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The ABC’s of Anger: Stories and Activities to Help Children Understand Anger. Ray Ali, illustrated by Eric Olsen, $28.50 (ages 5-12)

Stories and charming illustrations help children identify the underlying reasons for feelings of anger and frustration and to find effective ways of dealing with those feelings.


Andrew’s Angry Words. Dorothea Lachner, $10.95 (ages 5-8)

Andrew shouted angry words when his sister spilled his toys. He was instantly sorry, but Marion had already shouted the angry words over the phone to Ted. Andrew ran to Ted's house — but it was too late. Ted had already passed them along, and the angry words were loose in the world. Children learn very early just how powerful words can be.


Anger Management Games for Children. Deborah Plummer, $33.95

This practical handbook helps adults to understand, manage and reflect constructively on children's anger. Featuring a wealth of familiar and easy-to-learn games, it is designed to foster successful anger management strategies for children aged 5-12. The book covers the theory behind the games in accessible language, and includes a broad range of enjoyable activities: active and passive, verbal and non-verbal, and for different sized groups. The games address issues that might arise in age-specific situations such as sharing a toy or facing peer pressure. They also encourage children to approach their emotions as a way to facilitate personal growth and healthy relationships.

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The Anger Workbook for Teens. Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, $23.95 (ages 13+)

Between family life and the pressures of school, there's no doubt that it's stressful being a teenager. But if you've noticed yourself beginning to take out your frustrations on the people you love most-your parents, brothers or sisters, and friends-it may be time to make a change. The Anger Workbook for Teens is designed to show you effective skills to help you deal with feelings of rage without losing it.


The Angry Child: Regaining Control When Your Child Is Out of Control. Tim Murphy, $21.00

Every child has an off day when nothing seems to go right, but for some, angry outbursts, frustration, and resentment are the norm. When a child's anger threatens to jeopardize his school and social life and introduces an element of strain into the family dynamics that affects every member, it's time for a parent to ask: When is angry too angry?

Whether it's a toddler staging a tantrum, a grade-schooler unable to make friends, or a sulking preteen who greets every adult request with antagonism, parents of angry children are baffled by both the depth and the root of their child's unhappiness. With simple, direct techniques, Dr. Murphy shows it is possible to help an angry child understand what triggers his outbursts and develop new approaches for coping with potentially explosive situations.


Angry Children, Worried Parents: Seven Steps to Help Families Manage Anger. Sam Goldstein et al , $20.95

This practical guide helps parents of six to sixteen-year-olds to understand the causes of anger in children and to create ways to help their child manage angry feelings and behaviour.

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The Angry Little Puffin. Timothy Young, $23.99 (ages 3-8)

This is the story of a puffin who is upset that he’s constantly mistaken for a penguin. He finally reaches his breaking point and goes on a rant about the many differences between the two. A little girl stops him in mid-speech because she does know the differences, and he listens as she explains to her father why puffins are her favorite. When you are feeling alone and misunderstood, sometimes it only takes the understanding of one small person to turn things around. A charming picture book with 18 fun colorful spreads showing children what frustration and feeling alone looks like from the outside, how to get over anger, and how to reach out to others when they are frustrated.


Angry Monster Workbook. Hennie Shore, $39.95 (ages 5-12)

The Angry Monster Workbook contains dozens of activities to help children express themselves and learn ways to handle problems as they interact with others. Word searches, puzzles, drawings, mazes, and other activities are designed as therapeutic homework, to help children practice anger-control skills.


Angry Octopus: a Relaxation Story. Lori Lite, $21.50 (ages 6-12)

This engaging story helps children learn progressive muscle relaxation – to quiet the ind, relax the body, let go of anger and pain, and fall asleep peacefully.


Anh's Anger. Gail Silver, illustrated by Christiane Krömer, $22.95 (ages 4-9)

Anh, a five-year-old boy, comes to know his anger when they dance, play, sit and breathe together, actively creating a space for Anh to resolve an earlier conflict with his grandfather and understand the causes of a strong emotion. AHN'S ANGER is an engaging story that offers children and caregivers a mindfulness-based practice for dealing with anger and other difficult emotions.

