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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: How children think is one of the most enduring mysteries-and difficulties-encountered by parents. In an effort to raise our children smarter, happier, stronger, and better, pa more...
Amazon Says: How children think is one of the most enduring mysteries-and difficulties-encountered by parents. In an effort to raise our children smarter, happier, stronger, and better, parents will try almost anything, from vitamins to toys to DVDs. But how can we tell marketing from real science? And what really goes through your kid's growing mind-as an infant, in school, and during adolescence?Neuroscientists Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang (who is also a parent) explain the facets and functions of the developing brain, discussing salient subjects such as sleep problems, language learning, gender differences, and autism. They dispel common myths about important subjects such as the value of educational videos for babies, the meaning of ADHD in the classroom, and the best predictor of academic success (hint: It's not IQ ). Most of all, this book helps you know when to worry, how to respond, and, most important, when to relax.Welcome to Your Child's Brain upends myths and misinformation with practical advice, surprising revelations, and real, reliable science. It's essential reading for parents of children of any age, from infancy well into their teens. less...
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Amazon Says: 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 lead more...
Amazon Says: 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: From the National Book Award–winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression comes a monumental new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In Far from the more...
Amazon Says: From the National Book Award–winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression comes a monumental new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. Solomon’s startling proposition is that diversity is what unites us all. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter. All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent parents should accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves. Drawing on forty thousand pages of interview transcripts with more than three hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges. Whether considering prenatal screening for genetic disorders, cochlear implants for the deaf, or gender reassignment surgery for transgender people, Solomon narrates a universal struggle toward compassion. Many families grow closer through caring for a challenging child; most discover supportive communities of others similarly affected; some are inspired to become advocates and activists, celebrating the very conditions they once feared. Woven into their courageous and affirming stories is Solomon’s journey to accepting his own identity, which culminated in his midlife decision, influenced by this research, to become a parent. Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original thinker, Far from the Tree explores themes of generosity, acceptance, and tolerance—all rooted in the insight that love can transcend every prejudice. This crucial and revelatory book expands our definition of what it is to be human. less...
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Amazon Says: Guide your child to effective communication with this fully updated handbook. Language is about so much more than just words, and healthy communication is the foundat more...
Amazon Says: Guide your child to effective communication with this fully updated handbook. Language is about so much more than just words, and healthy communication is the foundation of your child’s ability to succeed emotionally, socially, and academically. The first eight years of life are a critical period of language and literacy development, and as a parent, you are your child’s primary role model as he or she begins to acquire speaking, reading, and writing skills. And yet, you may be uncertain of what constitutes typical language progress and of what activities and practices will enhance your child’s learning experiences the most. Fully revised and updated for our modern times, Beyond Baby Talk is here to guide you through the easiest and most engaging ways to instill strong communication skills in your child, and to provide fun for you both along the way.   Inside, you’ll find all of the essential steps and checkpoints to help you gauge your child’s progress, as well as easy methods to: • Evaluate and monitor your child’s spoken language development • Enhance your child’s literacy skills for improved spelling, reading, and writing abilities • Understand and navigate environmental influences on language development such as television, texting, and cultural slang • Recognize the signs of language and literacy progress problems—and know when to seek professional help In collaboration with and copyrighted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) www.asha.org/BeyondBabyTalk  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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