Books on this page are intended to be resources for parents and other caregivers who are dealing with a youngster who exhibits spirited or difficult temperament characteristics. In our experience most caregivers find these particular books informative and helpful. Highlighted books can be purchased either from B-DI or Amazon.com-just click on the link to learn more. Or check your local bookstore.
Books written for professionals are listed on the next two pages.
The Normal But Not-So-Easy Child: Raising Your Child Without Frustration, Anger, or Guilt by Robert J. Hudson, MD. Resiliency Press, Inc., 2019.
Temperament tools:Working with your child's inborn traits. Revised Edition by Helen Neville and Diane Clark Johnson. Parenting Press, Inc., 2015.
Is that me yelling? by Rona Renner. New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2014.
Is this a phase? Child Development and Parenting Strategies, Birth to 6 Years by Helen Neville. Parenting Press, Inc., 2007.
New paperback edition! Understanding your child's temperament. By William B. Carey, M.D., with Martha M. Jablow. New York. Macmillan: Simon & Schuster. 2005.
The highly sensitive child: Helping our children thrive when the world overwhelms them. by Elaine N. Aron, Broadway Books, 2002.
The explosive child., third edition(paperback) by Ross Greene, PhD, Harper Paperbacks, 2005.
Temperament talk: A guide to understanding your child. Kathy Goodman, Lyndall Schick, Barbara Tyler, & Barb Zukin. Center for Human Development, Inc., 1995.
Kids, parents and power struggles. By Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. Quill Press, 2001.
Raising your spirited child. By Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. Perrenial Press, 1998.
The difficult child. Revised Edition.By Stanley Turecki and L. Tonner. New York: Bantam Books, 1999.
Carey, William B. & McDevitt, Sean C. Child Behavioral Assessment and Management: Second Edition. Behavioral-Developmental Initiatives, 2016.
Rothbart, Mary K. Becoming Who We Are: Temperament and Personality in Development Guilford Press, 2011.
Rettew, David Child Temperament: New Thinking About the Boundary Between Traits and Illness. Norton, 2013.
Kristal, Jan The Temperament Perspective: Working with children's behavioral styles. Brookes, 2005. OUT OF PRINT!
Keogh, Barbara K. Temperament in the classroom: Understanding individual differences. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2002.
Guerin, Diana, Oliver, Pamella and Gottfried, Allen. Temperament: Infancy through adolescence. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003.
Andersen, Kate. The temperament guides, Volume II: Activities for early intervention professionals and families. Behavioral-Developmental Initiatives, 2002.
Andersen, Kate. The temperament guides, Volume I: Resources for early intervention professionals. Behavioral-Developmental Initiatives, 2000.
Ruff, Holly Alliger & Rothbart, Mary K., Attention in Early Development: Themes and Variations. Oxford University Press, 2001.
Chess, Stella, and Thomas, Alexander. Goodness of Fit Brunner-Routledge, 1999.
Kohnstamm, Gedolph, Mervielde, Ivan and Halverson, Charles, Parental descriptions of child behavior: Antecedents of the Big Five? Laurence Erlbaum, 1998.
Chess, Stella, and Thomas, Alexander. Temperament theory and practice. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1996.
Now in its Second Printing!!! Carey, William. B. and McDevitt, Sean C. Coping with children's temperament: A guide for professionals. New York: Basic Books, 1995.
Chess Stella, and Thomas, Alexander. Goodness of Fit. Brunner-Routledge, 1999.
Chess, Stella. and Thomas, Alexander.Temperament theory and practice. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1996.
Now in its Second Printing!!! Carey, William. B. and McDevitt, Sean C.Coping with children's temperament: A guide for professionals. New York: Basic Books, 1995.
Kagan, Jerome, Snidman, Nancy, Arcus, Doreen and Reznick, J. Steven. Galen's prophecy:Temperament in human nature, Westview Press, 1997.
Chess, Stella. and Thomas, Alexander.Temperament in clinical practice.Guilford Publications, 1995.
Bates, John E. and Wachs, Theodore D.Temperament: Individual differences at the interface of biology and behavior.Washington, D.C. APA Press, 1994.
Carey, W.B. and McDevitt, S.C.Prevention and early intervention. Individual differences as risk factors for the mental health of children. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1994.
Halverson, Charles F., Kohnstamm, Geldolph A. & Martin, Roy P. (Eds.).The developing structure of temperament and personality from infancy to adulthood.New York: Erlbaum, 1994.
Thomas, Alexander & Chess, Stella,Temperament and behavior disorders in children. NYU Press, 1968.