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A Boy and a Bear: a Stress Management Story for Young Children Introducing Diaphragmatic Breathing/Belly Breathing to Lower Anxiety, Control Anger, and Promote Peaceful Sleep. Lori Lite, $17.50 (ages 3-9)

Children love to pretend that they are the bear or the boy as they practice deep breathing. This effective stress and anger management technique, know as diaphragmatic breathing can have a calming positive impact on your child. It can lower stress. It can be used to decrease pain and anger. This story is shorter making it ideal for younger children or those with a shorter attention span. A Boy and a Bear is also featured on the Indigo Dreams CD.


Calming the Family Storm: Anger Management for Moms, Dads and All the Kids. Gary McKay & Steven Maybell, $24.95

Anger and confrontation are a part of our lives, like it or not. Every normal family will experience anger, but the reward for families that learn how to deal effectively with that anger is a healthier, happier family environment. Calming the Family Storm is a practical manual of helpful aids for handling the inevitable anger that every family experiences. Helps families work on the changes that will result in less anger, more effective expression of the anger that you do experience, and a happier and more harmonious family life.


Chill Skills In a Jar®: Anger Management Tips for Teens. Free Spirit Publishing, $14.99 (ages 12 & up)

Learn healthy ways to cage your rage. Deal positively with your anger and maintain respectful relationships. Use CHILL SKILLS IN A JAR to promote group discussions about healthy ways to deal with anger. Individuals can also use cards to learn calming strategies for tense or difficult situations.


Chillax! Marcella Marino Craver, illustrated by Amerigo Pinelli, $13.50 (graphic novel format, ages 10-14)

How Ernie learns to chill out, relax and take charge of his anger.

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Cool Cats, Calm Kids: Relaxation and Stress Management for Young People. Mary Williams, $12.95 (ages 7-12)

Today's children need coping tools that are fun, informative and memorable. Cool Cats, Calm Kids is a practical, humorous guide to relaxation and stress management for children ages 7-12. In Cool Cats, Calm Kids cats are teachers, sharing their own techniques for relaxation and assertiveness. Includes an "Adult Purr-spective" section for parents, teachers, counselors.


Cool Down and Work Through Anger. Cheri Meiners, $17.99 (ages 4-8)

It’s never too early for children to learn to recognize feelings of anger and build skills for coping in helpful, appropriate ways. With a story, questions, activities, games and tips, this new book in the Learning to Get Along series helps reinforce important anger management skills in young children.


Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens. Sheri Van Dijk, $23.95

Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens can help teens find new ways of managing your feelings so that you'll be ready to handle anything life sends your way. Based in dialectical behavior therapy, a type of therapy designed to help people who have a hard time handling their intense emotions, this workbook helps you learn the skills you need to ride the ups and downs of life with grace and confidence. This book offers easy techniques to help you:

  • Stay calm and mindful in difficult situations
  • Effectively manage out-of-control emotions
  • Reduce the pain of intense emotions
  • Get along with family and friends

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Dysinhibition Syndrome: How to Handle Anger and Rage in Your Child or Spouse. Rose Wood, $34.00

A godsend for every parent and professional who has ever been confronted with the perplexing and frustrating challenges of unpredictable and uncontrollable outbursts that seemingly have no rhyme or reason. This book provides some realistic approaches and a wide variety of simple, doable techniques for coping at home, in school and in life. The author is a social worker who first struggled with these challenges in her own home and then with her clients.


The Explosive Child: a New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children. Ross Greene, $19.99

One of the most sought-after resources for dealing with challenging kids of the last few years. The Explosive Child is not a book about Tourette Syndrome; not a book about ADHD or OCD, conduct disorders or bipolar disorders, Asperger's Syndrome or kids with difficult temperaments. This is a book about the behavioural challenges associated with these and other conditions which have profound effects on parents and in the lives of families. And of course it is about developing a comprehensive and creative response to these challenges.


Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens, 3rd Edition. Earl Hipp, $21.99 (ages 11+)

Proven, practical advice covers everything you need to know about stress management and life management, from coping with stress to being assertive, building supportive relationships, taking risks, making decisions, staying healthy, dealing with fears and misconceptions, recognizing perfectionism, using positive self-talk-even growing a funny bone.

