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Best Child Behavior Books: The Ultimate List

Here is a list of the best Child Behavior books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Child Behavior: The Classic Child Care Manual from the Gesell Institute of Human Development (1992)

 Best Child Behavior Books: The Ultimate ListThe long-awaited revision of the bestselling and definitive child care manual from the internationally renowned Gesell Institute of Human Behavior.Child BehaviorThe classic child care manual from theinternationally renowned Gesell InstituteSince it was first published, Child Behavior has become classic reading for parents and professionals around the world. This authoritative guide offers the basics of child development, addressing exactly how children’s bodies can affect their behavior. The authors not only discuss what to do to treat specific behavior problems but actually advise parents on…
Author(s): Frances L. Ilg, Louise Bates Ames, et al.

2. Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges (2019)

 Best Child Behavior Books: The Ultimate ListIn Beyond Behaviors, internationally known pediatric psychologist, Dr. Mona Delahooke describes behaviors as the tip of the iceberg, important signals that we should address by seeking to understand a child’s individual differences in the context of relational safety.Featuring impactful worksheets and charts, this accessible book offers professionals, educators and parents tools and techniques to reduce behavioral challenges and promote psychological resilience and satisfying, secure relationships. – Conduct Disorder – Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) – Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) -…
Author(s): Mona Delahooke

3. How to Reach and Teach Children with Challenging Behavior: Practical, Ready-to-Use Interventions That Work (Grades K-8) (2010)

 Best Child Behavior Books: The Ultimate ListInterventions for students who exhibit challenging behavior Written by behavior specialists Kaye Otten and Jodie Tuttle–who together have 40 years of experience working with students with challenging behavior in classroom settings–this book offers educators a practical approach to managing problem behavior in schools. It is filled with down-to-earth advice, ready-to-use forms, troubleshooting tips, recommended resources, and teacher-tested strategies. Using this book, teachers are better able to intervene proactively, efficiently, and effectively with students exhibiting behavior problems. The book includes research-backed…
Author(s): Kaye Otten

4. Explosive Child, The: A New Approach For Understanding And Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children (2014)

 Best Child Behavior Books: The Ultimate ListA groundbreaking approach to understanding and parenting children who frequently exhibit severe fits of temper and other intractable behaviors, from a distinguished clinician and pioneer in this field.What’s an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration—crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Most of these parents have tried everything-reasoning, explaining, punishing, sticker…
Author(s): Greene PhD, Ross W.

5. No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind (2016)

 Best Child Behavior Books: The Ultimate List  Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene.  Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem solving becomes a win/win…
Author(s): Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson

6. Challenging Behavior in Young Children: Understanding, Preventing and Responding Effectively (4th Edition) (2016)

 Best Child Behavior Books: The Ultimate List  Stressing that every child has some kind of special need, especially children with challenging behavior, this book contains numerous practical, indispensable tips for responding to those needs, building relationships with children and their families, and preventing challenging behavior. It provides teachers with background information that enables them to understand why children behave the way they do and presents several evidence-based strategies to address their challenging behavior effectively so that teachers can select those best suited…
Author(s): Barbara Kaiser, Judy Sklar Rasminsky

7. Beyond Behavior Management: The Six Life Skills Children Need (2012)

 Best Child Behavior Books: The Ultimate ListGive children the social and emotional tools they need to grow and thrive on their ownAll children—not just those with challenging behaviors—require guidance as they develop the social and emotional skills they will use the rest of their lives. This resource provides everything you need to help children build and use six essential life skills: attachment, belonging, self-regulation, collaboration, contribution, and adaptability. Developed and tested in the classroom, this strength-based approach includes strategies, examples of supportive interactions, and special activities to help you manage…
Author(s): Jenna Bilmes

8. Oppositional, Defiant & Disruptive Children and Adolescents: Non-Medication Approaches for the Most Challenging ODD Behaviors (2016)

 Best Child Behavior Books: The Ultimate ListA definitive guide to recognizing what factors cause defiant episodes in children & adolescents, and tips to help identify when and where these difficult behaviors are likely to occur. Containing tools to increase positive behaviors, this is an ideal resource for therapists, educators and parents. – Non-medication approaches to ODD, ADHD, anxiety, mood and disruptive disorders – Exercises, assessments, guidelines and case studies – Crisis Prevention and Intervention – Safety Plans and Risk Evaluations – Evaluate and Treat Co-morbidity – Tools and Strategies for: -…
Author(s): Scott Walls

9. Observing and Recording the Behavior of Young Children (2015)

 Best Child Behavior Books: The Ultimate ListIn the Sixth Edition of their classic text, the authors reiterate the critical importance of observing and recording the behavior of young children, especially in the current atmosphere of accountability and testing. In addition, because children with special needs are now widely included in a majority of early childhood classrooms, they have completely rewritten a chapter to focus more broadly on observing behaviors that may be viewed as disquieting. Designed to help teachers better understand children’s behavior, the book outlines methods for recordkeeping that provide a realistic picture of…
Author(s): Dorothy H. Cohen, Virginia Stern, et al.

10. 1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting (2016)

 Best Child Behavior Books: The Ultimate List“Dr. Phelan’s strategies have seen a resurgence in the parenting world. Maybe that’s why you feel like everywhere you go, you keep overhearing other moms say to their misbehaving children, ‘That’s one. That’s two. That’s three.’ And then you watch in disbelief as their kid actually stops!” ― PopSugar MomsAre you the parent of a strong-willed child? Is bedtime a nightly battle? Are you looking to discipline without stress?Since kids don’t come with a manual, 1-2-3 Magic is the next best thing. Dr. Thomas Phelan has developed a quick, simple and scientifically proven way to parent that actually works!Using his…
Author(s): Thomas Phelan

11. Casebook in Child Behavior Disorders (2016)

 Best Child Behavior Books: The Ultimate ListReflecting the latest research from the field, CASEBOOK IN CHILD BEHAVIOR DISORDERS, 6th Edition vividly illustrates the rich and arresting nature of disorders that first manifest themselves in childhood while also showing how a child’s developmental patterns shape the expression of each disorder. Complex cases demonstrate how each disorder is expressed — from presentation through diagnosis and treatment. Throughout the book, the author explores the DSM-5 criteria and highlights the interaction between developmental and environmental influences for each disorder. The Sixth Edition’s wealth of cases includes…
Author(s): Christopher A. Kearney

Best Child Behavior Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some child behavior books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Clinical Assessment of Child and Adolescent Personality and Behavior

Author(s): Paul J. Frick; Christopher T. Barry; Randy W. Kamphaus
ID: 2542621, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

Clinical Guide to Early Interventions for Children with Autism

Author(s): Giacomo Vivanti, Kristen Bottema-Beutel, Lauren Turner-Brown
ID: 2878721, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Springer, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Theory, Practice, Research, Applications

Author(s): Michael Bernard (editor), Mark D. Terjesen (editor)
ID: 2893132, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2020, Size: 10 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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