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Ants in Their Pants: Teaching Children Who Must Move to Learn. Aerial Cross, $35.95

Extra busy children — children who must move to learn — demand non-traditional environments and teaching methods. By focusing on the kinesthetic nature of these children this practical, hands-on resource is filled with transition ideas, sensory-play activities, advice and inspiration for teachers, caregivers and parents.


The Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching, 2nd Edition. Deb Curtis & Margie Carter, $53.95 (ages birth to 5)

The art of observing children is more than merely the act of watching them—it is also using what you see and hear to craft new opportunities in your classroom. This resource provides a wealth of inspiration and practice. It will help you learn to observe in new ways. You'll witness children's remarkable competencies as they experience childhood, and find new joy in your work with children. 

  • Ten study sessions to help you advance your skills and practice observing children from different points of view
  • Stories, photographs, and classroom reflections modeling the ways observation can be used and displayed in your own teaching
  • Activities to help you notice and appreciate what you see
  • New ideas and strategies to organize your observations, share them with colleagues and families, and apply them to planning and assessment processes
  • Emphasis on cultural awareness, observing through an objective lens, and using technology as an observation tool

Behaviour in the Early Years, 2nd Edition. Angela Glenn, Jacquie Cousins & Alicia Helps, $36.50

Behaviour in the Early Years provides hands-on, tried and true strategies to help you respond effectively to behavior problems. The book helps you to understand why children behave the way they do and to encourage them to problem solve in difficult situations.

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Beyond Behavior Management: the Six Life Skills Children Need, 2nd Edition. Jenna Bilnes, $41.95

All children — not just those with challenging behaviors — require guidance as they develop the social and emotional skills they will use the rest of their lives. This resource provides everything you need to help children build and use six essential life skills: attachment, belonging, self-regulation, collaboration, contribution, and adaptability. Developed and tested in the classroom, this strength-based approach includes strategies, examples of supportive interactions, and special activities to help you manage challenging behaviors and strengthen social and emotional development in all children. With these essential life skills, children will exhibit more prosocial behaviors, work better as a classroom community, and become excited and active learners.


Child Development for Child Care and Protection Workers, 2nd Edition. Brigid Daniel, Sally Wassell & Robbie Gilligan, $34.95

Child Development for Child Care and Protection Workers summarizes important current thinking on child development and applies it directly to practice. The book covers key issues such as resilience and vulnerability and the impact of protective or adverse environments. Different stages of development (infancy, school age and adolescence) are discussed, and attachment theory is used to offer insights into the impact of abuse and neglect on development. This book encourages practitioners to consider each child as an individual with unique circumstances, and links theory and practice in an imaginative and sympathetic way.


Common Psychological Disorders in Young Children: a Handbook for Child Care Professionals. Jenna Bilmes & Tara Welker, $34.95

Common Psychological Disorders in Young Children is an easy-to-use guide that will help you recognize and deal with the symptoms and behaviors associated with ADHD, autism, anxiety, and other disorders you may face in your classroom. Learn to notice behaviors that may require referral for diagnostic screening and, for children already diagnosed, understand the reason a child might be exhibiting certain behaviors and how you can best help the child within your setting.

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Community and Environment: Activities for Age 3 to Kindergarten, 3rd Edition. Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte Hendricks & Becky Bennett, $17.95

Children develop a sense of security and self-worth by becoming familiar with themselves, their home, and the world around them. This curriculum includes thirty-six activities that help children build connections with their community and foster positive feelings about health and safety personnel. This book includes:

  • An overview of the community and environment topics covered in the curriculum
  • Suggested interest area materials and supports for creating the learning environment
  • Learning objectives and vocabulary words
  • Suggestions for evaluating children's understanding of each community and environment topic
  • More than 30 classroom activities
  • Family information and take-home activities

Culture and Child Development in Early Childhood Programs: Practices for Quality Education and Care. Carollee Howes, $36.95

Early childhood education programs are expected to provide exemplary care for all children while also adapting care to include children’s families and cultures. These two sets of expectations are often difficult for teachers and programs to meet. In this book, Carollee Howes shows how high-quality programs successfully adapt child development guidelines within cultural contexts, and why quality needs to be and can be measured in culturally specific ways.

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Developing Attachment in Early Years Settings: Nurturing Secure Relationships from Birth to Five Years. Veronica Read, $42.50

Providing an accessible introduction to attachment thinking, this practical book offers early years practitioners' advice on translating attachment principles into practice in their settings. It clearly explains how knowledge about attachment theory underpins everyday practice and highlights the crucial role of secure attachments in young children's learning and development. Developing Attachments in Early Years Settings examines the importance of emotional' 'holding' and the nurturing of individual relationships within group childcare. The book aims to help you make a real difference to young children's sense of self and emotional security by being 'tuned in', available, responsive and consistent.


The Developing Brain Birth to Age Eight. Marilee Sprenger, $21.95

Synthesizing information from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and child development, author Marilee Sprenger covers the basic structure, vocabulary, and current research on the brain from an early childhood educator's point of view and provides an abundance of illustrations and descriptions. Through an understanding of the phases of language, motor, and social development at each age level, educators can create enriching educational experiences that enhance children's growth and foster an enduring love of learning.


Developing Thinking & Understanding in Young Children, 2nd Edition. Sue Robson, $45.50

DEVELOPING THINKING AND UNDERSTANDING IN YOUNG CHILDREN presents a comprehensive and accessible overview of contemporary theory and research about young children’s developing thinking and understanding. Aimed at all those interested in how young children develop through their thoughts and actions, Sue Robson explores:

  • Theories of cognitive development
  • The social, emotional and cultural contexts of children’s thinking
  • Children’s conceptual development
  • Approaches to supporting the development of young children’s thinking and understanding
  • Latest developments in brain science and young children
  • The central roles of play and language in young children’s developing thinking

Including a new chapter on young children’s musical thinking, expanded sections on self regulation, metacognition and creative thinking and the use of video to observe and describe young children’s thinking, this book will be an essential read for all those studying the early years and childhood education.

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A Developmental Approach to Educating Young Children. Denise Daniels & Patricia Clarkson, $40.75

The early school years provide critical opportunities for children to develop foundational skills and positive attitudes toward learning. This book offers valuable insight into how young children feel, think, and learn.

