Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness and Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, both by Jon Kabat-Zinn
These books are seminal in the application of mindfulness to daily living.

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach
Ms. Brach is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. Many of her podcasts, audio talks and guided meditations can be found on the web. See for further information.

Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy by Blaise Aguirre, MD and Gillian Galen, PsyD.
This book focuses on the use of mindfulness in the treatment of BPD and utilizes real life examples and situations to illustrate what the practice of mindfulness is and how it can be helpful.

Rewire Your Brain for Love by Marsha Lucas
Written by a therapist with a background in neuroscience, this book discusses ways to apply mindfulness principles to romantic life.


Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder by Shari Manning
This clear and compassionate book should be read by anyone who has a loved one struggling with BPD.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder by Marsha Linehan
This is the foundational work for Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which is the most effective treatment for BPD. It is a monumental work, daunting to read and worth the effort.

Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder
This book contains the materials used in Skills Group, an essential part of the treatment for BPD.

DBT Diary Card and Skills Coaching
This app for the iPhone available from the App Store. An electronic diary card, a tool used to track and change behavior as part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). It can be customized to meet the specific needs of an individual and can be emailed or printed to send to others.
Marsha Linehan’s website for all aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)


Anxiety and its Disorders, Second Editon: The Nature and Treatment of Anxiety and Panic
This provides a comprehensive review of research and treatment of anxiety disorders.

Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder by Gavin Andrews, Alison E.J. Mahoney, Megan J. Hobbs, and Margo R. Genderson

Co-authored by Wake Kendall’s own Margo Genderson, this practical guide traces the history of GAD, considers the effectiveness of different treatments, presents a clinician’s guide to treatment, and includes a patients’ treatment manual. Available summer 2016 and can be preordered from Amazon.
An Australian website dedicated to the management of the anxiety disorders. Wake Kendall can help you register for their courses.


Effective Parenting for the Hard-to-Manage Child by Georgia A. DeGangi and Anne Kendall
This excellent book is organized in two sections. The first section describes a number of common areas of childhood difficulty such as sleep problems or anxiety and then presents different strategies for coping with these issues. The second section provides a tool box containing 25 tools that can be used to manage difficult situations and facilitate healthy development. These tools are organized in the following areas: tools to help children calm down; tools to build self-esteem; tools to manage out-of-control behavior; tools to provide structure; and tools to improve interpersonal relationships.

Don’t Shoot the Dog: the New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor
This delightful book explains in a most readable manner the basic principles underlying behavior and how to change it.

Playground Politics: Understanding the Emotional Life of your School-Age Child by Stanley Greenspan with Jacqueline Salmon
This book and the following one are helpful in understanding social-emotional development and temperament. They help parents find the right balance between understanding and appreciating a child’s needs, engaging in child-centered interactions and setting limits.

The Challenging Child: Understanding, Raising and Enjoying the Five “Difficult” Types of Children by Stanley Greenspan and Jacqueline Salmon

How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
This book and the following one, written in the 1980’s, remain helpful to parents who want to improve communications with their children.

Siblings without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child by Alan Kazdin, Ph.D.
The Director of the Yale Parenting Center has written a clear and uncomplicated description of positive behavior management techniques.

Late, Lost and Unprepared: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning by Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D. and Laurie Dietzel, Ph.D.
Parents may see their own children in this book on executive functioning and find it helpful.


Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
For children in the early grades of elementary school, this book is an autobiographical account of a girl who struggles with a learning disability in reading and, after much frustration and humiliation, is helped by a teacher. As in the author’s other books, the illustrations are wonderful.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
A great book for parents to read to children who are feeling sad or worried.

A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh
This beautifully illustrated book provides complete instructions that introduce children and their parents to the soothing practice of meditation.

Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and their Parents) by Eline Snel
This book introduces mindfulness practices for children who have issues with sleep, worrying, and anger management. There is an accompanying audio CD with guided meditations.