Reggio Books: Which to buy and which to borrow

Reggio Emilia Books [An Everyday Story]I think the Reggio Emilia Approach can seem a little overwhelming when you first start looking into it a bit more.  How the approach works, why such a focus on the atelier (art studio) and the experiences that happen in there, the range of materials and how to use them, can all seem a little confusing. However, it is really about how we view the child, how we view learning and how we view life; the connectedness of the three.

The child as capable, independent, inquisitive and innately driven to learn.

Learning as an experience, not separate from, but deeply rooted in life,

and life, the world around us, part of us, open and available for the children to explore and discover, to interact with, naturally.

Working, exploring, creating with real materials; discussing options, problem-solving, directing their own play, free to wonder, it all comes together and you can truly see the beauty in this approach.

I guess what I am hoping to do here, with An Everyday Story, is to share our experience with Reggio and how it can be transferred from the early childhood setting to the home. I’ve updated the Reggio Books page with a list of books I own which have helped me to understand Reggio more. Hopefully your local library has a few of them. If you’re thinking of buying some I would absolutely recommend these two:

The Language of Art: Inquiry-based Studio Practices in Early Childhood Settings

 

Project-based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners 

 

 

The rest of the books are on the Reggio-inspired Books page.

Are there any others you’d recommend?

Happy reading folks.

10 Replies to “Reggio Books: Which to buy and which to borrow”

  1. thank you so much! that means a tremendous amount to me. 🙂

    one book i really like is “authentic childhood: experiencing reggio emilia in the classroom” by fraser and gestwicki. and even though it is kind of a mixed bag, i think there is a tremendous amount of value in “the hundred languages of children.” those are the books i refer to most often.

  2. I agree with your choices Kate. Right now, for me, these are the 2 most valuable ones.
    I have been curious about Authentic Childhood for a while, so Lori, you might have given me the push I needed…

    Mariah, at playful learning loves “The hundred languages of children” and speaks highly of it.

    Off to see your book page 🙂

    1. I haven’t seen Authentic Childhood so I might go check that one out too. I think I should have a closer read of The Hundred Languages of Children. I have had a borrowed copy but might give it another try.

  3. I have Project Based Homeschooling on my Kobo ready to read! I’ve only read the intro so far but found the tone and style so accessible and informative it is already developing my thinking and ideas. I’ll check out the rest of the recommendations too, I love your blog btw!

    1. Project-based Homeschooling is undoubtedly the best book I have read for implementing child-led (Reggio style) hands-on learning in the home. I recommend it to everyone who is showing an interest in that kind of learning/education regardless of whether they are homeschooling or not. It really is fabulous. It does really get you thinking, doesn’t it? And not in the, oh that’s so inspiring…but then never do anything kind of thinking but in actual ‘doing’ thinking. I LOVE IT!!

      1. I’ve already started quoting it to people, a good sign!

  4. I want to start implementing child led hands on learning with my 15 month old twins. Is the Project Based Homeschooling book the best place to start? Any other recommendations in terms of books, blogs, resources? Everything I seem to find has ideas for toddlers a littler older then my little guys but I want to start to set the tone in my house and help create an environment that encourages creativity and curiosity. Any direction would be greatly appreciated!

  5. When working in a Reggio inspired way, it seems to me that the best bet is to look to the Italians in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Along with The Hundred Languages of Children and In The Spirit of the Studio, I suggest Vea Vecchi’s book: Art and Creativity in Reggio Emilia: Exploring the Role and Potential of Ateliers in Early Childhood Education as well as Mosaics of Marks, Words, and Materials from Reggio Children. To be inspired by the work in Reggio, one should be in constant study of the work that is currently happening there in addition to the past.

  6. Hi, I’ve just come across this blog post through Pinterest and I am always looking for more reading on integrating Reggio approaches in the classroom. I recently bought Twelve Best Practices for Early Childhoid Education: Integrating Reggio and Other Inspired Approaches by Ann Lewin-Benhan after checking it out from a teaching library. This book is very informative, easy to read, and has many useful ideas for the classroom. Likely there would be homeschool connections as well. Thanks, enjoyed the blog!

    1. Thank you so much Andrea. I hadn’t come across that one so I will definitely keep an eye out for it at the library.

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