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Books on Anger


Reading List - Understanding Anger In Order To Become a More Peaceful Parent


Resources For Parents

Carter, Leslie et. al. The Anger Workbook. Thomas Nelson, 1992. A 13-step interactive program that helps identify the best ways to handle anger and eliminate the myths that perpetuate it.

Eastman, Meg and Roze, Sydney Craft. Taming the Dragon in Your Child: Solutions for Breaking the Cycle of Family Anger. NY: Wiley, 1994. Shows parents how to deal constructively with their children's anger in a variety of situations from temper tantrums and pouting to sarcasm and sibling rivalry.

Ellis, Albert. How to Make Yourself Happy and Remarkably Less Disturbable. Impact Publishers. 1999 Ellis shows how to use our natural constructive inclinations to overcome negative patterns; includes how we can move beyond inherited and acquired tendencies to become anxious, depressed, and enraged.

Lerner, Harriet Goldhor, The Dance of Anger, NY: Harper and Row, 1985. Insightful book on sources of anger and what to do about them.

McKay, Patrick et. al. When Anger Hurts Your Kids: A Parent's Guide. Fine Communications Explains why parents get angry, how children are affected, and suggests how to gain control of angry emotions.

Paul, Henry A. When Kids Are Mad, Not Bad: A Guide to Recognizing and Handling Your Child's Anger. NY: Penguin Putnam, 1998. Anger in children can manifest as tantrums, hostility, sarcasm, depression, and more. Parents learn to interpret the messages a child may be sending and handle anger in a loving, constructive way.

Tavris, Carol. Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982. Learn more about anger triggers,their roots, and what to do about them.

Weisinger, Hendrie, Anger at Work, NY: William Morrow, 1995. Practical strategies for dealing with anger.

Whitehouse, Elaine and Pudney, Warwick. A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger. New Society Publishers, 1998. Helps parents show children how to handle their anger so they can live healthily, happily and nonviolently; full of stories, and easy-to-use games and exercises.


Books for Kids

Bang, Molly. When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry. NY: Scholastic, 1999. A little girl doesn't know how to manage her anger; she learns how to take the time to cool off and regains her composure. (Grades K-2)

Berry, Joy Wilt. Let's Talk About Feeling Angry. NY: Scholastic, Inc., 1996. Part of the “Let's Talk About” series. Explains how to handle even the toughest situations and emotions in a clear, simple language. Other titles include: Let's Talk About Feeling Afraid, Let's Talk About Needing Attention which addresses temper tantrums, and Saying No which illustrates when saying no is appropriate when it is not. (Grades K-2)

Blumenthal, Deborah. The Chocolate Covered Cookie Tantrum. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999. Sophie finds out that throwing a tantrum will not get her what she wants. (Grades K-2)

Everitt, Betsy. Mean Soup. NY: Harcourt Brace, 1995 Horace has had a very, very bad day and is feeling grumpy. His mother helps him find a cure. (Grades K-2)

Gardiner, Barbara and Aaron, Jane. When I'm Angry. Western Publishing, 1998. Children learn how to deal with anger. Includes a parents' guide in a question-and-answer format. (Grades K-2)

Hopper, Nancy J. Ape Ears and Beaky. NY: E.P. Dutton,1984. A boy with a bad temper learns not to over-react. (Grades 2-6)

Lindgren, Astrid. Lotta on Troublemaker Street. NY: Macmillan, 1984. Lotta has a bad temper. After running away she gains insight into a conflict. (Grades 2-6)

Mayer, Mercer. I Was so Mad. Western Publishing Company, 1985. A young child tries a variety of ways to let go of anger. (Grades K-2)

Mc Govern, Ann. Scram, Kid! NY: Viking, 1974. Joe isn’t allowed to join the baseball team. He reacts to being rejected. (Grades K-3)

Merrill, Jean. The Pushcart War. NY: Atheneum, 1987. Conflict on the streets of New York and how it gets solved. (Grades 2-6)

Minarik, Else Holmelund No Fighting, No Biting. New York: Harper Collins, 1978. Rosa and Will hear the story of two alligators who argue until they meet a big hungry alligator. (K-2)

Moser, Adolph. Don't Rant and Rave on Wednesdays!: The Children's Anger-Control Book. Landmark Editions, 1994. Children find out how to control anger and express feelings appropriately.(Grades K-6)

Naylor, Phyllis. King of the Playground. NY: Atheneum, 1991. A little boy gets bullied and learns how to deal with the problem. (Grades K-2)

Simor, Norma. I Was so Mad! Albert Whitman, 1991. A look at situations that make children angry including, sibling rivalry, annoyance with parents, school problems, and more. (Grades K-2)

Udry, Janice May. Let's Be Enemies. New York: Harper Collins, 191. When John sees James as bossy, he decides that they are enemies. They eventually become friends again. (K-2)

Van Leeuwen, Jean. Amanda Pig on Her Own. NY: Puffin Books, 1994. Amanda has to solve some problems, deal with angry feelings, and meet other challenges when she is by herself. (Grades K-3)

Waber, Bernard. But Names Will Never Hurt Me. Boston: Houghton Mifflin & Company, 1994. A little girl with the unlikely name of Alison Wonderland deals with teasing. (K-2)

Walker, Alice. Finding the Green Stone. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1997. Johnny loses both his green stone and his sense of joy after talking mean to the people in his life. As a result he learns some important and life-changing lessons. (Grades 2-4)

Walter, Nancy and Patfield, V. Lin. Seemor’s Flight to Freedom. Rosemount, MN: Nan Publishing, 1996. Poignant story of a nearsighted seagull’s struggle with anger; includes questions for discussion between parents and children about how our brains process anger.
(Grades K-2)

Wells, Rosemary. Benjamin and Tulip. New York: Dial Books, 1977. Tulip beats up Benjamin. They eventually come to a truce. (K-2)

Zolotow, Charlotte. The Quarreling Book. NY: Harper & Row, 1982. A chain reaction of angry feelings occurs when Dad forgets to kiss Mom good-bye in the morning. (K-2)



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