Some good books on parenting and child development.

A quick read for some instant ideas.

"Help me to do it myself" by Maja Pitamic; this is the book I most wish I had had when our eldest was a year old. It is concise, comprehensive, very easy to use, beautifully and helpfully illustrated with photographs and sets out a whole range of activities which you can do with your child aged 1 to 4
or so with materials you will most likely have readily available at home.

"Dr Toys Smart Play, Smart toys" by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph D. 2004.

"All year round", Ann Druitt, Christine Fynes-Clinton & Marije Rowling,  Hawthorne Press 1995. "A festival store cupboard; a treasure trove of tommorrow's much loved childhood memories, all mingled together with a mix of coloured thread, delicious cooking smells, softly sparkling candle light and the snatch of a favourite song". A beautiful compilation of ideas by a group of Steiner educators.

 "Montessori Insights for parents of young children" by Aline D. Wolf;
published by the Parent Child Press in 2005, ISBN 0-939195-33X
"Montessori Play and Learn" by Lesley Britton, published by Vermillion ;
more comprehensive and with more background and theory than the Pitamic, but
still very readable.
"Montessori Read and Write" by Lynn Lawrence, published by the Ebury Press

Montessori International Magazine (published quarterly); 020 7493 8300

Further more substantial Reading;

The Science of Parenting"  by Margot Sunderland, Director of Education and
Training for the Centre for Child Mental Health in London. She is a child
psychotherapist with 20 years experience. Her book based on more than 800
studies from around the world into early brain development .This book, it
seems to me, lives up to the statement on the cover that "If you are tired
of parenting gurus telling you what to do without telling you why," read
this book. Dorling Kindersley in 2006,

 13: 978-1-4035-1486-2

"What mothers do especially when it looks like nothing" by Naomi Stadlen,
Piatkus 2004; inspiring and thought-provoking; very readable, but not

"How children learn" by John Holt, Penguin books 1983. A classic.

"The book of learning and forgetting" By Frank Smith, Teachers' College
Press, NY, 1998, thought-provoking & substantial but very readable.
5 especially has some amusing and insightful observations on learning and
what can obstruct it.

"The Well-Balanced Child" by Sally Goddard Blythe, Hawthorne Press, 2005.Why
a "whole body " approach to learning is so fruitful. "This fully revised
edition includes a new chapter on what parents can do to help children reach
their full potential , physically and mentally".

"The Continuum Concept" by Jean Liedloff. A true adventure story, research
into child development, an inspiring read and some deep insights into how
children learn and how parents help.
Penguin books, 2004.

"Children who are not yet peaceful" by Donna Bryant Goertz (which is written
by a Montessori educator with 40 years experience of teaching 3 to 9 year

"Why love matters.. " by Sue Gerhardt, Routledge, 2004; " a lively and
accessible interpretation of the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology,
psychoanalysis and biochemistry".

" Emotional Intelligence"; by Daniel Goleman