Early Childhood Development, Literacy and Education

Books - Articles - Websites


Baridge, Betty.  At a Loss for Words: How America is Failing Our Children and What We Can Do About It.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005. ISBN: 1592133932

Bardige, Betty.  Building Literacy with Love.  Washington DC: Zero to Three, 2005. ISBN: 0943657822

Birckmayer, Jennifer, Anne Kennedy, and Anne Stonehouse. From Lullabies to Literature: Stories in the Lives of Infants and Toddlers.  Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2008. ISBN: 1928896529

Bardige, Betty.  Talk to me, baby! : How Parents and Teachers Can Support Young Children's Language Development..  Baltimore, Md. : Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., 2009. ISBN: 1557669775

Crane William. Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society. New York: Times Books, c2003. ISBN: 0508075135

Ezell, Helen K. Shared Storybook Reading: Building Young Children's Language and Emergent Literacy Skills. Baltimore, MD: P.H. Brookes Publishing, 2005. ISBN: 1557668000

Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy. Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: how our children really learn and why they need to play more and memorize less. Rodale, New York: St. Martin's Press, c2003. ISBN: 1594860688

LeComer, Laurie. A Parent's Guide to Developmental Delays : Recognizing & Coping with Missed Milestones in Speech, Movement, Learning, and Other Areas. New York : Perigee, 2006. ISBN: 0399532315

McGuinness, Diane.  Growing A Reader From Birth:  Your Child’s Path from Language to Literacy.  New York:  W.W. Norton & Company, 2004. ISBN: 0393058026

Rogers, Crosby and Janet Sawyer.  Play in the Lives of Children.  Washington, D.C. : National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1998. ISBN: 0935989099

Rosenkoetter, Sharon E. and Joanne Knapp-Philo. Learning to Read the World: Language and Literacy in the First Three Years. Zero to Three, 2006. ISBN: 0943657865

Singer, Dorothy G. et al. Play=Learning: How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth. Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN: 0195304381

Zigler, Edward F., Dorothy G. Singer & Sandra J. Bishop-Josef, eds. Children's Play: The Roots of Reading. Washington, DC: Zero to Three, 2004. ISBN: 094365775X


Reading Rockets. Reading Tips for Parents (in 11 Languages) Reading Rockets.org, January 2016.

Kathleen Deerr. Family Place Libraries Hit a Home Run Institute of Museum and Library Servies Blog, September 2015.

Bartlett, Tom. The Case for Play. The Chronicle for Higher Education, February 2011.

Friedman, Dana. Early Learning Leaves Lasting Impression . Newsday, January 2011.

Stout, Hilary. Effort to Restore Children's Play Gains Momentum . The New York Times, January 2011.

Erika Christakis and Nicholas Christakis. Want to get your kids into college? Let them play . CNN, December 2010.

Orenstein, Peggy. Kindergarten Cram. New York Times Magazine. May 3, 2009.

Henig, Robin Marantz . Taking Play Seriously. New York Times. February 17, 2008.

Spiegel, Alex. Old Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills. National Public Radio. February 21, 2008.

National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. The Science of Early Childhood Development: Closing the Gap Between What We Know and What We Do. Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, January, 2007.

Ginsburg, Kenneth R., M.D., MSEd. The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds. PEDIATRICS, January 2007.


Alliance for Childhood
The Alliance for Childhood promotes policies and practices that support children's healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living. Our public education campaign brings light to both the promise and the vulnerability of childhood.

Association for Library Services to Children
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children.  ALSC is changing the way that libraries serve children around the country.  From creative programming and best practices to continuing education and professional connections—ALSC members are innovators in the field of children's library service.

Autism Society of America (ASA)

Brazelton Touchpoints Center
Touchpoints is An evidence-based theory of child development, based upon more than 60 years of ground-breaking research by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and his colleagues at Children’s Hospital in Boston and in communities around the world.

The Center for Early Childhood Research at the University of Chicago

Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood
CCFC’s mission is to support parents’ efforts to raise healthy families by limiting commercial access to children and ending the exploitive practice of child-targeted marketing. In working for the rights of children to grow up—and the freedom of parents to raise them—without being undermined by corporate interests.

Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)                       www.cec.sped.org

The Early Years Institute                                          www.earlyyearsinstitute.org
The Institute is serves a catalyst for new ideas, partnerships and resources that ensure all children have what they need to succeed and to expand the public will to increase investments in young children.

Get Ready To Read!                                          www.getreadytoread.org
Get Ready to Read! (GRTR!) is an early literacy program designed to help parents and early child care providers ensure that young children are equipped with the fundamental skills necessary for learning to read. Literacy activity cards, a free newsletter, and other valuable information are provided on this interactive and usable website.

Harvard Family Research Project - Family Involvement in Early Education

This series, Family Involvement Makes a Difference, provides evidence of family involvement's importance for children of all ages, as well as direct recommendations for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers.

Healthy Children.org from the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP has approximately 60,000 members in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and many other countries. Members include pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists. More than 45,000 members are board-certified and called Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP).

In Defence of Childhood

The purpose of this organization is to “broaden and refocus public conversation about early childhood and its long-term implications for a child’s life and for society; to restore imaginative play and hands-on, experiential learning as central activities in kindergartens and preschools; and to support stable, loving relation-ships with all adults in children’s lives.” This website also links you to many research articles on children and play, as well as other useful website links.

The Hanen Centre


An app and other research-based, fun resources to help busy parents turn everyday moments into fun, interactive brain building moments.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Largest organization of early childhood professionals dedicated to improving education for children birth to age eight. Features professional development, parent information, accreditation, public policy, week of the young child, and their own monthly journal – Young Children.

National Center for Family Literacy                             www.famlit.org

National Center for Learning Disabilities                             www.ncld.org
Provides categories for information on early childhood development which includes: ages and stages, language and communication, emotional, social, and brain development. Also includes Spanish resources.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities 

Pathways Awareness Foundation                      www.pathwaysawareness.org

The School Readiness Playbook

This Playbook is a compendium of the latest thinking and best practices on community-level, collaborative efforts to increase school readiness for all young children. It builds on the knowledge and experiences of many communities throughout the country that are weaving together networks of formal and informal re-sources and funding to increase the number of young children who are ready to succeed in school.

Schwab Learning

Schwab learning is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reliable, parent-friendly information from experts and other parents dealing with learning disabilities in their child.

Tufts University- Child & Family Web Guide

The Child& Family Web Guide describes reputable websites on topics of interest to professionals and parents. All the sites listed on the WebGuide have been evaluated by graduate students and faculty in child development for quality assurance.  There are five main categories of information: family/parenting, education/learning, typical child development, health/mental health, and resources/recreation. These categories are neatly organized, making it easy to navigate through a plethora of information.

Zero to Three
Website of the national center for infants, toddlers, and families. Offers information for professionals and parents. Parent section includes information on play, early literacy, and child development, with a special section on the development of the brain.

Zero to Three- Brain Map

You can start by selecting an age range from the pull-down menu . Depending on the age range, different hotspots on the brain will appear. Click on a hotspot to reveal questions to find out how a baby's brain develops during this period of brain growth. You'll also learn what you can do to enrich a very young child's development.