Book Club (Spring, 2015)

This month we look at books that could lead to sleeping babies and smart kids! Check out this month’s recommendations at The Baby Project book club…

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 8.37.08 pmSleep: Dream Baby Guide by Sheyne Rowley (Allen & Unwin, $29.99)

How can something so taken for granted before the birth of your baby, suddenly take on biblical proportions? Get a group of new mums together and sleep (lack of it, how to get more of it) will certainly be a hot topic of conversation. No wonder a book written by someone known as Australia’s Baby Whisperer is flying off the shelves!

In Sleep: Dream Baby Guide, Sheyne Rowley outlines the skills your baby needs for good sleep, including learning to cope with being put into their cot awake, acceptance of parental guidance, the ability to cope with parents leaving the room before they go to sleep and learning to be comfortable in their own space. This book is perfect for exhausted parents desperate to show their baby how to sleep – and get a little themselves. Shop the book here.

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 8.41.16 pmUnlocking Your Child’s Genius by Andrew Fuller (Finch Publishing, $27.99)

There are very few parents that don’t believe that their child is a genius in the making – well Andrew Fuller agrees with them! All children, he says, have greater capacity and inner genius than people imagine – and this book tells how to unlock that potential. Andrew Fuller explains how exploring, creating, and playing in the world around us can expand your child’s mind. This book is designed to help you to parent intentionally so that your children can flourish and develop their own form of creative imaginative genius. Shop the book here.

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 9.22.26 amSilent Shock: The Men Behind the Thalidomide Scandal and an Australian Family’s Long Road to Justice by Michael Magazanik (Text Publishing, $32.95)

Silent Shock is a shocking expose into how the morning sickness drug, Thalidomide, resulted in countless Australian children being born with severe birth defects and their legal battle for justice. It exposes a fifty-year cover up concerning history’s most notorious drug, and details not only the damning case against manufacturers Grünenthal, whose ruthless promotion of their lucrative drug in the face of mounting evidence beggars belief, but also the courage and love of the victims and their families. Shop the book here.

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 8.53.22 pmCreative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up by Ken Robinson, Lou Aronica (Penguin Books, $32.99)

Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential voices in education, and his talk, ‘How Schools Kill Creativity’, is the most viewed in the history of TED. In Creative Schools, he sets out his vision for how we can transform education to better meet the needs of the 21st century.

While so much media is focussed on the failings of ours schools, Creative Schools looks at what is currently working – how creativity can flourish despite being delivered in a mass, standardised way and how projects and partnerships are bringing to life the practical aspects of learning. Shop the book here.

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