Early Childhood Development Resources - LPC Library Research Guide

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Reference Sources

Use reference sources for background information, broad overviews, and summaries. The reference collection includes general and subject specific dictionaries, encyclopedias, biographies, directories, almanacs, and atlases. Reference books cannot be checked out from the library but may be photocopied.

  • Attention Deficit Disorder Sourcebook: Basic Consumer Health Information About Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adults. Ref RJ506.H9 A885 2002
  • Child Abuse Sourcebook: Basic Consumer Health Information About the Physical, Sexual, and Emotional Abuse of Children, With Additional Facts About Neglect, Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP), Shaken Baby Syndrome, and Controversial Issues Related to Child Abuse. Ref HV6626.52.C557 2004
  • Child Development. Ref HQ772.C436 2002
  • Childhood in America. Ref HQ792.U5 R345 2002
  • Early Childhood Education: An International Encyclopedia. Ref LB1139.23.E272 2007
  • Encyclopedia of Child Abuse. 2nd ed. Ref HV6626.5.C57 2001
  • Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood: In History and Society. Ref HQ767.84.E53 2003
  • Encyclopedia of Human Development. Ref HM626.E53 2006
  • Handbook of Child Psychology. Ref BF721.H242 2006
  • Healthy Children Sourcebook: Basic Consumer Health Information About the Physical and Mental Development of Children Between the Ages of 3 and 12. Ref RJ61.H36 2003
  • Infant and Toddler Health Sourcebook: Basic Consumer Health Information About the Physical and Mental Development of Newborns, Infants, and Toddlers. Ref RJ101.I535 2000
  • Special Education: A Reference Handbook. Ref LC3981.S33 2001


Print and Audiovisual Materials: Library Catalog

Use the online catalog to find materials in the library. The catalog includes all books and audiovisual materials LPC Library owns. Search for a book or video by the author, title, subject, or keyword.

Examples of subject headings:

Early childhood development is a broad term to use in searching the catalog. More specific terms or focus will narrow the search:

  • Child development
  • Child psychology
  • Curriculum planning
  • Early childhood education
  • Education, preschool
  • Play


Books: Selected Titles


Children's Activities/Play

  • 50 Fun & Easy Brain-Based Activities for Young Learners. LB1140.C48 2002
  • 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children. GV463.C66 2004
  • Children's Play: The Roots of Reading. LB1139.35.P55.C48 2004
  • The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and Chants. PS586.3.C66 2002
  • The Complete Daily Curriculum for Early Childhood: Over 1,200 Easy Activities to Support Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles. LB1139.35.A37.S35 2002
  • Early Childhood Curriculum: A Creative-Play Model. LB1139.4.C38 2003
  • Experiences in Movement with Music, Activities, & Theory. GV452.P515 2000
  • Play and Meaning in Early Childhood Education. LB1139.35.P55 F76 2002
  • Play at the Center of the Curriculum. LB1139.35.P55P57 2003
  • Play in Practice: Case Studies in Young Children's Play. LB1137.P5547 2002
  • The Power of Play: How Spontaneous Imaginative Activities Lead to Happier, Healthier Children. BF717.E397 2007




  • America’s Childcare Problem: The Way Out. HQ778.63.H435 2002
  • Careers in Focus: Child Care. HQ778.5.C369 2006
  • Child Care Design Guide. NA6768.O43 2001
  • How to Own and Operate Your Own Home Day Care Business Successfully Without Going Nuts! The Day Care Survival Handbook and Guide for Aspiring Home Day Care Providers and Working Parents. HQ778.63.S56 1999
  • Management of Child Development Centers. LB2822.7.H55 2003
  • Multicultural Issues in Child Care. HQ778.7.U6.G663 2001
  • Working With Young Children. HQ778.63.H47 2004


