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Best Early Childhood Books to Read

Looking for the best Early Childhood books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

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

Best Early Childhood Books to 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 developmentally appropriate…
Author(s): Carol Copple, Sue Bredekamp

2. The Early Childhood Coaching Handbook (2011)

Best Early Childhood Books to ReadEvidence-based and highly effective, coaching helps early childhood practitioners support other professionals and families as they enhance existing knowledge, develop new skills, and promote healthy development of young children. This hands-on guide shows professionals how to conduct skillful coaching in any setting—home, school, or community.An expanded, more practical follow-up to the groundbreaking Coaching Families and Colleagues in Early Childhood, this is the guidebook that walks professionals step by step through the coaching process and shows them…
Author(s): Rush Ed.D. CCC-SLP, Dathan, Shelden “PT Ph.D.”, M’Lisa, et al.

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

Best Early Childhood Books to 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 about technology, Common Core and State…
Author(s): Sue C. Wortham, Belinda J. Hardin

4. Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3) (2014)

Best Early Childhood Books to ReadThe long-anticipated new version of the internationally recognized Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale®, ECERS-3, focuses on the full range of needs of preschool- and kindergarten-aged children. This widely used, comprehensive assessment tool measures both environmental provisions and teacher-child interactions that affect the broad developmental needs of young children, including: ECERS-3 also includes additional Items assessing developmentally appropriate literacy and math activities.Designed for preschool, kindergarten, and child care classrooms serving children 3 through 5 years…
Author(s): Thelma Harms, Richard M. Clifford, et al.

5. Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation (3rd Edition) (2016)

Best Early Childhood Books to Read  is Pearson’s newest way of delivering our respected content. Fully digital and highly engaging, REVEL replaces the textbook and gives students everything they need for the course. Informed by extensive research on how people read, think, and learn, REVEL is an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience—for less than the cost of a traditional textbook.   Early childhood authority, Sue Bredekamp, designed Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation to prepare…
Author(s): Sue Bredekamp

6. The Exceptional Child: Inclusion in Early Childhood Education (2014)

Best Early Childhood Books to ReadFilled with classic and current research about all aspects of educating young children with special needs, THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD: INCLUSION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, 8th Edition, discusses key approaches and tools needed to provide an optimal setting for young exceptional children with special needs and their families. Many checklists and forms are included for use within the classroom to aid teachers and caregivers in developing a developmentally appropriate environment. The book’s friendly and easy-to-use format is useful whether you are an educator or…
Author(s): K. Eileen Allen, Glynnis Edwards Cowdery

7. Early Childhood Education Today (14th Edition) (2018)

Best Early Childhood Books to ReadGeorge Morrison’s  presents current, research-based information on providing high-quality early education to all children so that they can be successful in school and in life. The new edition retains the engaging style that has made the book so popular and provides practical examples of authentic teaching practices used by master teachers. Its strong coverage of development in the age/grade-specific chapters, emphasis on diversity, and coverage of contemporary topics and issues make this text stand apart from other early childhood education texts….
Author(s): George S Morrison

8. Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting from Birth to Six Years (2015)

Best Early Childhood Books to ReadNEW – Updated Second Edition of the Award Winning Book! Practical Parenting from Birth to Six Years Brought to you from world-renowned, trusted experts in the fields of education, psychology and parenting. This book is an extensively updated version of the original gold standard. Within its pages you’ll find loving yet effective strategies for: Responding to tantrums, meltdowns, whining and arguing. Enjoying more relaxed morning, bedtime and mealtime routines. Handling misbehavior in public without extreme embarrassment. Taking the frustration out of potty…
Author(s): Jim Fay; Dr. Charles Fay

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

Best Early Childhood Books to 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 major…
Author(s): George S. Morrison

10. Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice (2013)

Best Early Childhood Books to ReadDrawing from and grounded in their long-standing involvement in pioneering work on infant-parent mental health, the editors of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice have assembled a comprehensive, theoretically insightful, and clinically useful volume for psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, pediatricians, social workers, psychotherapists, and all other providers serving children and families from pregnancy through age 5. In 20 engaging chapters by renowned practitioners and researchers in the field, the book covers concepts from the nature of infant emotional and brain development to the…
Author(s): Kristie Brandt C.N.M. D.N.P. , Bruce D. Perry M.D. Ph.D., et al.

