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Amazing Baby. Desmond Morris, $24.95

This insightful and beautiful reference follows the biology, physics, chemistry and other sciences that drive the rapid changes that occur daily in babies.


The Amazing Infant. Tiffany Field, $39.99

Tiffany Field takes the reader on a wonderful journey, as she combines research, theory and real-life experiences to create this comprehensive and enjoyable guide to infant development.


Amazing Minds: from Newborns to Toddlers. Jan Faull & Jennifer McLean Oliver, $18.50

The science of nurturing your child’s developing mind with games, activities and more.

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The Attachment Connection: Parenting a Secure & Confident Child Using the Science of Attachment Theory. Ruth Newton, $24.95

The Attachment Connection sorts out the facts from the fiction about parent-child attachment and shows how paying attention to the emotional needs of your child, particularly during the first five years of development, can help him or her grow up happy, secure, and confident. You'll discover how your child's brain is developing at each stage of growth and learn to use reasonable, easy-to-implement guidelines based on sound science to foster secure attachment, healthy social skills, and emotional regulation in your child.


The Baby in the Mirror: a Child’s World from Birth to Three. Charles Fernyhough, $16.95

For Charles Fernyhough, the birth of his daughter Athena was an opportunity to view the psychological development and growth of a child first hand. Integrating scientific research with careful observation and questioning, this unique study investigates what it is like to be a newborn baby, an infant on the threshold of language, and a toddler testing out autonomy. Using Athena as a case study, Fernyhough vividly describes the huge amount of mental work children undertake right from birth. En route, he explains in simple terminology the ideas of the great child psychologists — including Vygotsky, Piaget, and Bowlby — and introduces some of the latest neuroscientific and developmental research. Written with a father’s tenderness and a keen scientific eye, this funny, touching, and fascinating investigation will allow parents and all those interested by child development to understand the extraordinary journey a child makes during the first three years of life.


Becoming Attached: Unfolding the Mystery of the Infant-Mother Bond and Its Impact on Later Life. Robert Karen, $31.50

In Becoming Attached, Robert Karen offers fresh insight into some of the most fundamental issues of emotional life. He explores such questions as: What do children need to feel that the world is a positive place and that they have value? What are the risks of day care for children under one year of age, and what can parents do to manage those risks?

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Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential — and Endangered. Maia Szalavitz & Bruce Perry, $19.99

Born for Love examines how empathy develops — or fails to develop — from birth through adulthood and what we can do to increase this vital capacity to love and care both among our children and in society.


The Brightening Glance: Imagination and Childhood. Ellen Handler Spitz, $19.95

In this remarkable book, Ellen Handler Spitz shows how to promote children’s creative and emotional growth by making the most of the unlimited possibilities of everyday experiences. Through delightful anecdotes about real children and their treasures, bedrooms, play spaces, music, scary things, and birthday parties, The Brightening Glance will inspire you to create a life of wonder, inventiveness, and cultural enrichment for your child.


Child Development: a Practitioner's Guide, 3rd Edition. Douglas Davies, $93.50

This widely used practitioner resource and course text provides an engaging overview of developmental theory and research, with a focus on what practitioners need to know. The author explains how children's trajectories are shaped by transactions among early relationships, brain development, and the social environment. Developmental processes of infancy, toddlerhood, the preschool years, and middle childhood are described. The book shows how children in each age range typically behave, think, and relate to others, and what happens when development goes awry. It demonstrates effective ways to apply developmental knowledge to clinical assessment and intervention. Vivid case examples, observation exercises, and quick-reference tables facilitate learning.

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Child Development: Theories and Critical Perspectives, 2nd Edition. Rosalyn Shute & Phillip Slee, $75.95

Child Development: Theories and Critical Perspectives provides an engaging and perceptive overview of both well-established and recent theories in child and adolescent psychology. This unique summary of traditional scientific perspectives alongside critical post-modern thinking will provide readers with a sense of the historical development of different schools of thought. The authors also place theories of child development in philosophical and cultural contexts, explore links between them, and consider the implications of theory for practice in the light of the latest thinking and developments in implementation and translational science.

Child Development: Theories and Critical Perspectives will be essential reading for students on advanced courses in developmental psychology, education, social work and social policy, and the lucid style will also make it accessible to readers with little or no background in psychology.


