Literacy Connections by Topic


Children’s Books

I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to His Heart by Howard Binkow

When My Worries Get To Big! by Kari Dunn Buron

Don't Be Afraid to Drop by Julia Cook

The Worst Day of My Life Ever!  by Julia Cook

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine by Julia Cook

I’m Gonna Like Me Jamie Lee Curtis

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborach Diesen

Don't Worry Bear Greg Foley

Loretta: Ace Pinky Scout by Keith Graves

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

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

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

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

Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean

Something Special by David McPhail

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

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett

Ish by Peter Reynolds

Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

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

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

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

Courage by Bernard Waber

Is a Worry Worrying You? by Ferida Wolff

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

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

David and the Worry Beast: Helping Children Cope with Anxiet, by Anne Marie Guanci

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

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

Worried, by Sarah Medina



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

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kids Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner

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

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

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


For Parents

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents - 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 - Vincent J. Monastra 

For Children

Distant Drums, Different Drummers - Ingersoll

Adolescents and ADD - Quinn

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

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

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 Adoptionby 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

Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights by Julie Nelso

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


Walter was Worried by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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 Bucketfilling Family by Peggy Johncox

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