August 28, 2010
Adam Arnold
Staff Writer
Books: Top 10 List

The book, “Is It a Big Problem or a Little Problem?  When to Worry, When Not to Worry and What to Do” will assist parents in understanding the dynamics, causes and solutions to unwanted behavior by problem children.  Differences in children’s learning styles, temperaments and personalities are a given.  Almost every child on one day or another during the early years won’t listen, will throw a tantrum, will be aggressive, shy, withdrawn, a picky eater and more.  However, when any of these problems become the ‘norm’ for a child, a parent needs to take a closer look.  Only further investigation will reveal whether you are dealing with a “big” problem or a “little problem. This book helps in determining the how big the problem is and what you can do to remedy it.  Parents and caregivers may not always know the underlying problem, but they definitely know when things break down:  birthday parties, long car trips, getting out of the house in the morning. The book, organized into three sections: “Part 1: The Basics”, “Part II: Understanding Development” and “Part III: Where Children Struggle”, is the beginning to finding solutions for children with problems.

Amy Egan, M.A., Amy Freedman, M.A., CCC-SLP, Judi Greenberg, M.S., OTR/L and Sharon Anderson, OTR/L are a developmental team consisting of a special educator/behavior specialist, speech-language therapist and occupational therapists and are based out of Ivymount School’s Outreach Program in Rockville, Maryland.  This team also writes regularly for Washington Parent and nationally holds lectures and workshops for parents and professionals.   Contact information:  Amy Freedman, M.A., CCC-SLP, Ivymount Outreach Programs (301) 469-0223 ext. 440

 BOOKS TO KNOW         


1.  In His Own Write / A Spaniard in the Works – John Lennon  Simon & Schuster, 2010  Re-released for what would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday, the two volumes of writing and drawings have been combined into one omnibus collection.


2.   Miss Manners’ Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding – Judith & Jacobina Martin  WW. Norton & Co., 2010  Judith Martin (aka Miss Manners) is one of the District’s home-grown institutions.  She and her daughter Jacobina present this work which is prim & prudent, well-observed, and surprisingly humorous.



 3.  A Preferred Blur – Henry Rollins  Perseus Books Group, 2010 Kindle has released this and other works by rocker, raconteur, and DC product Rollins, whose essays and spoken-word performances counterpoint his careers as a musician and actor.


4.  Straight Up – Joseph J. Romm  Island Press, 2010  The head of the DC-based non-profit Center for Energy and Climate Solutions collects many of his writings on climate change in this highly-regarded, no-punches-pulled volume.

 5.  Last Chance to See: In the footsteps of Douglas Adams  Mark Carwardine/Stephen Fry  Collins, 2009 Zoologist Marc Carwardine and late author Douglas Adams investigated the plights of endangered species in the poignant yet humorous Last Chance to See in 1992. Carwardine has enlisted humorist (and Adams’ friend) Steven Fry to follow up on how those species are doing almost 20 years later.

6.  Vicksburg, 1863 – Winston Groom  Vintage, 2010  Groom, best known for his novel Forrest Gump, was born in DC, and thrives on US history for his inspiration.  This historical non-fiction work explores one of the Civil War’s most significant battles.


7.  The Story of a Marriage The Story of a Marriage – Andrew Sean Greer  Picador, 2009  District-born Greer’s third novel follow the complications arising between an African-American couple living in the 1950’s.

8.  Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins  Scholastic Press, 2010  The third book in Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy will bring the teenage post-apocalyptic revolution series to a close.

9.  Remarkable Creatures – Tracy Chevalier  Dutton Adult, 2010  Author of Girl with a Pearl Earring and DC native Chevalier offers a story about Evolution set in England in the 19th century. But the tale centers not on Charles Darwin, but on paleontologist Mary Anning, one of his predecessors.

10. The Magicians – Lev Grossman  Plume, 2010  Alternately praised and criticized as derivative, The Magicians may  be described as “Harry Potter” with noticeably adult themes – and a strong sense of self-awareness.


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