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The O, MY" in TonsillectOMY & AdenoidectOMY: How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery
Please Explain "Anxiety" to Me!
a smart girl's guide to liking herself
Please Explain Terrorism To Me



Please Explain Terrorism To Me

Please Explain 'Terrorism' to Me:
A Story for Children, PEARLS of Wisdom for Their Parents

Illustrator, Ann Israeli, and
author, Laurie Zelinger


This book provides the ‘PEARLS’ of wisdom for parents and children to discuss a scary topic like terrorism in ways that promote healthy and authentic parent-child conversations that yield to mutual respect and bonding.
Marc A. Brackett, PhD.
Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

In her captivating new book, Dr. Laurie Zelinger, a leading expert in child psychology, explores the troubled realm of terrorism from a child’s perspective. Deep and yet accessible, her remarkable deciphering of the psychological factors that hinder the free communication between parents and children on terrorism is compelling. It deals with an intrusive scourge, which stands in a blatant contradiction to the rather radiant child's universe. This fascinating guide amounts to a riveting lesson of clarity and to a masterpiece in bridging the unbridgeable.
Honorable Yehuda Lancry
Former Ambassador of Israel to the United Nations

This forthright and calming story clarifies the nature of terrorism for children ages 7 to 11. An afterword for parents offers guidelines for parents about how to dialogue with their children on this important topic. Highly recommended!
Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D., RPT-S
Co-Founder and Director Emeritus, The Association for Play Therapy

As a parent, it can be challenging and overwhelming to find the words to talk with your child about frightening and potentially traumatic events such as acts of terrorism. “Please Explain Terrorism to Me” meets this need and is likely to become an invaluable resource for parents and other caregivers to help guide these critical conversations.
Christina Laitner, Ph.D.
The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center

“Please Explain ‘Terrorism' to Me” is a straightforward and down-to-earth treatment of a difficult subject. Dr. Zelinger uses common sense, a simple clarification of the basic issues, and reassurance to provide a deeper understanding of terrorism for kids—without a corresponding rise in anxiety.
Tomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.
Psychologist/Author "1-2-3 Magic!

Dr. Zelinger provides caregivers with “P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom” in her honest, developmentally appropriate approach to a terrifying topic. This book is an essential resource to ensure that children are provided straightforward information in a sensitive fashion to an issue, all too often ignored.
Sarah Valley-Gray, Psy.D., ABPP
President, American Academy of School Psychology

Dr. Zelinger opens up the Pandora box of ‘Terrorism’ delicately and with great sensitivity as she brings awareness, tools and answers to children growing up in our ever changing world today. Dr. Zelinger’s book magically fosters, promotes and encourages conversation and social skills. This is a powerful and valuable book for children and adults.
Penny Ellis
LIVE! Regis & Kelly ~ Second annual Top Teacher winner, 2011

With bombings and shootings so frequently in the news, Dr. Zelinger’s book is a timely source of guidance to parents on the importance of explaining terrorism to their children. It’s full of great advice on listening thoughtfully and understanding your child’s perspective.
Dewey Cornell, Ph.D.
Director of the Virginia Youth Violence Project

To read a synopsis of the book and the press release,
or to pre-order,
please click here.


Click here to learn about Dr. Zelinger's Contributions to Other Books
not listed below, including those for American Girl's Bitty Baby series.


a smart girl's guide to liking herselfa smart girl's guide to liking herself --
even on the bad days
the secrets to trusting yourself, being your best
& never letting the bad days bring you down

From the back cover: Has a bad day got you down? Is your self-esteem making you feel blue? In a smart girl's guide to liking herself--even on the bad days, you'll learn how having high self-esteem can turn a good day into a great day, while having low self-esteem can turn a bad day into a nightmare. You'll learn tips for trusting yourself, ideas for boosting your self-esteem (or for keeping it up), and how to feel your best in all kinds of situations. You are perfect just as you are, and this book will help you believe that to be true!

by Dr. Laurie Zelinger~ illustrated by Jennifer Kalis
editorial development: Carrie Anton

 Published by American Girl Publishing, 2012

Please click on a book cover to learn more or to order a copy. 

The O, MY" in TonsillectOMY & AdenoidectOMY: How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery

 Dr. Zelinger is also the author of two other books which are currently available:

The "O, MY" in TonsillectOMY & AdenoidectOMY: How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery, a Parent's Manual - Second Edition

At the request of readers, a second edition of this book was written two years after the first release and after much research, in order to include information about unforeseen complications following surgery. This book has been recommended as a resource for parents by both the Steven Please Explain "Anxiety" to Me!and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of the North Shore-LIJ Health System of New York, as well as by the Children’s Medical Center Dallas at Legacy in Texas.


Please Explain "Anxiety" to Me!
Simple Biology and Solutions for Children
and Parents
- Second Edition

 Dr. Laurie Zelinger has also contributed to other books:

School Based Play TherapyDr. Zelinger has written a book chapter entitled, "Understanding and Generalizing Communication Patterns in Children with Selective Mutism" for individuals who work with youngsters with selective mutism in schools. It appears as Chapter 17 on pages 359-377 in this book, published in 2010.

School-Based Play Therapy - Second Edition,
by Athena A. Drewes and Charles E. Schaefer

Click here to read excerpts from Dr. Zelinger's Chapter 17

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