The following books are recommended by our staff because of their compatibility with our school’s philosophy and spirit.

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For Children

Shinsuke Yoshitake

Bell Hooks
Dan Manalang – Ambrosia(one of our own Nursery School parents!)
Robert Munsch
Steven Kellogg
Eric Carle
Leo Lionni
Vera B. Williams
Mark Teague
Margaret Wise Brown
Judith Viorst
Robert McCloskey
Ezra Jack Keats

For Parents
Becoming the Parent You Want To Be
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7
The Whole Brain Child
Parent Effectiveness Training: The Proven Program for Raising Responsible Children
A Free Range Childhood : Self-Regulation at Summerhill School
Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Freedom and Beyond
How Children Learn
How Children Fail
Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children

On Parenting
Alfie Kohn

On Learning Theory and Other Schools
Play Mountain Place in Culver City, Ca
Roseville Community Preschool in Roseville, Ca
Alternative Education Resource Organization AERO
National Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC

Regarding Curriculum
Alliance for Childhood
National Institute For Play

Talks and Presentations
TED talks
Sir Ken Robinson