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Deep Play

Written by Diane Ackerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77135-7 (0-679-77135-2)

With A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman let her free-ranging intellect loose on the natural world.  Now in Deep Play she tackles the realm of creativity, by exploring one of the most essential aspects of our characters: the abitlity to play.

"Deep play" is that more intensified form of play that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sticks and Stones
Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
Written by Emily Bazelon


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9280-9 (0-8129-9280-6)

To read the author’s essay to educators, go to: http://tiny.cc/rpzzrw


Being a teenager has never been easy, but in recent years, with the rise of the Internet and social media, it has become exponentially more challenging. Bullying, once thought of as the province of queen bees and goons, has taken on... Read more >

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The Uses of Enchantment
The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
Written by Bruno Bettelheim


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73963-6 (0-307-73963-5)

Bruno Bettelheim was one of the great child psychologists of the twentieth century and perhaps none of his books has been more influential than this revelatory study of fairy tales and their universal importance in understanding childhood development.

Analyzing a wide range of traditional stories, from the tales of Sindbad to “The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Succeeding When You're Supposed to Fail
The 6 Enduring Principles of High Achievement
Written by Rom Brafman


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: January 1, 2013
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88769-6 (0-307-88769-3)

For decades they assumed that people who face adversity—a difficult childhood, career turbulence, sudden bouts of bad luck—will succumb to their circumstances. Yet over and over again they found a significant percentage are able to overcome their life circumstances and achieve spectacular success.

How is it that individuals who are not... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Honoring the Self
The Pyschology of Confidence and Respect
Written by Nathaniel Branden


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: August 1, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-26814-0 (0-553-26814-7)

The culmination of Dr. Branden's work of three decades in the area of self-esteem, this book reveals how the level of our self-regard affects our work, creativity, and relationships—all the struggles and goals of our existence.

Students will learn: How to grow in self-confidence and self-respect; How to nurture self-esteem in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

Written by Nathaniel Branden


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 1, 1995
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37439-1 (0-553-37439-7)

The culmination of Nathaniel Branden's clinical practice and study of self-esteem, this is the definitive work by the leading pioneer in the field. The book demonstrates compellingly why self-esteem is basic to psychological health, achievement, personal happiness, and positive relationships. Branden introduces the six pillars-six action-based practices for daily living that... Read more >

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On the Same Track
How Schools Can Join the Twenty-First-Century Struggle against Resegregation
Written by Carol Corbett Burris


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3297-8 (0-8070-3297-2)

Since the beginning of the last century, the sorting of students into different “tracks” has resulted in segregated classrooms and unequal learning opportunities for students. On the Same Track traces the origins of tracking, from its beginnings in the early twentieth century to today. Carol Burris argues that the practice perpetuates...

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Quiet
The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Written by Susan Cain


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35215-6 (0-307-35215-3)

An ALA Notable Book of 2012
Named a "Best Book of 2012" by Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal
Selected for Common Reading at Case Western Reserve University and Rice University

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who invent... Read more >

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Quiet
The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Written by Susan Cain


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35214-9 (0-307-35214-5)

Library Journal Best Books of 2012
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who invent and create but prefer not to pitch their own ideas; who favor working on their own... Read more >

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Within Reason
Rationality and Human Behavior
Written by Donald Calne


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70322-5 (0-375-70322-5)

Recent breakthroughs in neuroscience have revolutionized our understanding of the human mind and human cognition. But what implications do these new findings have for the place of reason--long considered the crowning human faculty that ensured transcendent purpose--in human life? This is the profoundly important question Donald Calne, a leading neurologist and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Reaching Up for Manhood
Transforming the Lives of Boys in America
Written by Geoffrey Canada


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: December 10, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2317-4 (0-8070-2317-5)

From a troubled youth navigating the mean streets of the South Bronx to an inspiring educational activist who evokes praise from the likes of President Barack Obama, Geoffrey Canada has made a remarkable personal journey that cemented his dedication to underserved youth. His award-winning work was featured in Davis Guggenheim’s documentary... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens, 2nd Edition
Discovering Yourself, Defining Your Future
Written by Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-1-58008-141-2 (1-58008-141-X)

In today’s highly competitive climate, students need to be prepared when they graduate and count on finding a great job. It pays to figure out interests early, so they can decide what additional schooling—and tuition debt—makes sense for his or her chosen field. In What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Learning Child
Guidelines for Parents and Teachers
Written by Dorothy Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 388 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 12, 1988
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0856-6 (0-8052-0856-9)

Hailed as a classic in developmental psychology, The Learning Child is as relevant today as when first published in 1972, if not more so. Drawing on the findings of psychologists like Piaget, and on her own experiences teaching child development at New York’s Bank Street College, Cohn explores the crucial links... Read more >

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10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College
The Know-How You Need to Succeed
Written by Bill Coplin


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
On Sale: August 6, 2003
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-58008-524-3 (1-58008-524-5)

You'll learn a lot of things in college, but there's one thing the textbooks won't teach you: how to acquire marketable job skills before you graduate.