Communicating with Children Birth to Four Years. Debbie Chalmers, $50.30

Developing Children’s Communication from Birth to Four Years is an encouraging guide for practitioners and students working with young children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, which will also appeal to parents and family carers. Providing a clear outline of children’s needs, responses and abilities at each developmental stage, it guides the reader on:

  • how to recognise and predict children’s individual feelings and reactions
  • how to talk and listen to children at different stages
  • how to be aware of body language and other non-verbal forms of communication
  • how to support communication for children with special and additional needs

Offering advice, ideas and strategies for supporting relationships and understanding in diverse settings and at home, this book is an essential guide to developing communication and social skills in the early years.


The Cultural Nature of Human Development. Barbara Rogoff, $37.95

Three-year-old Kwara'ae children in Oceania act as caregivers of their younger siblings, but in the UK, it is an offense to leave a child under age 14 years without adult supervision. In the Efe community in Zaire, infants routinely use machetes with safety and some skill, although U.S. middle-class adults often do not trust young children with knives. What explains these marked differences in the capabilities of these children?

Until recently, traditional understandings of human development held that a child's development is universal and that children have characteristics and skills that develop independently of cultural processes. Barbara Rogoff argues, however, that human development must be understood as a cultural process, not simply a biological or psychological one. Individuals develop as members of a community, and their development can only be fully understood by examining the practices and circumstances of their communities.

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The Developing Brain Birth to Age Eight. Marilee Sprenger, $25.95

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.


The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are, 2nd Edition. Daniel Siegel, $57.95

This bestselling book put the field of interpersonal neurobiology on the map for many tens of thousands of readers. Daniel Siegel goes beyond the nature and nurture divisions that traditionally have constrained much of our thinking about development, exploring the role of interpersonal experiences in forging key connections in the brain. He presents a groundbreaking integrative framework for understanding the emergence of the growing, feeling, communicating mind. Illuminating how and why interpersonal neurobiology matters, this book is essential reading for clinicians, educators, researchers, and students interested in promoting healthy development and resilience across the lifespan. New to this edition:

  • Incorporates significant scientific and technical advances
  • Expanded discussions of cutting-edge topics, including neuroplasticity, epigenetics, mindfulness, and the neural correlates of consciousness
  • Epilogue on domains of integration — specific pathways to well-being and therapeutic change
  • Useful pedagogical features, such as diagrams and an extensive glossary

The Emotional Life of the Toddler, Revised Edition. Alicia Lieberman. $22.00

Now updated with new material throughout, Alicia Lieberman’s The Emotional Life of the Toddler is the seminal, detailed look into the varied and intense emotional life of children aged one to three. Hailed as “groundbreaking” by The Boston Globe after its initial publication, the new edition includes the latest research on this crucial stage of development.

Anyone who has followed an active toddler around for a day knows that a child of this age is a whirlwind of explosive, contradictory, and ever-changing emotions. Alicia Lieberman offers an in-depth examination of toddlers’ emotional development, and illuminates how to optimize this crucial stage so that toddlers can develop into emotionally healthy children and adults. Drawing on her lifelong research, Dr. Lieberman addresses commonly asked questions and issues. Why, for example, is “no” often the favorite response of the toddler? How should parents deal with the anger they might feel when their toddler is being aggressively stubborn? Why does a crying toddler run to his mother for a hug only to push himself vigorously away as soon as she begins to embrace him? This updated edition also addresses twenty-first century concerns such as how to handle screen time on devices and parenting in a post-internet world.

With the help of numerous examples and vivid cases, Lieberman answers these and other questions, providing, in the process, a rich, insightful profile of the roller coaster emotional world of the toddler.

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From Birth to Five Years: Children’s Developmental Progress, 4th Edition. Ajay Sharma & Helen Cockerill, $37.50

The classic guide to the developmental progress of pre-school children, FROM BIRTH TO FIVE YEARS is a valuable reference for professionals in health care, educational and social work settings. In this fourth edition, the text is aligned with current research and practices, and supports assessment and management plans for understanding children's progress within each developmental domain.


