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Growing Up is Hard To Do:
a Selection of Non-Fiction Books for Elementary Children

BRACES

Betancourt.  Smile: How to Cope with Braces
Jordan.  Coping with Braces and Other Orthodontic Work
    



  
  


BULLYING

 

Bateman. Bully Blockers Club
Caseley. Bully
Ludwig. My Secret Bully
McCain.   Nobody Knew What to Do
Powell.  Talking About Bullying
Thomas. Stop Picking on Me

 

 


   




CHARACTER EDUCATION

 

Bender. Character Counts (Series)
Brown. Arthur’s Family Values (Series)
Raatma.  Character Education (Series)


     

 

DIVORCE

 

Amos.  Divorce
Bingham.  Why Do Families Break Up?
Bode. For Better For Worse: a Guide to Surviving Divorce
Cadier. My Parents Are Getting Divorced: How to Keep It Together When Your Mom and  Dad  Are Splitting Up
Holyoke. Help! A Girl’s Guide to Divorce and Stepfamilies
Lansky.  It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear
It’s Stern Divorce is Not the End of the World
Thomas.  My Family’s Changing


  

 


    
   


GAY FAMILIES

Garner.   Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is
Snow. How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Family: A Book by Kids For Kids of All Ages
Willhoite.  Daddy’s Roommate


         

GENERAL FAMILY BOOKS

 

Hammersmith. What is a Family?
Kandel.  Trevor’s Story: Growing up Biracial
Lindsay. Do I Have a Daddy?
Weitzman.  Let’s Talk About Living in a Blended Family


  
      

 

 

GROOMING

Eshom.  Top of Your Game: a Guy’s Guide to Looking and Feeling Your Best
Kauchak. Real Beauty: 101 Ways to Feel Great About You
McGlothlin.  Great Grooming for Guys
Schaefer. The Care and Keeping of You: the Body Book for Girls


     
  

 

 

ILLNESS

Carter.  I’m Tougher Than Diabetes
Silverstein. Asthma
Silverstein Attention Deficit Disorder
Strauss.  Relieve the Squeeze

   

  





MANNERS

Amos.  Courteous Kids (Series)
Cuyler. Please Say Please! Penguin’s Guide to Manners
Post.  Emily Post’s Guide to Good Manners for Kids


       




MOVING

 

Berenstain.  Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day

 

 

 

PUBERTY

 

Blackstone.  Girl Stuff: a Survival Guide to Growing Up: Answers to Every Girl’s Questions -- Especially the Ones She’s Afraid to Ask
Dickerson. On the Spot: Real Girls on Periods, Growing Up and Finding Your Groove
Gravelle. The Period Book: Everything You Don’t Want to Ask (But Need to Know)
Gravelle.  What’s Going On Down There? Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to Ask
Harris.  It’s Perfectly Normal: a Book About Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health
Madaras. Ready, Set, Grow! A “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Younger Girls
Madaras. What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: a Growing Up Guide for Parents and Sons
Madaras.  What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls: a Growing Up Guide for Parents and Daughters
Saltz.   Amazing You! Getting Smart About Your Private Parts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






SELF-ESTEEM

 

Harlan.  Girl-Talk: Staying Strong, Feeling Good, Sticking Together
Kaufman. Stick Up for Yourself! Every Kid’s Guide to Personal Power and Positive Self-Esteem
LeJeune.   Feeling Freakish: How to Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin
Madison.  The Feelings Book: the Care and Keeping of Your Emotions


   

 

 



SIBLING RIVALRY

 

Landau.  Sibling Rivalry
Whitney.   Oh Brother . . . Oh Sister! A Sister’s Guide to Getting Along

STEPFAMILIES

    
Johnson. My Stepfamily
Rogers.  Let’s Talk About It: Stepfamilies
   



    

     

 

 


Compiled by:
Molly Collins, Patricia Connor, Jennifer Lindsey, Nancy Nau, Donna Peasley, and Lynn Shipe
2006