Read These! Bookshelf of an ADHD-ADD-LD Mom.

It’s been about five years since ADHD became a household word here, but even before that I read books on parenting and the brain, and the brain on parenting … maybe it’s because I was one of the first out of all my friends to have a baby and I felt like I needed guidance. I don’t think parenting in a vacuum is wise.

So here is a list of books (in no order, in accordance with the prophecy) I personally recommend if you have a child with ADHD (Inattentive, Hyperactive or Combined), ADD, Learning Disabilities, or learning difficulties in school.


This IS organized! #ADHDmom

This IS organized! #ADHDmom


The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and “Tougher Standards”

Feel-Bad Education: And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling

The Shut Down Learner

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

Teaching Kids to Be Good People: Progressive Parenting for the 21st Century

The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.

The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age

How Children Learn (Classics in Child Development)

How People Learn

Kids Beyond Limits: The Anat Baniel Method for Awakening the Brain and Transforming the Life of Your Child With Special Needs

Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World

Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative

The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling

Make It Stick

Scattered Minds by Gabor Mate

Raising Kids with Character That Lasts

The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child

Navigating Adhd: Your Guide To The Flip Side Of Adhd

Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder

Delivered from Distraction

Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them

A Fine Young Man: What Parents, Mentors, and Educators Can Do to Shape Adolescent Boys into Exceptional Men

The Wonder of Boys

Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Educational System That’s Leaving Them Behind

Your Child’s Strengths: A Guide for Parents and Teachers



  1. What a great collection of books!! I have a friend who’s a ADHD Mom. I’ll make sure to share your blog post with her… a great resource for sure! Thanks!

  2. This is such a great list! I think reading books to gain knowledge is such an empowering experience for parents…no matter what the topic. I have read a few of these and another one of my favourites was “The Minds of Boys” which explained how the boy brain works differently than the girl brain and how boys learn differently. I found this really opened my eyes to how my boy was learning differently than my girl and it gave me advice on how to make learning more fun for him! I think reading is so important at any age! Have a wonderful week! Angie

  3. I see a few titles focused on boys there, I’ll have to check them out

  4. What a great resource for parents dealing with ADHD. I’m luck that I haven’t had to deal with it, but I have watched a friend struggle with their kids. Best of luck!

  5. Wow, what an expansive collection of books you have on these subjects. Thank you for sharing your library with your readers1

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