Psychology and empowerment

psychology_cain_quiet-powerCain, Susan  Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts
Gr. 4–6     259 pp.     Dial

Illustrated by Grant Snider. With Gregory Mone and Erica Moroz. This distillation of the concepts in Cain's adult book Quiet focuses on situations likely to affect kids and teens, with anecdotes from young introverts. Quiet Power discusses the challenges of introversion as well as the titular strengths, providing the same validation as the original without being patronizing. Occasional cartoons lighten the overall tone.
Subjects: Psychology; Behavior; Self-esteem; Self-reliance; Emotions


psychology_harris_who-we-areHarris, Robie H.  Who We Are!: All About Being the Same and Different
Gr. K–3    
40 pp.     Candlewick

Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott. The biracial family featured in Who's in My Family? heads off to the amusement park, where the kids and their parents notice and discuss the ways peoples are similar and different. In her straightforward, casual text, Harris writes about eye color, hair texture, and other physical and personality characteristics. Wescott's cartoon illustrations are as friendly and clear as the informative text.
Subjects: Psychology; Behavior; Family; Mixed-race people; Behavior—Individuality

psychology_payne_just-because-i-amPayne, Lauren Murphy  Just Because I Am: A Child's Book of Affirmation
Gr. PS, K–3 
    40 pp.     Free Spirit

Payne, Lauren Murphy  We Can Get Along: A Child's Book of Choices
Gr. PS, K–3  
   40 pp.     Free Spirit

Illustrated by Melissa Iwai. These purposeful stories will be appreciated by adults who want young children to examine their behaviors and improve relationships. Each double-page spread features a colorful background, simple line drawings, and a cheerful full-color illustration. The characters' diversity (e.g., a girl with a headscarf, a boy in a wheelchair) is a plus. A substantial "Note to Caring Adults" and many related activities are appended.
Subjects: Psychology; Self-perception; Self-acceptance; Friendship; Behavior

psychology_reber_chillReber, Deborah  Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You
Middle school, high school     213 pp.     Simon Pulse

Reber, Deborah  Doable: The Girls' Guide to Accomplishing Just About Anything
Middle school, high school   198 pp.     Simon Pulse/Beyond Words

Reber offers practical and inspirational advice for teens on how to reduce stress (Chill covers time management, organization, getting help, journaling, exercise, nutrition, and more) and how to set and achieve goals (Doable includes information on defining your goal, recognizing obstacles, and dealing with setbacks). Reber's tone is just right for her audience, and her tips are helpful and clearly explained.
Subjects: Psychology; Stress (Psychology); Adolescence; Motivation (Psychology); Adolescence; Behavior—Determination

psychology_rosen_just-my-typeRosen, Michael J.  Just My Type: Understanding Personality Profiles
Middle school, high school     80 pp.      Twenty-First Century

With Daniel Carlson. Rosen outlines the history of assorted personality tests' development and explores their uses and misuses. Emphasis is placed on uncovering ways to distinguish between science and pseudoscience. "Try It" boxes let readers sample questions from each of a number of tests. Relevant diagrams clarify points. Colorful borders, photos, and glossy pages give the book an approachable feel. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Psychology; Emotions; Behavior

From the November 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.
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