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Books for Celebrating Week of The Young Child

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Every year the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association, celebrates and sponsors the Week of The Young Child®. According to NAEYC's website, the purpose of the Week of the Young Child® is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. As a publisher of resources for early childhood, Gryphon House Books continually works to help early educators and parents connect theory and best practice to help children develop the foundational skills necessary to navigate through life successfully. We have put together this list of books to celebrate, encourage, and inspire parents and teachers who care for young children through words of wisdom, expert advice, time-saving strategies, activities, and more. 



Never, Ever, Serve Sugary Snacks on Rainy Days

In this updated version of the classic original, teachers and caregivers will enjoy the warm and witty pages of wise words passed down from a veteran early childhood educator.

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Good Morning, Children

My First Years in Early Childhood Education

Sophia Pappas’ book 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.

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Sanity Savers

200 Quick Fixes for Everything from Big Messes to Small Budgets

From clean-up solutions to storage ideas to inventive cost-cutting strategies, and everything in between, this book will truly help you keep your sanity in the classroom! Sanity Savers helps solve everyday problems, giving you more time to teach and enjoy the children in your classroom.

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Parents Ask, Experts Answer

Nurturing Happy, Healthy Children

While recognizing that you are the expert of your child and there is no one-size-fits-all guide to parenting, this book brings together a panel of thirty-five experts to offer advice on some of the most challenging issues faced by parents. 

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America’s Child-Care Crisis

Rethinking an Essential Business

America’s Child-Care Crisis takes a hard look at the current state of the child-care industry and explores how to save this critical service by identifying the systemic changes needed, altering public opinion of the field, securing state and federal dollars for the private sector, prioritizing the growth of family child-care homes, educating parents on quality care and helping them access it, and obtaining business support.

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The Insightful Teacher

Reflective Strategies to Shape Your Early Childhood Classroom

Emphasizing essential interpersonal skills that should be developed in early childhood, this guide offers a holistic approach to developing classroom communities in which each child feels recognized, appreciated, and able to contribute. By individualizing the needs of each student using the methods espoused in this handbook, educators will cultivate a supportive classroom setting based on emotional expression and conflict resolution.


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Zen Parenting

The Art of Learning What You Already Know

Zen Parenting is filled with touching, inspiring, and humorous anecdotes of what it means to parent in today's world. It offers practical insights into using the Zen practice of non-judgmental awareness to deal with the day-to-day chaos and joy of parenting.

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Simple Acts

The Busy Family's Guide to Giving Back

Simple Acts brings busy parents practical, easy-to-do ideas to involve the whole family in volunteering and helping others in the community. In this book you'll discover the proven value of service in raising compassionate children and ideas for integrating volunteering and service into your already-busy schedule.

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Intellectual Emergencies

Some Reflections on Mothering and Teaching

Lilian Katz has spent many years conducting workshops for teachers, parents, and students all over the world, and during those workshops she has often referred to her son Stephen, and what she has termed the "intellectual emergencies" she experienced during the years he was growing up. Her responses to these "emergencies," the moments when he analyzed her actions and challenged her decisions as a parent and a teacher, are pulled together in this book.

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