Vignettes and case studies, practice exercises, suggested games, and reflection questions make A Developmental Approach to Educating Young Children a valuable asset in helping teachers design stimulating learning experiences for young children.


Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs, 3rd Edition: Serving Children from Birth through Age 8. Carol Copple & Sue Bredekamp, Editors, $47.99

Based on what the research says about development, learning, and effective practices, as well as what experience tells us about teaching intentionally, DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS articulates the principles that should guide decision making. Chapters describe children from birth through age 8 in detail, with extensive examples of appropriate practice for infant/toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and primary levels.  This revised edition comes with a supplementary CD containing readings on key topics, plus video examples showing developmentally appropriate practice in action.


Don’t Get So Upset! Help Young Children Manage Their Feelings by Understanding Your Own — a Guide for Caregivers. Tamar Jacobson, $19.50

Young children convey their emotions in many ways. Don’t Get So Upset is an insightful look at why some expressions of children’s emotions are so much more challenging than others — it’s not about the child as much as it is about you and your emotions.

Author Tamar Jacobson asks the reader to reflect on how they learned to express their feelings as a child, how adults responded to them and how our emotional history is very much a part of our interactions with children. This book is practical and personal — a call for self-reflective practice in early childhood education.

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Dual Language Learners in the Early Childhood Classroom. Edited by Carollee Howes, Jason Downer & Robert Pianta, $40.95

The school readiness of young dual language learners depends on high-quality preschool programs that meet their needs— but how should schools promote and measure the progress of children learning two languages? Find out what the research says in this authoritative resource, which investigates the experiences of dual language learners in preschool classrooms and the policy implications of these critical findings.


Early Sprouts: Cultivating Healthy Food Choices in Young Children. Carrie Kalich, Dottie Bauer & Deirdre McPartlin, $28.95

Plant lifelong healthy eating concepts in young children with Early Sprouts. This “seed-to-table” approach gets children interested in and enjoying nutritious fruits and vegetables. The Early Sprouts model engages preschoolers in all aspects of planting, preparing, and eating organically grown produce. Find directions for designing and caring for gardens, recipes children can help prepare, and ways to involve the whole family in making healthy food choices. The activities can be tailored to fit any early childhood program, climate, or geographical region. No space for a garden? Many of the benefits of the Early Sprouts program can be achieved in other ways, including visits to a farmer’s market and small-container gardens.


Easy Daily Plans: Over 250 Plans for Preschool Teachers. Sue Fleischmann, $34.95

Easy Daily Plans has everything a teacher needs for a complete year’s worth of daily plans. Organized by month, this great grab-and-use curriculum has over 250 daily plans that teachers can use to plan fun and enriching activities for young children. The beginning of each chapter lists month-long celebrations, week-long celebrations, holidays, and significant dates to help with planning.

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Enhancing Early Child Development: a Handbook for Clinicians. Durriyah Sinno, Lama Charafeddine & Mohamad Mikati, $42.95

ENHANCING EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT is a quick reference guide for pediatricians, clinicians, and pediatric nurse practitioners that aims at promoting early stimulation and intervention for optimizing development of normal children as well as children with cerebral palsy and autism. Designed to be used in daily practice, this book will provide counsel for clinicians, parents and caregivers and advise them on the appropriate methods to enhance their child's development at different ages based on their health condition.


Enhancing Learning through Play: a Developmental Perspective for Early Years Settings, 2nd Edition. Christine Macintyre, $38.95

Written to support early years professionals who are fascinated by the complexities and implications of early development, this fully updated second edition explains why children need to play and offers practical guidance on how best to support children's development and learning through play.

Based on a wealth of research in the field, this accessible and engaging book explores why children behave as they do at different ages and stages in their development and shows how play can complement and enhance their social, emotional, perceptual, motor and intellectual development. The author shows how detailed observations of children at play can lead to providing the most appropriate learning opportunities for children with different aptitudes and abilities.


The Essence of Play: a Practice Companion for Professionals Working with Children and Young People. Justine Howard & Karen McInnes, $43.95

Play acts as a natural resource for children to met physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges. This book considers play from the perspective of children, rather than adults, exploring the fundamental value of play rather than a ‘how to’ approach. This book is written for students and professionals working with children across helping professions, including early childhood education, play therapy, childcare, social care, nursing, and allied health.

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The Feeling Child: Laying the Foundations of Confidence and Resilience. Maria Robinson, $36.95

THE FEELING CHILD thoughtfully discusses the key principles of children’s emotional and behavioural development alongside descriptions of everyday practice. It clearly explains how a child’s early experiences influence their particular behaviours towards different people and different situations.

Throughout the book, Maria Robinson considers the key characteristics of effective learning and shows how play is one of the key mechanisms that children use in their discovery of themselves and the world around them. Emphasising the importance of understanding the theory that underpins children’s emotional development, this accessible text shows practitioners how they can use this knowledge to provide learning opportunities that nourish children’s thinking and creative skills.


Fitness and Nutrition: Activities for Age 3 to Kindergarten, 3rd Edition. Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte Hendricks & Becky Bennett, $17.95

Given the recent rise of childhood obesity, the need for health education is needed more than ever. This curriculum provides more than 30 developmentally appropriate activities that introduce important health concepts, including physical activity, rest and relaxation, and nutrition and eating habits. This book includes:

  • An overview of the fitness and nutrition topics covered in the curriculum
  • Suggested interest area materials and supports for creating the learning environment
  • Learning objectives and vocabulary words
  • Suggestions for evaluating children's understanding of each fitness and nutrition topic
  • More than 30 classroom activities
  • Family information and take-home activities

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Getting It Right for Boys: Why Boys Do What They Do and How to Make the Early Years Work for Them. Neil Farmer, $30.00

For boys to become competent and confident, they need to learn to assimilate new skills and knowledge, to empathize, to see themselves as capable and creative. Yet often their physical and emotional lives are ignored in traditional learning centres. This book will appeal to all practitioners and parents who are interested in how boys develop and how they give them the best possible start in life.


