Pediatricenter of Greater Cleveland

Suggested Reading

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library offers free books to children monthly from birth to age 5 to help inspire a love of reading.  To register your child, please visit the website:



  • The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp
  • How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • Nature by Nurture: Understand Your Child’s Personality Type – And Become a Better Parent by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger
  • Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In: When to Worry and When Not to Worry by Perri Klass and Eileen Costello
  • What’s My Child Thinking?  Practical Child Psychology for Modern Parents by Eileen Kennedy-Moore and Tanith Carey
  • 123 Magic by Thomas Phelan
  • Win the Whining War & Other Skirmishes: A Family Peace Plan by Cynthia Whitham
  • Liberated Parents, Liberated Children: Your Guide to a Happier Family by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline: The 7 Basic Skills for Turning Conflict into Cooperation by Becky Bailey
  • The Parenting Breakthrough: Real-Life Plan to Teach Kids to Work, Save Money, and be Truly Independent by Merrilee Browne Boyack
  • Setting Limits for Your Strong Willed Child by Robert J. Mackenzie



  • Get Out of My Life But First Can You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?  A Parent’s Guide to the New Teenager by Anthony Wolff
  • Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions to Adulthood by Lisa Damour
  • How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims
  • The Good Enough Teen: Raising Adolescents with Love and Acceptance (Despite How Impossible They May Be) by Brad Sachs
  • Yes, Your Teen is Crazy: Loving Your Kid without Losing Your Mind by Michael Bradley
  • Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons      





For Kids

  • Calm-Down Time by Elizabeth Verdick 
  • Angry Octopus: Children Learn How to Control Anger, Reduce Stress, and Fall Asleep Faster by Lori Lite
  • Mouse Was Mad by Linda Urban

For Parents

  • The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross Greene
  • No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control Behavior by Jed Baker
  • Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior Disorder by Russell A. Barkley and Christine M. Benton



For Kids 

  • Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel
  • Going to the Potty by Fred Rogers
  • KoKo Bear's New Potty by Vicki Lansky
  • P is For Potty (Sesame Street) by Naomi Kleinberg and Christopher Moroney
  • The Potty Book for Boys by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

For Parents 

  • Toilet Training the Brazelton Way by T. Berry Brazelton
  • The Potty Journey: Guide to Toilet Training Children with Special Needs by Judith A. Coucouvanis
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Toilet Training



  • On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Child the Gift of Nighttime Sleep by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam
  • Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth
  • Take Charge of Your Child's Sleep: The All-in-One Resource for Solving Sleep Problems in Kids and Teens by Judith A. Owens and Jodi A. Mindell
  • The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep  by Carla-Johan Forssen Ehrlin and Irina Maununen
  • Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems by Richard Ferber
  • Sleepless in America: Is Your Child Misbehaving. . . Or Missing Sleep?  by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka



  • Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
  • The World of the Autistic Child: Understanding and Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders by Bryna Siegel
  • Inside Out: What Makes the Person with Social Cognitive Deficits Tick? by Michelle Garcia Winner    



For Kids 

  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  • William, the What-If Wonder: On His First Day of School by Carol Wulff
  • Sometimes I Worry Too Much, But Now I Know How to Stop by Dawn A. Huebner (ages 5-10)
  • Cool Cats, Calm Kids: Relaxation and Stress Management for Young People by Mary Williams (ages 8-13)
  • A Boy and a Bear: The Children’s Relaxation Book by Lori Lite
  • What To Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What-To-Do Guide for Kids) by Dawn Huebner and Bonnie Matthews
  • Mr. Worry: A Story about OCD by Holly Niner
  • Ladybird’s Remarkable Relaxation: how children use yoga relaxation to help deal with stress, grief, bullying and lack of confidence by Michael Chissick
  • Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children by Aureen Pinto Wagner (school aged kids)
  • Sometimes You Win - Sometimes You Learn: Life’s Greatest Lessons are Gained from Our Losses by John C. Maxwell and John Wooden
  • Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior by Jeffrey Schwartz


For Parents 

  • Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step by Step Guide for Parents by Ronald Rapee, Ann Wignall, et al
  • Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Practical Strategies to Overcome Fears, Worries and Phobis and Be Prepared for Life – from Toddlers to Teens by Tamar Chansky
  • Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents by Tamar Chansky
  • Growing Up Brave: Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety by Donna Pincus
  • The Boogeyman Exists; And He's In Your Child's Back Pocket: Internet Safety Tips for Keeping your Children Safe Online, Smartphone Safety, Social Media Safety and Gaming Safety by Jesse Weinberger
  • Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: 4 Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want by Tamar Chansky      



  • Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years by Louisa C. Moats, Susan L. Hall, et al
  • Parenting a Struggling Reader: A Guide to Diagnosing and Finding Help for Your Child’s Reading Difficulties by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats



  • Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning by Joyce Cooper-Kahn and Laurie Dietzel
  • Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare
  • Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities by David Flink



  • The Girls’ Guide to AD/HD: Don’t Lose This Book! by Beth Walker
  • Understanding Girls with ADHD: How They Feel and Why They Do What They Do by Kathleen Nadeau, Ellen Littman, and Patricia Quinn      
  • Delivered From Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward Hallowell
  • Right Brain Children in a Left-Brained World: Unlocking the Potential of Your ADD Child by Jeffrey Freed   
  • Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents by Russell A. Barkley     



  • The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals by Missy Chase Lapine
  • Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food by Jessica Seinfeld     
  • Nutrition for Health, Fitness, and Sport by Melvin H. Williams, Eric Rawson, et al
  • Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet by Elaine Gottschall



  • Amanda’s Big Dream by Judith Matz and Elizabeth Patch




  • What's the Big Secret?: Talking about Sex with Boys and Girls by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown (ages 4-7)
  • It's NOT the Stork: A Book about Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends by Robie H. Harris (for ages 4-8)
  • Where Did I Come From? The facts of life without any nonsense and with illustrations by Peter Mayle (ages 6-9 years)
  • It's SO Amazing: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies and Families by Robie H. Harris (ages 7-10)      
  • It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing up, Sex, and Sexual Health (The Family Library) by Robie H. Harris (ages 10 and up)
  • Sex, Puberty and All That Stuff:  A Guide to Growing Up by Jacqui Bailey
  • Dr. Ruth's Guide to Teens and Sex Today: From Social Networking to Friend with Benefits by Ruth K. Westheimer and Pierre Lehu 
  • Changing Bodies, Changing Lives:  A Book for Teens on Sex and Relationships by Ruth Bell
  • Sex and Sensibility: The Thinking Parents Guide to Talking Sense About Sex by Deborah Roffman
  • Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask): The Secrets to Surviving Your Child’s Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens by Justin Richardson and Mark Schuster       


For Girls 

  • Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls by Sonya Renee and Bianca Laureano
  • The Girl’s Body Book by Kelli Dunham and Laura Tallardy
  • The Period Book: Everything You Don't Want to Ask (But Need to Know) by Karen Gravelle and Jennifer Gravelle
  • Growing Up:  It's A Girl Thing:  Straight Talk about First Bras, First Periods and Your Changing Body by Mavis Jukes
  • Girlology: A Girl's Guide to Stuff That Matters by Melisa Holmes and Trish Hutchison
  • The Care and Keeping of You by Valorie Schaefer
  • What’s Happening to Me?: Girls Edition by Susan Meredith, Jane Chisholm, et al
  • What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls by Lynn Madaras, Area Madaras, et al
  • There's Something New About You: A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up by Melissa Holmes and Trish Hutchison 


For Boys 

  • What’s Happening to Me? Boys Edition by Alex Firth, Susan Meredith, et aL
  • What's Going on Down There?: A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up by Karen Gravelle and Robert Leighton     
  • The Boys Body Book: Everything You Need to Know for a Healthy, Happy You! by Kelli Dunham
  • Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys by Cara Natterson and Micah Player
  • What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys by Lynn Madaras, Area Madaras, et al
  • My Body, My Self for Boys by Lynda Madaras and Area Madaras



  • Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope and Laughter by Christine Clifford



  • The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr
  • The Next Place by Warren Hanson
  • Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
  • I Miss You: A First Look at Death by Pat Thomas
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages by Leo Buscaglia
  • What’s Heaven? By Maria Shriver and Sandra Speidel   



  • Childhood and Society by Erik H. Erikson
  • The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Raising Self-Reliant Children by Wendy Mogul
  • Thumbs Up Brown Bear by Michael Dahl  (to help stop thumb sucking)
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
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  • 6001-C Landerhaven Dr.
  • Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
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  • Garfield Heights
  • 5350 Transportation Blvd. Suite 1
  • Garfield Heights , OH 44125
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  • Bainbridge
  • 8185 E. Washington St. Suite 3
  • Bainbridge, OH 44023
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  • 9075 Town Centre Dr. Suite 110
  • Broadview Heights , OH 44147
  • 440.526.6630 ph
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  • Twinsburg
  • 8900 Darrow Rd. Suite H108
  • Twinsburg , OH 44087
  • 330.405.9147 ph
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