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Recent Additions to the LLLI Bibliography
July 16, 2002-January 15, 2003

Diane Beckman, Cary, North Carolina, USA
LLLI Book Evaluation Committee Chair
From: LEAVEN, Vol. 39 No. 2, April-May 2003, pp. 44-45.

The LLLI Bibliography (174-13) contains a complete listing of books, audio and video tapes approved by the LLLI Book Evaluation Committee. Summaries are provided there, as well as 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 2002 and January 2003. A * indicates books available from LLLI.

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

Berman, Raeann and Bernard Shulman
How to Survive Your Aging Parents…So You and They Can Enjoy Life
Surrey, 2nd ed., 2001

A guide to the issues that arise as we care for our aging parents. The focus is on the emotional and practical needs of elderly parents and adult children, with comparisons to other stages of parenting. It stresses the importance of effective communication skills and understanding the developmental stages of aging.

Borba, Michele
Building Moral Intelligence
Jossey-Bass, 2001

A clear, thoughtful discussion of the importance of helping children develop specific moral values. The author includes helpful evaluation tools, developmental stages, a list of resources, and exercises that families can do together to promote development of empathy, conscience, self-control, respect, kindness, tolerance, and fairness.

Cilley, Marla
Sink Reflections*
Bantam, 2002

This charming, mother-friendly book blends humor and practical techniques to demonstrate how to navigate the chaos of daily life. This book, easy-to-read, offers personal anecdotes, step-by-step guides, brief chapter summaries, and fun ways to combat clutter and disorder in your home and life. Ideas, such as making weekly plans and using “baby steps,” are easy to implement, will limit stress levels, and teach you how to FLY: “Finally Love Yourself.”

Creager, Caroline C.
Bounce Back Into Shape after Baby*
Executive Physical Therapy, 2001

Bounce Back Into Shape after Baby provides up-to-date, easy-to-follow postpartum exercise programs that are ideal for mothers who have recently given birth. Most exercises are performed with both baby and fitness ball. It includes helpful advice on core strength, avoiding incontinence, and good posture. LLLI does not prescribe a fixed amount of water that a nursing mother who exercises should drink.

Ellison, Sheila and Barbara Barnett
365 Ways to Raise Great Kids
Sourcebooks, 1998

A compendium of step-by-step instructions for family-centered activities. Each activity is applicable to any age and activity level, which makes this book unusually versatile. If you are looking for some great character-building activities, this is the book for you.

Gordon, Jay
Listening to Your Baby
Perigee, 2002

Parenting advice is available nearly everywhere, but the best source of information, according to Dr. Jay Gordon, is a baby. An experienced pediatrician and board-certified lactation consultant, Gordon offers common-sense advice while reminding parents that their babies and their own instincts will give them the most reliable guidance. An easy book to read, especially good for expectant and new parents.

Hunt, Jan
The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart*
New Society Publishers, 2001

This collection of essays explores issues related to attachment parenting such as extended breastfeeding, the importance of natural childbirth, and loving guidance from infancy onward. The author, a parenting counselor, bases her writing on the belief that “children who have the most loving care in infancy become the most secure and loving adults.” Topics addressed include living with a crying baby, parenting with empathy and trust, and guiding and helping children to learn. The author’s views on homeschooling and child spacing go beyond LLL philosophy.

Keniston, Katrina
Mitten Strings for God
Warner, 2000

A beautifully crafted collection of “Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry.” In a series of short chapters, Keniston meditates on living a simpler life and explores mothering as a vocation and spiritual journey.

Lang, Sandra
Breastfeeding Special Care Babies
Balliere Tindall, 2nd ed., 2002

Updated edition of previously approved book.

Lee, John
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause: Balance Your Hormones and Your Life from Thirty to Fifty
Warner, 1999

A guide to treating many concerns of women in their 30s and 40s in a more natural fashion than is practiced by many doctors. This book presents information about how the hormones in our bodies work and how they can become unbalanced due to dietary and environmental influences. Dr. Lee explains his theory of estrogen dominance, its causes and symptoms, and recommends the use of natural progesterone to correct it. LLLI takes no position on treatment modes discussed and encourages women to discuss such issues with a health care professional who shares their values about health and healing.

Marzollo, Jean
Mama, Mama
Harper Festival, 1999

A beautifully illustrated board book that is perfect to read to the very youngest nursling.

Mohrbacher, Nancy & Julie Stock
Breastfeeding Answer Book*
LLLI, 3rd ed, 2002

Revised and updated, the Breastfeeding Answer Book is the definitive resource for those who are dedicated to helping mothers breastfeed. Highlights of the third edition include new approaches to positioning and latch-on, information on the use of prescription and herbal medications to increase milk supply, new illustrations of breast structure and how the breast functions as reflected in the research of Dr. Peter Hartmann, and information on breastfeeding in emergency situations. This guidebook, which also explores controversial issues such as vitamin D supplementation of the breastfed baby and new treatment options for damaged nipples, can be used with confidence to help mothers establish and enjoy a satisfying breastfeeding relationship with their babies.

Myers, Anne Marie
Mama Means Milk
Self-published, 2001

A children’s book that shows babies nursing in a variety of situations and demonstrates that breastfeeding is about much more than food. This book is especially valuable for its focus on toddler nursing.

Rosenberg, Marshall
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion*
PuddleDancer, 1999

Nonviolent Communication focuses on “the lost language of humankind,” advocating a principle-based approach to communication. The author guides readers through the identification and expression of feelings and needs in order to create a more harmonious, enriching environment. A different exercise is provided with every chapter. Numerous examples drawn from family life and workshops around the world make this a compelling approach to communication skills.

Samalin, Nancy
Loving without Spoiling and 100 Other Timeless Tips for Raising Terrific Kids*
Contemporary Books, 2003

Loving Without Spoiling offers positive answers to a number of age-old challenges for parents of toddlers to teens. The issues discussed within the 100 mini “how-to” chapters include whining, coping with public temper tantrums, creating morning routines that involve less stress, and encouraging honesty. The author writes in an easy-to-read-style and includes useful anecdotes to help parents raise well-mannered children without being restrictive or smothering their spirits. Samalin advocates behavior toward children that is positive, respectful, and loving while maintaining a focus on parental firmness, authority, and limit setting.

Tracy, Amy
The Pregnancy Bed Rest Book
Berkley, 2001

A lifesaver for the woman on bed rest. Dozens of practical solutions to issues such as how to find help, nutrition, side effects of immobility, how to parent from bed, setting up your bed rest area, and coping with the feelings of all members of the family.

Book approvals may vary between LLL entities. Questions about the LLLI Bibliography can 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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