Early Childhood Development Titles

Staff at the Alachua County Library District is here to help you get your kids ready for virtual, in-person, or homeschool! Here are some titles to help you get started with early learning:

Brain Rules Cover

Written by a respected scientist who is also a parent, this Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina shares practical advise on how to help your child feel safe, develop age appropriate skills and self-confidence. Available as a hardcopy and ebook.

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 NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, is “one of the most influential books about children ever published. It offers a revolutionary new perspective on children that upends a library’s worth of conventional wisdom. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, the authors demonstrate that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring–because key twists in the science have been overlooked. Available as a hard copy, ebook, or audiobook. 

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In Einstein Never Used Flash Cards, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Diane Eyer, who are all trained child psychologists, provide a much needed perspective on how children were meant to learn and develop. It teaches parents how to help their child tap into their natural curiosity and learn by exploring and interacting with their environment. Available as a hard copy only.

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The Whole-Brain Child is the landmark book on children and the brain. Pediatric psychiatrist and director of the Center for Connection Tina Payne Bryson teams up with neuropsychologist Daniel Siegel to help parents, educators, psychologists, and others broach the topic of whole-brain learning. Available as a hard copy, ebook, or audiobook.

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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk has been referred to as the “parent and child bible” and is a great resource for any parent or educator. With a clear emphasis on communication, How to Talk really helps parents along with their children alleviate frustration. Available as a hard copy, ebook, or audiobook.

Book cover with the title "What your first grader needs to know"

What Your First Grader Needs to Know is part of the eight-volume Core Knowledge Series—from What Your Preschooler Needs to Know through What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know. The series offers parents, teachers, and children an illustrated guide to the essential knowledge outlined in the Core Knowledge Sequence. This volume also includes a section on how children learn to read.

DVD cover with two children waving and the title "Rock 'N Learn Getting ready for kindergarten"

The Rock 'N Learn: Getting Ready for Kindergarten DVD teaches essential skills with songs, animated chracters, and real kids. 

Book cover of colorful chairs and the title "The most important year: pre-kindergarten and the future of our children"

The Most Important Year: Pre-Kindergarten and the Future of our Children examines two critial questions: What do our young children need in the earliest years of school, and how do we ensure that they all get it?

Take advantage of ACLD's curbside service or Overdrive eSource for these and many other great titles on early childhood development and education!