Here are some good books I've recently read.

Diffenbaugh, Vanessa.  The Language of Flowers.  Ballentine Books; New York: 2011.

A novel about a girl growing up in the foster care system and trying to navigate         indepenence in the adult world. From what I have witness of the foster care system, this author, who has raised many foster children, has hit many key points, perhaps unknown to the general public.  It is well-written.

Mooney, Jonathan. The Short Bus, A Journey Beyond Normal. St. Martin's Griffin; NY: 2007.

Subject - Mooney drives his 'short bus', the Special Ed. bus, across the US meeting folks who are receiving or received special education services in the past. He ponders the idea of 'normal' deciphering just what does it mean.

Perry, MD, PhD, Bruce D. and Maia Szalavitz. The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog. Basic Books, A Member of Perseus Books Groups; New York: 2006.

Subject - Dr. Perry shares stories of children with whom he's worked over the years, children who have suffered trauma at some point in their lives - children who "can teach us sbout loss, love, and healing" (Perry: Summary).

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Here's a list of Favorite Books -  Focusing on Language Development

Bardige, Betty.  At a Loss for Words. How America is Failing Our Children and What We Can Do about It.  Temple University Press; Philadelphia: 2005.             

Eliot, PhD, Lise. What's Going on in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life. Bantam Books; NY: 1999.

Galinsky, Ellen. Mind in the Making. The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs.  Harper Collins Books; NY: 2010.

Gopnik, Ph.D., Alison; Meltzoff, Ph.D., Andrew N.; Kuhl, Ph.D., Patricia K.  The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells us About the Mind.  Perennial Publishers, New York: 2001.

Gussin Paley, Vivian.  A Child’s Work – the Importance of Fantasy Play.  The University of Chicago Press; Chicago:  2004.

Hirsh-Pasek, PhD., Kathy, and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD., with Diane Eyer, PhD.  Einstein Never Used Flash Cards.  Rodale, Inc.;  New York: 2003.

McWhorter, John.  The Power of Babel.  Perennial Books, New York:  2003.