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About Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between adults and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish have produced a body of work that has won the gratitude of parents and the enthusiastic praise of the professional community.

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Adele Faber

Their first book, Liberated Parents/Liberated Children, was selected by the Book of the Month club and received the Christopher Award for "literary achievement affirming the highest values of the human spirit." Their subsequent books, How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk and Siblings Without Rivalry (#1 on The New York Times bestseller list) have sold over three million copies and have been translated into over thirty languages. This was followed by How To Talk So Kids Can Learn - At Home and in School, cited by Child Magazineas the "best book of the year for excellence in family issues in

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Elaine Mazlish

education."  They have also created books for children, teaching them communication skills, Bobby and the Brockles and Bobby and the Brockles Go To School, and a book of photographs and poetry, Between Brothers and Sisters - A Celebration of Life's Most Enduring Relationship.

The authors' group workshop programs are currently being used by thousands of parent and teacher groups around the world to improve relationships with children. Their most recent book, How To Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk, tackles the tough problems of the teenage years.

Their work has been documented in Who's Who in America for the past three decades.

Adele Faber was graduated from Queens College with a B.A. in theater and drama, earned her master's degree in education from New York University, and taught in the New York City High schools for eight years.

Elaine Mazlish was graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree in theater arts and directed children's programs at Grosvenor house and Lenox Hill Settlements. She is also a professional artist and composer.

Both authors studied with the late child psychologist, Dr. Haim Ginott, and are former members of the faculty of The New School for Social Research in New York and The Family Life Institute of Long Island University. In addition to their frequent lectures throughout the United States, Canada and abroad, they have appeared on every major television talk show from Oprah to Good Morning America. They currently reside in Long Island, New York and each is the parent of three children. 


About Joanna Faber 

Joanna Faber grew up in the home/laboratory of best-selling author and parent educator Adele Faber. Her father was a leading educator and director of innovative guidance programs in the New York City Public Schools.  Joanna was graduated from SUNY Purchase with a degree in Language and Culture, which included a year of study in Mexico.  Convinced that she could use her unique background in language and communication skills to inspire children in the classroom, she went on to earn a degree in Education from Lehman College. 

She taught elementary school children in West Harlem for 10 years while completing post-graduate work in math and science at the City College of New York.  During this time her bilingual, special education students published books of poetry and stories, wrote and performed plays, started a school newspaper, and won top honors in the district-wide science fair two years in a row.  Joanna was selected as an outstanding teacher in her science teacher education program at City College and sent to Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh to share her expertise with other inner-city teachers in a series of workshops on middle school science.  She contributed heavily to her mother’s award winning book, How To Talk So Kids Can Learn – at Home and in School, drawing upon her frontline experience in the classroom.  Her most recent contribution is a new Afterword to the 30th Anniversary edition of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, entitled The Next Generation.

With her co-author, Julie King, Joanna has recently completed her own book, How to Talk So LITTLE Kids Will Listen -- A Survival Guide to Life With Children Ages 2 to 7which was published by Scribner in January 2017. (click here for availability on theis website.) 

Joanna currently lectures on communication skills around the country, and conducts workshops based on her mother’s work and her own experiences as a parent and educator.  These workshops have enabled many parents to have less stressful, more joyful relationships with their children.  

Joanna lives in Putnam Valley, NY with her husband, three teenagers, dogs, cats and an assortment of chickens.