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Hands Are Not for Hitting; Feet Are Not for Kicking; Tails Are Not for Pulling; Teeth Are Not for Biting; Words Are Not for Hurting. Martine Agassi, $17.95 each (ages 4-7); boardbooks $11.95 each (ages 1-4)

These books for toddlers and preschoolers use simple phrases to help young children learn to manage their feelings. The books include helpful hints for parents and caregivers. All titles are illustrated by Marieka Heinlen with colourful, charming pictures of children at play.


Helping Your Angry Child: a Workbook for You and Your Family. Darlyne Nemeth et al, $34.95

Helping Your Angry Child, written by three leading anger researchers, is an interactive, self-help workbook written for you, the parent, with real-world solutions for helping your child deal with anger and rage. Based on over ten years of clinical study and experience, the authors learned that when a child expresses anger, most likely the parent takes it personally and gets caught in negative reactions.

This new book teaches essential skills that will put you safely back in your parental role, helping you and your child cope with anger in healthy ways. Included are many interactive worksheets that will help the entire family by practicing these new skills feel closer and more unified. You will learn how to:

  • Teach your child anger-management skills
  • Relate to others within the family when strong emotions arise
  • Understand, recognize, label, and deal with the anger a child expresses
  • Listen without reacting to a child's anger, and
  • Always be prepared to be a good parent

Helping Your Angry Teen: How to Reduce Anger and Build Connection Using Mindfulness and Positive Psychology. Mitch Abblett, $23.95

Does your teen get angry easily or act out? You aren’t alone. Parenting a teen is hard enough, but parenting an angry teen is especially difficult. You might feel unable to keep your own cool during disagreements, or even worry that your relationship with your teen is doomed. So, how can you make sure you stay grounded when the drama rises and re-establish a sense of connection?

Written by a psychologist and teen expert, this book offers techniques based in mindfulness, compassion, and positive psychology to help you face the challenges that parenting an angry teen presents. You’ll discover the clinical and psychological underlying conditions that can contribute to teen anger, skills for improving communication, and mindfulness tips for staying calm yourself. If you’re ready to take control of your own reactions and start reconnecting with your angry teen, this book will help guide the way.

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Hold Your Temper Tiger. Carol Roth, illustrated by Rashin, $23.95 (ages 3-6)

Little Tiger has a temper! He stomps his paws, cries, and growls when he doesn't want to do something. But when his mom says “Hold your temper or else,” Little Tiger has to make some changes. Where will he hold his temper? In his pocket... in his underwear?


Hot Stuff to Help Kids Chill Out: the Anger Management Book. Jerry Wilde, $13.95 (ages 9-12)

This book offers a unique approach to one of the most pressing problems of our time…anger in children and adolescents. Child psychologist, Jerry Wilde, speaks directly to kids in a language they can easily understand.

Also available: More Hot Stuff to Help Kids Chill Out: the Anger and Stress Management Book. Jerry Wilde, $13.95 (ages 9-12)


How to Take the GRRRR Out of Anger. Elizabeth Verdick & Marjorie Lisovskis, $12.95 (ages 11-14)

Everyone gets angry sometimes. But if you're angry a lot... or stay angry for a long time... or get in trouble for getting angry... or don't like the way anger makes you act or feel...

Pre-teens and young teens will find this a user-friendly, non-condescending, guide to anger and stress issues; and will learn a variety of techniques for anticipating, avoiding and reducing anger problems. Additional resources for kids and parents are listed in the back.

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I Was So Mad! Norma Simon, $10.99 (ages 4-7)

Text and pictures relate situations which sometimes result in such reactions as frustration, anxiety, humiliation, and loss of control.


I'm Mad. Elizabeth Crary & Jean Whitney, $11.95 (ages 4-8)

Books can help children accept and acknowledge difficult emotions, ad help them distinguish between feelings and actions. I'm Mad gives kids several ways to cope with feelings by utilizing the book's "choose-your-own-ending" format, and allows parents and teachers to discuss other situations in a nonjudgmental way.


Is That Me Yelling? A Parent's Guide to Getting Your Kids to Cooperate Without Losing Your Cool. Rona Renner, $23.95

Being a parent is hard work! And when your child refuses to do even the little things — like picking up their toys, taking a bath, or getting in the car to go to school — it's easy to become frustrated. While most books on discipline are “one size fits all,” this book offers a tailored parenting approach. Inside, you will learn powerful mindfulness techniques based in cognitive behavioral theory (CBT) and temperament theory to help reduce conflict and foster cooperation, respect, and understanding in your family. You will also learn the real reasons behind your frustration, how your unique temperament, as well as your child's, can contribute to you losing your temper, and how you can start feeling calm, and connect with your child in a positive way, right away.