Good Morning, Children: My First Years in Early Childhood Education. Sophia Pappas, $20.95

Based on her popular Pre-K Now blog, Sophia Pappas’ book Good Morning, Children provides an up-close and personal view of the challenges and successes of a beginning teacher. The book describes daily encounters with students, family members, and administrators; reflects on the state of early childhood education in America; and celebrates the ways the pre-K teacher can help prepare every child to succeed in both school and life.


Growing Minds: Building Strong Cognitive Foundations in Early Childhood. Edited by Carol Copple, $29.99

From the beginning of life, young children’s learning and activities depend on their cognitive capabilities and development. To cope with the environment they live in, children need to learn about their physical and social worlds; acquire language; regulate their bodies, emotions, and thoughts; and gain competence in literacy, mathematics, science, and other knowledge domains. This collection of readings outlines important dimensions of their early cognitive development and describes approaches for promoting it. 

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Handbook of Child Development and Early Education: Research to Practice. Edited by Oscar  Barbarin & Barbara Hanna Wasik, $93.50

How and what should young children be taught? What emphasis should be given to emotional learning? How do we involve families? Addressing these and other critical questions, this authoritative volume brings together developmentalists and early educators to discuss what an integrated, developmentally appropriate curriculum might look like across the preschool and early elementary years. State-of-the-science work is presented on brain development and the emergence of cognitive, socioemotional, language, and literacy skills in 3- to 8-year-olds. Drawing on experience in real-world classrooms, contributors describe novel, practical approaches to promoting school readiness, tailoring instruction to children's learning needs, and improving the teaching of language arts, math, and science.


How the Child’s Mind Develops, 2nd Edition. David Cohen, $30.95

  • How do we get from helpless baby to knowing teenager?
  • What impact do television, computers, the internet, video games and evolving technology have on the way children's minds develop?
  • Is cognition a question of learning and environment or of heredity?

How we learn to think, perceive, remember, talk, reason and learn is a central topic in psychology - and one that sees constant new research. In this very readable book, David Cohen examines the fundamental issues of how children learn to read and write, of how their intellectual abilities are measured and the development of their morality. He examines child crime and looks at how modern media affect the way the child's mind develops.

HOW THE CHILD'S MIND DEVELOPS is an integrated and thought-provoking account of the central issues in child development. Parents, professionals and students will find it an invaluable introduction.


How to Handle Hard-to-Handle Preschoolers: a Guide for Early Childhood Educators. Maryln Appelbaum, $27.95

This user-friendly resource provides early childhood educators with a comprehensive overview of the most common kinds of behavioral disorders and learning disabilities in children ages 2 to 5, with guidelines for meeting students’ needs within an inclusive environment. This ready-to-go guide is packed with hundreds of easy-to-implement strategies, tips, and techniques for managing behavioral disorders—from ADHD to Tourette's syndrome.

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Inclusive Lesson Plans Throughout the Year: Early Childhood. Laverne Warner, Sharon Lynch, Cynthia Simpson & Diana Nabors , $34.95

Inclusive Lesson Plans Throughout the Year has over 150 lesson plans for teachers who have children with special needs in their early childhood classrooms. Perfect for both beginning teachers and veteran teachers, Inclusive Lesson Plans Throughout the Year helps new teachers develop plans for each day and provides veteran teachers with new ideas and approaches to add spark to their classroom teaching.


Introducing Piaget: a Guide for Practitioners and Students in Early Years Education. Ann Marie Halpenny & Jan Pettersen, $37.50

Jean Piaget was one of the most significant contributors to our current understanding of how children think and learn, from birth through to adolescence. This comprehensive and accessible new book captures the key concepts and principles of Piaget’s fascinating work on children’s thinking, and explores how thinking evolves and develops from infancy through the early years and beyond.

Throughout the book, the consequences of these developments for children’s social, emotional and intellectual development are discussed. Updates on Piaget’s theory are also outlined with reference to more recent work on cognitive development in childhood. Each chapter provides a concise summary of material presented through a consideration of the implications for practice in working with children. With a particular focus on how Piaget’s principles and concepts can be applied to children in early childhood, this exciting new book is an invaluable resource for teachers, practitioners and students with an interest in learning and development in the early years.


Knowledge Development in Early Childhood: Sources of Learning and Classroom Implications. Edited by Ashley Pinkham, Tanya Kaefer & Susan Neuman, $44.50

Synthesizing cutting-edge research from multiple disciplines, this book explores how young children acquire knowledge in the "real world" and describes practical applications for early childhood classrooms. The breadth and depth of a child's knowledge base are important predictors of later literacy development and academic achievement. Leading scholars describe the processes by which preschoolers and primary-grade students acquire knowledge through firsthand experiences, play, interactions with parents and teachers, storybooks, and a range of media. Chapters on exemplary instructional strategies vividly show what teachers can do to build children's content knowledge while also promoting core literacy skills.

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Learning from Head Start: a Teacher’s Guide to School Readiness. Edited by Sidney Gilford, $41.95

Often referred to as a laboratory from which the general early childhood education community can learn, Head Start has benefited from more than 45 years of experience. Its unique blend of early childhood practices, assessments, and monitoring, along with a social service style approach, contribute to Head Start standing out as a premiere early childhood program.

This book is designed to be a teaching tool for workshops and courses as well as an on-site resource for current and future Head Start teaching staff and others in early childhood education. By presenting background information, vignettes, research, and classroom activities, this book on school readiness combines best practices in early childhood education with relevant applications. Topics, written by experts in their fields, include:

  • Approaches to learning and teaching strategies
  • Assessments
  • Behavior management
  • Classroom set up
  • urriculum and lesson plans
  • Early language, literacy, math, science, social studies, and creative arts
  • Physical health and development (gross and fine motor skills)
  • Social and emotional development
  • eaching young children with disabilities and dual language learners
  • Tips for involving parents in their children’s education

Learning Together With Young Children: a Curriculum Framework for Reflective Teachers. Deb Curtis & Margie Carter, $53.95

Deb Curtis and Margie Carter, best selling authors in the early learning field, believe teaching is a collaborative process in which you reexamine your own philosophy and practices while facilitating children's learning. Learning Together With Young Children encourages you to create materials and a classroom culture reflecting your values: teach through observation, reflection, inquiry and action; and encourage children to represent their learning in multiple ways, including songs, stories, and drama.