From Neurons to Neighborhoods: the Science of Early Childhood Development. J. Shonkoff & D. Phillips (eds), $59.95

How we raise young children is one of today's most highly personalized and sharply politicized issues, in part because each of us can claim some level of "expertise." The debate has intensified as discoveries about our development-in the womb and in the first months and years-have reached the popular media.

Drawing from new findings, this book presents important conclusions about nature-versus-nurture, the impact of being born into a working family, the effect of politics on programs for children, the costs and benefits of intervention, and other issues. The committee issues a series of challenges to decision makers regarding the quality of child care, issues of racial and ethnic diversity, the integration of children's cognitive and emotional development, and more.

Authoritative yet accessible, From Neurons to Neighborhoods presents the evidence about "brain wiring" and how kids learn to speak, think, and regulate their behavior. It examines the effect of the climate — family, child care, community — within which the child grows.


Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications, 3rd Edition. Edited by Jude Cassidy & Phillip Shaver, $63.95

Widely regarded as the state-of-the-science reference on attachment, this handbook interweaves theory and cutting-edge research with clinical applications. Leading researchers examine the origins and development of attachment theory; present biological and evolutionary perspectives; and explore the role of attachment processes in relationships, including both parent-child and adult romantic bonds. Implications for mental health and psychotherapy are addressed, with reviews of exemplary attachment-oriented interventions for children and adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Contributors discuss best practices in assessment and critically evaluate available instruments and protocols. New to This Edition:

  • Chapters on genetics and epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology, and sexual mating
  • Chapters on compassion, school readiness, and the caregiving system across the lifespan
  • Chapter probing the relation between attachment and other developmental influences
  • Nearly a decade's worth of theoretical and empirical advances

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Handbook of Preschool Mental Health: Development, Disorders and Treatment. Joan Luby, editor, $48.95

Comprehensively exploring the development of psychiatric disorders in 2- to 6-year-olds, this authoritative handbook has been thoroughly revised to incorporate important scientific and clinical advances. Leading researchers examine how behavioral and emotional problems emerge and can be treated effectively during this period of rapid developmental and brain changes. Current knowledge is presented on conduct disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, autism spectrum disorder, attachment disorders, and sleep disorders in very young children. The volume reviews a range of interventions for preschoolers and their caregivers — including clear descriptions of clinical techniques — and discusses the strengths and limitations of the empirical evidence base. New to this edition:

  • Many new authors; extensively revised with the latest research and empirically supported treatments
  • Heightened focus on brain development and the neural correlates of disorders
  • Section on risk and resilience, including chapters on sensitive periods of development and the early environment
  • Chapters on parent-child interaction therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapies, attachment-based therapies, and translational approaches to early intervention

Handbook of Self-Regulation, 3rd Edition: Research, Theory, and Applications. Edited by Roy Baumeister & Kathleen Vohs, $117.50

From leading authorities, this significantly revised and expanded handbook is a highly regarded reference in a rapidly growing field. It thoroughly examines the conscious and unconscious processes by which people manage their behavior and emotions, control impulses, and strive toward desired goals. Chapters explore such vital issues as why certain individuals have better self-control than others; how self-regulation shapes, and is shaped by, social relationships; underlying brain mechanisms and developmental pathways; and which interventions can improve people’s self-control. The volume also addresses self-regulatory failures and their consequences, with chapters on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, criminality, addictions, and money management challenges. As a special bonus, purchasers of the third edition can download a supplemental e-book featuring two notable, highly cited chapters from the second edition.

New to This Edition:

  • Incorporates the latest topic areas, theories, and empirical findings
  • Updated throughout, with 21 new chapters and numerous new authors
  • Cutting-edge topics: implicit self-regulation processes, the role of physical needs and processes (such as the importance of sleep), the benefits of dampening positivity, the frequency and consequences of emotional control in the workplace, and self-regulation training
  • Expanded coverage of motivational factors, romantic relationships, and lapses of self-control

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How the Child’s Mind Develops, 3rd Edition. David Cohen, $41.90

  • How do we get from helpless baby to knowing teenager?
  • What impact do television, computers and iPads, 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 discusses the latest studies and covers all the controversies that have dogged the subject for nearly 150 years. He examines the work of the 'greats' like Piaget, Freud and Vygotsky and shows how the issues that have intrigued psychologists relate to any child growing up today.