As a parent, you need real, practical solutions to help you communicate effectively and compassionately with your children in a way that will benefit you both. This book will show you how.

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Mindfulness for Teen Anger: a Workbook to Overcome Anger & Aggression Using MBSR & DBT Skills. Mark Purcell & Jason Murphy, $23.95 (ages 14+)

Do you ever feel so frustrated with school, friends, parents, and life in general that you lose control of your emotions and lash out? You shouldn't feel ashamed. Being a teen in today's world is hard, but it's even harder when you're unable to keep your cool in stressful situations. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make positive changes in your life.

Using proven effective mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Mindfulness for Teen Anger will teach you the difference between healthy and unhealthy forms of anger. Inside, you'll learn how to make better choices, how to stop overreacting, find emotional balance, and be more aware of your thoughts and feelings in the moment. You'll also learn skills for building positive relationships with peers, friends, and family.

As a teen, the relationship skills you learn now can help you thrive in the future. With a little help, and by cultivating compassion and understanding for yourself and others, you will be able to transform your fear and anger into confidence and kindness.


Moody Cow Meditates. Kerry Lee MacLean, $22.95 (ages 4-8)

Moody Cow is having a terrible, angry day, until Grandfather teaches Moody Cow how to let go of angry thoughts and calm down.


The Most Magnificent Thing. Ashley Spires, $16.95 (ages 3-7)

A young girl has a wonderful idea. She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy! But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right. 

For the early grades' exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The girl's frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at the same time reassuring children that it's okay to make mistakes.

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No More Tantrums. Maria van Lieshout, $13.99 (ages 2-4)

When babies don't get their way, they have a tantrum. Do big kids have tantrums? No! Big Kids know how to take a deep breath, calm down, and use their words!

Every child's life is filled with milestones. Some happen easily; others need a little extra support. Drawing upon her own experiences, artist and mom Maria van Lieshout has created an engaging series of books just right for children on the brink of major changes and the caregivers who encourage them.


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1-2-3 A Calmer Me: Helping Children Cope When Emotions Get Out of Control. Colleen Patterson & Brenda S. Miles, $13.50 (ages 4-8)

1-2-3 A Calmer Me introduces children to a simple rhyme they can use to slow down their bodies and stop mad feelings from spinning out of control. Includes a "Note to Parents, Teachers, and Other Grown-Ups" with more information about the steps of the "1-2-3" rhyme, and advice for working through the steps with your child.


The Red Beast: Controlling Anger in Children with Asperger's Syndrome. K.I. Al-Ghani, Illustrated by Haitham Al-Ghani, $25.95 (ages 5+)

Deep inside everyone, a red beast lies sleeping. When it is asleep, the red beast is quite small, but when it wakes up, it begins to grow and grow. This is the story of a red beast that was awakened.

This vibrant fully illustrated children's storybook is written for children aged 5+, and is an accessible, fun way to talk about anger, with useful tips about how to 'tame the red beast' and guidance for parents on how anger affects children with Asperger's Syndrome.

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The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids: Help for Children to Cope with Stress, Anxiety & Transitions. Lawrence Shapiro & Robin Sprague, $24.95 (ages 6-12)

Children pay close attention to their parents' moods. When parents feel upset, their kids may become anxious, and when parents wind down, children also get the chance to relax. When you feel overwhelmed and stressed, it can be hard to help your child feel balanced. The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids, written by two child therapists, offers more than fifty activities you can do together as a family to help you and your child replace stressful and anxious feelings with feelings of optimism, confidence and joy.

You'll learn proven relaxation techniques, including deep breathing, guided imagery, mindfulness, and yoga, and then receive guidance for teaching them to your child. Your child will also discover how taking time to do art and creative projects can create a sense of fulfillment and calm. By completing just one ten-minute activity from this workbook each day, you'll make relaxation a family habit that will stay with both you and your child for a lifetime.


