January 2018

  • Op-ed by Dr. Jane Humphries and Kari Rains in Essentials and EDspaces Insights 

Dr. Jane Humphries and Kari Rains, authors of A Fighting Chance: Supporting Young Children Experiencing Disruptive Change, wrote, “Supporting the Sensory-Sensitive Student” for the winter 2018 issue of Essentials. This story will also run in the January or February issue of EDspaces Insights.

ISBN: 9781605545066


  • Nonprofit Quarterly excerpts Five Elements of Collective Leadership for Early Childhood Professionals 

Cassandra O’Neill and Monica Brinkerhoff’s book, Five Elements of Collective Leadership for Early Childhood Professionals was excerpted in the winter 2018 issue of Nonprofit Quarterly.

ISBN: 9781605545462


New York Times bestselling author of The Importance of Being Little endorses Choose Your Words by Carol Garhart Mooney

“As educators navigate a climate of increasing anxiety and expectations about our youngest learners, the essential role of oral language in child development has been neglected. Carol Garhart Mooney restores the art of conversation to its rightful place in the early childhood curriculum and provides an indispensable program for teachers, new and old, looking to make their words matter. Clear, comprehensive, and highly engaging, Choose Your Words should find a special place on every teacher’s bookshelf.” —Erika Christakis, New York Times bestselling author of The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need from Grownups

ISBN: 9781605545264


  • Rave review for Robotics for Young Children from The Midwest Book Review

“A user-friendly and accessible instruction guide. . .  Robotics for Young Children can be easily included in a developmentally appropriate curriculum and offers a balance of adult-facilitated and child-centered activities, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to classroom, school district, college, and university library Teacher Education instructional materials collections.” —The Midwest Book Review, The Education Shelf, January 2018


Full review here.

ISBN: 9781605545448


February 2018

  • Library Journal gives great online review of Infant-Toddler Social Studies by Carla B. Goble.


“Child educator Goble, winner of ZERO TO THREE’s Leader for the 21st Century Fellowship, brings her expertise to this text with 160 developmentally appropriate social activities for infants and toddlers. Addressing issues often overlooked in school curriculum . . . Practical and new activities for parents and child-care workers hoping to provide a strong education to the babies and toddlers in their charge.” —Library Journal


Full review here.

ISBN: 9781605545608


March 2018

  • Redleaf Press authors write original essays for Exchange magazine’s March/April 2018 issue

Ellen M. Drolette, author of Overcoming Teacher Burnout: Strategies for Change (available December 2018), writes about Vermont’s state-wide efforts to build a sustainable, high-quality early care and learning system. Read about their two-pronged approach in the attached article “Vermont Leads the Way: Big Changes Start Small”, or online here.


Fiona Stewart writes on the topic of collaboration in the early childhood field. A subject directly relating to her upcoming book Building Together: Collaborative Leadership in Early Childhood Systems (Available September 2018). Read her article “Early Childhood Collaboration: Together We Can Serve Children and Families Better” attached, or online here.


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  • The Midwest Book Review’s “The Parent Shelf’s rave review of Inspiring Wonder, Awe, and Empathy by Deborah Schein

“A unique and extraordinary contribution to the growing library of Early Childhood Education literature, Inspiring Wonder, Awe, and Empathy is an especially recommended addition to parental, school district, community, college, and university library collections and supplemental studies reading lists.” —Midwest Book Review, The Parenting Shelf


Full review here.

ISBN: 9781605544847


  • Infant-Toddler Social Studies by Carla B. Goble, PhD, is a finalist in the 2017 Foreword INDIES—Education category!

 More than 2,000 entries spread across 68 genres were submitted for consideration. The list of finalists was determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners are now being decided by a panel of judges across the country, reflecting Foreword’s readership of booksellers and librarians.


All finalist listed here.