This book is for everyone who lives with, works with or studies children. 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. This fully updated new edition of How the Child's Mind Develops, which incorporates new extracts from a mother’s weekly diary, 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 Infants Know Minds. Vasudevi Reddy, $29.95

Most psychologists claim that we begin to develop a “theory of mind” — some basic ideas about other people’s minds — at age two or three, by inference, deduction, and logical reasoning.

But does this mean that small babies are unaware of minds? That they see other people simply as another (rather dynamic and noisy) kind of object? This is a common view in developmental psychology. Yet, as this book explains, there is compelling evidence that babies in the first year of life can tease, pretend, feel self-conscious, and joke with people. Using observations from infants’ everyday interactions with their families, Vasudevi Reddy argues that such early emotional engagements show infants’ growing awareness of other people’s attention, expectations, and intentions.


How Language Works: How Babies Babble, Words Change Meaning and Languages Live or Die. David Crystal, $22.00

In this fascinating survey of everything from how sounds become speech to how names work, David Crystal answers every question you might ever have had about the nuts and bolts of language in his usual highly illuminating way. Along the way we find out about eyebrow flashes, whistling languages, how parents teach their children to speak, how politeness travels across languages and how the way we talk show not just how old we are but where we're from and even who we want to be.

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Human Behavior, Learning, and the Developing Brain: Volume 1, Typical Development. Edited by Donna Coch, Kurt Fischer & Geraldine Dawson, $59.95

This state-of-the-science volume brings together leading authorities from multiple disciplines to examine the relationship between brain development and behavior in typically developing children. Chapters explore the complex interplay of neurobiological and environmental influences in the development of memory, language, reading, inhibitory control, and other core aspects of cognitive, emotional, and social functioning. Throughout, the volume gives particular attention to what the research reveals about ways to support all children's learning and healthy development.

Human Behavior, Learning, and the Developing Brain: Volume 2, Atypical Development. Edited by Donna Coch, Geraldine Dawson & Kurt W. Fischer, $59.95

Synthesizing the breadth of current knowledge on brain-behavior relationships in atypically developing children, this important volume integrates theories and data from multiple disciplines. Leading authorities present their latest research on specific clinical problems, including autism, Williams syndrome, learning and language disabilities, ADHD, and issues facing infants of diabetic mothers. In addition, the effects of social stress and maltreatment on brain development and behavior are thoroughly reviewed. Demonstrating the uses of cutting-edge methods from developmental neuroscience, developmental psychology, and cognitive science, the contributors emphasize the implications of their findings for real-world educational and clinical practices.


The Human Spark: the Science of Human Development. Jerome Kagan, $32.00

As infants we are rife with potential. For a short time, we have before us a seemingly infinite number of developmental paths. Soon, however, we become limited to certain paths as we grow into unique products of our genetics and experience. But what factors account for the variation—in skills, personalities, values—that results? How do experiences shape what we bring into the world? In The Human Spark, pioneering psychologist Jerome Kagan offers an unflinching examination of personal, moral, and cultural development, and explores the tension between biology and the environment. He reviews major advances in the science of development over the past three decades and offers pointed critiques and new syntheses. Most importantly, he reminds us that a life, however influenced by biology and upbringing, is still a tapestry to be woven, not an outcome to be endured. Whether the reader is a first-time parent; an educator; or simply a curious soul seeking self-knowledge, Kagan makes an expert and companionable guide.

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The Infant Mind: Origins of the Social Brain. Edited by Maria Legerstee, David Haley & Marc Bornstein, $90.95

Integrating cutting-edge research from multiple disciplines, this book provides a dynamic and holistic picture of the developing infant mind. Contributors explore the transactions among genes, the brain, and the environment in the earliest years of life. The volume probes the neural correlates of core sensory, perceptual, cognitive, emotional, and social capacities. It highlights the importance of early relationships, presenting compelling findings on how parent–infant interactions influence neural processing and brain maturation. Innovative research methods are discussed, including applications of behavioral, hormonal, genetic, and brain imaging technologies.


Is This a Phase? Child Development & Parent Strategies, Birth to 6 Years. Helen Neville, $29.95

This reassuring and practical guide explains what to expect at every developmental stage between birth and age 6. Pediatric nurse and parent educator Helen Neville walks parents and caregivers through three dozen topics common in the first six years of life. Accurate, reliable and authoritative, Is This a Phase looks at child development and temperament and how they affect the family.


