• Social issues (Children's/YA)

      Special Needs, Special Horses

      A Guide to the Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

      by Naomi Scott

      A growing number of individuals with special needs are discovering the benefits of therapies and activities involving horseback riding. Special Needs, Special Horses , by Naomi Scott, offers information about the amazing results possible with therapeutic riding, or hippotherapy. From recreational riding for individuals with disabilities, to the competitions some riders enter (and win), Scott describes the various techniques of the process and its benefits to the physically and mentally challenged. The book explores the roles of the instructors, physical therapists, volunteers, and the horses, and explains carriage driving, vaulting, and educational interactions with horses. Scott profiles individuals involved in the therapy, including clients whose special needs arose from intrauterine stroke, cerebral palsy, transverse myelitis, Parkinson’s disease, paralysis, sensory integration dysfunction, multiple sclerosis, shaken baby syndrome, sensory damage, stroke, seizures, infantile spasms, Down syndrome, and autism. Special Needs, Special Horses is an excellent guide for the families of the many who do--or could--enjoy improved lives from therapeutic riding. It will also appeal to practitioners of therapeutic riding as an overview of their profession.

    • Children's & YA
      June 2013

      Get Your Power Back Now!

      by Anni Sennov and Carsten Sennov

      Dear parents,Read this book before your children do, then you will be able to guide them and give them good advice when they need it. Many parents have asked us whether it is possible to teach you young people to keep your energy in order, as every day you meet and interact with a lot of different people, which exposes you to many different energies. This happens at school, in your extracurricular activities, and when spending time with all your friends, whether it is physically, or through the Internet. And the answer to the question is YES, of course you can learn how to master your own energy! That is why we have written this energy guide. Its goal is to teach you how to stand on your own feet and stand strong in your own energy, both when you are with others and when you are on your own. So whether you are on your way to become a teenager, and have a lot of friends, or no friends at all, if you are splitting time between two homes, or you are about to reach adult life and have a girlfriend or boyfriend, or just have moved out of your parents’ home - this book is for you. This energy guide is perfect for you, if you want to learn more about yourself and others without having to use a lot of effort.

    • Health & Personal Development
      November 2011

      The Little Energy Guide 1

      Take care of your own energy

      by Anni Sennov and Carsten Sennov

      We spend most of our time with nice, happy people – people we care about and we’d like to help and support in the best way possible. Once in a while, however, we come across people who are not good for us. These are people who try to gain access to our energy in a variety of different ways, and who we should watch out for whenever they are near us. We need to take particular care of our energy as, subconsciously, that is what these people want to get hold of. This little pocket guide can teach you how to do that. By reading the energy guide and following the instructions, you will quickly experience how, consciously, you can hold onto your energy and so be in the best position to make the most of your life.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      January 2014

      The Girl With the Big Fat Heart

      by Aida Alvarez-Taduran

      Love, friendship, kindness, giving, heart surgery, loss, grief, family, support, recovery

    • Personal & social issues
      July 2014

      The Cleansing

      by Michael Connor

      The Cleansing: Razor-Sharp Psychological Drama Novel Raises Awareness for Abhorrent African Ritual of ‘Widow Cleansing’. Crafted by Michael Connor, ‘The Cleansing’ takes readers back to the turn of the 21st century, as one young African woman struggles to weigh up life and her culture’s constant conflict between old and new. In a world that is rapidly progressing and modernising, her stagnant culture refuses to end the ritual of ‘widow cleansing’; or forced rape of those who have recently lost their husband.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      September 2015

      Wondrous Willow

      by Horner, Christine

      ONCE THERE WAS AN AUSPICIOUS LITTLE BUTTERFLY who lived on the side of a very steep mountain. How Willow had come to be born on the side of this particular mountain was a great mystery to her. Yet, she felt sure it was for a very special reason that she was there. “You don’t even do . . . whatever it is butterflies do. You sit around on bushes preening, or near the water’s edge looking at yourself all day!” yelled Percy. It was true. When she thought about it much, it brought her down. How could Willow be so silly as to think herself to be important when she didn’t even behave like other butterflies? Christine Horner and Joey McGrellis take us on a courageous journey of the heart as Willow, marveling at her wondrous existence, explores life, death, unlikely heroes, and a miracle when a man-made fire changes her life and her mountain home forever.www.ChristineHorner.com

    • Children's & young adult: general non-fiction
      May 2008

      The Art of Living of the Wise

      by Antonio Meneghetti

      Specially dedicated to young people, this book deals with the fundamental aspects that constitute the foundation for healthy individual identity, such as: moral issues, social and personal relations, work, money, functionality within society and attitudes towards sex.

