As I wind my way down the list of “10 Desirable Traits  to Foster in Young Children,” I frequently get requests for resources and ideas.  As a result, this week’s blog is just that – a list of resources listed by the first five desirable traits.  I hope that this list is useful to readers. I also hope that it’s a living, breathing document that others contribute to and share.

How to do that, you ask?  Simple. Click on “Comments” and list those resources. Or write to me. Or forward the newsletter to friends who might add to the list. Or post to Facebook or Twitter.  possibilities are endless. Sharing is the goal, because, as the saying goes, “it takes a village.”

Trait 1  – Empathy and Service to Others

  • Eyler, J. & D. E. Giles, Jr.  (1999). Where’s the Service in Service Learning.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • McCarty, M.  ( 2006). Little Big Minds.  New York: Penguin Books.
  • Little Big Minds

Trait 2 – Love of Literature

  • Calkins, L. (1998): Raising Life Long Learners. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.
  • Chamber, A.  (1996). Tell Me: Children, Reading, and Talking. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.
  • Fox, M. and J. Horacek.  (2008).  Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever.  Sydney : Pan Macmillan
  • Wilson, E.  L. and S.S. Macaulay. (2002).  Books Children Love: A Guide to the Best Children’s Literature. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.


Trait 3 – Self Reliance and Confidence

  • Carter, C. (2010). Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps For More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. New York:  Balantine Books.
  • Elkind, D.  (2007).  The Power of Play.  Philadelphia, PA:  DeCapo Press.
  • McCloud, C.  (2006) Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for the Young Child. Oconomowoc, WI:  Ferne Press.
  • Gurian, M. (2007).  Nurture the Nature.  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass.

Trait 4 – Resiliency and Faith

  • Bronson, P. & A. Merryman.  (2009).  Nurture Shock.  New York:  Twelve.
  • Skanzay, E. (2010). Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Kids the Freedom We Had Without  Going Nuts With Worry.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.

Trait 5 – Problem Solving

  • Stipek, D. and K. Seal.  (2001).  Motivated Minds: Raising Children to Love Learning. New York: Holt Paperback.
  • Child Development from Piaget
  • Family Matters (the family problem-solving game)

General Child Development & Gender

  • Bering, S.& A. Goldberg. (2009). It’s a Baby Boy! San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Bering, S. & A. Goldberg. (2009). It’s a baby Girl! San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Crowder, C. (2002).  Eating, Sleeping, and Getting Up.  New York: Broadway Books.
  • Gurian, M. & K. Stevens.  (2005). The Minds of Boys.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Gurian, M.  (1997).  The Wonder of Boys. New York: Tarcher Books.
  • Gurian, M. (2002).  The Wonder of Girls: Understanding the Hidden Nature of Girls. New York: Atria Books.
  • Michael Gurian
  • Wood, C. (2007). Yardsticks: Children in the Classrooms Ages 4-14, 3rd edition. Greenfield, MA:  Northeast Foundation for Children
  • Yardsticks
  • Gessell Institute
  • Daughters

Feel free to share your favorites and check back for additions to the list!

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