Early Childhood Education Training Books

alert The Language of Art 2nd Edition is now available.

The Harvest Resources book collection has evolved out of our experiences as teacher educators. All of these books can be used as texts for college classes, for in-service training in programs, and by individuals seeking inspiration, stories, and practical ideas for their early childhood education work.

The Language of Art, 2nd Edition

Redleaf Press
$40.00

The Language of Art helps early childhood programs incorporate inquiry-based practices into your classroom or family child care home. Inspired by the Schools of Reggio Emilia, this book emphasizes investigation anchored by drawing, painting, and other art media. This updated edition includes new art exploration for teachers to use prior to implementing the practice with children, suggestions on documentation, and inspiring photographs and ideas to show how you can use inquiry-based practices in your own early childhood setting. Learn more.

The Great Disconnect in Early Childhood Education

Redleaf Press
$24.95

Michael Gramling's new book, The Great Disconnect in Early Childhood Education: What We Know vs. What We Do offers a provocative examination of the drivers and unintended consequences of current early childhood policies and practices. His thoughtful analysis and carefully-chosen stories will help you reflect on existing problems and take action towards educational reform that truly meets the needs of all young children.Learn more.
2nd Edition

Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments

Redleaf Press
$45.00

Designs for Living and Learning offers a set of principles for creating visionary program environments with hundreds of full-color photos. It includes all new photos along with additional chapters on the process of transforming an environment, negotiating with licensors, environmental rating scales, and QRIS systems, and soliciting children’s ideas about the environment.Learn more.
Limited Edition

Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments

Redleaf Press
$75.00

Designs for Living and Learning offers a set of principles for creating visionary program environments with hundreds of full-color photos. It includes all new photos along with additional chapters on the process of transforming an environment, negotiating with licensors, environmental rating scales, and QRIS systems, and soliciting children’s ideas about the environment. This limited edition version of the book has 16 extra pages including a special letter from the authors and reflections with photos on their professional journey together.Learn more.

Reflecting in Communities of Practice: A Workbook for Early Childhood Educators

Redleaf Press
$23.00

Reflecting with other teachers can strengthen your abilities to respond to the children in your classroom and share meaningful experiences with them. This workbook is designed to be used with a group of colleagues--a community of practice--but it can also be a self-study tool to help you to understand and practice the key elements of reflective teaching. Ten study sessions provide opportunities to engage with peers as you collaborate and connect theory and best practices in your classrooms. Learn more.

2nd Edition

The Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching

Redleaf Press
$45.00

The Art of Awareness is a self-study book that teaches you to hone observations skills and make documentation visible to others. It includes activities to heighten your everyday awareness and appreciation of children’s lives. Learn more.

2nd Edition
Reflecting Children’s Lives: A Handbook for Planning Child-Centered Curriculum

Redleaf Press
$35.00

Reflecting Children’s Lives is a planning book for teachers and caregivers that promotes curriculum based on the developmental themes and experiences of childhood. It includes curriculum stories from caregivers, teachers, and directors. Many of the examples focus on preschool age children, but a section for infants and toddlers is also included. Learn more.

2nd Edition
The Visionary Director: A Handbook for Dreaming, Organizing, and Improvising in Your Center

Redleaf Press
$45.00

The Visionary Director shows you how to make distinctions between managing a program and leading with a vision. It offers a framework for organizing your thoughts, roles, and tasks and includes innovative strategies to turn your center into a learning community for adults and children. The voices of visionary directors are woven through the text. Learn more.

Learning Together with Young Children: A Curriculum Framework for Reflective Teachers

Redleaf Press
$45.00

Learning Together with Young Children offers a curriculum framework of core practices to enhance both teacher and children’s learning. With classroom stories and vibrant photos to illustrate the concepts, you will learn to create materials and a classroom culture reflecting your values; teach through observation, reflection, inquiry, and action; and encourage children to represent their learning in multiple ways. Learn more.

Training Teachers: A Harvest of Theory and Practice

Redleaf Press
$35.00

Training Teachers provides dozens of training strategies and examples of adult learning theory and constructivist education in action. It includes methods for developing cultural sensitivity and anti-bias practices. A sample community college course outline with activities is also offered. Learn more.

Harvest Resources also offers a selection of videos and other products and services that may interest you.