    • Children's & YA
      November 2013

      Helping Children With Feelings

      A set of 10 stories about feelings with 10 accompanying guide books

      by Margot Sunderland and Nicky Armstrong

      These 10 beautifully-illustrated storybooks along with 10 practical guidebooks, (20 books in total), enable teachers, parents and professionals to help children aged 4-12 connect with unresolved feelings affecting their behaviour. Each guide focuses on a particular feeling, with exercises and ideas to help children think about, express and focus on that feeling to the point of resolution. The illustrated stories are designed to be told alongside the guide, but can be used independently to promote discussion and help to show children they are not alone. Titles included in the set are: Helping Children of Troubled Parents and Monica Plum's Horrid Problem. Helping Children Locked in Rage and Hate and How Hattie Hated Kindness. Helping Children Pursue Their Hopes and Dreams and A Pea Called Mildred. Helping Children Who Are Anxious or Obsessional and Willy and the Wobbly. Helping Children Who Bottle Up Their Feelings and A Nifflenoo Called Nevermind. Helping Children Who Have Hardened Their Hearts or Become Bullies and A Wibble Called Bipley. Helping Childen Who Yearn for Someone They Love and The Frog Who Longed for The Moon to Smile. Helping Children With Fear and Teenie Weenie in a Too Big World. Helping Children With Loss and The Day The Sea Went Out and Never Came Back. Helping Children With Low Self-Esteem and Ruby and the Rubbish Bin.

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      April 2016

      MyaGrace Wants To Get Ready

      a true story promoting inclusion and self-determination

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell

      MyaGrace loves music and dancing. Her school is having a big dance and she wants to do with her friend Emily. She has so much to do to get ready. What should she wear? How should she fix her hair? What color should she paint her fingernails? Will she get ready in time? (MyaGrace has Autism, Cerebral Palsy and intellectual disabilities. She was adopted from India.)

    • Children's & YA
      May 2016

      Jenny and her Dog Both Fight Cancer

      A Tale of Chemotherapy and Caring

      by Jewel Kats, Claudia Marie Lenart

      Jenny, a young girl undergoing treatment for cancer, discovers that her best friend, Dolly, also has cancer. Dolly is the family's dog, who has always been at Jenny's side through trying times, and Jenny vows to support Dolly as well. This bittersweet tale is a story of mutual devotion and loyalty. While the prognosis is not good for dogs with cancer, Dolly's love provides enduring hope and support for Jenny on her healing journey."Wow! I love this honest, refreshing book about childhood cancer and the tender, loving bond of a courageous child with her dog that enables them to endure the intolerable chemotherapy treatments and gives them all the more reason to do so. Highly recommended!"--David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP, Author, & Clinical Director, Children's Home of Poughkeepsie"In this book, Jenny and her dog, Dolly, both get the dreaded cancer diagnosis. In this sweet, moving journey, Jenny and Dolly show us how they fight through chemotherapy treatment together. I love how genuine, heartfelt, and sincere this story is. It will truly benefit families who struggle with cancer."--Jill Osborne, EdS, LPC, RPT-S, CPCS"Jewel Kats and Claudia Marie Lenart accomplished the unimaginable by telling an important and moving story in just a few mesmerizing pages. Jewel introduces the reader to 'Cancer' and the treatment that saves Jenny's life while she comforts the dog she loves. Claudia's pictures are magnificent in their texture, color, detail, and postural simplicity of the characters. I had to read it twice—I could not see through my tears the first time."--Laurie Zelinger, Ph.D., ABPP, RPT-S, Board Certified Psychologist and author of the Please Explain series"Jewel Kats tackles cancer in a heartwarming story of friendship and loss. Cancer has no boundaries, as Kats points out, when a young girl and her dog both fight this deadly illness. This book is beneficial for children who are embarking upon a cancer journey, either their own or alongside a family member."--V.S. Grenier, Award-winning Author & Mom's Choice Honoree