Award-winning college professor and student adviser Bill Coplin has been developing skill-based liberal arts curricula for more than 30 years, and has helped thousands of students... Read more >

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The Left-Hander Syndrome
The Causes and Consequences of Left-Handedness
Written by Stanley Coren


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 29, 1993
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74468-9 (0-679-74468-1)

If you are among the 10 percent of people who happen to be left-handed, you've had to endure such derisive terms as "gauche" and "a left-handed compliment." At school you may have been forced to write with your right hand. And in another century your proclivity might have gotten you accused... Read more >

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The Age of Empathy
Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society
Written by Frans de Waal


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40777-1 (0-307-40777-2)

Selected for Montana State University's Common Reading Program, 2010

"An important and timely message about the biological roots of human kindness."
—Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape

Are we our brothers' keepers? Do we have an instinct for compassion? Or are we, as is often assumed, only on earth to serve our own... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Guiding Your Child Through Grief

Written by James P. Emswiler and Mary Ann Emswiler


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: August 1, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38025-5 (0-553-38025-7)

Guiding Your Child Through Grief, by the founders of the New England Center for Loss & Transition and The Cove-a highly praised program for grieving children, takes away the uncertainty and helpless feelings we commonly feel as we reach out to children who mourn.

This caring and compassionate guide offers expert... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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I Wanna Take Me a Picture
Teaching Photography and Writing to Children
Written by Wendy Ewald and Alexandra Lightfoot


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3141-4 (0-8070-3141-0)

Written for parents and teachers, I Wanna Take Me a Picture is an accessible and practical guide to getting children involved in photography. Through a series of lessons-from self-portraiture to representing their dreams-it teaches everything a beginner needs to know: how to compose a picture, set up a darkroom, and develop... Read more >

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Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid
A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children
Written by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58748-0 (0-307-58748-7)

The authors, two mothers of kids with special needs (one with Asperger’s syndrome, the other with bipolar disorder). give encouraging advice and explore the humorous, heartwarming side of raising "imperfect" children in a world that is often preoccupied with perfection.

Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid provides wise advice about how... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Back to Normal
Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Written by Enrico Gnaulati, PhD


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7334-6 (0-8070-7334-2)

A veteran clinical psychologist exposes why doctors, teachers, and parents incorrectly diagnose healthy American children with serious psychiatric conditions.
 
In recent years there has been an alarming rise in the number of American children and youth assigned a mental health diagnosis. Current data from the Centers for Disease Control reveal a 41... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Teacher Effectiveness Training
The Program Proven to Help Teachers Bring Out the Best in Students of All Ages
Written by Dr. Thomas Gordon


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: August 26, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80932-7 (0-609-80932-6)

For nearly thirty years, Teacher Effectiveness Training, or the T.E.T. book, based on Dr. Thomas Gordon’s groundbreaking program, has taught hundreds of thousands of teachers around the world the skills they need to deal with the inevitable student discipline problems effectively and humanely.

Now revised and updated, T.E.T. can mean the difference... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Spare the Child
The Religious Roots of Punishment and the Psychological Impact of Physical Abuse
Written by Philip J. Greven, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 284 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 3, 1992
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73338-6 (0-679-73338-8)

Greven’s pioneering work explores the religious and secular rationales for the physical punishment of American children through four centuries, the emotional and psychological consequences, and the resultant misshaping of American character and culture. Greven argues that physical punishment, from the mildest and most infrequent to the most severe and deadly, forms... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers
How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love
Written by Earl A. Grollman


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 1993
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2501-7 (0-8070-2501-1)

“I thank God for Earl Grollman, and I thank Earl Grollman for this long-overdue book for grieving teenagers. Not only is it a treasure for kids, but it should be read by every school counselor and youth minister in America.” -Janice Harris Lord, national director of Victim Services, Mothers Against Drunk... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Children Who See Too Much
Lessons from the Child Witness to Violence Project
Written by Betsy Mcalister Groves


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 20, 2003
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3139-1 (0-8070-3139-9)

For the last ten years Betsy Groves has been working with children traumatized by witnessing violence. In this book she shows how children understand, respond to, and are affected by violence, especially domestic violence. Groves makes the powerful case that traumatic events carried out by family members carry the most severe... Read more >

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Why We Make Mistakes
How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average
Written by Joseph T. Hallinan


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2806-9 (0-7679-2806-7)

Human beings have design flaws. Our eyes play tricks on us, our stories change in the retelling, and most of us are fairly sure we’re way above average. In Why We Make Mistakes, journalist Joseph T. Hallinan sets out to explore the captivating science of human error—how we think, see, remember... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.
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