Bookshelf for Directors, Teachers and Providers

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Here is a list of some recommended books that I think would be worthwhile for anyone interested in this topic.

Child Development / Parenting Books

  • Child Behavior: The Classic Childcare Manual from the Gesell Institute of Human Development by Frances L. Ilg and Louise B. Ames
  • From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development by Jack P. Shonkoff (Editor), et al
  • So This is Normal Too? by Deborah Hewitt
  • There's Gotta be a Better Way; Discipline that Works! by Dr. Becky Bailey.
  • Touchpoints by T. Berry Brazelton
  • Theories of Childhood: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erickson, Piaget & Vygotskyby Carol Garhart Mooney


Issues and Administration Books

  • Caring Spaces, Learning Places: Children's Environments That Work by Jim Greenman
  • Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum: Best Practices in Early Childhood Education by Marjorie J. Kostelnik, et al
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs by Sue Bredekamp and Carol Copple
  • Family Day Care: Out of the Shadows and Into the Limelight by Susan Kontos
  • Observing Children: A Practical Guide by Carole Sharman, Wendy Cross and Diana Vennis
  • Planning and Administering Early Childhood Programs by Celia A. Decker, John R. Decker
  • Please Don't Sit on the Kids by Clare Cherry
  • Reflecting Children's Lives by Deb Curtis and Margie Carter
  • Teaching in the Key of Life by Mimi Chenfeld
  • Tips and Tidbits: A Book for Family Day Care Providers by Janet Gonzalez-Mena
  • The Unofficial Guide to Childcare (The Unofficial Guide Series) by Ann Douglas
  • Windows on Learning: Documenting Young Children's Work by Judy Helm, Sallee Beneke, and Kathy Steinheimer


Activites and Curriculum Books

  • 1001 Rhymes & Fingerplays by Totline Staff
  • Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children by Louise Derman-Sparks, A.B.C. Task Force
  • Creative Curriculum for Early Childhood by Diane Trister Dodge
  • Creative Expression and Play in Early Childhood by Joan Packer Isenberg, Mary Renck Jalongo
  • Creative Resources for Infants and Toddlers by Judy Herr and Terri Swim
  • Don't Move the Muffin Tins: A Hands-Off Guide to Art for the Young Child by Bev Bos
  • Emergent Curriculum by Elizabeth Jones, John Nimmo
  • Mudpies to Magnets by Robert E. Rockwell, Elizabeth A. Sherwood, and Robert A. Williams
  • Open the Door Let's Explore More by Rhoda Redleaf
  • Play in the Lives of Children by Cosby Rogers and Janet Sawyers.
  • School-Age Ideas and Activities for After School Programs by Karen Haas-Foletta and Michele Cogley
  • Squish, Sort, Paint, and Build: Over 200 Easy Learning Center Activities by Sharon MacDonald
  • Themestorming by Joni Becker, Karen Reid and Pat Steinhaus