The Whole-Brain Child

by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Recommended by ONCDC


“The Whole-Brain Child” is an Our Neighborhood favorite. We appreciate the authors deep and insightful break down of the current brain research. “The Whole-Brain Child” shares practical tools without straying from the heart of the research being shared. This book is  geared for children who are a bit older. The early chapters are helpful for the toddler age but by age three children can likely manage most of the “Whole-Brain Strategies”.

Key Points:

  • Practical examples, comics, and stories really add to the learning.
  • Siegel's description of mental wellness and being in the flow of the river is powerful.
  • The idea of storytelling and explanation of how storytelling helps the brain is really impactful.


  • I just want more!
  • Sometimes the simplifying of the research can go too far.