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Anger and Self-Control Books

Angry Kids, Frustrated Parents
by Terry L. Hyland and Jerry Davis, Ph.D. 

This handbook for parents describes five levels of aggressive behavior and explains how to recognize if a child reacts to feelings of frustration with acts of aggression or initiates aggressive acts to get what he or she desires. Suggestions on how to build stronger, loving relationships or repair damaged ones with children are offered to parents.

Children with Anger Problems
by Tom Carr, M.S., L.P.C. 

This practical guide is full of insight, techniques and activities for managing and helping chronically angry children. It provides teachers, counselors, parents and other professionals with numerous helpful strategies for dealing with the challenges they face when attempting to reach and help these children. Grade level: K-8

Don't Pop Your Cork On Mondays!
by Adolph Moser, Ed.D. 

A very informative and wonderfully entertaining handbook for children that explores the causes and effects of stress and offers young people practical approaches and techniques for dealing with stress factors in their daily lives. (age 6 & up)

Don't Rant and Rave on Wednesdays!
by Adolph Moser 

This third book in Dr. Moser's series explains the causes of anger and offers methods that help children reduce the amount of anger they feel. (age 6 & up)

Everything I Do You Blame On Me!
by Allyson Aborn 

Eddie is an angry child who encounters trouble wherever he goes. He even thinks his real name is "Cut it out, Eddie!" This sensitive and amusing book offers some "kid-to-kid" insight as Eddie tells the story of his problems and frustrations as well as his success in overcoming his difficulties with help from his family and his counselor. (When you flip this book over you will discover another story entitled "WHY SHOULD I? IT'S NOT MY BIRTHDAY". It gives kids the opportunity to help the angry narrator decide how to act at his little brother's birthday party.) (age 6 & up)

Everytime I Blow My Top I Lose My Head!
by Laura Slap-Shelton, Psy.D., & Lawrence E. Shpai 

With this book, children learn different ways to handle stress and angry feelings and experience the relief that comes with learning to relax. Includes a parent�s guide to reducing stress in the home.

Hands Are Not For Hitting
by Martine Agassi 

This board book with its simple words and charming pictures invite even the youngest children to use their hands for fun and caring actions and to understand that hitting is never okay.

How I Learned to Control my Temper
by Debbie Pincus 

Tells the story about Michael, who flies into a rage at the slightest provocation. Michael learns a variety of ways to control his temper and finds out how much better he is treated by both adults and other children when he talks things out rather than acting them out. (6 & up)

How to Take the GRRRR Out of Anger
by Elizabeth Verdick & Marjorie Lisovskis 

Anger is a part of life. We can't avoid it, we shouldn't stuff it, and we can't make it go away. Kids need help learning how to manage their anger. Young readers learn that violence is not acceptable and there are better, safer, more positive ways to resolve conflicts. Children's Library Ages: 8-13

Stress and Your Child
by Ruth P. Arent, M.A., M.S.W. 

This practical handbook gives you specific strategies for helping your children cope with problems they encounter in dealing with all types of stress - from the normal challenges of growing up to the unexpected traumas that dramatically change their lives.

Stress can Really Get on Your Nerves!
by Trevor Romain & Elizabeth Verdick 

More kids than ever feel worried, stressed out, and anxious every day. Their "secret stress" may surface as stomachaches, headaches, fatigue, loss of appetite, and an inability to concentrate. An inviting blend of facts, reassurance, and humor, this book helps kids understand and manage their stress. Ages: 8-13

The Mad Family Gets Their Mads Out
by Lynne Namka, Ed.D. 

Being mad is part of being human. But it can keep you stewing and steaming and saying things you later regret. In this charming little book, the Mad Family tells you how to keep your "mads" from coming out the wrong way. (6 & up)

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