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It Takes a Village – Recommended Reading

A collection of parenting and special needs books put together by ITAV** and
The Mill Valley Public Library

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For Parents – Informational Books

155.5 Cohen-Sandler                    Stressed-Out Girls: Helping Them Thrive in the Age of Pressure
305.23 Elkind                                 The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon
305.23 Pollack                               Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons From the Myths of Boyhood
305.242 Levine                              Ready or Not, Here Life Comes
306.87 Oddenino                          Putting Kids First
370.15 Gurian                                Boys and Girls Learn Differently* (also available as audio download)
370.15 Lavoie                                The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning on the 
                                                        Tuned-out Child*
370.15 Levine                                A Mind at a Time*
370.15 Levine                                The Myth of Laziness
370.15 Pohlman                            Revealing Minds: Assessing to Understand and Support Struggling 
371.19 Thompson                        The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School 
                                                        and Life
371.9 Lavoie (J Parents)              It’s So Much Work to be Your Friend
371.9 Mooney (YA)                     Learning Outside the Lines: two Ivy League Students with Learning 
and ADHD...
371.9 Rosner                                 Helping Children Overcome Learning Disabilities*
371.9 Winner                                Thinking About You/Thinking About Me*
371.9 Wright                                 From Emotions to Advocacy: The SpEd Survival Guide
371.91 Shaywitz                            Overcoming Dyslexia* (also available as audio download)
612.8 Brizendine                           The Female Brain
614.47 Kirby                                  Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: 
                                                        A Medical
616.85 Hallowell                            Answers to Distraction
616.85 Hallowell                            Driven to Distraction
616.8589 Alexander-Roberts      ADHD and Teens: A Parent's Guide to Making it Through 
                                                        the Tough Years
616.8589 Amen                             Healing ADD
618.92 Ayres                                 Sensory Integration and the Child
618.92 Barkely                               Taking Charge of ADHD: the Complete, Authoritative Guide 
                                                        for Parents
618.92 Howley                              Revealing the Hidden Social Code: Social Stories for 
with Autistic Spectrum Disorders
618.92 Kranowitz                          The Out-of-sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory 
618.92 Lovecky                             Different Minds: gifted children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other

                                                        Learning Deficits
618.92 Rapee                                 Helping Your Anxious Child: a step-by-step guide for parents
618.92 Stewart                               Helping a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger's 
                                                         Disorder: A
Parents Guide
618.928 Hallowell                          When You Worry About the Child You Love: 
                                                         Emotional and Learning
Problems in Children*
618.928 Kranowitz                        The Out-of-sync Child Has Fun*
618.928 McCandless                    Children with Starving Brains*
649 Levine                                     The Price of Privilege
649.1 Kurcinka                              Raising Your Spirited Child
649.1 Kvols                                   Redirecting Children’s Behavior
649.132 Elium                                Raising a Son: Parents and the Making of a Healthy Man
649.133 Elium (J Parents)             Raising a Daughter
649.153 Pudney (J Parents)         The Explosive Child
649.64 Greene (J Parents)            A Volcano in My Tummy
649.64 MacKenzie                        Setting Limits with Your Strong-willed Child
649.7 Hallowell                              The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness
Bio Blanco                                     Please Stop Laughing at Me*
Bio Ford                                         Laughing Allegra: The Inspiring Story of a Mother’s Struggle…*

For Parents, Young Adults – Novels, Poetry and Memoirs
362.196 Tammett                           Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an 
                                                        Autistic Savant - a
811 Foust                                       Dark Card*
Bio Ryan                                        The Water Giver: the Story of a Mother, a Son, and their Second Chance
Leimbach                                       Daniel Isn’t Talking
Haddon                                          The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Wood                                             Lottery
YA Koertge                                   Stoner and Spaz
YA Nappi                                      The Legend of Mickey Tussler
YA Stork                                        Marcelo in the Real World
J Baskin                                         Anything but Typical
J Giff                                               Eleven (also available on audio CD)

For Teachers – Guides
371.39 Tomlinson                 The Differentiated Classroom
371.9 Mather                         Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behavior: a Guide to 
                                                Intervention and
371.9 Buffum                         Pyramid Response to Intervention
371.91 Levine                        Educational Care
371.91 Winebrenner             Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in the Regular Classroom
618.92 Clinical                       Clinical Practice Guidelines

For Upper Elementary School
371.9 Levine                          Keeping a Head in School
618.92 Taylor                        ADHD and Me: What I Learned From Fighting Fires at the Dinner Table*
J 371.9 Levine (J Parents)    All Kinds of Minds: A Young Student’s Book on Learning 
                                                Abilities and Learning
J 618.92 Peralta                     All About My Brother
J Baskin                                 Anything But Typical
J Choldenko                          Al Capone Does My Shirts (also available on audio CD)
J Choldenko                          Al Capone Shines My Shoes (also available on audio CD)
J Codell                                  Sahara Special (also available as audio download)
J Dowd                                   The London Eye Mystery
J Gantos                                 Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (and others in the series) 
 (also available on audio CD)
J Geus                                    Piggy
J Giff                                       Eleven (also available on audio CD)
J Kochka                                The Boy Who Ate Stars
J Lord                                     Rules
J Riordan                               The Lightning Thief (and others in the series) 
                                                (also available as audio download and on CD)
J Spinelli                                Loser

For Early Elementary School
J 362.4 Dwight                   
We Can Do It!*
J 362.4 Rogers                       Extraordinary Friends
J 362.4 Thomas                     Don’t Call Me Special*
E Carter                                  Dustin’s Big School Day*
E Lears                                   Ian’s Walk: A Story about Autism*
E Osofsky                              My Buddy
E Rabe                                    Where’s Chimpy?
E Shriver                                What’s Wrong with Timmy?*
E Stuve-Bodeen                   We’ll Paint the Octopus Red
E Woloson                            My Friend Isabelle  **ITAV = It Takes A Village, Mill Valley’s Special Education PTA – a collaboration between parents and the Mill Valley School District. Many of the books on this list were generously donated by ITAV; look for the bookplate on the inside cover. For more information, please visit


Last updated: 1/27/2011 3:44:49 PM