Complete Phase Reading List: Books That Influenced The Phase Project

Here are the contents of our “Just a Phase” bookshelf (warning: some are literally textbooks, so grab some coffee and a dictionary before you begin).

(Here’s a much shorter list of my personal favorites.)

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child – American Academy of Pediatrics

The Wonder Years – American Academy of Pediatrics

Teaching in the Secondary School, 5th edition – David Armstrong & Tom Savage

Emerging Adulthood – Jeffrey Arnett

Your Ten-to-Fourteen-Year Old – Louise Bates Ames, Ph.D.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 – Travis Bradberry & Jean Graves

Yes Your Teen is Crazy! – Michael J. Bradley, Ed.D. 

Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents – Betsy Brown Braun

Touchpoints: Birth to Three – Berry Brazelton and Joshua Sparrow

Touchpoints: Three to Six – Berry Brazelton and Joshua Sparrow

Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children – PO Bronson & Ashley Merryman

What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know – Dave Brown & Trudy Knowles

Accept Nothing Less – Jim Burns

The Purity Code – Jim Burns

Teen-Ology – Jim Burns

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens – Danah Boyd

Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for Raising Joyful Kids and Happier Parents – Christine Carter

Putting Children First – JoAnne Pedro-Caroll, Ph.D.

Understanding Child Development, 6th edition – Rosalind Charlesworth

The 5 Love Languages of Children – Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell

Playful Parenting – Lawrence J. Cohen

Unplugged Play – Bobbi Conner

The Sociology of Childhood – William Corsaro

Hurt 2.: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers – Chap Clark

Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World – Chap & Dee Clark

Boundaries with Kids – Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Coleman

Social Intelligence – Daniel Coleman

In This House We Will Giggle – Courtney DeFeo

Magic Trees of the Mind – Marian Diamond, Ph.D. & Janet Hopson

The Learning Revolution – Gordon Dryden and Dr. Jeannette Vos

Religion and Family in a Changing Society – Penny Edgell

Why Teach? – Mark Edmundson

What’s Going on in There? : How The Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years – Lise Elliot

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk – Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

Stages of Faith – James Fowler

Childhood and Society – Erik Erikson

Identity and the Life Cycle – Erik Erikson

The Secrets of Happy Families – Bruce Feiler

Secrets of the Teenager Brain – Sheryl G. Feinstein

Questions Kids Ask About Sex: Honest Answers for Every Age – J. Thomas Filtch, M.D.

Being a Teen – Jane Fonda

Time is Short – Darren Ford

Your Child’s Strengths – Jennifer Fox, M.Ed.

Mind in the Making: Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs – Ellen Galinsky

The Six Stages of Parenthood – Ellen Galinsky

A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens – Joani Geltman

Building Resilience in Children and Teens – Kenneth Ginsburg

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child The Heart of Parenting – John Gottman & Joan DeClaire

Paley Mollie Is Three – Vivian Gussin 

iRules – Janell Burley Hofmann

IQ and Your Child – Eileen Healy 

Your Child’s Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning from Birth Through Adolescence – Jane Healy

The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward – Van De Rijt Hetty

Clark Smart Parents, Clark Smart Kids – Clark Howard & Mark Meltzer

Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years – Michelle Icard

Sex180 – Chip Ingram & Tim Walker

The Teenage Brain – Francess E. Jenson, MD

The Talks: A Parent’s Guide to Critical Conversations about Sex, Dating and other Unmentionables – Barrett Johnson

The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful and Cooperative One to Four Year Old – Harvey Karp

Rich Dad’s Rich Kid Smart Kid – Robert T. Kiyosaki

The Learning Brain: Memory and Brain Development in Children – Torkel Klingberg

Building Emotional Intelligence – Linda Lantieri

Small Talk: How to Develop Your Child’s Language Skills from Birth to Age Four – Nicola Lathey

365 Activities You and Your Baby Will Love – Dr. Roni Cohen Leiderman and Dr. Wendy Masi

Have a New Kid By Friday: How to Change Your Child’s Attitude, Behavior & Character in Five Days – Kevin Leman

Teach Your Children Well – Madeline Levine

The Price of Privilege – Madeline Levine

The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money – Ron Lieber 

The Emotional Life of the Toddler – Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D. 

