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Book Lists

All teachers should be lifelong learners. Professional development can be a challenge. Conferences and workshops are great but the expense can add up. Online courses or podcasts are good alternatives. But sometimes it’s difficult to invest a chunk of time at one sitting. Professional development books are great resources – affordable and easy to fit in your schedule.

Check out these professional development books for child care professionals. 

The Most Important Year: Pre-Kindergarten and the Future of Our Children by Suzanne Bouffard

Big Questions for Young Minds: Extending Children’s Thinking by Janis Strasser, Lisa Mufson Bresson

Already Ready by Katie Wood Ray and Matt Glover

I Am Reading by Kathy Collins and Matt Glover

Conscious Discipline by Dr. Becky Bailey

Purposeful Play by Mraz, Porcelli, and Tyler

The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

7 Kinds of Smart: Identifying and Developing Your Many Intelligences  by Thomas Armstrong

50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do)  by Gever Tulley and Julie Spiegler

100 Ideas to Market Your Childcare Business by Taffy Gallagher

The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Early Childhood Education by Judy Fujawa

The Whole Brain Child By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson

The Wild Card by Wade King, Hope King

Lisa Murphy on Play: The Foundation of Children's Learning by Lisa Murphy

Easy to Love Difficult to Discipline by Becky Bailey

Let Them Play by Jeff Johnson and Denita Dinger 

Play by Stuart Brown

Balanced and Barefoot by Angela Hanscom

Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

The Sensory-Sensitive Child: Practical Solutions for Out-of-Bounds Behavior

by Karen A. Smith PhD, Karen R. Gouze PhD

Finding your smile again by Jeff F Johnson

What if Everybody Understood Child Development by Rae Pica

No More Teaching the Letter of the Week by Rebecca McKay

Loose Parts, Inspiring Play in Young Children by Lisa Daly

The Power of Play by David Elkind

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