Let Them Play: an (un)Curriculum. Jeff Johnson & Denita Dinger, $39.95 (ages 2-6)

Playtime is focused, purposeful, and full of learning. As they play, children master motor development, learn language and social skills, think creatively, and make cognitive leaps. This (un)curriculum is all about fostering children's play, trusting children as capable and engaged learners, and leaving behind boxed curriculums and prescribed activities. Filled with information on the guiding principles that make up an (un)curriculum, learning experience ideas, and suggestions for building strong emotional and engaging physical environments, LET THEM PLAY provides support to those who believe in the learning power of play.

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LINKing Authentic Assessment and Early Childhood Intervention: Best Measures for Best Practices, 2nd Edition. Stephen Bagnato, John Neisworth & Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, $54.95

LINKing Authentic Assessment and Early Childhood Intervention provides professional ratings and reviews of 80 authentic, widely used assessment tools for children birth–8. This must-have guide offers clear and concise guidance professionals need to choose appropriate assessment tools that link to their programs, help design interventions that meet children's individual needs, and give all young children the start in life they deserve.


Little Kids, Big Worries: Stress-Busting Tips for Early Childhood Classrooms. Alice Sterling Honig, $29.95

Innovative, clinically validated techniques for addressing common causes of stress in children including separation anxiety, bullying, jealousy and family problems.


Making it Better: Activities for Children Living in a Stressful World, 2nd Edition. Barbara Oehlberg, $23.95

Speaking to the concept of “trauma-informed” early childhood education, this book responds to the learning and behavioral needs of children who have experienced traumatic events or toxic stress — such as natural disasters, community violence, abuse or neglect within the child's familial relations, and more. In addition to more than 75 empowering and healing classroom activities, there is information to help you understand the impact of children's disrupted attachments and early insecurities, as well as strategies to help children build resilience.

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Managing an Early Childhood Classroom: Literacy, Language & Learning. Wendy Koza, $28.50

This practical book will help new and experienced teachers maintain a developmentally appropriate early childhood program — including child growth & development, long and short-term planning, and scheduling and management issues.


A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think: Gill Connell, Cheryl McCarthy, $39.99 (Birth to Age 7) 

Just as kids’ bodies need specific nutrients for good health, they also need a balanced diet of physical activity to help them reach their potential. Authors Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy connect the dots that link brain activity, motor and sensory development, movement, and early learning. They unveil the Kinetic Scale: a visual map of the active learning needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and primary graders (from “snugglers” to “skedaddlers”) that fits each child’s individual timetable. 

Teachers and caregivers will find a wealth of information, actionable tips, and games they can use to support children’s healthy development—all presented in a lively, full-color format with demonstrative diagrams and photos. A final section offers easy-to-implement “Smart Steps at Play” activities geared to the Kinetic Scale. Downloadable digital content includes printable versions of charts, “Motorvator” games, and activities from the book; a PowerPoint presentation for use in professional development; handouts and activities for parents; and bonus “Smart Steps at Play” activities.

Grounded in best practices and current research, A MOVING CHILD IS A LEARNING CHILD is both a hands-on resource for any classroom teacher, care provider, or parent and an ideal tool for coaches, mentors, and professional development trainers.


The Neglected Child: How to Recognize, Respond, and Prevent. Ginger Welch, Laura Wilhelm & Heather Johnson, $19.95

THE NEGLECTED CHILD provides everything educators and caregivers need to know to identify and intervene in neglectful situations, while also creating a safe, nurturing, and protective environment for young children. From defining the different types and levels of severity of neglect to establishing suspicion and reporting neglectful situations, this book is filled with helpful information from expert psychologists and educators in the field today.

Each chapter includes a brief quiz to assess chapter learning and “Notes from the Field” that represent real-life stories the authors have encountered in their work. The appendices at the end of the text include reproducible handouts, sample statements for parent handbooks, self-assessments for teachers, and important contact information to use when reporting neglect. 

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Oral Language Activities for Young Learners. Cindy Middendorf, $12.95

This 4-page, laminated reference guide provides background and strategies that will help early childhood professionals working with 3 to 5 year olds in building the foundation of oral language skills.


Parent-Friendly Early Learning: Tips and Strategies for Working Well with Parents. Julie Powers, $28.95

Are you sick of struggling with the parents of children you work with? Are you dreading upcoming conferences, or wishing you knew how to approach a difficult topic? Parent-Friendly Early Learning will help you turn parent problems into warm, confident relationships … Detailed real-life scenarios in each chapter will help you create a climate of partnership, understand the background for each issue, avoid problems, and handle any conflict that does occur. The practical, user-friendly format allows teachers to start at any point in the book with the issues that are most pressing for them. Written for beginning teachers and directors as well as seasoned professionals, this is the perfect resource for anyone genuinely interested in working with — not just for — parents.

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Pathways to Competence for Young Children: a Parenting Program (Book and CD-ROM). Sarah Landy & Elizabeth Thompson, $69.95

With Pathways to Competence for Young Children: a Parenting Program, professionals can help parents understand and manage their child’s behavior and take an active role in guiding social-emotional development. Developed from Sarah Landy’s highly regarded child development book, Pathways to Competence, this manual-and-CD set shows how to set up, lead, and evaluate a parenting program for parents of children from birth to age 7. This one-of-a-kind program is:

  • Proven effective. Field tested for 10 years with hundreds of parents, this program has proved highly successful in improving child behavior and enhancing parenting skills.
  • Hands-on and practical. Professionals will learn how to lead group discussions, activities and exercises, and role-plays on key parenting challenges.
  • Versatile. Materials can be used for a 10-, 15-, or 20-week parenting group, and professionals can tailor the program to suit their needs. The program is appropriate for a wide range of audiences, including parents with depression, teen mothers, and parents of children with behavior problems.

Everything professionals need to conduct a Pathways to Competence Parenting Group is included: more than 140 parent handouts (easy to print from the CD-ROM inside this book), instructions on structuring and leading sessions, problem-solving tips, and evaluation guidelines. With this engaging and effective program, parents will discover how to strengthen their relationships with their children and foster the healthy social-emotional development children need to manage life’s challenges.