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      Please Explain Terrorism to Me

      A Story for Children, P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom for Their Parents

      by Laurie Zelinger

      A Story for Children, P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom for their Parents Complemented by exquisite, colorful artwork, Dr. Zelinger skillfully crafts an easily relatable children's story using everyday situations, around the oppressive concept of Terrorism in the news. With masterful understanding of the child's world, new and frightening concepts are introduced carefully and gently, with the child's perspective in mind. Dr. Zelinger provides parent coaching to further the dialogue in her P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom section (Prepare, Explain, Answer, Reassure, Listen, Safeguard) where caregivers are given scripts to guide them, as well room for individuality. This pioneer book helps children and parents face a critical, often avoided topic with reassurance and calm. "This book provides the 'PEARLS' of wisdom for parents and children to discuss a scary topic like terrorism in ways that promote healthy and authentic parent-child conversations that yield to mutual respect and bonding." --Marc A. Brackett, PhD., Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence “Deep and yet accessible, her remarkable deciphering of the psychological factors that hinder the free communication between parents and children on terrorism is compelling.This fascinating guide amounts to a riveting lesson of clarity and to a masterpiece in bridging the unbridgeable.” --Hon. Yehuda Lancry, Former Ambassador of Israel to the U.N. “Please Explain 'Terrorism' to Me is a straightforward and down-to-earth treatment of a difficult subject. Dr. Zelinger uses common sense, a simple clarification of the basic issues, and reassurance to provide a deeper understanding of terrorism for kids—without a corresponding rise in anxiety.” --Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D., Psychologist/Author, Dr. Laurie Zelinger is a distinguished Board Certified Psychologist with Diplomate status in school psychology as well as a credentialed play therapist who serves on executive boards of state and and national organizations. Laurie is the author of the bestselling book Please Explain Anxiety to Me! Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents, 2nd Edition Ann Israeli is a retired art teacher, wall paper and textile designer. Learn more at www.DrZelinger.com From the Growing With Love Series at Loving Healing Press (www.LHPress.com)

    • Children's & YA
      April 2019

      Welcome Home, Pearl

      by Tuula Pere (author), Catty Flores (illustrator)

      Jacob’s life is full of changes. Besides starting school soon, he is about to become a big brother.Even before his sister is born, Jacob can sense that she is going to need some very special care. At times, Jacob's parents are unable to answer all of Jacob’s questions, but fortunately, his grandma is there for him. Together the family ponders how they can best prepare for helping Jacob’s disabled sister.Jacob loves his sister Pearl dearly. He is happy to discover that she seems to hear his voice and feel his touch on her skin. Their life together is ready to begin.

    • Children's & YA
      April 2019

      Pearl’s Life

      by Tuula Pere (author), Catty Flores (illustrator)

      Everyone in the family has a lot to learn when the seriously ill baby Pearl comes home.Even though taking care of his sister is difficult, Jacob wants to help her in any way he can. In fact, he turns out to the one who is best at soothing little Pearl. He knows how to stroke her head and sing to her more softly than anyone.The big brother wants to take Pearl with him to all the important events at school.“I don’t mind if the other children have never seen a baby like Pearl. I can explain to them what she’s like,” Jacob says.The entire family, including Pearl, indulges in the warmth and scents of summer.

    • Children's & YA
      April 2019

      Pearl, Our Butterfly

      by Tuula Pere (author), Catty Flores (illustrator)

      Jacob’s second year at school is coming to an end. In class, they learn about the short life of butterflies. Jacob wants to make a butterfly, whose wing markings resemble the big eyes of his severely disabled sister Pearl.The big brother knows that he must soon say good-bye to his sister, who is spending more and more time in the hospital. With his grandma, Jacob explores his most difficult thoughts, when his parents are too tired to talk. Their joint walks in nature are a consolation, even after Pearl’s life has ended.

