Wouldn’t everything be a bit easier if we were able to understand little kids? Parents and teachers would be in a more beneficial position if they were able to do so. But, that is not an easy task. Child psychology is much more complex than said. Keeping that in mind I have highlighted here some most popular child psychology books for teachers.
Therefore, it becomes essential for us to put efforts towards it. As nobody innately has such skills of perfectly understanding all the needs and difficulties of a child.
Parents and teachers with time learn how to raise and educate children properly.
Understanding the reason behind a child’s certain behavior, how their emotions work, or how their brains develop after every stage of their development has become important to learn in the modern world.
For this purpose too, like always books will be there at your aid.
Books are not only more convenient but also more informative just at the expense of some money. Therefore by giving a read to the books mentioned below, not only you will be able to better understand children but also you could help them in their tough times.
So today’s article is all on child psychology. We will share a list of the most popular books on child psychology for teachers with you.
Grab a working pen and a sheet to note down the titles, so here we begin!
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– by Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
“Too often we forget that discipline really means to teach, not to punish. A disciple is a student, not a recipient of behavioral consequences.”
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson — The authors explain in simple language how a child’s brain works and matures. They show that children’s right brain with all the emotions is most likely to take over the logic of the left brain. Thus this is the reason why children act out of control sometimes. It is a well-written book that includes 12 strategies that can be used to deal with day to day struggles of a child. The book points out that a child’s behavioral problem is mostly due to their normal developmental phase, so teachers and parents just need to give them additional support so they can manage their growing emotions and feelings well. This book is a must-read to help develop emotional health and intelligence in children. At the end of the book, there is a summary chart for readers to learn how to respond to children of different age groups.
– by Jean Piaget, Bärbel Inhelder, Helen Weaver
“A well written and ready to follow the book.”
The Psychology of the Child by Jean Piaget, Bärbel Inhelder, Helen Weaver — We highly recommend this book to those who are planning to enter into the field of education. This book focuses on modern childhood education and development. Jean Piaget along with Barbel Inhelder presents a comprehensive analysis of every stage of a child’s cognitive development. The book also teaches its readers the different stages of psychological development of a child and by understanding, this one can also learn how to raise them in a much better way. This book is a great aid in the challenging role of parenting.
– by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish, Kimberly Ann Coe
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish, Kimberly Ann Coe — This is a perfect book that will be a helpful guide to every parent and educator. It emphasizes how to improve communication skills with children. If readers follow the given approach of authors, then a less stressful relationship can be formed with kids. The book is full of practical and innovative ways to solve the problems that arise with raising and educating kids. To sum up, this particular book is all about how to communicate effectively with a child and making sure that they are being heard and understood.
– by Mona Delahooke
“One of the best books you will ever read as a career of a child with special needs.”
Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges by Mona Delahooke — A fantastic read for all those who work with children. This book is a great source of information for educators and as well as parents to help them deal with children who have difficult behaviors. The author has based this book on neuroscience research and puts much emphasis on the connection between mind and body. She tries to make her readers understand that the body and mind work hand in hand to create a behavior. Mona Delahooke provides some practical examples of how you can help children through compassion and relationship. The book includes interesting case studies, handouts, and helping tools that can be used for both children and adults. The handouts are clear and simple and user-friendly too. ‘Beyond behaviors’ thus becomes a must-read for teachers, parents, therapists, or anyone working with children to provide support in their behavior.
– by Dennis Child
“A very informative book, must-read books for training teachers.”
Psychology and the Teacher by Dennis Child — One of the many books that give a complete and up-to-date introduction to psychology. For all the teachers. Professor Dennis Child, the author, covers several topics in his book. He talks about child development, child motivation, special needs education, human difference, classroom management, and assessment. Gender and cultural diversity, behavioral problems, learning environment, and social development are also discussed by him. This book and the information in it is termed as culturally important by many scholars and is specifically designed for those who need to become acquainted with psychology.
– by Daniel J. Siegal and Tina Payne Bryson
The Whole-Brain Child Workbook: Practical Exercises, Worksheets and Activities to Nurture Developing Minds by Daniel J. Siegal and Tina Payne Bryson — This book can be used by parents, educators, caregivers, and even clinicians. Though the book focuses on how a parent’s mental health has effects on a child, Daniel Siegal states that this workbook can be used by anyone. He explains his principles and techniques to everyone who wishes to understand and help their child mature. Siegel and Bryson together discuss the science behind the developing minds of children and provide their readers with questions and exercises to make them practice the concepts taught. This book will for sure teach you how to maintain a good relationship with children.
