Books and Readings

Below is a list of recommended books, ranging from scholarly to general audience.

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Skinner Books

Science & Human Bx

A detailed study of scientific theories of human nature and the ways in which human behavior can be predicted and controlled.

Verbal Bx

For anyone interested in the pure basics of ABA, Verbal Behavior explains how communication works.

Text Books

Applied Bx Analysis

Commonly called “The White Book”, and the ABA Bible. Everything you need to know, period.

Handbook of ABA

A detailed overview of theory, research, quantitative analysis, and intervention.


A basic yet comprehensive introduction to RFT, which is the basis of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).


Step-by-step instructions for helping students learn relationally, acquire rudimentary verbal operants, and develop other basic language skills.

Bailey & Burch

Ethics for Bx Analysts

ABA has strict ethical guidelines, protecting both clinicians and consumers.

25 Essential Skills

A guidebook for behavior analysts who want to become successful at consulting.

Think Like a BA

A guide for understanding complex human behavior and making potentially significant quality-of-life improvements.

How Dogs Learn

An exploration of operant conditioning.

Special Interests

Verbal Bx Approach

A book emphasizing how to work with children diagnosed with Autism from both a professional and parent perspective, written in language for parents and non-professionals to understand.

Sexing the Body

A breakdown of three key dualisms – sex/gender, nature/nurture, and real/constructed. The author asserts that individuals born as mixtures of male and female exist as one of five natural human variants and should not be forced to compromise their differences to fit a flawed societal definition of normality. The RED version has been updated with current research!

Ethical Slut

A classic guide to love, sex, and intimacy beyond the limits of conventional monogamy. A great source of information for those interested in sexual behaviors, a SIG within ABAI.