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Best Child Psychology Books You Should Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Child Psychology books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk (2012)

Best Child Psychology Books You Should ReadThe ultimate “parenting bible” (The Boston Globe) with a new foreword—and available as an ebook for the first time—a timeless, beloved book on how to effectively communicate with your child from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors.Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish “are doing for parenting today what Dr. Spock did for our generation” (Parent Magazine).  Now, this bestselling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the…
Author(s): Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish

2. The Psychology Of The Child (1969)

Best Child Psychology Books You Should ReadJean Piaget’s influence on psychology has been profound. His pathbreaking investigations and theories of cognitive development have set child psychology moving in entirely new directions. His bold speculations have provided the inspiration for the work of others. His studies have been the subject of many books and countless articles. And, significantly, his influence has spread to other disciplines and is having an ever-growing impact on the general culture at large.Here Jean Piaget, with the assistance of his long-time collaborator Bärbel Inhelder, offers a definitive presentation of the developmental…
Author(s): Jean Piaget, Barbel Inhelder

3. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind (2012)

Best Child Psychology Books You Should ReadNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The authors of No-Drama Discipline and The Yes Brain explain the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures in this pioneering, practical book. “Simple, smart, and effective solutions to your child’s struggles.”—Harvey Karp, M.D. In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors…
Author(s): Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson

4. No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind (2016)

Best Child Psychology Books You Should Read  Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene.  Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as…
Author(s): Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson

5. Child & Adolescent Mental Health: A Practical, All-in-One Guide (2015)

Best Child Psychology Books You Should ReadEverything clinicians need to know about the emotional well-being of kids. With the number and type of mental health issues in kids on the rise, and as more and more clinicians and counselors are being pushed to the front lines of defense, now more than ever there is a need for a comprehensive, practical resource that guides professionals through the complexities of child and adolescent mental health. This practical, comprehensive book answers that call. #130,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #85 in Medical Psychology Reference #108 in Pediatrics (Books) #99 in Popular Psychology Reference Would you like to ?If you…
Author(s): Jess P. Shatkin, Karp PhD, Harvey

6. The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives (2019)

Best Child Psychology Books You Should ReadInstead of trusting kids with choices . . . many parents insist on micromanaging everything from homework to friendships. For these parents, Stixrud and Johnson have a simple message: Stop.  — “This humane, thoughtful book turns the latest brain science into valuable practical advice for parents.” —Paul Tough, New York Times bestselling author of How Children SucceedA few years ago, Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson started noticing the same problem from different angles: Even high-performing kids were coming to…
Author(s): Stixrud PhD, William, Ned Johnson

7. The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook–What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing (2017)

Best Child Psychology Books You Should ReadWhat happens when a young brain is traumatized? How does terror, abuse, or disaster affect a child’s mind — and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Dr. Bruce D. Perry has helped children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, murder witnesses, kidnapped teenagers, and victims of family violence.In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Dr. Perry tells their stories of trauma and transformation through the lens of science, revealing the brain’s astonishing capacity for healing. Deftly combining unforgettable case histories with his own compassionate, insightful…
Author(s): Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz

8. What To Do When: Practical Guidance Strategies for Challenging Behaviors in the Preschool (2007)

Best Child Psychology Books You Should ReadWhat To Do When: Practical Guidance Strategies for Challenging Behaviors in Preschool, 6E is a text intended to help teachers work effectively with young children whose behaviors are challenging. It begins with a series of chapters that provide developmentally appropriate guidelines for working with challenging behaviors. Included is discussion of a range of guidance techniques and their theoretical underpinnings; consideration of why children misbehave; exploration of effective preventive techniques through setting up an inviting and supportive…
Author(s): Eva Essa

9. Invitation to the Life Span (2013)

Best Child Psychology Books You Should ReadEdition after edition, Kathleen Stassen Berger’s bestselling textbooks connect all kinds of students to current state of developmental psychology, in an engaging, accessible, culturally inclusive way. Berger’s Invitation to the Life Span does this in just 15 concise chapters, in a presentation that meets the challenges of exploring the breadth of the life span in a single term.  The new edition of Invitation to the Life Span incorporates a wide range of new research, especially in fast-moving areas such as brain development and…
Author(s): Kathleen Stassen Berger

10. Teaching Cues for Basic Sport Skills for Elementary and Middle School Students (2001)

Best Child Psychology Books You Should ReadThis book provides prospective and in-service physical education teachers with important tools for teaching young people various sport activities using valuable cues that promote student success and enjoyment. Teaching Cues for Elementary and Middle School Fundamental Sport Skills provides in-service and prospective elementary and middle school teachers with a popular technique for helping students develop skills for all types of sports and activities popular among young people today. Teaching cues are used to simplify and enhance students’ learning, and ultimately turn them on to physical activity. Whether…
Author(s): Fronske Ed.D., Hilda A., Rolayne Wilson

11. Child Development: Concepts and Theories (2018)

Best Child Psychology Books You Should ReadUnderstanding child development is essential to ensuring a full and rounded psychological grounding, but given the complex nature of the topic it can be a real challenge. Child Development: Concepts and Theories takes a step back to focus just on the key concepts of child development that all students must learn. With this book, their first encounters with theories and their applications will mean that they can move on with a firm foundation in child development. Central to this, is understanding how these theories or concepts are applied in the real world and how psychologists engage with them in research. This book…
Author(s): Jean Mercer

12. Child Psychology and Development For Dummies (2011)

Best Child Psychology Books You Should ReadA complete and comprehensive guide to why kids behave and think the way they do-and how to bring out the best in them. In the U.S., more than 10% of children are diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, while countless others remain undiagnosed. Defining what is “normal” and what is not is of great concern to anyone who works with, guides, nurtures, teaches, or parents children. With new discoveries in mental disorders that affect children, Child Psychology & Development For Dummies provides an informational guide to cognitive development at every stage of a child’s life, as well as…
Author(s): Laura L. Smith, Charles H. Elliott

Best Child Psychology Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some child psychology books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Psychology of Peace Promotion: Global Perspectives on Personal Peace, Children and Adolescents, and Social Justice

Author(s): Mary Gloria C. Njoku, Leonard A. Jason, R. Burke Johnson
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407680

Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Guide to Evaluation and Treatment

Author(s): Christopher J. Nicholls
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2222676

Understanding Child Neglect

Author(s): Nicole A. Sciarrino, Tyler Elizabeth Hernandez, Jennifer Davidtz
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2250432

Resilience and the Re-integration of Street Children and Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Cameroon

Author(s): Walters Mudoh Sanji
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2313836

Tell me what happened: questioning children about abuse

Author(s): Brown, Deirdre Ann; Hershkowitz, Irit; Lamb, Michael E
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2351548

Child Maltreatment Research, Policy, and Practice: Contributions of Penelope K. Trickett

Author(s): Sonya Negriff
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354426

Development of the social brain

Author(s): Elison, Jed T.; Sera, Maria D.
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2362639

Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology. Volume 38, Culture and developmental systems

Author(s): Carlson, Stephanie M.; Maratsos, Michael P.; Sera, Maria D
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2017, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1606919

Child and Family Well-Being and Homelessness: Integrating Research into Practice and Policy

Author(s): Mary E. Haskett (eds.)
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1676557

Executive functions in children's everyday lives : a handbook for professionals in applied psychology

Author(s): Maureen J. Hoskyn, Grace Iarocci, Arlene R. Young
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1679825

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really best-sellers according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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