Book List: Recommended Reading
Kids First Parents Association of Canada

Check out our recommended reading on the following topics:

arrowParenting
arrowChildren's Development
arrowDaycare Critiqued
arrowFamily Economics
arrowLearning, Schooling, Education
arrowExploitation
arrowConsumer Society, Commercialization and Corporate Control
arrowPolitics, Economics and Families, Care, Unpaid Work
arrowWomen, Feminism, Mothers


* = Canadian author

Parenting

Your Brain on Childhood: the Unexpected Side Effects of Classrooms, Ballparks, Family Rooms, and the Minivan by Gabrielle Principe

*Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Matter by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate

Motherhood: How Should We Care for Our Children? by Anne Manne

Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain by Sue Gerhardt
Amazon UK link
Book review

Raising Babies by Steve Biddulph
Raising Boys by Steve Biddulph
The Secret of Happy Children by Steve Biddulph

*Scattered Minds by Gabor Mate (ADD/HD)

The Four-Thirds Solution by Stanley Greenspan

The Irreducible Needs of Children:What Every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn and Flourish by T Berry Brazelton and Stanley I. Greenspan

The Family Bed by Tine Thenevin

An article on the family bed by Katie Allison Granju

The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff

Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children's Minds-for Better and Worse by Jane M. Healy

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International

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Children's Development

Your Brain on Childhood: the Unexpected Side Effects of Classrooms, Ballparks, Family Rooms, and the Minivan by Gabrielle Principe

Childhood Under Seige: How Big Business Targets Children by Joel Bakan
Short video

Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain by Sue Gerhardt
Amazon UK link
Book review

Motherhood: How Should We Care for Our Children? by Anne Manne

Your Baby and Child by Penelope Leach

The Irreducible Needs of Children: What Every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn and Flourish by T Berry Brazelton and Stanley I. Greenspan

Last child in the woods: saving our children from nature-deficit disorder by Richard Louv

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Daycare Critiqued

Motherhood: How Should We Care for Our Children? by Anne Manne

The Day Care Deception by Brian C. Robertson
Amazon.com link

There's No Place Like Work by Brian C. Robertson
Amazon.com link

Parenting by Proxy by Laura Schlessinger

What Money Can't Buy by Susan e Mayer

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Family Economics

The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn

Clutter's Last Stand It's Time to De-Junk Your Life! by Don Aslett
Book review

Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin

The Four-Thirds Solution by Stanley Greenspan

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Learning, Schooling, Education

Your Brain on Childhood: the Unexpected Side Effects of Classrooms, Ballparks, Family Rooms, and the Minivan by Gabrielle Principe

Childhood Under Seige: How Big Business Targets Children by Joel Bakan
Short video

The Myth of the First Three Years by John T. Bruer

How Children Learn by John Holt

An Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto
Dumbing Us Down by John Tayor Gatto

Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children's Minds-for Better and Worse by Jane M. Healy
Book review

Mindset: the new psychology of success by Carol S. Dweck

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Exploitation

Childhood Under Seige: How Big Business Targets Children by Joel Bakan
Short video

The Politics of Breastfeeding by Gabrielle Palmer

*No Logo by Naomi Klein

*Free the Children by Craig Kielburger (child labour and slavery)

Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild

Gender by Ivan Illich
Shadow Work by Ivan Illich

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Consumer Society, Commercialization and Corporate Control

Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky
Necessary Illusions by Noam Chomsky

*Ivan Illich in Conversation by David Cayley

*No Logo by Naomi Klein

An Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto
Dumbing Us Down by John Tayor Gatto

Consuming Kids by Susan Linn

What Money Can't Buy: Family Income and Children's Life Chances by Susan E. Mayer

The Commercialization of Intimate Life: Notes for Home and Work by Arlie Russell Hochschild

*The Corporation by Joel Bakan (also a movie)

The Technological Society by Jaques Ellul

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Politics, Economics and Families, Care, Unpaid Work

The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation by Sharon Lerner. Ann Douglas blogs about the book and includes video interviews. In one interview Lerner tells about visiting a daycare where 2 adults looked after 38 toddlers.

The Value of Nothing: Why Everything Costs So Much More Than We Think by Raj Patel

Following your heart in the social utopia of Sweden by Jonas Himmelstrand

The Swedish Experiment in Family Politics: The Myrdals and the Interwar Population Crisis by Allan Carlson (explains the use/abuse of social sciences by Alva and Gunnar Myrdal that brought mass daycare to Sweden and rejected direct funding to families)

Gender by Ivan Illich
The Right to Useful Unemployment by Ivan Illich
Shadow Work by Ivan Illich

There's No Place Like Work by Brian Roberts

Motherhood: How Should We Care for Our Children? by Anne Manne

Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild

The Politics of Breastfeeding by Gabrielle Palmer

The Careless Society: Community and Its Counterfeits by John McKnight

The Price of Motherhood by Anne Crittenden

*Motherwork by Lorna Turnbull

If Women Counted by Marilyn Waring

Children First by Penelope Leach

Haven in a Heartless World by Christopher Lasch
The Revolt of the Elites by Christopher Lasch

*Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids by Mel Hurtig

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Women, Feminism, Mothers

There's No Place Like Work: How Business, Government, and Our Obsession with Work Have Driven Parents From Home by Brian Roberts
Book review explaining how big business and '60s "second wave" feminists cooperated to remove "first wave feminists" hard-won government support for parental child care

If You've Raised Kids You Can Manage Anything by Ann Crittenden
Book review

The Politics of Breastfeeding by Gabrielle Palmer

If Women Counted by Marilyn Waring
Book review

The Price of Motherhood by Anne Crittenden

Motherwork by Lorna Turnbull

Haven in a Heartless World by Christopher Lasch

Who Stole Feminism by Barbara Dafoe Whitehead

Gender by Ivan Illich

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International

Shadow Work by Ivan Illich

Motherhood: How Should We Care for Our Children? by Anne Manne

Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild

The mommy myth: the idealization of motherhood and how it has undermined women by Susan J Douglas, Meredith W Michaels (very funny in parts)

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