
Bossiness
Boasting
Shyness
Prejudice
Being Different
Sexism
Teasing
Bullies
Appearance
  • Glasses
  • Braces
  • Hair
  • Height
GROWING UP
Feelings
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Embarrassment
  • Envy
  • Frustration
Fears
  • General
  • Of the Dark
  • Of the Outdoors at Night
  • Of Storms
  • Of Dogs
Bedwetting
Honesty
Self-Esteem
FAMILY LIFE
Chores
Picky Eaters
Bad Days
Siblings
  • A New Baby in the Family
  • The Same Old Brother/Sister
  • Twins
Adoption
Foster Home
Parents Leaving on a Trip
Working Mothers
Moving
  • When Your Own Family Moves
  • When Your Best Friend Moves
CHANGES AND CHALLENGES IN FAMILY LIFE
Divorce
Remarriage
Step-Families
FEELING SAFE IN A SCARY WORLD
Getting Lost
Strangers
Alcoholism
Drug Addiction
Homelessness
Violence
FAMILY HEALTH: ILLNESS AND DISABILITIES
General
AIDS
Allergies
Alzheimer's Disease
Asthma
Attention Deficit Disorder
Autism
Blindness
Cancer
Cerebral Palsy
Deafness, Hearing Impaired
Depression
Diabetes
Down Syndrome
Epilepsy
Mental Illness
Physically Disabled
Schizophrenia
DEATH
Death of a Pet
  • Cat
  • Dog
  • Other Animals
Death of a Friend
Death of a Sibling
Death of a Parent
  • Father
  • Mother
Death of a Grandparent
  • Grandfather
  • Grandmother
INDEXES
Authors and Illustrators
Titles
Subjects
Multicultural Books
Books Available in Spanish
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
REFERENCES