Play in Early Childhood from Birth to Six Years, 3rd Edition. Mary Sheridan, revised by Justine Howard & Dawn Alderson, $26.95

Based on the pioneering work of Mary Sheridan, Play in Early Childhood is a classic introductory text to play and development. Updated for a contemporary audience and fully evidence-based, it explains how children’s play develops and how they develop as they play. With over eighty illustrations and observations of play from birth to six years, this new edition presents classical and contemporary literature, making clear links between play and all areas of children’s development. It includes activities to consolidate thinking and suggestions for further reading throughout.

Play, Learning and Brain Development: You Can Make a Difference. Beatrice Ashem & Michelle Ashem, $29.95

Play, Learning and Brain Development is a ready-to-use, culturally-adaptable curriculum and guide to helping parents lean about their child’s development from birth to age three. Designed for a broad range of use, it can be employed as a complete set of workshops or adapted to existing programs. By relating current research data to traditional parenting practices, the curriculum teaches the effects of parenting practices on brain development in young children.

Play, Learning and Brain Development is currently being used in cities, small towns and isolated communities around the world by educators, nurses, early intervention staff, parents and other community workers. Sections include information, research and workshops on:

  • Brain development in the early years
  • Parenting as a key to brain development
  • Early learning
  • Barriers to healthy development and prevention strategies
  • Maternal depression and other factors affecting development
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Resources

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Play: The Pathway from Theory to Practice. Sandra Heidemann & Deborah Hewitt, $34.95

Play: The Pathway from Theory to Practice contains practical suggestions and theoretical information for helping children thrive with play-based learning. Chapters include an explanation of the functional "Play Checklist" to help you observe children's emerging skills and pinpoint areas for improvement, instructions for writing specific and attainable goals for children, and case studies from real classrooms.


Promoting School Readiness and Early Learning: Implications of Developmental Research for Practice. Edited by Michel Boivin & Karen Bierman, $66.50

Grounded in cutting-edge developmental research, this book examines what school readiness entails and how it can be improved. Compelling longitudinal findings are presented on the benefits of early intervention for preschoolers at risk due to poverty and other factors. The volume identifies the cognitive, language, behavioral, motor, and socio-emotional skills that enable young children to function successfully in school contexts. It explores specific ways in which school- and family-based interventions — including programs that target reading and language, math, self-regulation, and social-emotional development — can contribute to school readiness. The book also addresses challenges in the large-scale dissemination of evidence-based practices.


Rethinking Nutrition: Connecting Science and Practice in Early Childhood Settings. Susan Nitzke, Dave Riley, Ann Ramminger & Georgine Jacobs, $34.95

Nutrition has vital and long-lasting effects on children's development. Good nutrition helps children learn better and promotes lifelong healthy eating habits. Connecting current scientific research with best practices, Rethinking Nutrition provides information to help:

  • Promote proper nutrition for the healthy growth of children from birth to age five
  • Address special dietary needs, including food allergies, obesity, family preferences, and chronic diseases
  • Establish healthy eating and feeding habits
  • Use food and mealtimes to promote children's social and intellectual development
  • Implement food and nutrition policies in early childhood settings

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Routines & Transitions: a Guide for Early Childhood Professionals. Nicole Malenfant, $43.95

Routines and Transitions is a complete guide to help you turn the most common daily activities, such as hand washing, snack time, and naps, into nurturing learning experiences for children ages birth to five. By using transitions wisely, you not only contribute to children's developing skills but also run a more efficient program and create a calmer early childhood setting. In addition to discussions on developmental issues, environments, educational values, and hygiene, there are examples of the kinds of games and rhymes that help children move through their daily transitions with ease.


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The Secure Child: Timeless Lessons In Parenting and Childhood Education. Edited by Richard Volpe, $54.50

Just as ideas in child psychology shifted in the 1960s from a focus on behavior to cognitive stages, we are currently seeing a shift away from stages of development toward an emphasis on the interplay between children and the world around them. The Secure Child offers practical insights into how children can be helped to cope with their changing worlds. These insights emerged in the 1930s, a time of social and economic upheaval much like today. This collection of original papers by former students and colleagues of William E. Blatz, the renowned psychologist and pediatrician, makes a vital contribution by bringing forward and examining his work in the context of contemporary ideas about human development, parenting, and education. The collection forms a prologue to an included guide written by Blatz and colleagues, The Expanding World of the Child. The previously unpublished work articulates a comprehensive functional approach to parenting and childhood education. The unique format of this book will make it useful for courses in parenting, childhood education as well scholarship in child psychology, personality theory, and socialization.


Sensory Integration: a Guide for Preschool Teachers. Christy Isbell & Rebecca Isbell, $23.95

Sensory Integration: a Guide for Preschool Teachers helps you identify children who have difficulties with sensory processing, and it offers simple, easy-to-use solutions to support the sensory needs of young children in the preschool classroom. Easy-to-implement solutions include adaptations and activities for children with different types of Sensory Processing Disorder. This book has a bonus chapter with instructions for creating low-cost items to help children with sensory issues.

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Skillstreaming in Early Childhood: a Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills, 3rd Edition. Ellen McGinnis, $56.95

SKILLSTREAMING employs a four-part training approach — modeling, role-playing, performance feedback, and generalization — to teach essential prosocial skills to preschool and kindergarten-age children. The book provides a complete description of the Skillstreaming program, with instructions for teaching prosocial skills.

This widely acclaimed approach developed by Dr. Arnold Goldstein and colleagues is now in 8½×11 format with reproducible skill outlines, skill homework reports, and program forms and includes forms CD.


Social & Emotional Development: Connecting Science and Practice an Early Childhood Settings. Dave Riley, et al, $29.95

Find out what the research says about common early childhood program practices, such as playing "Simon Says" or holding children while feeding them—time-tested activities you intuitively know help young children. Social and Emotional Development explores the effectiveness of these early learning tools and helps answer the question, "Why do we do what we do?"


