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Complete Phase Reading List: Books That Influenced The Phase Project

Complete Phase Reading List: Books That Influenced The Phase Project

This post was written by Kristen Ivy, Director of Messaging at Orange and Director of The Phase Project.

Here are the contents of our “Just a Phase” bookshelf (warning: some are literally textbooks, so grab some coffee and a dictionary before you begin).

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child – American Academy of Pediatrics

The Wonder Years – American Academy of Pediatrics

Teaching in the Secondary School, 5th edition – David Armstrong & Tom Savage

Emerging Adulthood – Jeffrey Arnett

Your Ten-to-Fourteen-Year Old – Louise Bates Ames, Ph.D.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 – Travis Bradberry & Jean Graves

Yes Your Teen is Crazy! – Michael J. Bradley, Ed.D. 

Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents – Betsy Brown Braun

Touchpoints: Birth to Three – Berry Brazelton and Joshua Sparrow

Touchpoints: Three to Six – Berry Brazelton and Joshua Sparrow

Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children – PO Bronson & Ashley Merryman

What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know – Dave Brown & Trudy Knowles

Accept Nothing Less – Jim Burns

The Purity Code – Jim Burns

Teen-Ology – Jim Burns

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens – Danah Boyd

Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for Raising Joyful Kids and Happier Parents – Christine Carter

Putting Children First – JoAnne Pedro-Caroll, Ph.D.

Understanding Child Development, 6th edition – Rosalind Charlesworth

The 5 Love Languages of Children – Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell

Playful Parenting – Lawrence J. Cohen

Unplugged Play – Bobbi Conner

The Sociology of Childhood – William Corsaro

Hurt 2.: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers – Chap Clark

Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World – Chap & Dee Clark

Boundaries with Kids – Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Coleman

Social Intelligence – Daniel Coleman

In This House We Will Giggle – Courtney DeFeo

Magic Trees of the Mind – Marian Diamond, Ph.D. & Janet Hopson

The Learning Revolution – Gordon Dryden and Dr. Jeannette Vos

Religion and Family in a Changing Society – Penny Edgell

Why Teach? – Mark Edmundson

What’s Going on in There? : How The Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years – Lise Elliot

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk – Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

Stages of Faith – James Fowler

Childhood and Society – Erik Erikson

Identity and the Life Cycle – Erik Erikson

The Secrets of Happy Families – Bruce Feiler

Secrets of the Teenager Brain – Sheryl G. Feinstein

Questions Kids Ask About Sex: Honest Answers for Every Age – J. Thomas Filtch, M.D.

Being a Teen – Jane Fonda

Time is Short – Darren Ford

Your Child’s Strengths – Jennifer Fox, M.Ed.

Mind in the Making: Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs – Ellen Galinsky

The Six Stages of Parenthood – Ellen Galinsky

A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens – Joani Geltman

Building Resilience in Children and Teens – Kenneth Ginsburg

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child The Heart of Parenting – John Gottman & Joan DeClaire

Paley Mollie Is Three – Vivian Gussin 

iRules – Janell Burley Hofmann

IQ and Your Child – Eileen Healy 

Your Child’s Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning from Birth Through Adolescence – Jane Healy

The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward – Van De Rijt Hetty

Clark Smart Parents, Clark Smart Kids – Clark Howard & Mark Meltzer

Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years – Michelle Icard

Sex180 – Chip Ingram & Tim Walker

The Teenage Brain – Francess E. Jenson, MD

The Talks: A Parent’s Guide to Critical Conversations about Sex, Dating and other Unmentionables – Barrett Johnson

The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful and Cooperative One to Four Year Old – Harvey Karp

Rich Dad’s Rich Kid Smart Kid – Robert T. Kiyosaki

The Learning Brain: Memory and Brain Development in Children – Torkel Klingberg

Building Emotional Intelligence – Linda Lantieri

Small Talk: How to Develop Your Child’s Language Skills from Birth to Age Four – Nicola Lathey

365 Activities You and Your Baby Will Love – Dr. Roni Cohen Leiderman and Dr. Wendy Masi

Have a New Kid By Friday: How to Change Your Child’s Attitude, Behavior & Character in Five Days – Kevin Leman

Teach Your Children Well – Madeline Levine

The Price of Privilege – Madeline Levine

The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money – Ron Lieber 

The Emotional Life of the Toddler – Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D. 

