Our list of some of the best Childhood books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.
- Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal (2016)
- Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life, 2nd Edition with an Update a Decade Later (2011)
- Childhood’s End: A Novel (1987)
- Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth Through Age 8 (2008)
- Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation (4th Edition) (2019)
- Gifts From A Challenging Childhood: Creating A Practice for Becoming Your Healthiest Self (2019)
- Assessment in Early Childhood Education (8th Edition) (2019)
- Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education (9th Edition) (2019)
- Theories of Childhood, Second Edition: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget & Vygotsky (NONE) (2013)
- Adapting Early Childhood Curricula for Children with Disabilities and Special Needs (10th Edition) (2019)
- Early Childhood Field Experience: Learning to Teach Well (2nd Edition) (2012)
A “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.
Class 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.
Childhood’s End: A Novel (1987)
Without 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.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth Through Age 8 (2008)
The book Developmentally Appropriate Practice has been an essential resource for the early childhood field since its first edition in 1987.
Inspired 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.
When 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.
Assessment in Early Childhood Education (8th Edition) (2019)
Written 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.
is 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.
Theories of Childhood, Second Edition: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget & Vygotsky (NONE) (2013)
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 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.
Adapting Early Childhood Curricula for Children with Disabilities and Special Needs (10th Edition) (2019)
uses 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.
For 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.
Best Childhood Books Everyone Should Read
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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.