Recommended Books

Literacy Leadership in Early Childhood: The Essential Guide

August 2012

Covers key aspects of literacy learning and teaching as applied to preschool settings.

Child Development and Social Policy: Knowledge for Action

August 2012

Focuses on both the influence of social policy on children's development and the unique insight that developmentalists bring to this policy's formation.

Changing Rhythms of American Family Life

August 2012

Analyzes the way families spend their time and uncovers surprising new findings about how Americans are balancing the demands of work and family.

Young English Language Learners: Current Research and Emerging Directions for Practice and Policy

June 2010

Provides up-to-date syntheses of the research base for young English language learners on a number of critical topics.

In Plain Sight: Simple, Difficult Lessons from New Jersey's Expensive Effort to Close the Achievement Gap

December 2009

Examines New Jersey's educational efforts starting at age 3, noting the state's success in improving children's reading scores on fourth grade assessments.

Good Morning, Children: My First Years in Early Childhood Education

December 2009

Presents the experiences of a first-year preschool teacher through anecdotes of her interactions with students.

Child Care Today: Getting It Right for Everyone

December 2009

Discusses availability of child care options, with particular emphasis on the U.S. and U.K.

The Promise of Pre-K

June 2009

Robert C. Pianta and Carollee Howes, Editors (2009) Examines the current state of pre-K with exploration of the latest research and best practices, providing examples of successful programs along the way.

A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence

December 2008

Presents evidence of the value of play in the preschool classroom and on children's development.

A Child's Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play

December 2004

Examines the role of play, specifically fantasy play, in the classroom and explores its role in children's development.

Handbook of Early Literacy Research

April 2003

Brings together current knowledge and understanding of how literacy can best be developed, nurtured, and taught.

America's Child Care Problem: The Way Out

January 2002

Identifies crucial problems facing child care and suggests sources for change, including stronger regulatory procedures and government subsidies; offers practical tips for parents seeking quality care.