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5 Books for Parents

Welcome to Your Child's Brain by Sam Wang and Sandra Aamodt

Written by neuroscientists, Welcome to Your Child's Brain is a breakdown of everything you wanted to know about your child's brain -- from how children learn language and how to get your child to sleep, to the best predictor of how well your child will do in school. Wang and Aamodt cover everything from conception to college. If you're looking for a book to explain the why behind the how, this is the book for you.

Talking Back to Facebook by James Steyer

What's the best way to monitor what your children are doing online? I think many parents are wary, justifiably, of their children being bullied on Facebook or participating in online forums that may be inappropriate. How do you keep an eye on your kids while giving them space to grow? This book provides a balanced approach to answering that question.

Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon

Parents have aspirations and expectations for their children. So, what happens when you have a child who isn't quite what you expected? In this book, Solomon discusses how children who are radically different from their parents and siblings fit into the familial fabric and approaches everything from developmental delays to criminal records.

Beyond Baby Talk by Kenn Apel and Julie Masterson

The first eight years of your child's life are critical for language and literacy, yet most parents are left in the dark about what's normal and what isn't. If your child hasn't spoken by 18 months, should you worry? If your six year old uses "w" in the place of "r," should you see a therapist? What does talking to your child have to do with their ability to read? Is it ok for your two year old to use your iPad? Written for parents, by parents (who just happen to be leading researchers in language and literacy development), this is an approachable volume that will leave parents feeling knowledgable, not overwhelmed.

The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

First published in 1979, The Read-Aloud Handbook is now in its sixth edition. Trelease provides anecdotes, suggestions for books to read aloud, and solid advice. Meticulously researched, recommended by everyone from teachers to writers at the Washington Post, this book has become a classic for parents looking for strategies to help their children become avid readers.


Amazon Says: A smart, urgently needed book that helps parents and their kids navigate today’s online landscape—from the founder and CEO of the nation’s leading authority on kids and more...
Amazon Says: A smart, urgently needed book that helps parents and their kids navigate today’s online landscape—from the founder and CEO of the nation’s leading authority on kids and the media. Now, more than ever, parents need help in navigating their kids’ online, media-saturated lives. Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading kids-andmedia organization, and the father of four children, knows that many parents and teachers—unlike their technology-savvy kids—may be tourists in the online world. In this essential book, Steyer—a frequent commentator on national TV and radio—offers an engaging blend of straightforward advice and anecdotes that address what he calls RAP, the major pitfalls relating to kids’ use of media and technology: relationship issues, attention/ addiction problems, and the lack of privacy. Instead of shielding children completely from online images and messages, Steyer’s practical approach gives parents essential tools to help filter content, preserve good relationships with their children, and make common sense, value-driven judgments for kids of all ages. Not just about Facebook, this comprehensive, no-nonsense guide to the online world, media, and mobile devices belongs in the hands of all parents and educators raising kids in today’s digital age. less...
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Amazon Says:  A New York Times and million copy bestseller, the classic handbook on reading aloud to children—revised and updated Recommended by “Dear Abby”, The New more...
Amazon Says:  A New York Times and million copy bestseller, the classic handbook on reading aloud to children—revised and updated Recommended by “Dear Abby”, The New York Times and The Washington Post, for three decades, millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Trelease's beloved classic to help countless children become avid readers through awakening their imaginations and improving their language skills. Now this new edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook imparts the benefits, rewards, and importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation. Supported by delightful anecdotes as well as the latest research, The Read-Aloud Handbook offers proven techniques and strategies—and the reasoning behind them—for helping children discover the pleasures of reading and setting them on the road to becoming lifelong readers. less...
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