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Nashoba Brooks Booklist

Nashoba Brooks Booklist

Below is a list of recommended books for parents and educators alike. The following titles are what our employees are currently reading, have read, and recommend for the best information about student learning and child development from leading authors and experts in the field.

Check back often as this list will be added to and updated throughout the year.
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Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom, Ages 4-14
by Chip Wood

Drawing from decades of educational experience and research,
Yardsticks celebrates and charts the wondrous developmental journey that occurs in children ages 4 through 14. Combining easy-to-access information about the cognitive, social-emotional, and physical characteristics unique to each age group with practical advice for how to apply this knowledge, Yardsticks offers parents and educators a foundation for helping children grow and flourish.
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Anti-bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves
by Julie Olsen Edwards and Louise Derman-Sparks

Renowned expert on anti-bias education Louise Derman-Sparks and early childhood director Julie Olsen Edwards dive into the structural and individual changes leaders must foster to confront and eliminate barriers of prejudice, misinformation, and bias in educational settings. The book includes practical advice for helping educators and children respect each other, themselves, and all people.
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A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas
by Warren Berger

Journalist and innovation expert Warren Berger believes that the best tool for igniting change in business and education settings is questioning, something that “falls off a cliff” as kids enter school. Inspiring stories of artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, and social activists set the backdrop for his argument that the most creative and successful people in life have mastered the art of inquiry—all leading to powerful answers that can change the world.
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The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development
by Richard Weissbourd

Harvard psychologist Richard Weissbourd argues that parents are the primary shapers of their children’s moral lives. And yet, it can be parents’ lack of self-awareness and overlapping priorities that are undermining children’s development. Weissbourd reveals that the intense yet joyous process of raising a child can be a powerful force for our own moral development. A deeply resourceful read for those who want to see their own behaviors as parents with the greatest possible clarity.
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Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives
by Rachel Simmons

Rachel Simmons, the
New York Times bestselling author of Odd Girl Out, has been researching young women for two decades. This timely and urgent book gives adults the tools to help girls reject standards of "supergirl" perfectionism so they can become resilient adults. Simmons warns that girl competence does not equal girl confidence—nor does it bring happiness, resilience, or self-worth. With these insights, she reveals that young women can do more than survive adolescence. They can thrive.
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Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow
by Michael Thompson

For parents, the thought of sending their "little ones" off to sleep-away camp can be overwhelming. Renowned child psychologist Michael Thompson, PhD, shares his insights on the benefits of a brief “loosening of ties.” A great champion of summer camp, he explains how the experience ushers children into an environment where time simply slows and independence and maturity blossom.
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The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed
by Jessica Lahey

Essential reading for those who want to help children succeed,
The Gift of Failure focuses on the critical school years when parents must allow their children to experience the disappointment and frustration that occur from life’s inevitable setbacks. She maps out a plan so parents can learn to step back and embrace their children’s failures so that they can grow up to be successful, resilient, and self-reliant adults.
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The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery
by Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis, celebrated art historian, curator, and teacher gives a fascinating examination of how our most iconic creative endeavors—from innovation to the arts—are not achievements but conversions, corrections after failed attempts. 
The Rise—part investigation into a psychological mystery, part an argument about creativity and art, and part a soulful celebration of the determination and courage of the human spirit—makes the case that many of the world’s greatest achievements have come from understanding the central importance of failure.
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Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood
by Lisa Damour

is a highly engaging, and informative guide for parents of daughters. Dr. Damour draws on decades of experience and the latest research to reveal the seven distinct developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups. Providing realistic scenarios and welcome advice on how to engage daughters in smart, constructive ways, Untangled gives parents a framework for understanding their daughters while addressing their most common questions.
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