Sunday, October 4, 2015

Babies in the Rain: A Book Review

About The Book:

Infants and toddlers belong in environments that promote play, exploration, and discovery as they get to know their world. With information on infant and toddler development and an examination of how adults' choices impact infants and toddlers,Babies in the Rain will help caregivers and parents spend quality time with young children, build strong emotional environments, nurture meaningful relationships, and promote developmentally appropriate learning opportunities.

Babies in the Rain is filled with candid advice and compelling information to strengthen your abilities as a caregiver and as a role model to young children and includes honest and humorous stories about the amazing ways infants and toddlers learn.

Includes a foreword by Betty Bardige, EdD, a developmental psychologist, educator, child advocate, author, and philanthropist.


Age Focus: 0-2. Softbound, 176 pgs. 

About The Author:

Jeff A. Johnson spent twenty-five years as a child care provider in center- and home-based programs. He now works full time as an author, keynote speaker, podcaster, toymaker, and early learning advocate. He is the author or coauthor of eight Redleaf Press books. 

Web site: www.explorationsearlylearning.com
Blog: www.jeffajohnson.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ExplorationsEarlyLearning

My Review:

I was introduced to Jeff Johnson and his work in Early Childhood Education a couple of years ago and I have to say he has become a mentor of sorts since that time.

 I have read a number of Johnson's book in the past two years, but Babies in the Rain is absolutely one that has been the most impacting in regards to my early childhood education career at present. I currently have a 17 month old and a 2.5 year old in my family child care program (as well as two preschool aged children) and this book has been a great resource for my work.

Not only does Johnson give a ton of information about social and cognitive development throughout the book, it is very obvious how passionate he is about the field and education of the youngest of our society. The book is written in a very easy-to-read manner, and made me feel like I was right in a conference or workshop with Johnson. I love that each chapter has either a "Taking Care of Yourself" and "Taking Care of the Children" section with several practical tips related to self care and care of others.

The book had many memorable quotes but it was this one that resonated deeply for me:

"As a caregiver, a professional role model, and a lab assistant, you have great influence over their development. You can choose to help them play, explore, and discover in warm spring rains. You can choose to act with thoughtfulness and intention. You can choose to respectfully nurture their natural development. You can choose to make the right choice over the easy choice in any given moment. Please make choices that help the infants and toddlers in your life thrive." (p. 157)

A perfect way to end a fantastic read that NEEDS to be read by all those that work with infants and toddlers!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Babies in the Rain online via Redleaf Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of RedLeaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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