Books for Adults Who Care About Kids

Benson, Peter L. All Kids Are Our Kids: What Communities Must Do to Raise Caring and Responsible Children and Adolescents. 2006.
649.1073 B
This book contends that raising healthy kids is the key to creating healthy communities. It shows that kids who succeed are those who have specific assets in their lives such as parental support, community involvement, motivation and self-esteem. Community leaders are provided with a framework for understanding and addressing the needs of youth while strengthening the community.
Dryfoos, Joy G. Safe Passage: Making it Through Adolescence in a Risky Society. 1998.
362.7083 D
The author is an advocate of the concept of full-service schools, new kinds of social institutions that bring together quality education with health, human services and youth development programs. She examines hundreds of programs that try to cope with sex, drugs and violence, revealing which aspects of these programs are most effective. The book concludes with an impassioned call for action, outlining what must be done in families, schools and communities.
Flannery, Raymond B. Preventing Youth Violence: A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Counselors. 1999.
618.928582 F
A Harvard Medical School professor offers comprehensive guidelines for determining warning signals such as posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, gang membership, and substance abuse. Strategies for correction and prevention are also provided.
Grossman, Dave. Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action against TV, Movie and Video Violence. 1999.
302.23083 G
Evidence is offered, much of it based on recent major scientific studies and empirical research, that movies, television, and video games are not only conditioning children to be violent, but are teaching the very mechanics of killing. The book is a call to action for parents, educators, social workers, youth advocates, and anyone interested in the welfare of children.
Hazler, Richard J. Helping in the Hallways: Advanced Strategies for Enhancing School Relationships. 1998.
371.78 H
An Ohio University education professor discusses school measures that have successfully warded off violence.
Hersch, Patricia. A Tribe Apart: A Journey into the Heart of American Adolescence. 1998.
305.235 H
This ethnography of middle-class American teenagers provides an up-close look at what it means to be a teen in today's American high schools. The author asserts that the majority of teens today are raising themselves, having to figure out their own system of ethics, morals and values. What they really want is a little guidance, attention and love.

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