5 Great Books for Early Childhood Education Teachers

  • The Giant Encyclopedia of Lesson Plans for Children 3 to 6
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
  • The Exceptional Child: Inclusion in Early Childhood Education
  • Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation
  • Anti-Bias Education in the Early Childhood Classroom: Hand in Hand, Step by Step

Those pursuing a career as an early childhood education teacher should be aware that there are excellent books available on the subject. These acclaimed books, written by leaders in the field, offer readers information and insights that often cannot be found anywhere else. Here are 5 great books for early childhood education teachers:

The Giant Encyclopedia of Lesson Plans for Children 3 to 6

This book by teachers Kathy Charner, Maureen Murphy and Charlie Clark presents more than 250 detailed lesson plans those teaching young children can use in their own classrooms. The book offers a plethora of ideas, broken down into fundamental categories, such as animals, food and health. It also offers lesson plans on how to improve children’s motor skills as well as how to develop their artistic talents.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

This book by New York Times bestselling authors Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish teaches adults how to talk to young children so that they will listen. The book describes ways teachers can take what the authors call “natural language” and turn it into language that spurs conversation between teacher and pupil. The book further helps teachers deal with the negative feelings young children often experience and how teachers can express strong feelings without hurting a child’s feelings. The Chicago Tribune has called the book a seminal work in the field.

The Exceptional Child: Inclusion in Early Childhood Education

Now in its 7th edition, this book by K. Eileen Allen — who is a professor of Child Development and Early Childhood Education at the University of Kansas — focuses on what teachers can do to provide the proper environment for special children. The book offers a practical guide for teachers so that they can make their classrooms more inclusive for special children, and it shows how teachers can better understand the needs of such students.

Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation

This book by early education specialist Dr. Sue Bredekamp provides readers with the latest developments in Common Core. It also describes an interactive program called REVEL, which can be bundled with the book and which can help engage children as they learn. The book itself focuses on 3 important themes, which include what it calls “intentional teaching” as well as how to create an interesting and challenging curriculum and how to develop effective evidence-based practices.

Anti-Bias Education in the Early Childhood Classroom: Hand in Hand, Step by Step

This book, written by educator, activist and bestselling author Katie Kissinger, shows teachers how they can implement practices that will eliminate bias in early educational environments. The author uses her own personal experiences to give teachers all they need to create classrooms that are truly welcoming to everyone, and which will help all their students succeed. She further offers extensive resources for teachers to help guide them toward these ends.

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In conclusion, the books listed here provide wonderful learning material for those planning on becoming early childhood education teachers. They should be on the reading list of everyone pursuing a career in early childhood education teaching.