Dr. Toughlove’s Book Club


I’ve decided that if Oprah, Reese Witherspoon and Jenna Bush Hager can have book club selections, so can Dr. Toughlove!


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Dr. Toughlove recommends a wonderful book written by Sharon Robinson entitled Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963. Sharon Robinson is the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson and relates a series of historical events that occurred that year that include but are not limited to the March on Washington and the Birmingham, Alabama church bombing that killed three innocent girls.

Ms. Robinson’s book reveals her family’s influence with respect to the Civil Rights Movement as well as her personal struggles as a young black teenager living in a predominantly white neighborhood.

I found out about this book from my oldest granddaughter Zoe who had read it and shared it with me. As is often the case, my children and grandchildren inspire me. Zoe and I had an interesting discussion about the book and the significance of 1963 in American history.

Amazon.com suggests that Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963 is appropriate for ages 8 and up. It is a book I believe will have the greatest impact when it is read by a young person and a discussion takes place with someone who lived through that tumultuous period. If possible, a cross-generational exchange would be ideal. Enjoy!


Dr. Toughlove loves a relatively new book entitled The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson. It is a touching story about how children feel different from their peers for a variety of reasons and encourages children to be brave enough to share their stories even when they feel like an outsider. The Day You Begin imparts many of the same themes that are expressed in Talking Buddies, Jamal and Me and Playground Heroes. A great book for kids aged 5-8.