Sam's Pet TEMPER. Sangeeta Bhadra & Marion Arbona, $18.95 (ages 3-7)

The hero of this picture book, Sam, has to wait for everything on the playground one day, and this makes him mad. Suddenly, an unusual thing appears. It runs around, shoving and tripping and pinching and stomping, until all the other children have run away. It was a Temper. At first, having a pet Temper is fun. But before long, the Temper starts causing trouble for Sam. And eventually, Sam comes to the realization that his Temper is something he needs to learn to control.


Show Me Your MAD Face: Teaching Children to Feel Angry without Losing Control. Connie Schnoes, $19.50

Children get angry for many different reasons. Young children may throw tantrums when they are tired, frustrated, or unhappy. Teens may use anger to either get what they want or get out of doing something they don't like, such as homework or chores. Exhausted or frightened by frequent outbursts, parents often try to avoid doing or demanding anything of their children that might trigger their anger. 

Author Connie Schnoes, however, tells parents not to shield children from situations that make them angry. Instead, all children must learn that feeling angry at times is a normal emotion and there are appropriate ways to control and express anger without hurting themselves or others. Her book helps parents:

  • Recognize angry behavior in children and act before it becomes a problem
  • Understand a child who is often angry and learn what that anger might represent
  • Teach children to stop using angry and aggressive behaviors and learn new, positive ways of behaving and expressing anger or frustration
  • Know when it's a good idea to seek professional help for a child who is often angry

Using many examples from her clinical practice and her own family to highlight her helpful advice, Dr. Schnoes offers hope to parents worn out and worried by their children's explosive, angry behavior. 

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Soda Pop Head. Julia Cook, illustrated by Allison Valentine, $13.95 (ages 5-9)

Lester is a Soda Pop Head! He has a hard time controlling his anger, until his dad figures out how to help him. This book takes an empathetic, yet powerful look at anger management. A must-read for all Soda Pop Heads!


Starving the Anger Gremlin: a Cognitive Therapy Workbook on Anger Management for Young People. Kate Collins-Donnelly, $21.95 (ages 10+)

Meet the anger gremlin: a troublesome pest whose favourite meal is your anger, and the more he eats the angrier you get! There's only one way to stop him: starve him of angry feelings and behaviours, and make him disappear.

This imaginative workbook shows young people how to starve their anger gremlin and control their anger effectively. Made up of engaging and fun activities, it helps them to understand why they get angry and how their anger affects themselves and others, and teaches them how to manage angry thoughts and behaviours. The tried-and-tested programme, based on effective cognitive behavioural therapy principles, can be worked through by a young person on their own or with a practitioner or parent, and is suitable for children and young people aged 10+.

STARVING THE ANGER GREMLIN is easy to read and fun to complete, and is an ideal anger management resource for those working with young people including counsellors, therapists, social workers and school counsellors, as well as parents.


Steps and Stones: an Anh's Anger Story. Gail Silver, illustrated by Christiane Krömer, $22.95 (ages 4-9)

When Anh feels left out, a red hairy creature named Anger teaches him some valuable lessons about slowing down and taking care of his strong emotions. By counting his steps and coordinating them with his breath, Anh learns how walking meditation can ease his angry thoughts.

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The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal with Stress, 2nd Edition. Gina Biegel, $23.95 (ages 14+)

The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens is a collection of simple workbook activities that will teach you to reduce your worries using a technique called mindfulness. Mindfulness is a way to be aware of your thoughts and feelings in the present moment. You can use mindfulness when you start to feel as though things are spinning out of control, so you can stop worrying about what might happen and focus instead on what’s happening now. If you’re like many people, you find it easy to look at your negative qualities or feel there is no way to fix your problems or stress. This book is about building on the resources, skills, and positive qualities that you might not even realize you have. It is a way to move from “I'm powerless” thinking to “I can do it!” thinking.


Stress Relief for Kids: Taming Your Dragons. Martha Belknap, $28.95 (ages 7-9)

These creative relaxation activities for use at home and school give children the tools to cope with stress and anxiety in all areas of their lives. This new book replaces both of Martha Belknap’s two popular books, “Taming Your Dragons” and “More Taming Your Dragons”.

Also available: "Taming Your Dragons CD", $22.50, with 4 relaxtion scripts.


