It might sound like a strange question, but how much do you play in your daily life? In Stuart Brown’s fun book, he makes the case for play, and explains how it can benefit our brains, our creativity, our happiness, and much more. In fact, he argues that playing is some of the “most important work we ever do.”
Children and teens
Do teenagers sometimes mystify you? Brainstorm can help. In it, neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel explains how the brain changes between the ages of 12 and 24 in ways that dramatically affect behavior. He believes that a better understanding of the brain during these formative years can help us all appreciate this period of tremendous growth and change. And that, in turn, can help both parents and teens navigate this tumultuous period of life.
How do children think? This is one of the major questions faced by every parent. Today’s parents try all manner of strategies to raise kids that are smart, happy, and confident, but this book digs into the inner workings of a child’s brain at different stages of development to sort through which things are mere marketing mumbo jumbo and what really works. Welcome to Your Child’s Brain offers applicable advice (some of which may surprise you) and dispels commonly held myths in favor of reliable scientific evidence.
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, a woman who grew up with severe learning disabilities, did something incredible: she figured out a way to “fix” her brain and dramatically reduce those disabilities. And, by founding the Arrowsmith School, she has helped many others do the same. Read this book to see how she harnessed her brain’s natural plasticity and actively shaped its development, for the better.
This fascinating and somewhat odd book was written by nonverbal autistic 13-year-old Naoki Higashida, and was recently made available in English by the author of Cloud Atlas, who is the father of an autistic child. It has won numerous accolades and been called “remarkable” and “eye-opening.” Higashida gives us front row seat into his autistic mind and life, which is a rare treat for readers.