Child Development/Childrearing/Parenting

  • American Childhoods. HQ792.U5.I45 2002
  • Battle Over Homework: Common Ground for Administrators, Teachers, and Parents. LB1048.C655 2001
  • Blackwell Handbook of Infant Development. RJ131.B475 2001
  • Child Development.  HQ767.9.B464 2006
  • Development of Children. RJ131.C585 2005
  • Developmental Profile: Pre-Birth Through Twelve. RJ131.A496 2007
  • Early Childhood Development: A Multicultural Perspective. LV1115.73 2006
  • Early Childhood Development and Its Variations. HQ772.S534 2001
  • Evidence-Based Practice in the Early Childhood Field. HQ772.E95.2006
  • Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope With the Crisis in Childrearing. LC225.3.E83 2004
  • Generation Extra Large: Rescuing Our Children From an Epidemic of Obesity. RJ399.C6.T37 2004
  • A Good Start in Life: Understanding Your Child’s Brain and Behavior. BF721.H413 2002
  • Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood. HQ792.U5.M57 2004
  • Human Development. BF713.P35 2001
  • Human Development: A Life-Span Approach. BF713.R52 2001
  • Infant Development: Ecological Perspectives. RJ131.I767 2002
  • Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger's, Tourette's, Bipolar, and More! The One Stop Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Other Professionals. RJ506.B44.K88 2005
  • Our Overweight Children: What Parents, Schools, and Communities Can Do to Control the Fatness Epidemic. RJ399. C6.D358 2004
  • Piaget: The Language and Thoughts of the Child. LB1139.L3.P5 2002
  • Positive Discipline: The First Three Years. HQ770.4N437 2007
  • The Power of Play: How Spontaneous Imaginative Activities Lead to Happier, Healthier Children. BF717.E397 2007
  • Pregnancy Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide. RG525.S583 2001
  • Psychology of Parental Control: How Well-Meant Parenting Backfires. HQ755.85.G74 2003
  • Smart Discipline: Fast, Lasting Solutions for Your Peace of Mind and Your Child's Self-Esteem. HQ770.4.K64 2002
  • Take the Fight Out of Food: How To Prevent and Solve Your Child's Eating Problems: For Children Aged Nine Months Through Nine Years. RJ506.E18.F55 2005
  • Touchpoints: Three To Six: Your Child's Emotional and Behavioral Development. HQ767.9.B737 2001
  • Understanding Child Development: For Adults Who Work With Young Children. HQ767.9.C436 2000
  • What's a Parent to Do? Straight Talk on Drugs and Alcohol. HV5824.C45.A27 2004
  • Wonder Years: Helping Your Baby and Young Child Successfully Negotiate the Major Developmental Milestones. RJ61.W845 2007
  • Working With Young Children. HQ778.63.H47 2004
  • Your Child at Play: Five to Eight Years: Building Friendships, Expanding Interests, and Resolving Conflicts. HQ782.S4255 2000


Child Education/Curriculum

  • Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching. LB1027.28.C87 2000
  • Bilingual Education: At Issue. LC3731.G56 2008
  • Bilingual Education: From Compensatory to Quality Schooling. LC3731.B68 2006
  • Constructive Guidance and Discipline: Preschool and Primary. LB3012.F54 2006
  • Creative Resources for the Early Childhood Classroom. LB1140.4.H47 2004
  • Eager to Learn: Educating Our Preschoolers. LB1140.23.N38 2001
  • Early Childhood Curriculum: A Creative-Play Model. LB1139.4.C38 2003
  • Early Childhood Education 01/02. LB1140.A1 R4 2001
  • Early Childhood Education, Birth-8: The World of Children, Families, and Educators. LB1139.23.D77 2002
  • Early Childhood Education: Building a Philosophy for Teaching. LB1139.23.W55 2000
  • Early Childhood Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. LB1139.25.K75 2001
  • Educating and Caring for Very Young Children: The Infant/Toddler Curriculum. LB1139.4.B47 2001
  • Exploring Science in Early Childhood: A Developmental Approach. LB1532.L47 2000
  • Focused Observations: How to Observe Children for Assessment and Curriculum Planning. LB1027.28.G76 2005
  • Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education. LB1139.25.M67 2003
  • "G" Is for Growing: Thirty Years of Research on Children and Sesame Street. LC6579.S47.G58 2001
  • History of Early Childhood Education. LB1139.23.L39 2000
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education. LB1139.25.E87 2007
  • Issues, Advocacy, and Leadership in Early Education. LB1140.22.I87 2000
  • Kids of Character: A Guide to Promoting Moral Development. BF723.M54.S523 2007
  • Kingdom of Children: Culture and Controversy in the Homeschooling Movement. LC40.S74 2001
  • Observing and Understanding Child Development: A Study Manual. HQ772.A33 2007
  • Play at the Center of the Curriculum. LB1139.35.P55P57 2003
  • A Practical Guide to Early Childhood Curriculum: Linking Thematic, Emergent, and Skill-Based Planning to Children's Outcomes. LB1139.4.P48 2003
  • Psychology of Teaching Learning in the Primary School. LB1555.P83 2000
  • Ready or Not: Leadership Choices in Early Care and Education. LB1139.25.G64 2007
  • Special Education Handbook. LC3986.G7.F37 2000
  • Six Simple Ways to Assess Young Children. LB3060.217.G63 2002
  • Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Early Childhood Education. LB1139.23.T35 2002
  • Teaching Children to Care: Classroom Management of Ethical and Academic Growth, K-8. LB3013.C466 2002
  • A Vision for Universal Preschool Education. LB1140.23.Z54 2006