Learning to Listen: a Life Caring for Children. T. Berry Brazelton, $27.50

From his childhood in Waco, Texas, where he took expert care of nine small cousins while the adults ate Sunday lunch, to Princeton and an offer from Broadway, to medical and psychoanalytic training, to the exquisite observations into newborn behavior that led babies to be seen in an entirely new light, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton’s life has been one of innovation and caring. Known internationally for the Touchpoints theory of regression and growth in infants and young children, Brazelton is also credited for bringing the insights of child development into pediatrics, and for his powerful advocacy in Congress. In Learning to Listen, fans of Brazelton and professionals in his field can follow both the roots of a brilliant career and the evolution of child-rearing into the twenty-first century.

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Learning to Read the World: Language and Literacy in the First Three Years. Sharon Rosenkoetter & Joanne Knapp-Philo, editors, $45.95

Infants and toddlers typically learn to read the world by getting support and encouragement from parents and caregivers — the cherished adults who are an essential part of their day-to-day routines and interactions. Learning to Read the World draws on research from multiple fields to explore infant-toddler learning as it relates to beginning language and literacy. By including a multidisciplinary array of authors, Rosenkoetter and Knapp-Philo provide a broad understanding of how very young children move toward literacy and suggest ways that readers can encourage young children to delight in words, shapes, sounds, symbols, concepts, and other facets of language and literacy development.


The Long Shadow of Temperament. Jerome Kagan & Nancy Snidman, $24.95

In The Long Shadow of Temperament, Kagan and Nancy Snidman summarize the results of a unique inquiry into human temperaments, one of the best-known longitudinal studies in developmental psychology. In a masterly summary of their wide-ranging exploration, Kagan and Snidman demonstrate that while temperamental tendencies can be modified by experience, the shadow of temperament is permanently cast over psychological development.


Mind in the Making: the Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. Ellen Galinsky, $21.00

There are hundreds of books that give parents advice on everything from weaning to toilet training, from discipline to nutrition. But in spite of this overwhelming amount of information, there is very little research-based advice for parents on how to raise their children to be well rounded and achieve their full potential, helping them learn to take on life's challenges, communicate well with others, and remain committed to learning. These are the "essential life skills" that Ellen Galinsky has spent her career pursuing, through her own studies and through decades of talking with more than a hundred of the most outstanding researchers in child development and neuroscience. The good news is that there are simple everyday things that all parents can do to build these skills in their children for today and for the future. They don't cost money, and it's never too late to begin.

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Pathways to Competence: Encouraging Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children, 2nd Edition. Sarah Landy, $86.50

Positive social-emotional development is recognized now more than ever as the cornerstone of success in school and in life — which means every early childhood professional must enter the field ready to support children's social and emotional health. This essential text is exactly what they need: a comprehensive, one-stop guide to addressing every facet of social-emotional development, working skillfully with children and families, and improving parents' interactions with their children.

A trusted core textbook since the popular first edition was published in 2002, Pathways to Competence has been fully updated to reflect 6 years of tremendous advances in research. Highly respected expert Sarah Landy, a 20-year veteran of the early intervention field, guides future professionals through the nine most important domains of social and emotional development in children from birth to 6 years.

With its thorough, multifaceted coverage of each domain, this book is the authoritative social-emotional textbook for preservice professionals — and a resource inservice practitioners will use for the rest of their careers to guide parents and answer crucial questions about development. Highly readable and meticulously researched, Pathways to Competence is the one book every early childhood professional needs to help ensure a lifetime of social-emotional health for all the children they work with.


Pathways to Competence for Young Children: a Parenting Program (Book and CD-ROM). Sarah Landy & Elizabeth Thompson, $79.95

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.

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Pathways to Positive Parenting: Helping Parents Nurture Healthy Development in the Earliest Months. Jolene Pearson, $55.50

An essential resource for all professionals who work with families of infants, this valuable handbook serves as a parent educator’s guide to coaching and supporting new parents.