Stress Relief: the Ultimate Teen Guide. Mark Powell, $26.00 (ages 14+)

Today's teens are dealing with adult issues and problems that previous generations did not encounter. With little power to control or to affect outcomes, many teens feel overwhelmed, making stress and stress-related problems widespread among today's young people. Stress Relief: The Ultimate Teen Guide makes eliminating stress an art form. Written in a style that appeals to a teen audience, this accessible volume is not about managing stress, but rather about preventing and avoiding it—and eliminating the feelings it causes.


Taming the Dragon in Your Child-From Toddler to Teen: Solutions for Breaking the Cycle of Family Anger. Meg Eastman, with Sydney Craft Rozen, $23.95

Ten years in print—still one of the most comprehensive resources. Chapters on parenting style, problem-solving style, single-parent families, struggling families, child temperament, self-calming strategies, setting limits, anxious kids, impulsive kids, seeking professional help.

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Temper Tamers In a Jar®. Helping Kids Cool Off and Manage Anger. Free Spirit Publishing, $14.99 (ages 8–11)

Learn how to calm down and keep your cool in order to control your temper and express your feelings in positive ways. Use TEMPER TAMERS IN A JAR to promote group discussions about healthy ways to deal with anger. Individuals can also use cards to learn calming strategies for tense or difficult situations. There are four different kinds of cards:

  • What Would You Do? cards: These cards present difficult scenarios. You're asked to imagine yourself in tense situations and provide answers for how you'd respond
  • Tips! cards: Here's advice for positive actions you can take when you feel angry
  • Share cards: These cards encourage you to share personal stories about how you deal with anger
  • Act It Out! cards: You're again asked to provide positive ways to deal with anger. This time, you act them out (sometimes with a friend)

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The Tiger In My Chest. Elaheh Bos, $19.95 (ages 4-8)

A simple story explaining what happens when we get angry and how lonely and confusing this big emotion can feel. The book includes five Anger Management Strategies to use at home or in class by Dr. Stephanie Margolese.


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A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger. Elaine Whitehouse & Warwick Pudney. $14.95 (ages 6-15)

A creative and effective approach to helping 6-15 year olds handle their anger so that they can live successfully, healthily, happily and nonviolently, with motivation, without fear and with good relationships. An accessible resource book for teachers, parents and all who care for children, it is full of stories, and easy-to-use games and exercises which are clearly described, indicating appropriate age levels, teaching strategies, materials and procedures to follow, with worksheets for the childrens' use.

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A Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching: How to Make My Thinking More Flexible. Lauren Kerstein, $24.95 (ages 7+)

This picture book assists children on the autism spectrum, and any child for that matter, in examining their black-and-white thinking in order to begin to think more flexibly — rainbow thinking. Using repeated rhymes and illustrations, the child begins to recognize that the more flexible his thinking is, the better he is able to cope with the challenges that life inevitably brings, ultimately, leading to fewer tantrums and meltdowns.


What Angry Kids Need: Parenting Your Angry Child without Going Mad. Jennifer Brown & Pam Provonsha Hopkins, $16.95

In language every parent, caregiver and teacher can understand (even when exhausted and frustrated), this practical and compassionate book explains why kids get angry, what anger management skills they (and the entire family) can be taught, how adults can model anger management techniques—and how adults can cope when nothing seems to work. The authors, who emphasize the importance of patience and practice in developing the ability to handle anger, also explain the options available when more help is needed.

This is a terrific resource for parents, as well as anyone working with a child whose intense emotions leave you feeling depleted and looking for answers.


What to Do When Your Temper Flares: a Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems with Anger. Dawn Huebner, $21.50 (ages 6 to 12)

What to Do When Your Temper Flares guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat problems with anger. This interactive self-help book uses engaging activities, illustrations and step-by-step instructions to help kids cool angry thoughts and control their actions.

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What Your Explosive Child is Trying to Tell You: Discovering the Pathway from Symptoms to Solutions. Douglas Riley, $22.50

This compassionate, no-nonsense guide explains the most common causes of explosive behaviors and tailors strategies to address the underlying cause of the behavior.


When Anger Hurts Your Kids: a Parent's Guide. Patrick Fanning, Dana Landis, Matthew McKay & Kim Paleg, $30.00

All parents get angry sometimes, but research clearly suggests that the amount of anger expressed in the family will have a negative impact on a child’s performance in nearly every important area of life. When Anger Hurts Your Kids brings together the practical lessons of a 2-year study of 285 parents. You’ll learn how to tell if your family has anger problems, how to combat the eighteen mistaken beliefs that fuel anger, and how to practice the art of problem-solving communication skills that will let you feel more effective as a parent and let your kids grow up free of anger’s damaging effects.