– by Charles H. Elliott and Laura L. Smith
“Perfect for beginners and excellent at explaining kids behavior.”
Child Psychology and Development for Dummies by Charles H. Elliott and Laura L. Smith — This book can become your go-to guide. It is very informational, covering topics like the cognitive development of a child, how one can diagnose and treat it, and overcoming cognitive barriers that hinder learning and development. The book guides teachers, parents, and caregivers to help a child develop self-esteem, control impulses, and also form good relationships. To sum up it is a fine book that discusses the subject of child psychology in an easy-to-understand language.
– by Maria Montessori
“The child has his own laws of development, and if we want to help him grow, it is a question of following these, not of imposing ourselves upon him.”
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori — Maria Montessori provides a window into the minds of children through this book. The book clearly shows its readers how a child’s mind can absorb things around him. Therefore, she takes a philosophical approach toward teaching a child. According to her, education should be focused more on providing an environment where a child is independent and can learn to his best potential. This book is a perfect read for any child educator as it helps at tackling problems that might arise in preschools or daycare centers.
– by Amy Ellis Nutt and Frances E. Jensen
“A valuable resource for parents, youth workers, educators, and anyone involved with teens in any way. The book is engaging, understandable, and extremely informative.”
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by Amy Ellis Nutt and Frances E. Jensen — We all know that teenagers could be pretty hard to handle and their behavior can not be taken for granted. This book here offers scientific as well as practical suggestions on how one can try to understand the incredible brains of teenagers and help them to organize themselves more properly. To conclude, this book is mainly aimed at helping people understand the difficulties and challenges faced by youngsters when they mature and their brain develops.
– by Robert A. Siegler
How Children Develop by Robert A. Siegler — This book has established itself as a textbook for teachers and researchers. It is very comprehensive and gives a great introduction to childhood development. Unlike other books, this book talks about development in a very detailed and chronological manner, beginning from conception to growing up into an adult. This book is very interesting that will make you engaged in it just after a few chapters. The book effectively shows how various aspects can change the behavior of a child, for example, the environment in which he or she is. All in all, it is a great book with interesting cases to study from and get a wider view of a child’s brain.
– by Joanna Faber and Julie King
How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 by Joanna Faber and Julie King — Dealing with young kids could be quite troublesome for parents as well as their teachers. However, this book will be your game changer. You need to read this book, then only you will believe in its effectiveness. The book will become your help guide, making you familiar with various communication strategies that can be adapted to initiate a positive relationship. The authors have given many examples and scenarios through which one can more clearly understand kids’ behavior. A young child tends to learn from his surroundings and later catches it too to develop into his life, therefore much attention should be paid to them and they should be given the freedom to express themselves. The book does not forget to point out the importance of engagement and competitiveness of kids.
– by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare
Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare — Parents and teachers must realize that attention and emotional regulations are linked. Therefore, focusing on strengthening a certain skill will also lead to an improvement in some other skills. This book is all about how teachers and parents can help children. The first and foremost step this book states is to be aware of the child’s weaknesses and strong points. Then only encourage them to improve them in the lacking field. This book will show you how you can help them to stay focused and keep their emotions and urges under control. Some various worksheets and activities can help boost up their skills.
– by Judith Rich Harris
The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do by Judith Rich Harris — This book too talks about child development like the other books, but there is this one difference among them. The difference in this book is that the author believes that parents have less or no influence on how their kids will grow up to become in the future. She instead believes that the experience in the environment outside of the home has a much larger role in determining a child’s role and behavior. In simple language, children socialize by themselves. This book effectively can combine insights from psychology, sociology, and anthropology.
We all have been a child at one point in time. We can understand a child’s psychology better.
The above are the books that I think would be of some use and advantage to those who deal with children. That is why I would recommend you to read these books at least once.
Especially to teachers, as the more you read the information, the more you will gain knowledge on how to deal with children in the best ways. And, as all these books suggested, understanding a child’s mind first will be very beneficial in the long run of maintaining a positive relationship with them.
So, dive into the books and aim for having peaceful cooperation and bond with the kids around you!
I would be very glad if you could post your comments in case you feel we have not included your favorite book in this section titled – Most Popular Child Psychology Books For Teachers.
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