The curriculum provides professionals with innovative teaching techniques, and practical and effective strategies that are field-tested, science-based and can be applied immediately in work supporting the development of positive parenting skills. The book also includes information on important topics such as postpartum depression, tummy time, breastfeeding, safe sleep, and coping with crying.


The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us about Truth, Love and the Meaning of Life. Alison Gopnik, $19.00

For most of us, having a baby is the most profound, intense, and fascinating experience of our lives. Now scientists and philosophers are starting to appreciate babies, too. The last decade has witnessed a revolution in our understanding of infants and young children. Scientists used to believe that babies were irrational, and that their thinking and experience were limited. Recently, they have discovered that babies learn more, create more, care more, and experience more than we could ever have imagined. And there is good reason to believe that babies are actually smarter, more thoughtful, and even more conscious than adults.

Alison Gopnik — a leading psychologist and philosopher, as well as a mother — explains the groundbreaking new psychological, neuroscientific, and philosophical developments in our understanding of very young children, transforming our understanding of how babies see the world and in turn promoting a deeper appreciation for the role of parents.


Raising a Secure Child: How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child's Attachment, Emotional Resilience, and Freedom to Explore. Kent Hoffman, Glen Cooper & Bert Powell, $21.95

Today's parents are constantly pressured to be perfect. But in striving to do everything right, we risk missing what children really need for lifelong emotional security. Now the simple, powerful "Circle of Security" parenting strategies that Kent Hoffman, Glen Cooper, and Bert Powell have taught thousands of families are available in self-help form for the first time. You will learn:

  • How to balance nurturing and protectiveness with promoting your child's independence
  • What emotional needs a toddler or older child may be expressing through difficult behavior
  • How your own upbringing affects your parenting style — and what you can do about it

Filled with vivid stories and unique practical tools, this book puts the keys to healthy attachment within everyone's reach — self-understanding, flexibility, and the willingness to make and learn from mistakes.

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Respecting Babies: a New Look at Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach. Ruth Anne Hammond, $34.50

Respecting Babies will help parents and caregivers provide support to babies and toddlers in a way that allows children to become confident explorers and learners. Focusing on the importance of building secure relationships, this book is an engaging and easy-to-read summary of the history and methods of care conceived by Magda Gerber, founder of the Resources for Educarers (RIS) Program.


Socioemotional Development in the Toddler Years: Transitions and Transformations. Edited by Celia Brownell & Claire Kopp, $71.95

This volume explores the key developmental transitions that take place as 1 to 3 year-olds leave infancy behind and begin to develop the social and emotional knowledge, skills, and regulatory abilities of early childhood. Leading investigators examine the multiple, interacting factors that lead to socioemotional competence in this pivotal period, covering both typical and atypical development.


A Therapist's Guide to Child Development: the Extraordinarily Normal Years. Edited by Dee Cray, $62.50

A Therapist's Guide to Child Development gives therapists and counselors the basics they need to understand their clients in the context of development and to explain development to parents. The chapters take the reader through the various physical, social, and identity developments occurring at each age, explaining how each stage of development is closely linked to mental health and how that is revealed in therapy. This ideal guide for students, as well as early and experienced professionals, will also give readers the tools to communicate successfully with the child’s guardians or teachers, including easy-to-read handouts that detail what kind of behaviors are not cause for concern and which behaviors mean it’s time to seek help. As an aid to practitioners, this book matches developmental ages with appropriate, evidence-based mental health interventions.

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Theories of Attachment: an Introduction to Bowlby, Ainsworth, Gerber, Brazelton, Kennell & Klaus. Carol Garhart Mooney, $28.95

Theories of Attachment provides a solid foundation for informed early childhood care and is a terrific resource for anyone working with young children. It thoroughly covers the background and research of the prominent minds of attachment theorists John Bowlby, Mary Ainsworth, Magda Gerber, John Kennell, Marshall Klaus, and T. Berry Brazelton — including the theory keystones of bonding, separation, and crying.


Theories of Infant Development. Gavin Bremner & Alan Slater, editors. $49.50

Theories of Infant Development provides an authoritative survey of the major theories of infant development including the theoretical issues. Written by leading scholars in the field of infancy, each chapter either presents a distinct theoretical approach to infant development or reviews contrasting theories in a specific subfield.


