The Importance of Being Little

What Young Children Really Need from Grownups

Erika Christakis


Christakis’s message is energizing and reassuring: young children are inherently powerful, and they (and their parents) will flourish when we learn new ways of restoring the vital early learning environment to one that is best suited to the littlest learners. This bold and pragmatic challenge to the conventional wisdom peels back the mystery of childhood, revealing a place that’s rich with possibility.

A Parent's Comment About the Book

As a parent and teacher, I highly recommend this book. I got this originally for insight on raising my kid and creating an environment that supports learning (human connection and play are more important than test prep and work sheets, unsurprisingly), but it also had an impact on me as a teach

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