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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.

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.
Author(s): Annette Lareau

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.
Author(s): Arthur C. Clarke

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.
Author(s): Carol Copple, Sue Bredekamp

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.
Author(s): Sue Bredekamp

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.
Author(s): Bergstrom LMHC, Jan

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.
Author(s): Sue C. Wortham, Belinda J. Hardin

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.
Author(s): George S. Morrison

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.
Author(s): Garhart Mooney, Carol

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.
Author(s): Ruth E. Cook, M. Diane Klein, et al.

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.
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 Library 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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