Social and Emotional Well-Being: Activities for Age 3 to Kindergarten, 3rd Edition. Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte Hendricks & Becky Bennett, $17.95

Children's social and emotional skills form a critical foundation for learning and wellness that guide them into adulthood and influence how they deal with both successes and adversity in life. These activities support children as they learn about self-esteem, emotions and feelings, family and friends, and changes in life. This book includes:

  • An overview of the social and emotional well-being topics covered in the curriculum
  • Suggested interest area materials and supports for creating the learning environment
  • Learning objectives and vocabulary words
  • Suggestions for evaluating children's understanding of each social and emotional well-being topic
  • More than 30 classroom activities
  • Family information and take-home activities

Supporting Language and Literacy 0-5: a Practical Guide for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Suzi Clipson Boyles, $41.95

Supporting Language and Literacy 0–5 describes the important features of early language development providing a clear and accessible theoretical framework illustrated by practical examples taken from a wide range of early years settings. The book focuses on the principles of inclusion, equality, individualized learning, planning, assessment and cross-curricular working that play a vital part in delivering the EYFS successfully.

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Theories of Childhood, 2nd Edition: an Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget & Vygotsky. Carol Garhart Mooney, $29.95

Examine the work of five groundbreaking education theorists — John Dewey, Maria Montessori, Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, and Lev Vygotsky — in relation to early childhood, THEORIES OF CHILDHOOD provides a basic introduction to each theorist and explains the relationship of theory to practice and its impact on real children, teachers, and classrooms. This edition reflects current academic learning standards and includes new understandings of Vygotsky's work. It is a popular guide to help you be aware of the theories behind good child care practices. It is also a widely-used text in undergraduate programs, community college courses, and training workshops that focus on early development and education. 


Tools for Transition in Early Childhood: a Step-by-Step Guide for Agencies, Teachers, and Families. Beth Rous & Rena Hallam, $39.95

For young children with and without disabilities, positive outcomes depend on smooth, effective transitions between and within early intervention programs, preschool programs, and public school programs. Tools for Transition in Early Childhood is a how-to guide that guides professionals across programs in working together to make these transitions happen. Tools for Transition in Early Childhood is an essential guidebook for program directors, administrators, and all their staff members, helping programs coordinate their services and plan transitions that ensure young children's school readiness.


Twins and Supertwins: a Handbook for Early Childhood Professionals. Eve-Marie Arce, $37.50

This practical handbook helps educators to support the unique needs of multiples in their physical, social, language and emotional development. Based on current research and observations in preschool settings, this book helps educators foster relationships with parents and create guidelines within your setting for working with twins, triplets and higher multiples.

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Understanding Early Childhood Mental Health: a Practical Guide for Professionals. Susan Janko Summers & Rachel Chazan-Cohen, $42.95

Integrating infant mental health services into early education programs leads to better child outcomes and stronger parent–child relationship.  The big question is how to do it appropriately and effectively. Clear answers are in this accessible textbook, created to prepare early childhood professionals and programs to weave best practices in mental health into their everyday work.

This introductory text is a primer on infant mental health, strengthening the reader's knowledge of key issues such as screening and assessment, attachment, emotional dysregulation and aggression, risk and resilience, maternal depression, and children's exposure to trauma. The book also includes practical, research-based guidance that can be used to recognize indicators of mental health problems in very young children, including emotional dysregulation and behavioral and developmental changes.


Understanding Infant Development. Margaret Puckett, Janet Black & Joseph Moriarity, $22.95

Understanding Toddler Development. Margaret Puckett, Janet Black & Joseph Moriarity, $22.95

Understanding Preschooler Development. Margaret Puckett, Janet Black & Joseph Moriarity, $22.95

Learn how to support children's physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development with this series of three practical handbooks, adapted from The Young Child, a textbook used in academic programs nationwide. The Understanding Child Development Series provides a comprehensive overview of the most relevant theories and research on child development. Each book focuses on a specific age group and explains:

  • the impact and long-term effects of biology and environment on early brain development
  • how children learn
  • important theories of child development
  • how early life experiences lay the ground work for evolving language and thinking
  • the effects of nurturing care on emotional development and stability in later life
  • milestones and windows of opportunity for children's development

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The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, 2nd Edition. Usha Goswani, Editor, $54.95

This definitive volume is the result of collaboration by top scholars in the field of children's cognition. This new edition:

  • Offers an up-to-date overview of all the major areas of importance in the field, and includes new data from cognitive neuroscience and new chapters on social cognitive development and language 
  • Provides state-of-the-art summaries of current research by international specialists in different areas of cognitive development
  • Spans aspects of cognitive development from infancy to the onset of adolescence
  • Includes chapters on symbolic reasoning, pretend play, spatial development, abnormal cognitive development and current theoretical perspectives

Wired to Move: Facts and Strategies for Nurturing Boys in an Early Childhood Setting. Ruth Hanford Morhard, $21.95

Learn what makes boys tick (and run and jump and yell), and discover how to actively engage the boys in your early childhood classroom with simple effective strategies that support boys’ learning. Using the latest brain research to explore and explain the differences in how boys and girls learn, WIRED TO MOVE provides early childhood educators with facts and strategies to actively engage boys in an early childhood setting. Author Ruth Hanford Morhard addresses the unique needs of African-American and Hispanic or Latino boys while offering guidance for encouraging family engagement and parent participation. WIRED TO MOVE is filled with practical strategies that teachers can easily implement in even the stickiest situations, from media exposure to superhero play. Additionally, WIRED TO MOVE includes numerous resources including book lists, websites, and parent handouts to further assist parents and educators create a “boy-friendly” environment. 


Young Learners, Diverse Children: Celebrating Diversity in Early Childhood. Virginia Gonzalez, $53.95

Nurture young children’s self-esteem and boost learning by integrating family culture with instruction!

For the increasing number of diverse young learners, academic and social success can hinge on a teacher’s ability to bridge home and school by making emotional connections with students and their families. This book demonstrates how combining teaching methods with an authentic appreciation of children’s backgrounds builds the confidence they need to succeed.

