How Children Succeed

Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

By Paul Tough: Character, not smarts, makes children successful, argues Paul Tough. The good news is that character can be taught. He tells us how in a series of real-life examples. 231 pages. ©2012. | Available formats: Book, Audio CD, Kindle eBook

Mentoring for Meaningful Results

Asset-building Tips, Tools, and Activities for Youth and Adults

By Kristi Probst: Thinking of starting a new mentoring program or breathing life into an old one? More than 50 reproducible materials provide program leaders with ready-made tools. 120 pages. ©2006. | Available formats: Book

Not Quite Adults

Why 20-Somethings are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood and Why It’s Good for Everyone

By Richard Settersten and Barbara E. Ray: Eight years of research help paint a portrait of a generation that’s making a slower, more calculated transition into adulthood — with results that benefit all. A review of this book is available. 239 pages. ©2010. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative

Helping parents raise children who thrive

By Bill Graves: This research-based report tells the story about the significance of parenting skills on children's lives and how the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative is building a statewide system to increase access to high-quality parenting... 20 pages. ©2015. | Available formats: Book

Our Kids

The American Dream in Crisis

By Robert D. Putnam: Putnam begins with his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. The vast majority of those students — "our kids" — went on to lives better than those of their parents. But their children and grandchildren have had harder lives amid... 386 pages. ©2015. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

SAFE Screening Applicants for Effectiveness

Guidelines to Prevent Child Molestation in Mentoring and Youth-Serving Organizations

By Friends for Youth, Inc.: How can we best screen volunteers to ensure the safety of children? This book includes the latest in child molestation research, wisdom from decades of experience with screening volunteers, and recommendations from... 160 pages. ©2006. | Available formats: Book

Taking Care of Your Child

A Parent's Illustrated Guide to Complete Medical Care

By Robert H. Pantell: For 30+ years, this go-to guide has helped millions of families keep their children healthy. It’s now updated with the most recent advances in health care. Look up a symptom to find an explanation of probable causes, how to treat the... 574 pages. ©2015. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

By Sean Covey: “Be proactive” and “Think win-win” are just two of the habits this author encourages teens to embrace. Covey’s advice follows the philosophy that actions should be based on principles, not friends or parental... 288 pages. ©2014. | Available formats: Book, Audio CD, Kindle eBook, Spanish

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

How Are the Findings Being Applied in Oregon?

By David Mandell: A landmark study demonstrated strong links between Adverse Childhood Experiences and a host of adult problems. In this 16-page report, author David Mandell explores how the study is informing work with children and families in Oregon. 16 pages. ©2014. | Available formats: Book

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog

And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

By Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and Maia Szalavitz: Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry details how early-life stress and violence afftects the developing brain. His discoveries contradict the precept that children are emotionally resilient and will outgrow insults to their psyches. On the... 417 pages. ©2017. | Available formats: Book