What’s Going On In There

by Lise Eliot

Recommended by ONCDC


This is a comprehensive compilation of brain research and it provides a lot of helpful insight into young children’s brains. Unfortunately it isn’t very practically applicable, readable, or useful in this format. There is so much information but not a lot of usability. While I appreciate the author didn’t draw unfounded conclusions the raw research is not as helpful as some of the other resources such as those written by Daniel Siegel.

Key Points:

  • Extensive research has been done into the complex brains of young children.
  • Having this available to reference is useful.


  • It is long, I know that’s a common critique but this one is extremely long.
  • Doesn’t really offer any practical or useful applications to the information for parents or teachers.