Book Reviews

We love books, especially ones that reveal the world from the child’s point of view. Whether important or interesting, The Bookshelf aims to highlight the best of the offerings on subjects of interest to those passionate about children.

The Bookshelf Book Reviews are written by Child’s World America Members and Staff to share their expertise.


American Parents Can Chill Out Now!

American Parents Can Chill Out Now!

These two books consider the presumably typical U.S. parent, frantic, overly engaged, and anxious, from a cross-cultural perspective. The Happiest Kids in the World is a first-person account by two mothers married to Dutchmen. The ... Read More
Education in the 21st Century

Education in the 21st Century

Raising brilliant children means acknowledging and reimagining the aspects of the education system that don’t work. What’s less obvious is the need to change ourselves in order to be better educators, coaches, and parents. In ... Read More
Writing for Their Lives

Writing for Their Lives

Voices of Teens is one of those books that make the reader want to laugh and cry simultaneously. Laugh because it is a case study in the power of one teacher to inspire a classroom ... Read More
Pioneers in Literacy Land

Pioneers in Literacy Land

"This discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories.”  These words from Plato’s Phaedrus are directed against the alphabet, which Socrates feared would lead to a ... Read More
Children Past, Present, and Yet-To-Come

Children Past, Present, and Yet-To-Come

As American social scientists go, few are more influential than Robert Putnam, the Harvard professor and author of the 2001 mega best seller Bowling Alone. When Putnam recently turned his attention to U.S. income inequality ... Read More
Book Cover: Revoluntionary Grandparents

Grandparents to the Rescue

Most grandparents, on hearing the news of an impending new family member, are thrilled and excited, perhaps entertaining daydreams of fishing trips, sleepovers, cookie baking, and college graduations.  But for some, those dreams are destined ... Read More