Child Psychology/Abuse/Special Needs

  • Abuse and Neglect: The Educator’s Guide to the Identification and Prevention of Child Maltreatment. LB1027.5.L69 2001
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.  RJ506.H9 A92 2005
  • The Bipolar Child: The Definitive Guide to Childhood’s Most Misunderstood Disorder. RJ506.D4.P36 2006
  • Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders of Children and Youth. RJ506.B44.K38 2001
  • Child Abuse. HV6626.52.C543 2001
  • Child Abuse and Neglect: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches. HV6626.5.W52 2001
  • Child Abuse: Current Controversies. HV6626.5C4715 2006
  • Child Abuse: Opposing Viewpoints. HV6626.52.C554 2004
  • Child Sexual Abuse. HV6570.2.C55 2005
  • A Good Start in Life: Understanding Your Child's Brain and Behavior. BF721.H413 2002
  • How to Reach and Teach Children With ADD/ADHD: Practical Techniques, Strategies, and Interventions. LC4713.4.R54 2005
  • The Irreducible Needs of Children: What Every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn, and Flourish. BF721.B71345 2000
  • Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger's, Tourette's, Bipolar, and More! The One Stop Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Other Professionals. RJ506.B44.K88 2005
  • A Mind Apart: Understanding Children With Autism and Asperger Syndrome. RJ506.A9.S99 2004
  •  A Mind at a Time. LB1060.L383 2002
  • Our Overweight Children: What Parents, Schools, and Communities Can Do to Control the Fatness Epidemic. RJ399. C6.D358 2004
  • Play in Practice: Case Studies in Young Children's Play. LB1137.P5547 2002
  • Psychology of Parental Control: How Well-Meant Parenting Backfires. HQ755.85.G74 2003
  • Psychology of Teaching Learning in the Primary School. LB1555.P83 2000
  • Special Education Handbook. LC3986.G7.F37 2000
  • Theories of Childhood: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget & Vygotsky. LB1139.23.M64 2000
  • Understanding Child Sexual Abuse. RC560.C56.R69 2006
  • Violent Children. HQ784.V55.V56 2004
  • What's a Parent to Do? Straight Talk on Drugs and Alcohol. HV5824.C45.A27 2004
  • Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know About the Emerging Science of Sex Differences. HQ1075.S28 2005



DVDs and Videos: Selected Titles

  • The Baby Whisperer. 2002. MV 23444
  • Challenging Behaviors in Young Children: Strategies and Solutions. DVD LB1060.2.C43 2004
  • Child-Centered Curriculum. DVD HQ778.5 I54 2002
  • The Child Who Is Ignored: Play Problem Interventions. 1993. MV 23573
  • The Child Who Wanders: Play Problem Interventions. 1993. MV 23572
  • Children Learning Language: How Adults Can Help. DVD LB1139.L3.C35 1997
  • Child's Play: How Having Fun Turns Kids into Adults. DVD BF717.C44 2004
  • Disciplining Kids (Without Screaming & Scolding). 1997. MV 22165
  • Early Childhood Cognitive Development: Weighing the Evidence. 2000. MV 23210
  • Erik H. Erikson: A Life's Work. 1992. MV 23522
  • Exploring and Learning. DVD HQ774 E97 2002
  • How Boys and Girls Differ: The First Six Years. DVD HQ774.5.H69 2002
  • The Not So Terrible Two's. DVD RJ131.N68 2005
  • Piaget's Developmental Theory: An Overview. 1989. MV 23520
  • Preschoolers: How Three and Four-Year-Olds Develop. 1996. MV 22174
  • Promoting Language and Literacy. DVD HQ774 P76 2003
  • Raising Cain: Exploring the Inner Lives of America's Boys. DVD HQ775 R357564 2006
  • Shaking, Hitting and Spanking: What To Do Instead. 1995. MV 22172
  • The Special Child: Maximizing Limited Potential. 1991. MV 22818
  • Techniques of Play Therapy: A Clinical Demonstration. 1994. MV 22661
  • Toddlers: The Second Year of Life. DVD HQ774.5.T63 2003
  • Toddlerhood: Physical and Cognitive Development. DVD BF723.C5.D17 2003
  • Vygotsky's Developmental Theory: An Introduction. 1994. MV 23517
  • The Whole Child: A Caregiver's Guide to the First Five Years. 1997. MV 22381
  • Why Can't Michael Pay Attention? DVD RJ506.H9 W49 1998
  • Yelling, Threatening, and Putting Down: What To Do Instead. 2000. MV 23324
  • Young Minds. 2000. MV 23158


