12 Books Every Educator Needs on Their Wishlist

Top titles in topics like ADHD, social-emotional skills, trauma, and more

PESI Team

Whether you’re looking for tools, worksheets, and exercises to support students or self-care strategies to support yourself, PESI Publishing has no shortage of titles for educators. Here are 12 of our favorites that we think every teacher should have on their shelves.

Building a Trauma-Informed, Compassionate Classroom: Strategies & Activities to Reduce Challenging Behavior, Improve Learning Outcomes, and Increase Student Engagement

Building a Trauma-Informed, Compassionate Classroom: Strategies & Activities to Reduce Challenging Behavior, Improve Learning Outcomes, and Increase Student Engagement

Mental health expert Jennifer Bashant details how using a trauma-informed approach will greatly reduce—or even eliminate—challenging behavior in your classroom.
"The brilliance in Dr. Bashant’s book lies in its ability to resonate with the readers and to empower them with time-tested and research-based practices that are proven to be highly effective. Every teacher should have this valuable asset in their teaching toolbox."
~ Joseph P. Price, Amazon customer

ADHD, Executive Function & Behavioral Challenges in the Classroom: Managing the Impact on Learning, Motivation, and Stress

ADHD, Executive Function & Behavioral Challenges in the Classroom: Managing the Impact on Learning, Motivation, and Stress

ADHD expert Cindy Goldrich and special education teacher Carly Goldrich combined efforts to create this powerful resource to help teachers and professionals understand and connect with students.
"Both personally, as a parent, and professionally, as head of our school district's foundation, I have seen how transformative Cindy's work can be! Her tips, tools and strategies for parents and educators consistently prove to help adults understand and support kids with ADHD and related challenges. The outcomes speak for themselves."
~ Allison Billings, executive director, Impact on Education

Self-Compassion for Educators: Mindful Practices to Awaken Your Well-Being and Grow Resilience

Self-Compassion for Educators: Mindful Practices to Awaken Your Well-Being and Grow Resilience

Written by mindful self-compassion expert Lisa Baylis, MEd, this book provides educators with simple and accessible practices that will inspire them to care for themselves—so they can continue doing the profession they love!
"This book is perfect for those who really want to know how mindfulness and self-compassion can make the noble profession of education a more rewarding and joyful experience. Read this book, practice what Lisa teaches, and rediscover your passion for being a teacher."
~ Steven Hickman, PsyD, clinical psychologist and executive director of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

Creative Interventions for Challenging Children & Adolescents: 186 Techniques, Activities, Worksheets & Communication Tips To Change Behaviors

Creative Interventions for Challenging Children & Adolescents: 186 Techniques, Activities, Worksheets & Communication Tips To Change Behaviors

Working on behavioral changes can be fun and successful for children and teens—if you have the right tools and approach. Sought-after parent coach Susan Epstein brings her signature style of innovation and fun in her latest book.
"If you’re ever feeling at a loss when it comes to a child’s challenging behavior, look no further! This amazing resource offers help with anger, disrespect, depression, ASD, anxiety, organization, risky behaviors, and more. Parents and professionals will feel grateful to have this book in their library."
~ Jessica Silverman, Amazon customer

CBT Toolbox for Depressed, Anxious & Suicidal Children and Adolescents: Over 220 Worksheets and Therapist Tips to Manage Moods, Build Positive Coping Skills & Develop Resiliency

CBT Toolbox for Depressed, Anxious & Suicidal Children and Adolescents: Over 220 Worksheets and Therapist Tips to Manage Moods, Build Positive Coping Skills & Develop Resiliency

Dr. David Pratt shares essential cognitive and behavioral skill building activities—reproducible and ready to go!—for children and adolescents in an empathic and effective style.
"Great book for working with teenagers, particularly using the TF-CBT framework. There is great psychoeducation on depression/anxiety, work towards goals/treatment planning, coping skills, feelings work, etc. Highly recommend if working with anxious/depressed teenagers."
~ Mary Romm, Amazon customer

Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges

Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges

Internationally known pediatric psychologist Dr. Mona Delahooke describes behaviors as the tip of the iceberg—signals we should address by seeking to understand a child’s individual differences in the context of relational safety.
"I have set aside a few minutes each night purely for the study of this book and find myself reaching for it in all other moments of my spare time. I have been referencing it daily in my work as well as personal life as a mother. Dr. Delahooke's book is a true masterpiece that will hopefully transform the field. I recommend it to therapists, teachers, and parents alike."
~ Aliza, Amazon customer

Mindfulness & Nature-Based Therapeutic Techniques for Children: Creative Activities for Emotion Regulation, Resilience and Connectedness

Mindfulness & Nature-Based Therapeutic Techniques for Children: Creative Activities for Emotion Regulation, Resilience and Connectedness

Using simple materials like paper, pencils, and markers, these 250 art exercises increase self-esteem, self-awareness, and a feeling of success in expression and communication.
"This timely book explores the exciting places where nature and mindfulness overlap. It is terrain well worth investigating."
~ Tristan Gooley, the Natural Navigator, bestselling author of The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs

Social Skills for Kids: Over 75 Fun Games & Activities for Building Better Relationships, Problem Solving & Improving Communication

Social Skills for Kids: Over 75 Fun Games & Activities for Building Better Relationships, Problem Solving & Improving Communication

Bestselling author Janine Halloran has created a treasure chest of practical lessons to teach social skills by playing, including more than 75 ready-to-use games and activities.
"I’m using this in a small group and it is perfect. The games are fun and the students have been begging for more. I love how easy it is to implement!"
~ Amazon customer

LGBTQ+ Youth: A Guided Workbook to Support Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

LGBTQ+ Youth: A Guided Workbook to Support Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

A must-have for clinicians and educators, this workbook is the most comprehensive, practical, and user-friendly book written to engage and support lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and questioning youth.
"GREAT Resource! Simple work sheets and guides to support LGBTQ youth and their families. Highly recommend to clinical and school staff working with the population."
~ Randy Holmberg, Amazon customer

Trauma-Informed Social-Emotional Toolbox for Children & Adolescents: 116 Worksheets & Skill-Building Exercises to Support Safety, Connection & Empowerment

Trauma-Informed Social-Emotional Toolbox for Children & Adolescents: 116 Worksheets & Skill-Building Exercises to Support Safety, Connection & Empowerment

This toolbox includes 116 easy-to-use, clinician-written activities and worksheets developed with a trauma-informed lens that promote skills like trust, coping skills, problem-solving, and more!
"I purchased this book hoping to find resources for working with students as we transitioned into distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It exceeded my expectations! Although I mainly work with elementary-aged students, these worksheets are appropriate for middle and high school students as well! The activities and worksheets are complete and ready to go."
~ Amazon customer

Coping Skills for Kids Workbook: Over 75 Coping Strategies to Help Kids Deal with Stress, Anxiety and Anger

Coping Skills for Kids Workbook: Over 75 Coping Strategies to Help Kids Deal with Stress, Anxiety and Anger

Dealing with stress, anxiety, and anger are important skills to learn, but not all kids learn those strategies naturally. These activities help teach children to calm down, balance their energy and emotions, and process challenging feelings.
"I ordered this book to give me some new ideas when working with children. I am a counselor and work with all ages, including children for play therapy. This is a wonderful book, very detailed and helpful!"
~ Alicia, Amazon customer

CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents: Worksheets & Exercises for Trauma, ADHD, Autism, Depression & Conduct

CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents: Worksheets & Exercises for Trauma, ADHD, Autism, Depression & Conduct

With an astounding 200+ worksheets and activities, these unique and effective therapy tools are vital to teaching youth how to cope with and overcome their day-to-day struggles.
"Fantastic book full of tools to use with young people on a variety of issues, including anger and anxiety. It is clear and easy to follow. I work with young people and support their emotional well-being. I’m very impressed with this and will use many of the worksheets within my sessions."
~ Marie Cole, Amazon customer

Topic: Book Club | Educators

Tags: ADHD | Children | Classroom Resources | Educators | Kids

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