Book Recommendation | Let the Children Play: How More Play Will Save Our Schools and Help Children Thrive

Authors Pasi Sahlberg and William Doyle Description Play is how children explore, discover, fail, succeed, socialize, and flourish. It is a fundamental element of the human condition. It's the key to giving schoolchildren skills they need to succeed--skills like creativity, innovation, teamwork, focus, resilience, expressiveness, empathy, concentration, and executive function. Expert organizations such as the … Continue reading Book Recommendation | Let the Children Play: How More Play Will Save Our Schools and Help Children Thrive

Book Recommendation | Theories of Childhood, Second Edition: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget & Vygotsky

Author Carol Garhart Mooney Description A collection of teaching and learning stories to inspire an everyday practice of reflection, observation, and joyful presence with children. See 2nd image for details. Understand theories of childhood to make your days with children smoother, your job easier, and your program stronger. This best-selling resource provides clear, straightforward introductions … Continue reading Book Recommendation | Theories of Childhood, Second Edition: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget & Vygotsky

Book Recommendation | Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers: A Curriculum of Respectful, Responsive, Relationship-Based Care and Education

Author Janet Gonzalez-Mena and Dianne Widmey Eyer Description Infants, Toddlers and Caregivers is an ideal introduction to care and education in the first three years of life, featuring a respectful approach inspired by field pioneers Magda Gerber and Dr. Emmi Pikler. The text provides practical information based on theoretical and research foundations that students can … Continue reading Book Recommendation | Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers: A Curriculum of Respectful, Responsive, Relationship-Based Care and Education

Book Recommendation | The Visionary Director, Second Edition: A Handbook for Dreaming, Organizing, and Improvising in Your Center

Author Margie Carter and Deb Curtis Description An inspiring and practical guide to creating a larger vision in early child care, this popular professional development tool has been thoroughly revised and offers a concrete framework for organizing an early childhood center director's ideas and work. Updated and expanded, it reflects new requirements and initiatives for … Continue reading Book Recommendation | The Visionary Director, Second Edition: A Handbook for Dreaming, Organizing, and Improvising in Your Center

Book Recommendation | Playful Intelligence: The Power of Living Lightly in a Serious World

Author Anthony DeBenedet Description As adults, we have more responsibilities than we could have ever imagined growing up. Learning the work of marriage. Navigating the bumpy terrain of parenting. Maintaining social relationships. Facing grave hardship. Finding contentment in our career. As the years pass by, we sense how the good things in life are so … Continue reading Book Recommendation | Playful Intelligence: The Power of Living Lightly in a Serious World

Book Recommendation | When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Author Daniel Pink Description Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Timing, it's often assumed, is … Continue reading Book Recommendation | When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Book Recommendation | Consuming Kids

Author Susan Linn Description The average American child sees about 40,000 television commercials every year. Companies target younger viewers all the time, selling everything from sugar cereals to minivans, and cross-promotional marketing influences everything from the food stocked in school vending machines to the characters who appear in children’s books. Kids are requesting specific brands … Continue reading Book Recommendation | Consuming Kids

Book Recommendation | The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need from Grownups

Author Erika Christakis Description In her pathbreaking book, Christakis explains what it’s like to be a young child in America today, in a world designed by and for adults, where we have confused schooling with learning. She offers real-life solutions to real-life issues, with nuance and direction that takes us far beyond the usual prescriptions … Continue reading Book Recommendation | The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need from Grownups

Book Recommendation | More Than Miracles: The State of the Art of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Author Steve de Shazer Description More Than Miracles: The State of the Art of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is a ground breaking, intellectually provocative book, revealing new advances in the widely used, evidence based Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) approach. The final work of world renowned family therapists and original developers of SFBT, the late Steve de … Continue reading Book Recommendation | More Than Miracles: The State of the Art of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Book Recommendation | Ready or Not

Author Stacie G. Goffin, Valora Washington, Leslie R. Williams Description After more than a century of evolution, early childhood care and education in the United States is in transition. In this frank discussion of the field’s purpose, identity, and responsibility, the authors examine the major issues that must be addressed if children are to be … Continue reading Book Recommendation | Ready or Not