Personality Plus – Florence Littauer

Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child – Robert Mackenzie, Ed.D.

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting – Laura Markham

Real World Parents – Mark Matlock

Beyond Intelligence – Dona Matthews, Ph.D. and Joanne Foster Ed.D.

Act or React? – Caz McCaslin

Every Child Is a Winner – Caz McCaslin & Bobb Biehl

The Teen Years Explained – Clea McNeely & Jayne Blanchard

Teen Stages – Elizabeth and Ken Mellor

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five – John Medina

String Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know – Meg Meeker M.D.

The Blessing of a B Minus – Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.

The Blessing of a Skinned Knew – Wendy Mogel, PH.D.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs – NAEYC

Positive Discipline – Jane Nelson ED.D

Positive Discipline A-Z – Jane Nelson ED.D., Lynn Lott M.A., M.F.T., and H. Stephen Glenn

Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Brains – Mark Ostreicher 

Understanding Your Young Teen – Mark Ostreicher

Linguistics for Non-Linguistics – Frank Parker and Katherine Riley 

iParent – Don Pearson 

Not Much Just Chillin’ The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers – Linda Perlstein

Sticky Faith – Dr. Kara E. Powell & Brad M. Griffin

The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family – Dr. Kara E. Powell 

Parenting for the Digital Age – Bill Ratner

Enjoy Your Middle Schooler – Wayne Rice 

Understanding Your Teenage – Wayne Rice & David Veerman

Simple Truths: A Simple Natural Approach to Discussing Sex With Your Children – Mary Flo Ridley

This Way to Youth Ministry – Duffy Robbins 

What Your Son Isn’t Telling You – Michael Ross and Susie Shellenburger 

Happier at Home – Gretchen Rubin

Ages & Stages – Dr. Charles E. Schaefer and Theresa DiGeronimo

The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls – Valorie Schefer & Josee Masse

Sticky Situations: 2 – Betsy Schmitt

The Interpersonal World of the Infant – Daniel N. Stern

Christian Parenting & Child Care – Dr. Sears

The Baby Book, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two – William Sears and Martha Sears

All Joy and No Fun: The paradox of Modern Parenthood – Jennifer Senior

How to Raise a Child with a High EQ – Lawrence Shapiro

What Your Daughter Isn’t Telling You – Susie Shellenberger and Kathy Growler 

Brainstorm – Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

The Whole-brained Child – Daniel J. Siegel

No-Drama Discipline – Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, PH.D

Games to Play with Two Year Olds – Jackie Silberg

Too Small to Ignore – Dr. Wess Stafford

Lessons Kids Need to Learn – David Stall

The Interpersonal World of the Infant – Daniel N. Stern

The Parent Fix – Maggie Stevens

Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey – Catherine Stonehouse

How Children Succeed – Paul Tough

Boundaries with Teens – Dr. John Townsend

A Parents Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children – John Trent, Ph. D. Rick Osborne, Kurt Brumer

The Neurobehavioral and Social-Emotional Development of Infants and Children – Ed Tronick

Infant & Toddler Care and Education, 2nd edition – Margaret Weiser

How to Hug a Hedgehog – Brad Wilcox and Jerrick Robbins

I’d Listen to My Parents if They’d Just Shut Up – Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D.

Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14 – Chip Wood

Educational Psychology, 4th edition – Anita E. Woolfolk

The First Day’s of School – Harry K Wong, Rosemary Wong

Raising Kids with Character that Lasts – John Yates and Susan Alexander Yates

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