One of the questions I’m asked most often whenever I get to speak about the Phase Project is this:
What books are you reading?
Well, the real answer is: I’m the mother of two (going on three), with a full-time job. Sometimes I think I’m reading a lot less than people expect. Often I get my inspiration through TED talks, podcasts, magazine articles, and links from twitter. But when it comes to books, there are some incredibly smart and helpful resources that have influenced both my personal thinking and our team’s through the years.
I recently took time to write down the titles of over 120 books that are currently on our “Just a Phase” bookshelf. Those of you who love to read can view the full list (warning: some are literally textbooks, so grab some coffee and a dictionary before you begin). My personal favorites from the list are these:
Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children – Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
Playful Parenting – Lawrence J. Cohen
Hurt 2.: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers – Chap Clark
What’s Going on in There?: How The Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years – Lise Elliot
Secrets of the Teenager Brain – Sheryl G. Feinstein
Mind in the Making: Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs – Ellen Galinsky
Your Child’s Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning from Birth Through Adolescence – Jane Healy
Clark Smart Parents, Clark Smart Kids – Clark Howard & Mark Meltzer
Teach Your Children Well – Madeline Levine
The Blessing of a B Minus – Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.
The Blessing of a Skinned Knew – Wendy Mogel, PH.D.
Not Much Just Chillin’ The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers – Linda Perlstein
How to Raise a Child with a High EQ – Lawrence Shapiro
The Whole-brained Child – Daniel J. Siegel
Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey – Catherine Stonehouse
How Children Succeed – Paul Tough
Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14 – Chip Wood
One of my favorite things to get in my inbox are new reading suggestions. What are some of the books, articles, or talks that have inspired you to work with kids and teens?