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"Your brain never stops developing... but the most rapid period is in the first few years... it builds the foundation. That's why it's so important. Everything that follows has to build on that foundation." - Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., Director of the Harvard Center on the Developing Child.
In the Bernard Van Leer Foundation's docu-series The Beginning of Life, Shonkoff highlights the importance of these foundational years in a child's development, and explains that strong foundations for learning are created through experiences. When children play, read, talk, sing with caring adults in early literacy rich spaces, like their local library, children learn and develop in ways that will benefit them throughout their lives.
Early Literacy Storytimes @ Your Library by Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting; Pamela Martin-Diaz
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
Saroj Ghoting shares research and methods for planning early literacy rich storytimes that engage children and caregivers.
From Lullabies to Literature by Jennifer Birckmayer; Anne Kennedy; Anne Stonehouse
Publication Date: 2008-09-01
This book examines best practices when it comes to sharing stories with the youngest readers. Authors share research and anecdotal examples to show how stories support children's learning from the time they're born, throughout their first three years, and beyond.
Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky
Publication Date: 2010-04-20
Families and Work Institute President Ellen Galinsky identifies key executive function skills and ways to support children in their development.
Reading Picture Books with Children by Chris Raschka (Foreword by); Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Contribution by)
Publication Date: 2015-11-03
Megan Dowd Lambert explores interactive approaches to reading books with children and storytime with The Whole Book Approach
Serious Fun: How Guided Play Extends Children's Learning by Marie L. Masterson (Editor); Holly Bohart (Editor)
Publication Date: 2019-02-19
Discover how to provide guided play experiences along with opportunities for unstructured play to support children’s learning
Three Key Years by George Halvorson
Publication Date: 2015-07-04
Halvorson addresses how formative the first three years of a child's life are. He discusses the need to invest in these years and the benefits this has for children, families, and communities