11. Rethinking Early Childhood Education (2008)

Best Early Childhood Books to ReadRethinking Early Childhood Education is alive with the conviction that teaching young children involves values and vision. This anthology collects inspiring stories about social justice teaching with young children. Included here is outstanding writing from childcare teachers, early-grade public school teachers, scholars, and parents. Early childhood is when we develop our core dispositions the habits of thinking that shape how we live. This book shows how educators can nurture empathy, an ecological consciousness, curiosity, collaboration, and activism in young children. It invites readers to rethink early childhood education,…
Author(s): Ann Pelo

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

Best Early Childhood Books to 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…
Author(s): Sue Bredekamp

13. The Great Disconnect in Early Childhood Education: What We Know vs. What We Do (2015)

Best Early Childhood Books to ReadEarly childhood educators need to be cognizant of the disconnect between public policy and classroom practice—the success of children they teach depends on it. This book analyzes how ineffective practices are driven by unexamined public policies and why educators need to challenge their thinking in order to make a difference in children’s lives. A very complex story about public policy and the importance of teaching is told while entertaining and engaging the reader throughout. #209,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #393 in Education Reform & Policy #1041 in Educational Certification & Development #621 in Early…
Author(s): Michael Gramling, Elizabeth Jones

14. Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership: Eight Strategies to Ignite Passion and Transform Program Quality (2016)

Best Early Childhood Books to ReadWinner of the 2017 AAP Revere Award for Pre-K Classroom Professional Resources A positive, strengths-based leadership system is the key to transforming the quality of early childhood programs. Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership lays out strategies designed to support program leaders in finding new ways to reduce the levels of stress on themselves and their staff, and move into a unified, engaging system for leading with passion, intention, and purpose. Grounded in current research, the book incorporates decades-old best practices, making the strategies appropriate for leaders of all…
Author(s): Susan MacDonald

15. Exploring Mathematics Through Play in the Early Childhood Classroom (Early Childhood Education (Teacher’s College Pr)) (2015)

Best Early Childhood Books to ReadThis practical book provides pre- and inservice teachers with an understanding of how math can be learned through play. The author helps teachers to recognize the mathematical learning that occurs during play, to develop strategies for mathematizing that play, and to design formal lessons that make connections between mathematics and play. Common Core State Standards are addressed throughout the text to demonstrate the ways in which play is critical to standards-based mathematics teaching, and to help teachers become more familiar with these standards. Classroom examples illustrate that, unlike most formal tasks, play offers children…
Author(s): Amy Noelle Parks, Beth Graue

Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves, by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards, offers practical guidance to early childhood educators (including parents) for confronting and eliminating barriers of prejudice, misinformation, and bias about specific aspects of personal and social identity; most importantly, it includes Empowering early childhood professionals with fresh ideas and insights to participate in and facilitate the highest quality professional development. Public Policy Forum Join us at the members-only event and build your advocacy skills, expand your networks, and advance federal and state early childhood policy. The first studies on early childhood education appeared in the first half of the seventeenth century. Johann Amos Comenius is among the founders of the system as we know it today. In his book The Great Didactic (1657) he introduced what is now considered one of the first descriptions of an educational system tailored for young children. In Books shelved as early-childhood: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, Brow The early childhood years are so exciting. It is in these moments from birth to grade 5 that major developmental work takes place. Culture, the individual’s mind, the classroom layout, peers, situation, and circumstance affect every aspect of these early developmental years. As a 21st century early childhood educator you understand the value of

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Early Childhood and Development Work: Theories, Policies, and Practices

Author(s): Anne-Trine Kjørholt, Helen Penn
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2310787

Democratic Policies and Practices in Early Childhood Education: An Aotearoa New Zealand Case Study

Author(s): Linda Mitchell
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2313763

The Wiley handbook of early childhood care and education

Author(s): Brown, Christopher Pierce; File, Nancy; McMullen, Mary Benson
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2362655

Voices of Transgender Children in Early Childhood Education: Reflections on Resistance and Resiliency

Author(s): Ashley L. Sullivan and Laurie Urraro
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2391015

Music in Early Childhood: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives and Inter-disciplinary Exchanges

Author(s): Susan Young and Beatriz Ilari
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2398530

Mathematical Learning and Cognition in Early Childhood: Integrating Interdisciplinary Research into Practice

Author(s): Katherine M. Robinson, Helena P. Osana, Donna Kotsopoulos
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407396

Literary Cultures and Medieval and Early Modern Childhoods

Author(s): Naomi J. Miller, Diane Purkiss
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407559

Children’s Self-determination in the Context of Early Childhood Education and Services: Discourses, Policies and Practices

Author(s): Federico Farini, Angela Scollan
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407616

Play-Responsive Teaching in Early Childhood Education

Author(s): Niklas Pramling, Cecilia Wallerstedt, Pernilla Lagerlöf, Camilla Björklund, Anne Kultti, Hanna Palmér, Maria Magnusson, Susanne Thulin, Agneta Jonsson, Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407855

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really chart-busters according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted 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 links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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