Understanding Babies and Young Children from Conception to Three: a Guide for Students, Practitioners and Parents. Christine Macintyre, $44.95

Written to support ECE professionals, this fascinating book explores the pre and post-natal development of children from conception to three. It outlines the key aspects of progression, discussing how innate and external factors combine to influence a child’s well-being and abilities. Based upon exhaustive research in the field, but written in a way that is relevant and lively to practitioners and students alike, the text is organized in a question-and-answer format for quick and easy referencing.

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Understanding Early Childhood Mental Health: a Practical Guide for Professionals. Susan Janko Summers & Rachel Chazan-Cohen, $59.95

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 Newborn Behavior & Early Relationships: the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) System Handbook. J. Kevin Nugent, Constance Keefer, Susan Minear, Lise Johnson, & Yvette Blanchard, $72.50

Giving babies a “voice” helps parents understand their baby’s unique strengths and needs. This observational tool and handbook, complete with beautiful four-color photographs by a Pulitzer prize-winning photographer, gives professionals a systematic way to help parents respond with confidence to their baby’s individual needs—and build positive parent-professional relationships in the process. Flexible, easy to integrate into everyday practice, and based on more than 25 years of research … this system is just what clinicians in hospital, clinic, or home settings need to help new mothers and fathers get to know their baby, increase their confidence and competence as parents, and support their child’s growth and development.


Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain, 2nd Edition. Sue Gerhardt, $37.50

Why Love Matters explains why loving relationships are essential to brain development in the early years, and how these early interactions can have lasting consequences for future emotional and physical health. This second edition follows on from the success of the first, updating the scientific research, covering recent findings in genetics and the mind/body connection, and including a new chapter highlighting our growing understanding of the part also played by pregnancy. Sue Gerhardt focuses in particular on the wide-ranging effects of early stress on a baby or toddler’s developing nervous system. When things go wrong with relationships in early life, the dependent child has to adapt; what we now know is that his or her brain adapts too. The brain’s emotion and immune systems are particularly affected by early stress and can become less effective. This makes the child more vulnerable to a range of later difficulties such as depression, anti-social behaviour, addictions or anorexia, as well as physical illness.

Why Love Matters is an accessible, lively, account of the latest findings in neuroscience, developmental psychology and neurobiology – research which matters to us all. It is an invaluable and hugely popular guide for parents and professionals alike.

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The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, 2nd Edition. Usha Goswani, Editor, $56.95

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

Your Self-Motivated Baby: Enhance Your Baby's Social and Cognitive Development in the First Six Months of Life through Movement. Beverly Stokes, $32.49

A hands-on guide for communicating with babies in their first six months and nurturing their physical, social, and cognitive development, Your Self-Motivated Baby shows parents and other caregivers how to interact with very young infants and understand what they are expressing in their movements. Color photographs throughout the book show babies' motivation in play and how subtle interactions build bonding and encourage development. Following advice from author Beverly Stokes, a seasoned developmental movement educator, adults learn how to relate to babies and communicate effectively with them. Beverly Stokes makes it clear that preverbal babies are giving cues for caregiver participation very early on; it's up to us to try to understand them better. By communicating with babies sensitively in the first six months of their lives, we help them to establish the foundation for a healthy, confident, and joyful life. 

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Complete Booklist

Infant & Child Development

Amazing Baby. Desmond Morris, $24.95

The Amazing Infant. Tiffany Field, $53.99

Amazing Minds: from Newborns to Toddlers. Jan Faull & Jennifer McLean Oliver, $18.50

The Attachment Connection: Parenting a Secure & Confident Child Using the Science of Attachment Theory. Ruth Newton, $26.95

The Baby in the Mirror: a Child’s World from Birth to Three. Charles Fernyhough, $16.95

Becoming Attached: Unfolding the Mystery of the Infant-Mother Bond and Its Impact on Later Life. Robert Karen, $31.50

Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential — and Endangered. Maia Szalavitz & Bruce Perry, $19.99

The Brightening Glance: Imagination and Childhood. Ellen Handler Spitz, $19.95

Child Development: a Practitioner's Guide, 3rd Edition. Douglas Davies, $93.50

Child Development: Theories and Critical Perspectives, 2nd Edition. Rosalyn Shute & Phillip Slee, $85.50

