LEA'S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

BOOKS TO READ ABOUT STRENGTHS

  • Smart Strengths: A Parent-Teacher-Coach Guide to Building Character, Resilience, and Relationships in Youth. J. M. Yeager, S. W. Fisher, and D. N. Shearon. New York: Kravis Publishing, 2011
  • The Courage Quotient: How Science Can Make You Braver. R. Biswas-Diener, San Francrisco: Jossey Bass, 2012
  • The Road to Character. D. Brooks, New York: Random House, 2015.
  • How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. B. Brown, Daring Greatly: New York: Penguin, 2012.
  • Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts (a guide for kids and teens) S. Cain, G. Mone, and E. Moroz.. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016.
  • Thriving! Raising Exceptional Kids With Confidence, Character And Resilience. M. Grosse, Sydney: Transworld Publishers, 2010.
  • Celebrating Strengths: Building Strengths-based Schools.  J. M. Eades, F. Coventry, UK: Capp Press, 2008.
  • Average to A+: Realising Strengths in Yourself and Others. A. Linley, Coventry, UK: CAPP Press, 2008.
  • Your Strengths Blueprints: How to be Engaged, Energized and Happy at Work. M. McQuaid, and E. LawAlbert Park, VIC: Michelle McQuaid Pty Ltd., 2014
  • The Strengths Book: Be Confident, Be Successful, and Enjoy Better Relationships by Realizing the Best of You. A. Linley, J. Willars, and R. Biswas-Diener. Coventry, UK: CAPP Press, 2010.
  • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. P. Tough, New York: Houghton, 2012.
  • Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life. S. Polly, and K. H. Britton. New York: Positive Psychology News, 2015.
  • Strengths Finder 2.0 T. Rath, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007
  • Strengths Based Parenting: Developing Your Child’s Inner Talents. M. Reckmeyer, and J. Robison. New York: Gallup Press, 2015.
  • Positive Psychology at the Movies: Using Films to Build Virtues and Character Strengths. R.M. Niemiec, and D. Wedding. 2nd edition. Boston, MA: Hogrefe, 2014.
  • Character Strengths and Virtues. C. Peterson, and M. Seligman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

BOOKS TO READ ABOUT RESILIENCE

  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. A. Duckworth, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016.
  • Getting Grit: The Evidenced-Based Approach to Cultivating Passion, Perseverance, and Purpose. C. Miller, Sounds True, 2017
  • The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life’s Hurdles. K. Reivich, and A. Shatte. New York: Harmony, 2003.
  • Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. R. Baumeister, and J. Tierney. New York: Penguin, 2011.

GRATITUDE

  • Making Grateful kids: The Science of Building Character. J. Froh, and Bono., G, West Conshohocken: Templeton Press, 2014.

MINDFULNESS

  • The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate. S. K. Greenland, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010.
  • Mindful Parenting: Simple and Powerful Solutions for Raising Creative, Engaged, Happy Kids in Today’s Hectic World. K. Race, New York: St Martin’s Griffin, 2014.
  • Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting. M. Kabat-Zinn, and J. Kabat-Zinn. New York: Hyperion, 1997.
  • Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing. R. M. Niemiec, Boston, MA: Hogrefe, 2013.

SELF CONTROL

  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It. K. McGonigal, New York: Penguin, 2011.
  • The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control. W. Mischel, New York: Little, Brown, 2014.

HOPE

Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others. S. J. Lopez, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013.

OPTIMISM

  • Learned Optimism. M. E. Seligman, New York: A.A. Knopf, 1991.
  • The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience. M. E. Seligman, Boston, MA: Mariner Books, 2007.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

  • Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting. J. Gottman, and J. Declaire, Simon & Schuster, 1998.

BABY

  • Brain Rules for Baby, Updated and Expanded: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five. J. Medina, Edmonds, WA: Pear Press, 2014.

YOUNG CHILD

  • The Finch Bumper Book of Parenting (Ages 2-6) Essential Advice from Australian Experts. S. Biddulph, Sydney: Finch Publishing, 2012.

ADOLESCENTS

  • Surviving adolescence: The Must-have Manual for All Parents. M. Carr-Gregg, Melbourne: Penguin Press, 2005
  • Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence. L. Steinberg. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.

PARENTING

  • Strictly Parenting: Everything you need to know about raising school-aged kids. M. Carr-Gregg, Melbourne: Penguin Press, 2014
  • One Step Ahead: Raising 3 to 12 Year Olds. M. Grosse, Sydney: Random House Australia, 2001.
  • Parenting From the Inside Out: How A Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive. D. J Siegel. and M. Hartzell. New York: Tarcher, 2004.
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind. D.J. Siegel, and T. P. Bryson. London: Constable & Robinson Ltd, 2012.
  • Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Setting Limits and Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child. S. Shapiro, and C. White. New Harbinger Publications, 2014.

FAMILY

  • 21 Days to a Happier Family. J. Coulson, Sydney: ABC Books, 2016
  • Every Parent’s Family Workbook. C. Markie-Dadds, M. Sanders, and K. Turner, 2nd ed. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Triple P International, 2011.

HAPPINESS

  • A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being. M. E. Seligman, Flourish: New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012.
  • The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want. S. Lyubomirsky, New York: Penguin, 2008.
  • The Complete Secrets of Happy Children.  S. Biddulph, Sydney: Harper Collins Publishers, 2007.
  • 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. C. Carter, Raising Happiness: Ballantine Books; 2011
  • Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. M. E. Seligman, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004.
  • Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become. B. Fredrickson, New York: Avery, 2001
  • Top-Notch Research Reveals the Upward Spiral That Will Change Your Life. B. Fredrickson, Positivity New York: Crown, 2009.

PLAY

  • Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How Our Children Really Learn—and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less. K. Hirsh-Pasek, and R. M. Golinkoff. Stuttgart: Holtzbrink Publishers, 2004.

IDENTITIES

  • Positive Identities: Narrative Practices and Positive Psychology (The Positive Psychology Workbook Series). M. Tarragona, USA: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.

MEANING & PURPOSE

  • The Path to Purpose: How Young People Find Their Calling in Life. W. Damon, New York: Free Press, 2009.
  • Curious? Discover the missing ingredient to a fulfilling life. T. Kashdan, New York: Harper Perennial, 2009
  • Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life. D. Keltner, New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2009.

MINDSET

  • Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids. MC. Ricci and M. Lee. Prufrock Press, 2016
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. C. S Dweck. New York: Ballantine Books, 2008