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Book Recommendations for Parents

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Parents! This is just for you! We have gathered together a powerful list of books suggested by school administrators. If you are wanting a new perspective on parenting, are coming to some dead ends with your child, or just want some validation for your own parenting skills, we got some great book suggestions. We got suggestions from almost a dozen administrators. They were so excited to share their input and their own personal book reads. These administrators have been working with young adults for many years. We appreciate their thoughts and insight for quality book reads.


Mia Johnstone, Publisher LA Private School Guide

How Children Succeed by Paul Tough

If you want to learn what is truly an education, Tough’s book gives insight into what the most important things are for success. This book is a jewel and one I reference all the time.


Robert Kodama, Director of Admissions and Marketing, Crespi Carmelite High School

The Purpose of Boys and Boys and Girls Learn Differently by Michael Gurian

“It is an important guide for parents to be able to have a better understanding of the boys and where they are headed. If you have a son and a daughter as I do, I would suggest Michael Gurian’s Boys and Girls Learn Differently! This will go through the difference in brain development and will help to answer the age old line of “my daughter didn’t do this, why is my son doing it…”


Joseph Blackman, Principal, Arroyo Pacific Academy

A Fine Young Man by Michael Gurian

“Most of the behavior problems and poor academic performances in schools are demonstrated by boys.  This book offers insight as to why that is, and gives feedback on better ways to structure the circumstances of a boy’s life to foster his successful development during the adolescent years. Two wonderful reads for different stages of development.”


Marianne Ryan, Assistant Head of School, The Gooden School

If I Get to Five: What Children Can Teach Us About Courage and Character by Fred Epstein and Josh Horwitz

“I picked a book to share that I read many years ago, that will always stay with me: I highly recommend it for all parents and educators, whether or not that have had a child or know a child who has had a serious illness. This book gets to the heart and stays there!”


Joscelle Shen, Assistant Head of School, Enrollment Management and Operations, St. Mark’s School Altadena

The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Bryson


Paul Kaminski, Director of Advancement, Providence High School

Brain Rules by John J. Medina


Sara A. McCarthy, M.Ed., Director of Admissions and Public Relations, Alverno High School

All Girls: Single-Sex Education and Why It Matters by Karen Stabiner

“In this book, Stabiner spends a pivotal year with young women at an elite prep school in New York and a school for girls in East Harlem. It offers an insider’s perspective into single-sex education and the benefits and experiences that this environment provides to young women.”


Diane Kelly LaSalle – Director of Enrollment, Pasadena Waldorf School

Between Form and Freedom by Betty Staley

A wonderful insight into the mind and development of the adolescent with useful information for parents and educators.


Lauren Marlis, Director of Enrollment and Marketing, Mayfield Junior School

The Blessing of the Skinned  Knee by Wendy Mogul


Kristine Theodoratos, Lower School Director, Sierra Canyon School

A Whole Mind Set by Daniel Pink

Mindset by Carol Dweck

The Parents We Mean to Be, Richard Weissbound


Reina Rogers, Director, Oneonta Cooperative Nursery School

Nurture Shock by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman


Juliette Lange, Admissions Coordinator, Lycee International de Los Angeles

Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman

60 Million Frenchmen can’t be wrong by Jean-Benoit  Nadeau and Julie  Barlow


Gretchen Lurie, Director of Admissions, Chandler School

The Parents’ Guide to Boys: Help Your Son Get the Most Out of  School and Life by Abbigail James

I love that it is suitable for your son – whether he is a toddler or an old man!


Maranatha High School 2013