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Recent Additions to the LLLI Bibliography
July 16, 2001-January 15, 2002

Diane Beckman
Cary, NC USA
LLLI Book Evaluation Committee (BEC) Chair
From: LEAVEN, Vol. 38 No. 2, April-May 2002, pp. 46-47.

The LLLI Bibliography (No. 174-13) contains a complete listing of books, audio tapes, and video tapes recommended for Group Libraries by the LLLI Book Evaluation Committee. Summaries are provided in the Bibliography, as well as semiannually in this column, to help Leaders make appropriate selections for their Groups. Group Librarians can copy the summaries to place inside Group Library books. The books listed here were added to the Bibliography between July 2001 and January 2002. A * indicates books available from LLLI.

For more detailed summaries and a complete list of books, please see the LLLI Bibliography (No. 174-13, $2.95) or visit the LLLI Web site at Note: this address updated 11/17/06

Auerbach, Kathleen
Current Issues in Clinical Lactation 2002 *
Jones & Bartlett, 2001

Providing new insights on lactation science, this publication explores current lactation issues: effects of a nonsupportive culture, screening for alcohol consumption of a mother, and patients’ perceptions of providers’ views on breastfeeding.

Buck-Murray, Marian
The Mash and Smash Cookbook *
John Wiley & Sons, 1998

A cookbook for kids who want to have fun while creating great-tasting, healthful foods. The instructions include mashing and smashing ingredients with a plastic bag-covered hand, jumping up and down to mix things together, and other fun and ingenious ways that kids can cook on their own, without using sharp or dangerous tools. Each is marked with 1, 2, or 3 hands to indicate how much adult help might be needed. Fascinating facts and ideas for creating your own recipes round out this smashing collection of fun, nutritious, and kid-safe recipes. Age range: 6-9 years.

Burke, Ray
Common Sense Parenting
Boys Town Press, 1996

A simple, practical guide for effective discipline. Clearly outlines the differences between punishment and teaching, positive and negative consequences, expectations, praise, and more. More specific and step-by-step guidelines than other more theoretical discipline books. The chart on positive consequences that cost no money and the entire chapter “Staying Calm” are especially helpful. For children 3-16.

Cohen, Lawrence
Playful Parenting: A Bold New Way to Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems and Encourage Children’s Confidence
Ballentine, 2001

How many times have you heard (or uttered) the phrase “They’re just playing…”? According to Dr. Cohen, there’s no “just” about it. He asserts that play is a child’s medium for nonverbal communication. Instead of dismissing children’s play, he suggests that parents should join their children on the floor and help them explore the feelings of isolation and powerlessness that seem to be at the heart of much play. Cohen offers practical tools to incorporate play in your parenting style: follow their lead, help them try out new roles, empower girls and connect with boys, channel games that children love and parents “hate,” and how to overcome parental awkwardness at play. His chapters on discipline and sibling rivalry offer a fresh look at age-old topics.

Dacyczyn, Amy
The Complete Tightwad Gazette*
Villard, 1998

It’s not just about saving money! Dacyczyn promotes “thrift as a viable alternative lifestyle.” Goals such as debt reduction, home ownership, and prospering on one salary—not to mention attaining a less materialistic attitude—may be achieved by adopting some of the attitudes and practices creatively presented in this book based on a very successful homespun newsletter.

Doherty, William
Take Back Your Kids*
Sorin, 2000

Doherty believes that many parents today see their role as providers of services and opportunities for children. Instead, he urges us to occasionally say no to our children’s wants and arrange for more meaningful family time together at meals, religious services, and volunteer activities. His short, highly readable approach includes how to monitor media distractions, counter the “me-first” consumer culture, and contends that nurturing a marriage and caring for children are not mutually exclusive activities.

Glennon, Will
200 Ways To Raise a Boy’s Emotional Intelligence*
Conari, 2000

This companion volume to 200 Ways to Raise a Girl’s Self-Esteem combines easy-to-read theory and easy-to-apply practical tips. Rich in ways to nurture an open, deep, warm bond with boys and young men, this book stresses positive discipline and communication skills for parents, teachers, mentors, and friends.

Hart, Louise
The Winning Family
CelestialArts, rev. ed. 1993

Updated edition of book previously included in Bibliography.

Kendall-Tackett, Kathleen
The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood
New Harbinger, 2001

An overview of deep, hidden issues of motherhood: stress, depression, and burn-out. Kendall-Tackett addresses a wide range of situations, including household management, work-family balance, parenting disabled children, and coping with the death of a child. Each section includes extensive resources. Throughout, the author emphasizes that mothering can be very challenging at times while offering practical suggestions, gentle empathy, and steadfast hope that even the greatest challenges can be faced.

Manning, Mick
Supermom! *
Albert Whitman, 1999

With humorous and comforting illustrations, this book talks about ways human and animal mothers care for their babies. The emphasis is on gentleness and holding, and it ends with the sentiment that “all moms are Supermoms!” Includes an index about how animal mothers care for their babies to provide details for curious toddlers and preschoolers. Ages 2-5.

Michels, Dia
If My Mom Were a Platypus: Animal Babies and Their Mothers *
Platypus Media, 2001

A fascinating introduction to the world of mammals. Learn about the birth and early stages of development of different mammals, including the hooded seal, the pacific gray whale, and the human. Breastfeeding is simply a normal way of life for the creatures featured in this engaging, encyclopedic animal book. Ages 6-12.