Periodicals and Electronic Print Resources

Periodicals in print and in electronic print resources (databases) provide in-depth analyses of events and trends, research studies on particular subjects, and professional literature. Las Positas College subscribes to several excellent journals in the field of early childhood development as well as some popular magazines that may report on issues of interest.

Selected List of Magazine and Journal Titles

  • Childhood Education
  • Educational Digest
  • Exchange
  • Family Relations
  • Journal of Marriage and the Family
  • Journal of Research in Childhood Education: JRCE
  • NEA Today: A Newspaper for Members of the National Education Association
  • Parents
  • YC: Young Children

Electronic Print Resources

In addition, magazine and journal articles are available by using electronic print resources (online databases). These online databases can be accessed in the LPC Library or from home from the LPC Library Homepage.

Examples of Electronic Print Resources (online databases) for Early Childhood Development

CQ Researcher – Explores a single "hot" issue in the news in depth each week. Topics are available from social and teen issues to environment, health, education, science and technology dating back to 1991.

EBSCO Databases:
Academic Search Complete provides full-text articles for more than 4,500 serials, including full text for more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. It also features abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals.

Health Source: Consumer Edition is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. It features searchable full text for nearly 150 journals.

Primary Search is designed specifically for elementary school libraries and public library children’s rooms. It contains the full text for more than 70 popular, elementary school magazines. In addition another 100 magazines are indexed and abstracted. Full text is also available for over 100 student pamphlets.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection provides nearly 575 full-text publications, including nearly 550 peer-reviewed titles. It covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry and psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

ERIC contains more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals.

TIP: Limit EBSCO databases searches by "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" or "Full Text" by selecting the appropriate boxes in the basic search screen. Specific publications can be searched by limiting search to the name of the magazine or journal. Once you search, EBSCOhost databases categorize the results as articles from academic journals, magazines, or newspapers. You may click on "academic journals" to limit your results to articles from academic journals.


Internet Resources

Internet resources can supplement or enhance your research. Be cautious of information found on the Web since the quality of sources varies tremendously on the Internet. It is always a good idea to check the information against another source. As with all information resources, whether in print or on the Internet, evaluate the quality based on the following criteria:

  • Accuracy  (Is it free from mistakes and errors?)
  • Authority  (What are the qualifications of the author?)
  • Objectivity  (Is there any strong bias?)
  • Currency  (Is the information up to date?)
  • Coverage  (To what extent is the topic explored?)

Examples of Relevant Web Sites

Alameda County – Local county government site has links to numerous state and local government organizations and programs.

California Child Care Resource and Referral Agency – Child Care Resource and Referral (R&R) agencies are located in every county in California. R&R services support parents, providers, and communities in finding, planning for, and providing affordable, quality childcare. Select your county to access contact information for the R&R in your area.

California Research Bureau: Preschool and Childcare Enrollment in California – Prepared at the request of Assembly member Wilma Chan and was written by Elias Lopez and Patricia L. DeCos, January 2004.

Eden I & R – Local social services database providing information and referrals to low cost housing, emergency shelters and social service agencies for Alameda County.

Early – Includes special articles, web links, arts and crafts ideas for the early childhood educator and parent. Primarily features information and curriculum planning for children from the infant/toddler ages to the kindergarten/primary grade level.

National Center for Early Development and Learning – NCEDL is a national early childhood research project supported by the US Department of Education's Institute for Educational Sciences (IES), formerly the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI). Administratively based at the FPG Child Development Institute, NCEDL is a collaboration with the University of Virginia & UCLA.

Tufts University Child & Family Web Guide – This is a specialized web directory that links to the best sites about infants, children, and teens. Graduate students and faculty in child development have systematically evaluated all the sites listed to give the public easy access to the best child development information on the Web.

Librarians’ Internet Index – Available from the LPC Library homepage, this is a highly recommended subject directory that will lead to evaluated, reliable sources on any topic.

Citing Sources

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SUGGESTION: Keep printouts of sources, or write out all pertinent information on author, title, publisher, date, or Internet address to identify where the information came from.


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