Member Book Reviews

THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD by Elyn Saks

I know that this is outside of our age range but the subject of mental illness touches on some of our work and so I thought that this was worth sharing. I just read The Center Cannot Hold and highly recommend it. Elyn Saks is a professor at the USC Gould School of Law and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine. It is the story of her experiences and battles with schizophrenia, and it both very engaging and very enlightening into the internal and external experiences of a person suffering from schizophrenia.

Recommended by Karen Dudley

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE by Jane Nelsen

I think that this is a very helpful and thoughtful book for parents and beginning practioners in child development and parenting.  She does a good job of talking about the theoretical issues and giving good practical examples and suggestions.  An example is Jane Nelson’s

“Four Criteria for Effective Discipline

Is it kind and firm at the same time? (Respectful and encouraging)

Does it help children feel a sense of belonging and significance? (Connection)

Is it effective long-term? (Punishment works in the short term, but has negative long term results.)

Does it teach valuable social and life skills for good character? (Respect, concern for others, problem solving, accountability, contribution, cooperation)”

Recommended by Karen Dudley

3 Responses to Member Book Reviews

  1. ACDS says:

    The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn Saks
    I know that this is outside of our age range but the subject of mental illness touches on some of our work and so I thought that this was worth sharing. I just read The Center Cannot Hold and highly recommend it. Elyn Saks is a professor at the USC Gould School of Law and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine. It is the story of her experiences and battles with schizophrenia, and it both very engaging and very enlightening into the internal and external experiences of a person suffering from schizophrenia.
    Recommended by Karen Dudley

  2. ACDS says:

    Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen
    I think that this is a very helpful and thoughtful book for parents and beginning practioners in child development and parenting. She does a good job of talking about the theoretical issues and giving good practical examples and suggestions. An example is Jane Nelson’s
    “Four Criteria for Effective Discipline
    1. Is it kind and firm at the same time? (Respectful and encouraging)
    2. Does it help children feel a sense of belonging and significance? (Connection)
    3. Is it effective long-term? (Punishment works in the short term, but has negative long term results.)
    4. Does it teach valuable social and life skills for good character? (Respect, concern for others, problem solving, accountability, contribution, cooperation)”
    Recommended by Karen Dudley

  3. ACDS says:

    Following is a list of children’s books that were discussed at the ACDS February 9. 2014 Roundtable, “Using Children’s Picture Books to Support Emotional Development”:

    [Author Last, Author First – Title]
    Bang, Molly – When Sophie Gets Angry, Really, Really Angry
    Becker, Bonny – A Visitor for Bear
    Blumenthal, Deborah – Chocolate Covered Cookie Tantrum
    Brown, Margaret Wise – Goodnight Moon
    Brown, Margaret Wise – The Dead Bird
    Brown, Margaret Wise – Wait Till the Moon is Full
    Bunting, Eve – Fly Away Home (perseverance)
    Carle, Eric – Pancakes, Pancakes!
    Corey, Dorothy – You Go Away
    Coyle, Carmela LaVigna – Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?
    Crews, Donald – Big Mama Bucket Stories, 1st School
    Crews, Donald – Shortcuts
    Cronin, Doreen – Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type
    Dale, Penny – Ten in the Bed
    Dewdney, Anna – Llama Llama Mad at Mama
    Dewdney, Anna – Llama Llama Misses Mama
    Dewdney, Anna – Llama Llama Red Pajama
    Eastman, P.D.- Are You My Mother?
    Everitt, Betsy – Mean Soup
    Geringer, Laura – A Three Hat Day
    Golenboch, Peter – Teammates
    Henkes, Kevin – A Good Day (rupture and repair)
    Henkes, Kevin – Wemberly Worried
    Hoffman, Mary – Amazing Grace
    Jeeslin, Campbell – Elena’s Serenada
    Kasza, Keiko – A Mother for Choco
    Klevens, Elissa – Ernst
    Kraus, Robert – Leo the Late Bloomer
    Leaf, Munro – The Story of Ferdinand
    Lee, Suzy – Wave
    Lewis, J. Patrick – Spot the Plot
    Lite, Lori – A Boy and a Bear
    Lobel, Arnold – Frog and Toad All Year, Glassblower
    Marzollo, Jean – Pretend You’re a Cat
    McCloskey, Robert – Make Way for Ducklings
    McKinley, Cindy – One Smile
    Melon, Molly Lou – Stand Tall
    Minarik, Elsa Holmelund – Little Bear
    Mose, Marissa – Mighty Jackie the Strike-Out Queen
    Munsch, Robert – Paperbag Princess
    Otoshi, Kathryn – One Smile
    Otoshi, Kathryn – Zero
    Parenteau, Shirley – Bears on Chairs
    Peete, Holly Robinson – My Brother Charlie
    Perry, Sarah – If…
    Portis, Antoinette – Not a Box
    Portis, Antoinette – Not a Stick
    Raezka, Bob – No One Saw
    Reitano, John – What if Zebras Lost Their Stripes
    Rice, Judith Ann Fox, Mem – Tough Boris
    Ross, Tony – Towser and Sadie’s Birthday
    Ross, Tony – Towser and the Terrible Thing
    Scott, Ann Herbert – On Mother’s Lap
    Silverstein, Shel – The Giving Tree
    Slobodkina, Esphyr – Caps for Sale
    Tobias, Toby – Wishes for You
    Underwood, Deborah – Part-time Princess
    Viorst, Judith – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    Viorst, Judith – Good-Bye Book
    Waddell, Martin – The Owl Babies
    Wells, Rosemary – Hazel’s Amazing Mother
    Willems, Mo – Knuffle Bunny
    Wood, Audrey – Silly Sally
    Wood, Audrey – The Napping House
    Wood, Audrey – Weird Priests

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