Dr. Zelinger’s Books


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Released in June, 2021

Please Explain “Alzheimer’s Disease” To Me
A Children’s Story and Parent Handbook About Dementia

by Dr. Laurie Zelinger

Please Explain Alzheimer’s Disease to Me introduces the condition to children in a colorful, sensitive and gentle story, followed by a parent/caregiver section that supplies comprehensive information that adults can use to understand and plan for the course of the disease affecting their loved one. Dr. Zelinger, a board-certified psychologist for children, presents the situation to children in a warm, developmentally appropriate way using appealing characters of diversity, child friendly language and familiar scenes they can relate to, as well as scripts that parents can use when speaking to their child. This book is more than a helpful guide-it’s the only book you will need if you have a child who is asking, “What’s wrong with grandpa?”

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Released in March, 2019

Please Explain “Time Out” To Me!
A Story for Children and Do-It-Yourself Manual for Parents

by  Drs. Laurie Zelinger & Fred Zelinger


Drs. Fred & Laurie Zelinger

TimeOut600pxTime Out is a dignified and effective method of discipline, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association. This book, written by parenting experts, explains the Time Out process and provides step-by-step instructions for its proper and effective use. Please Explain “Time Out” To Me is two books in one: an engaging story with colorful illustrations and a parent section which describes the Time Out process in detail, as well as the advantages and pitfalls of other methods of discipline.

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Please Explain Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy to Me: How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery, a Parent’s Manual – Third Edition


Co-written with
Perry Zelinger, MD.

Tonsillectomy2cover400pxAt 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. Now the third edition has been written to update this information. This book has been recommended as a resource for parents by both the Steven 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.


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Please Explain “Terrorism” To Me!

A Story for Children, P.E.A.R.L.S. of Wisdom for Their Parents



Please Explain ‘Terrorism’ to Me: A Story for Children, PEARLS of Wisdom for Their Parents – Illustrator, Ann Israeli, and
Author, Laurie Zelinger

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a 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

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Please Explain “Anxiety” to Me!
Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents – Second Edition

book-anxietybookfrontcover311pxIn this book, a best seller, Dr. Laurie Zelinger and  son, Jordan, make every effort to provide families with a description of anxiety that children can understand, and suggestions that parents can use when addressing their child’s concerns. Parents and children will be enthralled with the “world of dinosaurs” used to depict the physical origins and psychological impact of anxiety. Reading and re-reading this book with children will demystify anxiety, and provide families with the understanding needed to manage these uncomfortable emotions.

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Click here to learn about Dr. Zelinger’s Contributions to Other Books

not listed here, including those for American Girl’s Bitty Baby series.

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