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Counseling Book List

Sometimes, reading a book can help you figure out how to handle a problem. Try some of these:

Friendship   Anger Management
Solving Problems   Teasing and Bullying  
Respect   Appreciating and Respecting Differences  
Point of View   Empathy/Caring  


  • How to Lose All Your Friends, by Nancy Carlson
  • How to Be a Friend, by Laurie and Marc Brown
  • Making Friends, by Kate Petty and Charlotte Firmin
  • Friendship: From Your Old Friends to Your New Friends, by Nuria Roca and Rosa Curto
  • Three Friends, by Jim and Joan Boulden
  • What’s the Recipe for Friends?, by Greg Williamson
  • Big Al, by Andrew Clements
  • Enemy Pie, by Derek Munson

Solving Problems

  • Hands Are Not For Hitting, by Martine Agassi
  • We Can Work It Out, by Barbara Polland
  • We Can Get Along, by Lauren M. Payne
  • The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • The Knight and the Dragon, by Tomie DePaola
  • The Zax, by Dr. Suess
  • Six Crows, by Leo Lionni
  • The Butter Battle, by Dr. Suess


  • I Don’t Care: Showing Respect, by Brian Moses
  • Stellaluna, by Jannell Cannon
  • Verdi, by Jannell Cannon
  • The Grouchy Ladybug, by Eric Carle
  • A Pig is Moving In!, by Claudia Fries
  • Crysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes
  • Officer Buckle and Gloria, by Peggy Rothman
  • The Berenstain Bears’ New Neighbors, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Arnie and the New Kid, by Nancy Carlson
  • Molly’s Pilgram, by Barbara Cohen
  • The Patchwork Quilt, by Valerie Flournoy
  • Teammates, by Peter Golenbock
  • Treat Me Right: Kids Talk About Respect, by Nancy Loewen

Point of View

  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, by John Scieszka
  • Two Bad Ants, by Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Chinese Mirror, by Mirra Ginsburg
  • The Hating Book, by Charlotte Zolotow
  • Hey, Little Ant, by Phillip and Hannah Hoose

Anger Management

  • When I Feel Angry, by Cornelia Spelman
  • When Sophie Gets Angry, by Molly Bang
  • The Very Angry Day That Amy Didn’t Have, by Lawrence Shapiro
  • Don’t Rant and Rave on Wednesdays, by Adoph Moser
  • Andrew’s Angry Words, by Dorothea Lachner
  • Spinky Sulks, by William Steig
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst

Teasing and Bullying

  • Teasing, by Joy Berry
  • The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Stop Picking On Me, by Pat Thomas
  • The Hundred Dresses, by Estes/Slobodkin
  • Oliver Button is a Sissy, by Tomie DePaola
  • Being Bullied, by Joy Berry
  • Being Bullied, by Kate Petty and Charlotte Firmin
  • Loudmouth George and the Sixth Grade Bully, by Nancy Carlson
  • Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain, by Trevor Romain
  • Simon’s Hook, by Karen G. Burnett

Appreciating and Respecting Differences

  • The Sneetches, by Dr. Suess
  • Just A Little Different, by Mercer Mayer
  • Two Eyes, A Nose, and a Mouth, by Roberta G. Intrater
  • Why Am I Different?, by Norma Simon
  • Families, by Meredith Tax
  • This is Our House, by Michael Rosen
  • A Bad Case of Stripes, by David Shannon
  • People, by Peter Spier
  • Freedom Summer, by Deborah Wiles
  • Teammates, by Peter Golenbock
  • Amazing Grace, by Mary Hoffman
  • Eggbert the Slightly Cracked Egg, by Tom Ross
  • Loudmouth George and the New Neighbors, by Nancy Carlson


  • Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink, by Diane DeGroat
  • The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
  • A Chair for My Mother, by Vera Williams
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughter, by John Steptoe
  • Two Good Friends, by Judy Delton
  • The Hurt, by Teddi Doleski

*Book list compiled by Elizabeth Duke, Counselor, Darnestown ES, 2003