Personality Plus – Florence Littauer

Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child – Robert Mackenzie, Ed.D.

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting – Laura Markham

Real World Parents – Mark Matlock

Beyond Intelligence – Dona Matthews, Ph.D. and Joanne Foster Ed.D.

Act or React? – Caz McCaslin

Every Child Is a Winner – Caz McCaslin & Bobb Biehl

The Teen Years Explained – Clea McNeely & Jayne Blanchard

Teen Stages – Elizabeth and Ken Mellor

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five – John Medina

String Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know – Meg Meeker M.D.

The Blessing of a B Minus – Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.

The Blessing of a Skinned Knew – Wendy Mogel, PH.D.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs – NAEYC

Positive Discipline – Jane Nelson ED.D

Positive Discipline A-Z – Jane Nelson ED.D., Lynn Lott M.A., M.F.T., and H. Stephen Glenn

Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Brains – Mark Ostreicher 

Understanding Your Young Teen – Mark Ostreicher

Linguistics for Non-Linguistics – Frank Parker and Katherine Riley 

iParent – Don Pearson 

Not Much Just Chillin’ The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers – Linda Perlstein

Sticky Faith – Dr. Kara E. Powell & Brad M. Griffin

The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family – Dr. Kara E. Powell 

Parenting for the Digital Age – Bill Ratner

Enjoy Your Middle Schooler – Wayne Rice 

Understanding Your Teenage – Wayne Rice & David Veerman

Simple Truths: A Simple Natural Approach to Discussing Sex With Your Children – Mary Flo Ridley

This Way to Youth Ministry – Duffy Robbins 

What Your Son Isn’t Telling You – Michael Ross and Susie Shellenburger 

Happier at Home – Gretchen Rubin

Ages & Stages – Dr. Charles E. Schaefer and Theresa DiGeronimo

The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls – Valorie Schefer & Josee Masse

Sticky Situations: 2 – Betsy Schmitt

The Interpersonal World of the Infant – Daniel N. Stern

Christian Parenting & Child Care – Dr. Sears

The Baby Book, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two – William Sears and Martha Sears

All Joy and No Fun: The paradox of Modern Parenthood – Jennifer Senior

How to Raise a Child with a High EQ – Lawrence Shapiro

What Your Daughter Isn’t Telling You – Susie Shellenberger and Kathy Growler 

Brainstorm – Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

The Whole-brained Child – Daniel J. Siegel

No-Drama Discipline – Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, PH.D

Games to Play with Two Year Olds – Jackie Silberg

Too Small to Ignore – Dr. Wess Stafford

Lessons Kids Need to Learn – David Stall

The Interpersonal World of the Infant – Daniel N. Stern

The Parent Fix – Maggie Stevens

Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey – Catherine Stonehouse

How Children Succeed – Paul Tough

Boundaries with Teens – Dr. John Townsend

A Parents Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children – John Trent, Ph. D. Rick Osborne, Kurt Brumer

The Neurobehavioral and Social-Emotional Development of Infants and Children – Ed Tronick

Infant & Toddler Care and Education, 2nd edition – Margaret Weiser

How to Hug a Hedgehog – Brad Wilcox and Jerrick Robbins

I’d Listen to My Parents if They’d Just Shut Up – Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D.

Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14 – Chip Wood

Educational Psychology, 4th edition – Anita E. Woolfolk

The First Day’s of School – Harry K Wong, Rosemary Wong

Raising Kids with Character that Lasts – John Yates and Susan Alexander Yates

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Kristen Ivy

Executive Director of Messaging & Director of The Phase Project
Kristen earned her Bachelors of Education from Baylor University in 2004 and a Master of Divinity from Mercer University in 2009. Before beginning her career at Orange in 2006, she worked as a high school Biology and English teacher, where she learned firsthand the importance of influencing the next generation. Kristen and her husband Matt are currently parenting through the phases with a Kindergartener (Sawyer), a preschooler (Hensley), and her own “Zero to One” baby (Raleigh).

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