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Recommended Reading

  • Playing It Up: With Loose Parts, Playpods and Adventure Playgrounds
    *Joan Almon, Alliance for Childhood

  • The Classrooms All Young Children Need
    *Patricia Cooper,  U of Chicago Press

  • Kindergarten: A teacher, her students and a year of learning
    *Julie Diamond, The New Press
  • Teaching Kindergarten:  Learner-Centered Classrooms for the 21st Century
    *Julie Diamond, Betsy Grob, Fretta Reitzes

  • Teachers College Press
    Choice Time: How to Deepen Learning Through Inquiry and Play
    * Reneé Dinnerstein, Heinemann Press

  • Defending Childhood: Keeping the Promise of Early Education
    *Beverly Falk, Teachers College Press

  • Teaching the Way Children Learn
    *Beverly Falk, Teachers College Press

  • Politics Aside: Our Children and Their Teachers in Score Driven Times
    *Lesley Koplow, Outskirts Press

  • Creating Schools That Heal
    *Lesley Koplow. Teachers College Press

  • Out of the Classroom Into the World
    *Salvatore Vascellero, The New Press.

  • Classroom Routines That Really Work
    Kathleen Hayes & Renee Creange, Scholastic

  • The Learning Child
    Dorothy Cohen, Schocken Books

  • The Block Book
    Elizabeth S. Hirsch, NAEYC

  • Squandering America’s Future – Why ECE Policy Matters for Equality, Our Economy, and Our Children
    Susan Ochshorn, Teachers College Press

  • A Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play
    Vivian Gussin Paley, U of Chicago Press

  • Boys and Girls: Superheroes in the Doll Corner
    Vivian Gussin Paley, U of Chicago Press

  • You Can’t Say You Can’ t Play
    Vivian Gussin Paley, Harvard University Press

Children’s Book:

The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico
La Flor De Oro: Un Mito Taino de Puerto Rico

*Nina Jaffe, Pinata Books


 “You Sing a Song/ You Gotta Sing”

*Betsy Blachly,

* Conference Presenters