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The Discontented Little Baby Book

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As a RIE inspired early educator I was intrigued by “The Discontented Little Baby Book” because of the way it challenges some of the ideas while mirroring others. Douglas takes a very different view of respect and balance in the lives of young children. I appreciate the research, the story, and the challenge. This is…

Learning Together with Young Children

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Just as the title states, “Learning Together with Young Children” is a curriculum framework for reflective teachers. Deb Curtis and Margie Carter beautifully outline a reflective framework that support teachers to practice intention, reflective, authentic, project based teaching in their classroom. Though not specifically “Reggio inspired” much of the writing in “Learning Together with Young…

Raising a Secure Child

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When I was first introduced to the Circle of Security, I was immediately drawn to its simplicity and profound impact on the way we think about parenting. “Raising A Secure Child” is a quick and easy way to dive deep into reflecting on your parenting and how to support security in your child. The authors…

Hundred Languages of Children

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This is the go to book for those who are interested in studying the Schools of Reggio Emilia. Unfortunately that means it is quite long, dense, and philosophical. It is not an easy read with more than 400 pages each of which could be studied for more than a month expect this to be a…

No Bad Kids

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Another opportunity to deepen your understanding and practice of RIE. This book is a collection of information on varying topics regarding interacting and raising children.  The chapters are short, easy to read and get right to the point. Very helpful for parents of toddlers and parents who are easily frustrated by children pushing their buttons.…


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I really enjoyed this book, it isn’t going to change your life but does invite some powerful reflection opportunities. The author invites you to look closely at the environments and experiences of young children. The reader then revisits their preconceived ideas about children’s behaviors and  how we can learn from the children parents and teachers…

Your Self-Confident Baby

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Magda Gerber is one of Our Neighborhood’s favorite authors and she is the founder of RIE, Resources for Infant Educarers. In the book “Your Self-Confident Baby”, Magda provides basic principles for families as they start to explore and develop their parenting style. We have found Baby Knows Best our favorite RIE resource because it is…

Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect

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On many of the Our Neighborhood best books lists,  Dear Parent offers a beautiful invitation for new parents to prepare for a new baby without the guilt that is so prevalent in our society. “Dear Parent” was the first resource that inspired Our Neighborhood’s exploration and adoption of the RIE, Resources for Infant Educarers, principles.…

Being with Babies

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Good option for new infant teachers curious about the RIE approach in group care. This is an easy to read book for new teachers, the chapters are short and simple. The principles of this book are applicable in most early childhood settings and a great beginner starting point.

The Art of Awareness

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One of the best resources out there for teachers to develop their documentation and observation practices. Margie and Deb are early childhood heros that are able to articulate so well how to move towards reflective teaching. This is a book you want to buy, have on the shelf, and you will reference again and again.