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Best Childhood Books Everyone Should Read

Our list of some of the best Childhood books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal (2016)

 Best Childhood Books Everyone Should ReadA “courageous, compassionate, and rigorous every-person’s guide” (Christina Bethell, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) that shows the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and adult illnesses such as heart disease, autoimmune disease, and cancer—Childhood Disrupted also explains how to cope and heal from these emotional traumas.Your biography becomes your biology. The emotional trauma we suffer as children not only shapes our emotional lives as adults, but it also affects our physical health, longevity, and overall wellbeing. Scientists now know on a…
Author(s): Donna Jackson Nakazawa

2. Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life, 2nd Edition with an Update a Decade Later (2011)

 Best Childhood Books Everyone Should ReadClass does make a difference in the lives and futures of American children. Drawing on in-depth observations of black and white middle-class, working-class, and poor families, Unequal Childhoods explores this fact, offering a picture of childhood today. Here are the frenetic families managing their children’s hectic schedules of “leisure” activities; and here are families with plenty of time but little economic security. Lareau shows how middle-class parents, whether black or white, engage in a process of “concerted cultivation” designed to draw out children’s talents and skills, while…
Author(s): Annette Lareau

3. Childhood’s End: A Novel (1987)

 Best Childhood Books Everyone Should ReadWithout warning, giant silver ships from deep space appear in the skies above every major city on Earth. Manned by the Overlords, in fifty years, they eliminate ignorance, disease, and poverty. Then this golden age ends–and then the age of Mankind begins…. #21,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #319 in Hard Science Fiction (Books) #648 in Alien Invasion Science Fiction #580 in First Contact Science Fiction (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Arthur C. Clarke

4. Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth Through Age 8 (2008)

 Best Childhood Books Everyone Should ReadThe book Developmentally Appropriate Practice has been an essential resource for the early childhood field since its first edition in 1987. This third edition is the most extensive yet, fully revised to align with the latest research on development, learning, and teaching effectiveness.In this book, early childhood practitioners and students will find a wealth of information:• NAEYC’s official Position Statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice• A chapter by Carol Copple and Sue Bredekamp that makes clear the connection between DAP and excellent teaching, and challenges the field to think about…
Author(s): Carol Copple, Sue Bredekamp

5. Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation (4th Edition) (2019)

 Best Childhood Books Everyone Should ReadInspired by her own classroom experiences, Sue Bredekamp designed to empower a new generation of teachers who can make a difference in children’s lives. An entire chapter introduces readers to developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) for early childhood education. Subsequent chapters are organized according to the NAEYC guidelines, which Bredekamp has co-authored for over 30 years. Building on the DAP framework, Bredekamp focuses on three themes that are essential to quality teaching: intentional teaching, developmentally appropriate curriculum, and evidence-based, effective practices. The introduces a new theme,…
Author(s): Sue Bredekamp

6. Gifts From A Challenging Childhood: Creating A Practice for Becoming Your Healthiest Self (2019)

 Best Childhood Books Everyone Should ReadWhen I was four and a half years old, I found my mother passed-out on her bedroom floor. She had overdosed—shortly after giving birth to my baby brother, and she went on to spend six months in a psychiatric hospital. On one of the many days she was away, I remember sitting in the backseat of our car with my older brother as my father drove us to the store, when suddenly our car collided head-on with another vehicle. I was too young to understand everything happening at the time, but, in the months that followed, I became parentless for a span of time that seemed like years. That experience set the stage for a lifelong interest in the…
Author(s): Bergstrom LMHC, Jan

7. Assessment in Early Childhood Education (8th Edition) (2019)

 Best Childhood Books Everyone Should ReadWritten from a developmental perspective, provides current and future teachers alike with a comprehensive overview of all aspects of early childhood assessment, including the different possibilities available — far more than standardized tests — and how to use them most effectively for the benefit of the children in their classrooms. Both traditional and authentic assessments designed by teachers are explained for preschool children and for kindergarten and third grade children who are transitioning into literacy. The has been updated with new learning features, a new chapter…
Author(s): Sue C. Wortham, Belinda J. Hardin

8. Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education (9th Edition) (2019)

 Best Childhood Books Everyone Should Readis appreciated for its practical, applied approach and its engaging chapter features that look at every aspect of the field — early childhood programs, professionals in practice, diversity, technology issues, and ethical decision making. Young children’s distinctive developmental and educational needs are covered from birth through age eight in separate chapters on infants and toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and primary school children. Thoroughly revised and updated throughout, the offers a contemporary, accessible, and user-friendly approach to all of the…
Author(s): George S. Morrison

9. Theories of Childhood, Second Edition: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget & Vygotsky (NONE) (2013)

 Best Childhood Books Everyone Should ReadUnderstand 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 to the foundational theories of John Dewey, Maria Montessori, Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, and Lev Vygotsky. Each chapter highlights a theorist’s work and includes insight on how the theory impacts teaching young children today. Discussion questions and suggested readings are included to help you gain an understanding of what it means to apply each theory to your work with children.Theories of Childhood, Second Edition:Builds the…
Author(s): Garhart Mooney, Carol

10. Adapting Early Childhood Curricula for Children with Disabilities and Special Needs (10th Edition) (2019)

 Best Childhood Books Everyone Should Readuses a developmental focus, rather than a disability orientation, to discuss typical and atypical child development and curricular adaptations. The integrated, non-categorical approach assumes that children are more alike than different in their development. The inclusive focus assumes that attitudes, environments, and intervention strategies can be adapted so that all young children with disabilities or other special needs can be included. An essential text for today, and a valuable resource to take into the classroom tomorrow, this practical guide provides daily activities, evidence-based…
Author(s): Ruth E. Cook, M. Diane Klein, et al.

11. Early Childhood Field Experience: Learning to Teach Well (2nd Edition) (2012)

 Best Childhood Books Everyone Should ReadFor many student teachers the prospect of facing their first classroom experience is overwhelming. This book presents a realistic view of what they will face in the classroom, but also provides them the skills they need to become reflective, professional teachers in their own right. Early Childhood Learning Experience: Learning to Teach Well is a combination of an informational text and workbook-like exercises that encourage self-reflection and ways for each student to get the most out of their fieldwork experience. It includes features from real student teachers as…
Author(s): Kathryn W. Browne, Ann M. Gordon

Best Childhood Books Everyone 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 childhood 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 Bucket: Memories of an Inattentive Childhood

Author(s): Allan Ahlberg
ID: 2449911, Publisher: Penguin Books, Year: 5 Sept 2019, Size: 6 Mb, Format: epub

The Forever Angels: Near-Death Experiences in Childhood and Their Lifelong Impact

Author(s): P. M. H. Atwater
ID: 2402516, Publisher: Bear & Company, Year: 3 Sept 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Format: epub

My Sister Milly: The Story of Two Stolen Childhoods

Author(s): Gemma Dowler
ID: 2388658, Publisher: Penguin UK, Year: 29 Jun 2017, Size: 9 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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