When the Anger Ogre Visits. Andree Salom, Illustrated by: Ivette Salom, $19.95 (ages 3 - 7)

When the Anger Ogre Visits gives children symbolic and concrete guidance about how to deal with anger as a natural part of their inner lives. Rather than squelching anger or pushing it away, the book invites children to sit with and observe anger, removing its overwhelming aspects. This playfully illustrated story, written in memorable rhyme, centers on discovering and using internal resources and portrays anger as manageable.

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When I Feel Angry. Cornelia Maude Spelman, $9.95 (ages 3-7)

Anger is a scary emotion for young children, their parents, and caregivers. As this little bunny experiences the things that make her angry, she also learns ways to deal with her anger—ways that won’t hurt others.


When Sophie Gets Angry — Really, Really Angry. Molly Bang, $7.99 (ages 2-5)

Everybody gets angry sometimes. For children, anger can be very upsetting. Parents, teachers, and children can talk about it. People do lots of different things when they get angry. In this Caldecott-honor book, kids will see what Sophie does when she gets angry. What do you do?


When You’re Mad and You Know It. Elizabeth Crary & Shari Steelsmith, $8.95 (ages 3-5)

Children are encouraged to cope with their anger by giving a shout or blowing air out in this appealing board book.

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Resources for Families

Anger Management Games for Children. Deborah Plummer, $33.95

The Angry Child: Regaining Control When Your Child Is Out of Control. Tim Murphy, $21.00

Angry Children, Worried Parents: Seven Steps to Help Families Manage Anger. Sam Goldstein et al , $20.95

Calming the Family Storm: Anger Management for Moms, Dads and All the Kids. Gary McKay & Steven Maybell, $24.95

Dysinhibition Syndrome: How to Handle Anger and Rage in Your Child or Spouse. Rose Wood, $34.00

The Explosive Child: a New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children. Ross Greene, $19.99

Helping Your Angry Child: a Workbook for You and Your Family. Darlyne Nemeth et al, $34.95

Helping Your Angry Teen: How to Reduce Anger and Build Connection Using Mindfulness and Positive Psychology. Mitch Abblett, $23.95

Is That Me Yelling? A Parent's Guide to Getting Your Kids to Cooperate Without Losing Your Cool. Rona Renner, $23.95

Show Me Your MAD Face: Teaching Children to Feel Angry without Losing Control. Connie Schnoes, $19.50

Starving the Anger Gremlin: a Cognitive Therapy Workbook on Anger Management for Young People. Kate Collins-Donnelly, $21.95 (ages 10+)

Taming the Dragon in Your Child: Solutions for Breaking the Cycle of Family Anger. Meg Eastman & Sydney Craft Rozen, $23.95

What Angry Kids Need: Parenting Your Angry Child without Going Mad. Jennifer Brown & Pam Provonsha Hopkins, $16.95

What Your Explosive Child is Trying to Tell You: Discovering the Pathway from Symptoms to Solutions. Douglas Riley, $22.50

When Anger Hurts Your Kids: a Parent's Guide. Matthew McKay et al, $30.00

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Books for Kids and Teens

The ABC’s of Anger: Stories and Activities to Help Children Understand Anger. Ray Ali, illustrated by Eric Olsen, $28.50 (ages 5-12)

Andrew’s Angry Words. Dorothea Lachner, $10.95 (ages 5-8)

The Anger Workbook for Teens. Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, $23.95 (ages 13+)

The Angry Little Puffin. Timothy Young, $23.99 (ages 3-8)

Angry Monster Workbook. Hennie Shore, $39.95 (ages 5-12)

Angry Octopus: a Relaxation Story. Lori Lite, $21.50 (ages 6-12)

Anh's Anger. Gail Silver, illustrated by Christiane Krömer, $22.95 (ages 4-9)

A Boy and a Bear. Lori Lite, $17.50 (ages 3-9)

Chill Skills In a Jar®: Anger Management Tips for Teens. Free Spirit Publishing, $14.99 (ages 12 & up)

