Child Therapy Books

Child Therapy Books

As their parents, it is our duty to help our children in any way that we can. 

Whether that means taking them to a doctor for a sprained ankle, or bringing them into therapy to help with their mental health. 

We do what we can. 

As therapists, we are also there to help even our littlest clients work through their emotions. 

From the smallest upset, to "big" emotions, it is everyone's duty to come together to help the child on their way to learning emotional intelligence. 

Parents and therapists alike rely on various tools in order to help them help the child in need. 

One of those most invaluable resources is books. 

They can provide incredible insight into the child's mind, that others may not have been able to see in a way before. 

Books are great ways to learn about other ways that you can help a child/patient. 

We have found the best child therapy books that will help to garner more knowledge about the minds of children. 

How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7

When it comes to a behavior that children may be present, this book has plenty of answers in it to help you along in your journey in helping the child. 

It is written by Joanna Faber, daughter of author Adele Faber, who wrote How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, and Julie King, who are both parenting experts in their own right. 

Together, they have spoken with pediatricians, teachers and parents, and, along with their own knowledge of parenting, placed it all into this convenient book.  

It continues the journey of the work done in Faber's mother's book, but they have scaled down even further to help one to be able to speak to even the littlest kids with the biggest emotions.

It presents all kinds of scenarios in the book, featuring observations from their many workshops, stories, and practical tips on how to parent our little ones. 

All with compassion and heart, and it helps us foster and nurture trusting relationships and the value of communication. 

It even has a chapter on children with special needs and of whom are on the autism spectrum. 

How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 is a guide that is in a league of its own. 

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting

Written by Dr. Laura Markham, this incredible first book in the Peaceful Parent series, Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting has resonated with many parents and therapists. 

Her approach is simple, parents need to especially nurture connection with their child. 

They need to foster, care for, and help that connection between children and parent grow. 

It also helps those with children to learn how to help children regulate their emotions and be more in tune to them.

It helps parents set healthy boundaries, teaches them empathy and teach how without nagging or fussing, one can create a true and lasting change in a child's life. 

Dr. Markham is a clinical psychologist, and also the creator of the popular parenting website,

She also has a second book in her Peaceful Parent series, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life.

Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive

Dr. Marc Brackett, author of Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive, and a professor at Yale University's Child Study Center sets down a "blueprint" for understanding our children's emotions. 

For over 25 years, he has been an emotion scientist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Brackett has raised millions of dollars to research what the roots of emotional well-being are. 

In his book, he details a strategic and well-thought out plan to be able to improve the lives of not only children, but adults as well. His research has culminated into a system called "RULER." It consists of:

Recognizing emotions in oneself and others

Understanding the causes and consequences of emotion

Labeling emotions with precise words

Expressing emotions, taking context and culture into consideration

Regulating emotions effectively to achieve goals and wellbeing

The RULER method has been found to not only reduce stress in children, but of them having the feeling of being burnt out as well. 

Brackett helps not only adults with their children, but adults as well. It makes a great tool for child therapists and parents alike.

Building Emotional Intelligence: Practices to Cultivate Inner Resilience in Children

Linda Lantieri and Daniel Goleman believe that the most important part of a child's educational experience isn't anything like science, algebra, or vocabulary. 

It is all about emotional intelligence. 

Their book offers wonderful tips on how to help build a child's self-esteem, and how to teach them how to do things like quiet down their minds when they get too busy. 

The book is set up according to age group, so it is easy to locate what age you are working within the book. 

It also helps caregivers and professionals alike teach other skills like how to manage their emotions in a better way. 

Building Emotional Intelligence: Practices to Cultivate Inner Resilience in Children is a guide that will help parents and professionals alike. 


If you are a therapist that is looking for more books to add to their professional library or just a parent who wants to raise a well-rounded and emotionally intelligent child, these books would make the perfect addition to your book collection. 

Each book covers different topics and tackles tough subjects as well. 

They also equip you with the tools that you need in order to give you insight into the minds of children today. /

They would also make wonderful gifts for your therapist friends and colleagues. 


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