    • Children's & YA
      September 2019

      Terrific Teeth

      by Tuula Pere (author), Catty Flores (illustrator)

      ”Little Fears” is a book series about the various concerns that children can have. Sometimes, minor harms may grow into big worries if they are ignored. Fortunately, there are fun ways and gentle tools to handle such situations, often through play. "Terrific Teeth" is a book about losing baby teeth.Is Emma about to start losing her baby teeth? What if they won’t come out—will horrible crocodile teeth grow inside her mouth, as her brother says? Luckily, Dad has some ideas in mind to help her. Help! Emma’s first baby tooth is loose. “I want to keep this tooth. It’s just fine!” Emma insists.But Emma’s brother is scaring her, telling her that horrible crocodile teeth will grow inside her mouth if she keeps all her baby teeth. Luckily, Dad has some ideas to help, and in the end, she gets to have a tooth party.

    • Children's & YA
      September 2019

      The Scary Snakes

      by Tuula Pere (author), Catty Flores (illustrator)

      ”Little Fears” is a book series about the various concerns that children can have. Sometimes, minor harms may grow into big worries if they are ignored. Fortunately, there are fun ways and gentle tools to handle such situations, often through play. "The Scary Snakes" is a book about overcoming the fear of snakes.Shelly is on a picnic in the woods with her family. She imagines there are horrible snakes everywhere. Luckily, Grandma has ways to help. And when Shelly manages to defeat her fear, it calls for a celebration at the amusement park, where a surprising grand prize awaits. Shelly is afraid of snakes. One day in the woods, she thinks she sees them everywhere and is too afraid to walk. “How will I be able to go on a picnic when I'm too big for Dad to carry me?” Shelly worries.Grandma always knows what to do. Colorful snakes of yarn and fun games help Shelly defeat her fear. And when Grandma and Shelly visit the amusement park together, Shelly gets a surprising prize!

    • Children's & YA
      September 2019

      The Wild Waves

      by Tuula Pere (author), Catty Flores (illustrator)

      ”Little Fears” is a book series about the various concerns that children can have. Sometimes, minor harms may grow into big worries if they are ignored. Fortunately, there are fun ways and gentle tools to handle such situations, often through play. "The Wild Waves" is a story about the fear of high speeds and waves.Otto dreads his family’s boat trips. He’s afraid of speeding over the water in the motorboat. But Grandpa is a patient teacher, and in the end, Otto dares to go aboard Grandpa's old boat as assistant captain. The waves are splashing, and the wind is howling. Otto is sitting stiffly in the cabin while the rest of the family is enjoying the boat trip. “What if the motor dies during the storm, and we never get back to shore?” Otto worries.With Grandpa, Otto tries to get used to fast speeds on a new carousel. Thumb signals are a great help! In the end, Otto boards Grandpa’s old boat as assistant captain.

    • Personal & social issues: self-awareness & self-esteem (Children's/YA)

      THE RED BOOK FOR GIRLS

      by Cristina Romero & Francis Marín

      The Red Book for Girls was born to acompany and empower girls on their way to maturity but it is also a book for mothers and for all women, because it helps us heal hurts of our childhood. An illustrated book whose words and images seem to whisper to our psyche (emotion - mind - spirit) that it is good for us to listen to and love ourselves. Nature dwells within our bodies, and if we open ourselves up to listen to it, it gives us its power: te power to act always in our own interest, the power to know our changing needs and to follow them. The greatest treasure of feminine nature is its ability to appreciate and value that everything changes (inside and outside of you) and that this is perfect.

    • Children's & YA

      THE GOLDEN BOOK FOR BOYS

      by Cristina Romero & Francis Marín

      Whether you are a little or a grown-up boy, The Golden Book for Boys was written to accompany you and remind you how powerful you are. But it’s also a book for you if you arealready a man, because it will help you heal the hurts you may have deep within yourself. This is an illustrated book whose words and images seem to whisper to our psyche (emotion - mind - spirit) that it does us well to listen to ourselves... And to remind you that you are very powerful in a very different waythan you may have been told before.

    • Picture books, activity books & early learning material

      Hilmy the Hippo Becomes a Hero

      by Rae. Norridge

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