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Complete Booklist

Ages and Stages: Developmental Descriptions & Activities Birth through Eight Years, 2nd Edition. Karen Miller, $27.95

Ants in Their Pants: Teaching Children Who Must Move to Learn. Aerial Cross, $35.95

The Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching, 2nd Edition. Deb Curtis & Margie Carter, $53.95 (ages birth to 5)

Behaviour in the Early Years, 2nd Edition. Angela Glenn, Jacquie Cousins & Alicia Helps, $36.50

Behavioral Challenges in Early Childhood Settings. Connie Jo Smith, $17.95

Beyond Behavior Management: the Six Life Skills Children Need, 2nd Edition. Jenna Bilnes, $41.95

By the Ages: Behavior & Development of Children Pre-Birth through Eight.  K.Eileen Allen & Lynn R. Marotz, $33.95

Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Groups: Developmentally Appropriate Practice (2nd Edition). ZERO TO THREE, $36.95

Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Settings: Creating a Place For All Children. Susan Hart Bell, $32.95

The Challenging Child: Understanding, Raising, and Enjoying the Five “Difficult” Types of Children.S. Greenspan, $19.95

Challenging the Challenging Behaviours: a Sourcebook Based on the SpecialLink Institute on Challenging Behaviours in Child Care. Sharon Irwin (ed), $25.00

Child Development for Child Care and Protection Workers, 2nd Edition. Brigid Daniel, Sally Wassell & Robbie Gilligan, $34.95

Child Development: a Practitioner's Guide, 3rd Edition. Douglas Davies, $71.95

Childhood in a Global Perspective. Karen Wells, $29.95

Childminder's Guide to Child Development. Allison Lee, $36.95

Children’s Communication Skills from Birth to Five Years. Belinda Buckley, $43.95

Common Psychological Disorders in Young Children: a Handbook for Child Care Professionals. Jenna Bilmes & Tara Welker, $34.95

Community and Environment: Activities for Age 3 to Kindergarten, 3rd Edition. Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte Hendricks & Becky Bennett, $17.95

The Crisis Manual for Early Childhood Teachers: How to Handle Really Difficult Problems. Karen Miller, $49.95

Culture and Child Development in Early Childhood Programs: Practices for Quality Education and Care. Carollee Howes, $36.95

Developing Attachment in Early Years Settings: Nurturing Secure Relationships from Birth to Five Years. Veronica Read, $42.50

The Developing Brain Birth to Age Eight. Marilee Sprenger, $21.95

Developing Thinking & Understanding in Young Children, 2nd Edition. Sue Robson, $45.50

The Development of Children. Michael Cole & Sheila Cole, $109.95

A Developmental Approach to Educating Young Children. Denise Daniels & Patricia Clarkson, $40.75

Developmental Parenting: a Guide for Early Childhood Practitioners. Roggman, Boyce & Innocenti, $35.50

Developmental Profiles: Pre-Birth through Twelve, 5th Edition. K. Eileen Allen & Lynn Marotz, $71.95

Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs, 3rd Edition: Serving Children from Birth through Age 8. Carol Copple & Sue Bredekamp, Editors, $47.99

Don’t Get So Upset! Help Young Children Manage Their Feelings by Understanding Your Own — a Guide for Caregivers. Tamar Jacobson, $19.50

Dual Language Learners in the Early Childhood Classroom. Edited by Carollee Howes, Jason Downer & Robert Pianta, $40.95

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Eager to Learn: Educating Our Preschoolers. B. Bowman & M. S Burns, (eds), $53.95

Early Childhood Curricula and the De-pathologizing of Childhood. Rachel Heydon & Luigi Iannacci, $24.95

Early Sprouts: Cultivating Healthy Food Choices in Young Children. Carrie Kalich, Dottie Bauer & Deirdre McPartlin, $28.95

Easy Daily Plans: Over 250 Plans for Preschool Teachers. Sue Fleischmann, $34.95

Emergent Literacy and Language Development: Promoting Learning in Early Childhood. Paula Rhyner, Editor, $42.95

The Emotional Life of the Toddler. Alicia F. Lieberman, $21.50

Enhancing Early Child Development: a Handbook for Clinicians. Durriyah Sinno, Lama Charafeddine & Mohamad Mikati, $42.95

Enhancing Early Emotional Development: Guiding Parents of Young Children. Jean Wixson Gowen & Judith Brennan Nebrig, $37.50

Enhancing Learning through Play: a Developmental Perspective for Early Years Settings, 2nd Edition. Christine Macintyre, $38.95

The Essence of Play: a Practice Companion for Professionals Working with Children and Young People. Justine Howard & Karen McInnes, $43.95

The Feeling Child: Laying the Foundations of Confidence and Resilience. Maria Robinson, $36.95

First Feelings, Revised Edition. Stanley Greenspan & Nancy Thorndike Greenspan, $19.99

Fitness and Nutrition: Activities for Age 3 to Kindergarten, 3rd Edition. Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte Hendricks & Becky Bennett, $17.95

Focused Portfolios: a Complete Assessment for the Young Child. Gaye Gronlund & Bev Engel, $57.95

Getting It Right for Boys: Why Boys Do What They Do and How to Make the Early Years Work for Them. Neil Farmer, $30.00

Good Going! Successful Potty Training for Children in Child Care. Gretchen Kinnell, $14.95

Good Morning, Children: My First Years in Early Childhood Education. Sophia Pappas, $20.95

Growing Minds: Building Strong Cognitive Foundations in Early Childhood. Edited by Carol Copple, $29.99

Guiding Young Children in a Diverse Society. Ann Gordon & Kathryn Williams Browne, $81.60

Handbook of Child Development and Early Education: Research to Practice. Edited by Oscar  Barbarin & Barbara Hanna Wasik, $93.50

How the Child’s Mind Develops, 2nd Edition. David Cohen, $30.95

How to Handle Hard-to-Handle Preschoolers: a Guide for Early Childhood Educators. Maryln Appelbaum, $27.95

Inclusive Lesson Plans Throughout the Year: Early Childhood. Laverne Warner, Sharon Lynch, Cynthia Simpson & Diana Nabors, $34.95

Infant & Toddler Child Development. Kay Albrecht & Linda Miller, $65.95

Infant and Toddler Experiences.  Fran Hast & Ann Hollyfield, $34.95

Intellectual Development: Connecting Science and Practice in Early Childhood Settings. Riley, Carns, Ramminger, Klinkner & Sisco, $29.95

