Cary, NC—The Lucy Daniels Center announces the topics for Lucy’s Book Club for 2011-12: Families;Relationship with the Earth; and Relationships with Peers.

Launched in May 2009, Lucy’s Book Club is a free community outreach program for Wake County children from infancy to age six and their parents. Lucy’s Book Club (LBC) supports healthy social and emotional growth in young children by encouraging parents to read to them books that approach important developmental themes in a safe and reassuring way. Each list includes titles appropriate for sharing with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners, plus recommended reading for parents themselves.

The theme for September thru December, 2011, is Families.

“The books in this topic reflect the diversity among families in our society,” notes Jennifer Reid, a teacher in the Center’s Early Intervention Program and the chair of the book selection panel for LBC. “The books for children ages 0-3 introduce the basic roles and relationships that many families may share, helping children construct a foundational understanding of what a family is. Children ages 3-6 will explore a broader range of differences in family composition, as well as the differences and qualities in relationships between family members.”

“These books are intended to help children explore the dynamics within their own families and to recognize the diversity of families around the world,” Reid concludes.

Additional themes for 2011-12 include Relationship with the Earth (available in January 2012) and Relationships with Peers (available in May 2012).

The reading lists are printed on colorful, oversized bookmarks and are available at no cost at more than 200 locations throughout Wake County (including public libraries, preschools, child care centers, pediatricians’ offices, and bookstores) and online at

In addition to Reid, members of the LBC book selection panel include the Center’s education director, Deborah Mugno, Ed.D; teachers in the Early Intervention Program; social workers in the Family Guidance Program; and Deborah Gilbert Shreve, a Wake County children’s librarian.

The third year of Lucy’s Book Club has been funded by presenting sponsor The Body Shop, event sponsor Wells Fargo and platinum sponsors Time Warner Cable and Steven and Rebecca Scott. Each spring, LBC presentsBookmarked!, a 10-day celebration of reading with children, featuring free readings by local celebrity-heroes and an acclaimed children’s author.

For the latest information on LBC booklists, the weekly LBC Blog, and the featured author and dates forBookmarked! 2012, visit and follow the Center on Facebook.


The Lucy Daniels Center, founded in 1991, is devoted to promoting the healthy emotional development of young children. It is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit agency providing children's mental health services in North Carolina's Triangle region. The Center serves children up to age 11 who have behavioral or social difficulties or show signs of emotional problems through mental health assessments, family counseling, and therapy in both one-on-one and classroom settings. The staff of more than 25 social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and educators offers individualized care for each child and family.

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