Resources: Books

The Grammie Guide—Activities and Answer for Grandparents Today

This thoughtful book by Lynne Noel, Jan Eby, Laurie Mobilio, and Cindy Summers—grandparents to a combined 22 kids—is an informative guide to grandparenting young children in our modern, screen-saturated world. The authors rightly recognize that grandparents have a special role to play in fostering the hands-on, creative play that children need to thrive.

The Sexualization of Childhood

The sixth book in Sharna Olfman's Childhood in America series, The Sexualization of Childhood is an important look at the consequences of immersing children in a sexualized world. With chapters by leading experts in sociology, psychology and child development - including CCFC co-founders Susan Linn and Diane Levin - the book explores the ways in which children are being sexualized and the impact on their physical, psychological, and sexual development.

The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear from YOU About Sex

The Talk is an excellent book for parents on how to talk to their children about sex. Dr. Maxwell describes the "sexy" culture our children are saturated in and how that is harmful. She gives practical guidance for parents on sharing values with their children. Maxwell also emphasizes the important of talking to your kids well before puberty in order to empower them to resist an oversexed world and make healthy, age-appropriate choices.

Unplugged Play

Read Unplugged Play for ideas of unplugged activities to enjoy with your family. This book offers 710 games and activities to bring out your child's creative, playful side. Most activities are recommended for 1 to 10 year olds.

Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy

An overview of empirical research on the effects of violent video games on children. How media-violence
exposure can increase the likelihood of aggressive and violent behavior. Violent Video Game Effects on
Children and Adolescents reviews the history of video games' growth, and explores public policy options
for controlling their distribution.