Introducing Piaget: a Guide for Practitioners and Students in Early Years Education. Ann Marie Halpenny & Jan Pettersen, $37.50

Keeping the Peace: Practicing Cooperation and Conflict Resolution with Preschoolers. Susanne Wichert, $17.95

Kids Can Cooperate: a Practical Guide to Teaching Problem Solving. Elizabeth Crary, $17.95

Knowledge Development in Early Childhood: Sources of Learning and Classroom Implications. Edited by Ashley Pinkham, Tanya Kaefer & Susan Neuman, $44.50

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Learning from Head Start: a Teacher’s Guide to School Readiness. Edited by Sidney Gilford, $41.95

Learning Through Child Observation, 2nd Edition. Mary Fawcett, $35.95

Learning Together With Young Children: a Curriculum Framework for Reflective Teachers. Deb Curtis & Margie Carter, $53.95

Let Them Play: an (un)Curriculum. Jeff Johnson & Denita Dinger, $39.95 (ages 2-6)

LINKing Authentic Assessment and Early Childhood Intervention: Best Measures for Best Practices, 2nd  Edition. Stephen Bagnato, John Neisworth & Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, $54.95

Little Kids, Big Worries: Stress-Busting Tips for Early Childhood Classrooms. Alice Sterling Honig, $29.95

Making It Better: Activities for Children Living in a Stressful World, 2nd Edition. Barbara Oehlberg, $23.95

Managing an Early Childhood Classroom: Literacy, Language & Learning. Wendy Koza, $28.50

Me, Myself and I: How Children Build Their Sense of Self, 18-36 Months.  Kyle D. Pruett, $27.95

A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think: Gill Connell, Cheryl McCarthy, $39.99 (Birth to Age 7) 

The Neglected Child: How to Recognize, Respond, and Prevent. Ginger Welch, Laura Wilhelm & Heather Johnson, $19.95

Oral Language Activities for Young Learners. Cindy Middendorf, $12.95

Parent-Friendly Early Learning: Tips and Strategies for Working Well with Parents. Julie Powers, $28.95

Pathways to Competence: Encouraging Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children, 2nd Edition. Sarah Landy, $65.95

Pathways to Competence for Young Children: a Parenting Program (Book and CD-ROM). Sarah Landy & Elizabeth Thompson, $69.95

Perspectives on Gender in Early Childhood. Edited by Tamar Jacobson, $55.95

Play in Early Childhood from Birth to Six Years, 3rd Edition. Mary Sheridan, revised by Justine Howard & Dawn Alderson, $26.95

Play, Learning and Brain Development: You Can Make a Difference. Beatrice Ashem & Michelle Ashem, $29.95

Play: the Pathway from Theory to Practice. Sandra Heidemann & Deborah Hewitt, $34.95

Positive Child Guidance, Revised 2004. Darla Ferris Miller, $57.95

Positive Discipline for Childcare Providers: a Practical and Effective Plan for Every Preschool and Daycare Program. Jane Nelsen & Cheryl Erwin, $25.95 

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The Power of Guidance: Teaching Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Classrooms. Dan Gartrell, $22.95

Practical Solutions to Practically Every Problem: the Early Childhood Teacher's Manual, 2nd Edition. Steffen Saifer, $34.95

Preschool Assessment: Principals and Practices. Marla Brassard & Ann Boehm, $56.95

Promoting School Readiness and Early Learning: Implications of Developmental Research for Practice. Edited by Michel Boivin & Karen Bierman, $66.50

Respecting Babies: a New Look at Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach. Ruth Anne Hammond, $28.95

Rethinking Nutrition: Connecting Science and Practice in Early Childhood Settings. Susan Nitzke, Dave Riley, Ann Ramminger & Georgine Jacobs, $34.95

Routines & Transitions: a Guide for Early Childhood Professionals. Nicole Malenfant, $43.95

See How They Grow: Infants & Toddlers. Sue Martin, $79.95

The Secure Child: Timeless Lessons In Parenting and Childhood Education. Edited by Richard Volpe, $54.50

Sensory Integration: a Guide for Preschool Teachers. Christy Isbell & Rebecca Isbell, $23.95

Skillstreaming in Early Childhood: a Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills, 3rd Edition. Ellen McGinnis, $56.95

Social & Emotional Development: Connecting Science and Practice an Early Childhood Settings. Dave Riley, et al, $29.95

Social and Emotional Well-Being: Activities for Age 3 to Kindergarten, 3rd Edition. Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte Hendricks & Becky Bennett, $17.95

So This Is Normal Too? Teachers and Parents Working Out Developmental Issues in Young Children. D. Hewitt, $24.95

Supporting Language and Literacy 0-5: a Practical Guide for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Suzi Clipson Boyles, $41.95

Take a Look: Observation and Portfolio Assessment in Early Childhood, 2013 Edition. Sue Martin, $109.00

Theories of Childhood, 2nd Edition: an Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget & Vygotsky. Carol Garhart Mooney, $29.95

Tools for Transition in Early Childhood: a Step-by-Step Guide for Agencies, Teachers, and Families. Beth Rous & Rena Hallam, $39.95

Twins and Supertwins: a Handbook for Early Childhood Professionals. Eve-Marie Arce, $37.50

Understanding Early Childhood Mental Health: a Practical Guide for Professionals. Susan Janko Summers & Rachel Chazan-Cohen, $42.95

Understanding Infant Development. Margaret Puckett, Janet Black & Joseph Moriarity, $22.95

Understanding Preschooler Development. Margaret Puckett, Janet Black & Joseph Moriarity, $22.95

Understanding Toddler Development. Margaret Puckett, Janet Black & Joseph Moriarity, $22.95

The Value of Play. Perry Else, $49.95

What to Do When: Practical Guidance Strategies for Challenging Behaviors in the Preschool, 6th Edition. Eva Essa, $70.95 (previously called "A Practical Guide to Solving Preschool Behavior Problems")

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, 2nd Edition. Usha Goswani, Editor, $54.95

Wired to Move: Facts and Strategies for Nurturing Boys in an Early Childhood Setting. Ruth Hanford Morhard, $21.95

Young Learners, Diverse Children: Celebrating Diversity in Early Childhood. Virginia Gonzalez, $53.95

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