Michels, Dia
Look What I See! Where Can I Be? In the Neighborhood *
Platypus Media, 2001

In the Neighborhood follows a baby around town and captures the life of a family that practices attachment parenting as they shop, go to the doctor, and visit an aquarium. While the colorful pictures are ideal for babies, the guessing game of where the baby goes next will keep toddlers entertained as well.

Michels, Dia, ed.
Breastfeeding Annual International 2001 *
Platypus Media, 2001

This innovative anthology explores breastfeeding and its implications for healthy children and families at all income levels with discussions from many experts: researchers, lactation consultants, public health officials, and physicians. Breastfeeding issues discussed include the crucial first few days of breastfeeding, sexuality, breast cancer, HIV and other infections, and the promotion of breastfeeding in a bottle-feeding culture.

Michels, Dia & Cynthia Mojab
Breastfeeding at a Glance *
Platypus Media, 2001

This handy pamphlet gives much more than a quick look at breastfeeding! It includes an abundance of facts and figures on breastfeeding rates, legislation, and resources. Useful as a reference when preparing introductory talks on breastfeeding, planning a Series Meeting 1, and so on.

Michels-Gualteri, Akaela
I Was Born To Be a Sister *
Platypus Media, 2001

For the child in your life with a new baby sister or brother, this colorful picture book depicts the stages that an older sister goes through with a younger sibling: the adventure stage, the challenging by a toddler stage, and finally, the friendship stage. Also includes a song with accompaniment just for sisters. Ages 3-7.

Nelsen, Jane & Cheryl Erwin & Carol Delzer
Positive Discipline for Single Parents *
Prima, rev. ed., 1999

Updated edition of book previously included in Bibliography.

Pryor, Karen
Don’t Shoot The Dog
Bantam, rev. ed. 1999

Updated edition of book previously included in Bibliography.

Sears, William and Martha and Christie Kelly
Baby on the Way *
Little Brown, 2001

Delightful childrens’ book which helps siblings anticipate the arrival of a new baby by comparing some of the things a mother experiences while pregnant and giving birth to experiences a child can easily relate to. Informative and fun!

Simkin, Penny
The Birth Partner *
Harvard Common, 2nd. ed., 2001

The best guidebook for birth partners currently available. Well-written and comprehensive, it emphasizes birth as a woman-centered experience where the mother is in charge. This training manual for the labor coach (not the birthing mother) has an intervention-free birth, immediate mother-child contact, and early breastfeeding as goals. Common concerns as well as unusual situations are discussed clearly and alternatives provided. This new edition features dark borders on key pages, so they can be quickly found by the birth partner as needed.

Shinskie, Debbie and Judith Lauwers
Pocket Guide for Counseling Nursing Mothers *
Jones & Bartlett, 2002

Based on their lactation consultant reference, this book packs a tremendous amount of information in its small size. The bulleted list format makes it a handy reference for phone helping. In addition to detailed information on breastfeeding management and special situations, useful sections on labor and delivery practices that support early breastfeeding, infant feeding cues, and handling opposition to breastfeeding are included. The index is not very useful for finding specific information; however the “Special Subjects Table of Contents” provides page numbers for the common situations and frequently asked questions.

Smith, Linda
Coach’s Notebook: Games and Strategies for Lactation *
Jones & Bartlett, 2002

Learn how to make teaching about human lactation both enlightening and fun! This book provides tried and tested games and activities for those who are teaching breastfeeding and human lactation. Each game includes goals, ideal audiences, times to play, and specific instructions.

Swinney, Bridget
Eating Expectantly *
Meadowbrook, rev. ed., 2000

Updated edition of book previously included in Bibliography.

Trevathan, Wenda, E. O. Smith, James McKenna, eds.
Evolutionary Medicine *
Oxford University, 1999

A collection of articles that examine medical and health concerns from an evolutionary perspective. The age-old art of breastfeeding is firmly embedded in presumed commonalties of human history: we are our Stone Age ancestors. A good resource for breastfeeding advocates who love footnotes.

Walker, Marsha
Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice *
Jones & Bartlett, 2001

A new resource that aids lactation consultants in gaining knowledge, experience, and expertise to develop an effective study plan for certification. Based on the IBCLC exam blueprint, this curriculum provides an impressive list of contributors who give the aspiring consultant understanding in helping mothers, babies, and families benefit from the breastfeeding experience.

Complementary Feeding
WHO, 2000

A practical guide from the World Health Organization for working with families of breastfed babies, particularly in developing countries. It describes the gradual introduction of solid foods, emphasizing the use of local food sources. Reflects older WHO recommendation of starting solids at 4 to 6 months and WHO’s recommended weaning age of two years.

Young, Pam & Peggy Jones
Sidetracked Home Executives
Warner, rev. ed., 2001

Updated edition of book previously included in Bibliography.

Book approvals may vary in Affiliates. Questions about the LLLI Bibliography or LLLI Book Evaluation Committee may be directed to Diane Beckman, LLLI Book Evaluation Committee Chair, 319 S. Dixon Avenue Cary NC 27511 USA or DiBeckman at (email).

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