Books About Music and Development
These are all incredible, “must-reads” for anyone interested in knowing more about how music affects children, and what children are musically capable of.
Music with the under-fours by Susan Young
Kids Make Music. Babies Make Music Too by Lynn Kleiner
The Arts and Human Development by Howard Gardner
Songs in Their Heads: Music and its Meaning in Children’s Lives by Patricia Shehan Campbell
The Arts and the Creation of Mind by Elliot W. Eisner
The Child as Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development Edited by Gary E. McPherson
The Muse Within: Creativity and Communication, Song and Play from Childhood Through Maturity by J. R. Bjorkvold
Books that I have found most helpful as a parent
Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents by Betsy Brown Braun
The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children by Wendy Mogel (Even if you’d rather skip over the “Jewish” part, this is a remarkable book!)
The Emotional Life of the Toddler by Alicia F. Lieberman
ALL development books by Louise Bates Ames (Your Two-Year-Old; Your Three-Year-Old; Your Four-Year-Old; etc.) She is one of the top child psychologists, and provides simple, enlightening, and logical explanations and tips for your children at each age.