Communicating with Children Birth to Four Years. Debbie Chalmers, $50.30

The Cultural Nature of Human Development. Barbara Rogoff, $37.95

The Developing Brain Birth to Age Eight. Marilee Sprenger, $25.95

The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are, 2nd Edition. Daniel Siegel, $57.95

The Emotional Life of the Toddler, Revised Edition. Alicia Lieberman. $22.00

From Birth to Five Years: Children’s Developmental Progress, 4th Edition. Ajay Sharma & Helen Cockerill, $40.50

From Neurons to Neighborhoods: the Science of Early Childhood Development. J. Shonkoff & D. Phillips (eds), $59.95

Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications, 3rd Edition. Edited by Jude Cassidy & Phillip Shaver, $79.95

Handbook of Preschool Mental Health: Development, Disorders and Treatment. Joan Luby, editor, $48.50

Handbook of Self-Regulation, 3rd Edition: Research, Theory, and Applications. Edited by Roy Baumeister & Kathleen Vohs, $59.95

How the Child’s Mind Develops, 3rd Edition. David Cohen, $41.90

How Infants Know Minds. Vasudevi Reddy, $29.95

How Language Works: How Babies Babble, Words Change Meaning and Languages Live or Die. David Crystal, $22.99

Human Behavior, Learning, and the Developing Brain: Volume 1, Typical Development. Edited by Donna Coch, Kurt Fischer & Geraldine Dawson, $55.95

Human Behavior, Learning, and the Developing Brain: Volume 2, Atypical Development. Edited by Donna Coch, Geraldine Dawson & Kurt W. Fischer, $55.95

The Human Spark: the Science of Human Development. Jerome Kagan, $32.00

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The Infant Mind: Origins of the Social Brain. Edited by Maria Legerstee, David Haley & Marc Bornstein, $115.95

Is This a Phase? Child Development & Parent Strategies, Birth to 6 Years. Helen Neville, $26.95

Learning to Listen: a Life Caring for Children. T. Berry Brazelton, $27.50

Learning to Read the World: Language and Literacy in the First Three Years. Sharon Rosenkoetter & Joanne Knapp-Philo, editors, $55.95

The Long Shadow of Temperament. Jerome Kagan & Nancy Snidman, $24.95

Mind in the Making: the Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. Ellen Galinsky, $21.99

Pathways to Competence: Encouraging Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children, 2nd Edition. Sarah Landy, $86.50

Pathways to Competence for Young Children: a Parenting Program (Book and CD-ROM). Sarah Landy & Elizabeth Thompson, $79.95

Pathways to Positive Parenting: Helping Parents Nurture Healthy Development in the Earliest Months. Jolene Pearson, $53.50

The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us about Truth, Love and the Meaning of Life. Alison Gopnik, $19.00

Raising a Secure Child: How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child's Attachment, Emotional Resilience, and Freedom to Explore. Kent Hoffman, Glen Cooper & Bert Powell, $19.95

Respecting Babies: a New Look at Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach. Ruth Anne Hammond, $33.50

Socioemotional Development in the Toddler Years: Transitions and Transformations. Edited by Celia Brownell & Claire Kopp, $71.95

A Therapist's Guide to Child Development: the Extraordinarily Normal Years. Edited by Dee Cray, $64.50

Theories of Attachment: an Introduction to Bowlby, Ainsworth, Gerber, Brazelton, Kennell & Klaus. Carol Garhart Mooney, $34.95

Theories of Infant Development. Gavin Bremner & Alan Slater, editors. $73.99

Understanding Babies and Young Children from Conception to Three: a Guide for Students, Practitioners and Parents. Christine Macintyre, $58.95

Understanding Early Childhood Mental Health: a Practical Guide for Professionals. Susan Janko Summers & Rachel Chazan-Cohen, $59.95

Understanding Newborn Behavior & Early Relationships: the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) System Handbook. J. Kevin Nugent, Constance Keefer, Susan Minear, Lise Johnson, & Yvette Blanchard, $79.95

Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain, 2nd Edition. Sue Gerhardt, $39.10

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, 2nd Edition. Usha Goswami, Editor, $64.95

Your Self-Motivated Baby: Enhance Your Baby's Social and Cognitive Development in the First Six Months of Life through Movement. Beverly Stokes, $32.49

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