The Best MUST READ books to Learn, Grow, and Improve Your Life

The following books are some of my favorites! They are books I recommend for my children and grandchildren, friends, and other family members, as well as for my patients at my brick and mortar psychology practice, Luzio & Associates Behavioral Services in Indiana.

I will be continually update this page with my favorite books and new finds, so make sure to check back periodically to see what great books are waiting for you! Some of the book suggestions are best for certain age groups and others are good for all age groups. Additionally, the books focus on a wide variety of topics from good role models to parenting to struggles with depression and anxiety and so much more!

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Amazing Role Models for Our Kids!

Volume One of Goodnight Rebel Girls is the original book! This book has fantastic short stories focusing on the true-life stories of famous and important women throughout the world. It is a great book for girls to show them that anything is possible in life! (I bought this book for my granddaughters when they were very young because they make perfect bedtime stories!)

Volume two of Goodnight Rebel Girls is an amazing additional book of fantastic role models! This book is filled with new short stories focusing on the true-life stories of famous and important women throughout the world. It is also a great book for girls to show them that anything is possible in life!

Here is one more amazing Good Night Rebel Girls book! This book highlights stories of how immigrant women helped make a positive impact on the world!

And let’s not forget great role-models for our boys! Check out Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different!!

50 Real Heroes for Boys is just that–phenomenal every-day heroes that teach kindness, empathy, and all the characteristics we want our sons to have mastered when they become adults!



Parenting Tips and Tricks

How Many Times Do I Have To Repeat Myself? Simple Steps to Stress-Free Parenting and Better Family Relationships is my very own parenting book! This is a great book that focuses on easy steps to make parenting less stressful and have a more enjoyable time with your children! This book is full of tips and tricks that really work to improve family life and allow parents to discipline less and children to be more responsive to parent requests.

The Whole Brain Child has great information for helping parents understand their child and how children’s brains work! Great information for having a better understanding of how to communicate with and relate to your child in a way they can best understand!

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Brain Storm is a great book to follow The Whole Brain Child! The books are by the same author and both focus on understanding your child better! The main difference is The Whole Brain Child focuses on children and Brain Storm focuses on adolescents. Both are very beneficial to better relating to and understanding your child and your child’s needs.

1, 2, 3 Magic is a great book to help with parenting and child discipline skills! It is the perfect book for all parents–those struggling and those dealing with typical child behavior issues.



Anxiety Management Skills

Overcoming Anxiety for Dummies is definitely not for dummies! It’s another book in the Dummies series with helpful ideas and understanding of common struggles. It’s a great book with fantastic tips and tricks for better managing anxiety!

The Worry Cure is a great book for learning additional coping skills for anxiety and worry. Part of the book helps you to further understand where your biggest worries are and then gives you direct steps to help lessen these issues. It’s a must-read for anyone with anxiety!!

Thriving with Social Anxiety focuses on social anxiety, but the information in this book can be used to help better manage most anxious symptoms! This is a great easy-to-read and user-friendly book to help you decrease your anxiety.


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Ways to Reduce and Better Manage Depressive Symptoms

Depression for Dummies one of the many, many books in the Dummies series. It is a great book to gain a better understanding of depression, while learning some techniques to better depressive symptoms.

Helping Your Teenager Beat Depression is a great books for parents to read! There are wonderful tips and tricks for how to help your adolescent better manage depressive symptoms and many of these strategies work for helping adults as well!



Puberty and Growing Up

What’s Happening To My Body Book for Girls is the perfect book for explaining maturing, growing, and changing bodies to pre-teen and teen girls. It gives good, factual information with realistic (not pornographic) pictures to help your child understand their changing body and the changing bodies of the opposite sex.

What’s Happening To My Body Book for Boys is the perfect book for explaining maturing, growing, and changing bodies to pre-teen and teen boys. It gives good, factual information with realistic (not pornographic) pictures to help your child understand their changing body and the changing bodies of the opposite sex.

Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families is a great book to help families build stronger relationships! Stephen Covey has several Seven Habits books, but this one focuses on making family life easier! If focuses on how to have win-win situations, understand others, and much, much more!



Making Good Choices and Adulting

Needless to say, the most appropriate book under the Making Good Choices and Adulting section would have to be the book Adulting!

Adulting is a fantastic book that gives tips on a very wide variety of topics. There are over 500 tidbits of information about pretty much any topic you can think of when it comes to a young adult learning to survive on his or her own. From why to water your place to how to cook a chicken breast, this book answers many of the questions that young adults never even considered asking!

I Thought It Was Just Me but it isn’t gives a great perspective to growing up and making good choices! It’s a great book for young adults (late teens/early twenties) who are beginning life on their own and away from their parents.



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