Here are our picks for some of the best child development books on the market.
Complete Guide to Your Children's Health, by the American Medical Association
This straightforward, comprehensive reference comes from the American Medical Association, so you know it's good material. The book features helpful pictures, charts, and diagrams on everything from childproofing to teething, as well as easy-to-read symptom charts and an A to Z health encyclopedia. The developmental information, including lists of physical and cognitive milestones and warning signs of potential problems, is divided by age group and includes simple activities and games designed to help your baby learn.
Your Child: What Every Parent Needs to Know: What's Normal, What's Not, and When to Seek Help, by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Written by a panel of doctors from some of the most prestigious universities in the United States, this book focuses on children's behavior and development. It's a little more touchy-feely than the AMA's Complete Guide, but it does a great job of explaining the range of normal behavior, as well as identifying minor problems (biting, hitting) and more serious disorders — including developmental delays. Look for the helpful list of language development milestones and warning signs, as well as solid information on mental retardation and learning disorders.
Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nurture Your Child's Intelligence, Creativity and Healthy Emotions From Birth Through Adolescence, by Marian Diamond, Ph.D., and Janet Hopson
Child development and brain researcher Marian Diamond, Ph.D., and science writer Janet Hopson have co-authored this comprehensive guide that helps explain to parents exactly how young minds can be stimulated and developed. According to the authors, early mental challenges accelerate brain growth and enhance future learning and memory skills. Along with recommended toys and games, the book also lists top CD-ROMs and videos.
Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease
Jim Trelease, a father, journalist, and long-time read-aloud crusader, is truly passionate about his subject, and it shows. In this entertaining, informative book, he's compiled statistics and personal success stories that will convince both avid readers and more reluctant ones that reading to children is a vital part of their development. Plus, you get Trelease's comprehensive list of the best books to read aloud to children of all ages.
Touchpoints, by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton
This is Brazelton at his best, mapping the behavioral and emotional development stages of children. The touchpoints that give the book its name are those predictable moments that happen before a significant or rapid step in your child's development. A third of the book deals with the first year, and he takes you from the first touchpoint — pregnancy and the developing fetus — through birth and beyond: evaluating your newborn's reflexes, learning your baby's style, how to bond and learn from your child, and so on. He also covers issues such as fear, divorce, and a child's ability to emotionally manipulate the adults who love him.
Your Pregnancy Week by Week, by Glade B. Curtis
BabyCenter is dedicated to helping you navigate your pregnancy step by step; this book comes the closest to doing the same thing in print. In clear, lucid prose it charts a course from preparing for pregnancy to week 40 — and gives you blow-by-blow details on what's happening to you and your baby at every stage.
Sleeping Through the Night, by Jodi Mindell
Lack of sleep may be an occupational hazard for parents, but there's hope. In Sleeping Through the Night, Jodi Mindell draws on her vast experience as a pediatric sleep expert to recommend solutions to one of the most common problems that plague parents: Kids who won't — or can't — sleep through the night. Mindell, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Allegheny University of the Health Sciences in Pennsylvania and our BabyCenter sleep expert, offers practical advice on how to establish consistent bedtime routines and tells you how much sleep your child really needs (for example, most 3-year-olds still need a nap in the afternoon and a little more than 11 hours of sleep all day). She also suggests ways sleep-deprived parents can cope with the stresses of being up all night and working all day.
Answered By: sandokan - 12/26/2007