Chillax! Marcella Marino Craver, illustrated by Amerigo Pinelli, $13.50 (graphic novel format, ages 10-14)

Cool Cats, Calm Kids: Relaxation and Stress Management for Young People. Mary Williams, $12.95 (ages 7-12)

Cool Down and Work Through Anger. Cheri Meiners, $17.99 (ages 4-8)

Feet Are Not for Kicking. Elizabeth Verdick, $11.95 (ages 1-4)

Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens, 3rd Edition. Earl Hipp, $21.99 (ages 11+)

Hands Are Not for Hitting. Martine Agassi $11.95 (ages 1-4)

Hold Your Temper Tiger. Carol Roth, illustrated by Rashin, $23.95 (ages 3-6)

Hot Stuff to Help Kids Chill Out: the Anger Management Book. Jerry Wilde, $12.95 (ages 9-12)

How to Take the GRRRR Out of Anger. Elizabeth Verdick & Marjorie Lisovskis, $12.95 (11-14)

I Was So Mad! Norma Simon, $10.99 (ages 4-7)

I'm Mad. Elizabeth Crary & Jean Whitney, $11.95 (ages 4-8)

Mindfulness for Teen Anger: a Workbook to Overcome Anger & Aggression Using MBSR & DBT Skills. Mark Purcell & Jason Murphy, $23.95 (ages 14+)

Moody Cow Meditates. Kerry Lee MacLean, $22.95 (ages 4-8)

More Hot Stuff to Help Kids Chill Out: the Anger and Stress Management Book. Jerry Wilde, $13.95 (ages 9-12)

The Most Magnificent Thing. Ashley Spires, $16.95 (ages 3-7)

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No More Tantrums. Maria van Lieshout, $13.99 (ages 2-4)

1-2-3 A Calmer Me: Helping Children Cope When Emotions Get Out of Control. Colleen Patterson & Brenda S. Miles, $13.50 (ages 4-8)

The Red Beast: Controlling Anger in Children with Asperger's Syndrome. K.I. Al-Ghani, Illustrated by Haitham Al-Ghani, $25.95 (ages 5+)

The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids: Help for Children to Cope with Stress, Anxiety & Transitions. Lawrence Shapiro & Robin Sprague, $24.95 (ages 6-12)

Sam's Pet TEMPER. Sangeeta Bhadra & Marion Arbona, $18.95 (ages 3-7)

Soda Pop Head. Julia Cook, illustrated by Allison Valentine, $13.95 (ages 5-9)

Steps and Stones: an Anh's Anger Story. Gail Silver, illustrated by Christiane Krömer, $22.95 (ages 4-9)

The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal with Stress, 2nd Edition. Gina Biegel, $23.95 (ages 14+)

Stress Relief for Kids: Taming Your Dragons. Martha Belknap, $26.95; Taming Your Dragons CD, $22.95 (ages 7-9)

Stress Relief: the Ultimate Teen Guide. Mark Powell, $26.00 (ages 14+)

Tails Are Not for Pulling. Elizabeth Verdick, $11.95 (ages 1-4)

Teeth Are Not for Biting. Elizabeth Verdick, $11.95 (ages 1-4)

Temper Tamers In a Jar®. Helping Kids Cool Off and Manage Anger. Free Spirit Publishing, $14.99 (ages 8–11)

The Tiger In My Chest. Elaheh Bos, $19.95 (ages 4-8)

A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger. Elaine Whitehouse & Warwick Pudney, $14.95 (ages 6-15)

A Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching: How to Make My Thinking More Flexible. Lauren Kerstein, $24.95 (ages 7+)

What to Do When Your Temper Flares: a Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems with Anger. Dawn Huebner, $21.50 (ages 6 to 12)

When I Feel Angry. Cornelia Maude Spelman, $9.95 (ages 2-5)

When the Anger Ogre Visits. Andree Salom, Illustrated by: Ivette Salom, $19.95 (ages 3 - 7)

When Sophie Gets Angry — Really, Really Angry. Molly Bang, $7.99 (ages 2-5)

When You’re Mad and You Know It. Elizabeth Crary & Shari Steelsmith, $8.95 (ages 3-5)

Words Are Not for Hurting. Elizabeth Verdick, $11.95 (ages 1-4)

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