ISBN: 9781605545608


April 2018

  • Spring 2018 issue of Learning magazine features four Redleaf Press titles

Teaching STEM Literacy graced the cover and is included in the “Resources for Successful Teaching” section. “This book provides creative ideas for three-dimensional STEM learning—content, concepts and practices—that are exemplified through award winning children’s literature.” —Learning


I’m OK! Building Resilience Through Physical Play “Help young children learn how to pick themselves up, brush themselves off, and start again. This book discusses how to help children find the appropriate level of physical risk taking, how to respond positively to risky behaviors, and how to use physicality to build self-regulation and self-help.” —Learning


Team Teaching in Early Childhood “This manual covers dynamic team teaching, including how to create unified teams, how to become teacher leaders, how to give and receive feedback, and how to build and assess differentiated curriculum.” —Learning


Individualized Child-Focused Curriculum “Integrate individualized curriculum into daily practice with this step-by-step guide.” —Learning


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  • Three Redleaf Press/Redleaf Lane books are finalist for the Midwest Book awards!

Illustration – Graphic category
Kimmy's Marvelous Wind-Catching Wonder by Linda Glaser, Illustrated by Rachael Balsaitis 

Children’s Picture Books category
Kimmy's Marvelous Wind-Catching Wonder by Linda Glaser, Illustrated by Rachael Balsaitis

Education/Learning category
Robotics for Young Children: STEM Activities and Simple Coding by Ann Gadzikowski 
Saving Play: Addressing Standards Through Play-Based Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten by Gaye Gronlund and Thomas Rendon


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May 2018

  • Robotics for Young Children wins Midwest Book Award Education category!

With a total score of 74/75, the judges commented on the “exquisite” production, “flawless” mechanics/organization of Ann Gadzikowski’s Robotics for Young Children.

ISBN: 9781605545448


  • Baby Steps to STEM wins Parents’ Picks Award

Baby Steps to STEM won a Parents’ Picks Award in the Best Baby & Toddler Products of 2018.

Full list of award winners here.


ISBN: 9781605545080


  • Game On! receives Creative Child Book of the Year Award

Game On! was named a Creative Child Awards 2018 Book of the Year in the Activity Game Books category by Creative Child Magazine. All of the products submitted are reviewed by moms, educators and early education professionals.

ISBN: 9781605545486


January 2017

  • Rave Library Journal review for I’m Ok! by Jarrod Green

“Green’s teaching is spot on. His goal of giving children ‘the experiences of learning and joy, challenge and triumph, and the ability to enter the world, with all its challenges and obstacles and setbacks, in the most positive way possible’ is holistically delivered. Here’s to horsing around.” —Library Journal, January 2017 issue

Full review here.

ISBN: 9781605544519


February 2017

  • School Library Journal reviews Creative Block Play and Embracing Rough-and-Tumble Play

“An essential resource, Creative Block Play by educator Rosanne Regan Hansel, provides everything teachers and caregivers need to know about the benefits of block play along with pointers for scaffolding children’s exploration . . . Throughout, crisp color photos highlight the expansive creativity, deep concentration, and obvious joy of young children at work and play.” —School Library Journal

In Embracing Rough-and-Tumble Play: Teaching with the Body in Mind Mike Huber shares his commitment to allowing space for physical movement in early childhood classrooms. With the insight that comes from years of teaching, Huber argues convincingly that children need to move more often than is generally allowed, and when teachers and caregivers respect that need, children benefit socially and cognitively . . . Huber tackles thorny issues, such as gender and cultural expectations, the difference between play and aggression, the role of physical contact, and the benefits of warplay while offering straightforward, useful advice. Chock-full of specific recommendations, real classroom examples, and enticing color photos, this guide makes active classroom play hard to resist.” —School Library Journal

Full reviews here.

ISBN: 9781605544458

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March 2017

  • Baystateparent magazine interviews Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky

The bestselling authors were interviewed about their recent book Loose Parts 2. The interview, “Why the Best Educational Toys are Right Under Your Nose” can be read online here.

ISBN: 9781605544649


  • 19th Annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year finalists announced

Discovering the Culture of Childhood, Loose Parts 2, and Bingo Did It! have been recognized as finalists in the 19th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

ISBN: 9781605544625

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April 2017

  • Redleaf Press has TWO IPPY medalists (Independent Publisher Book Awards)!

Almost totally sweeping the education category, Commentary/Theory, the winners are: 

GOLD: Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity, by Sara E. Langworthy, PhD

SILVER: The Great Disconnect in Early Childhood Education: What We Know vs. What We Do, by Michael Gramling

ISBN: 9781605543888

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  • Three Redleaf Press/Redleaf Lane’s books featured in Learning magazine’s Spring issue

The Language of Art, Second Edition by Ann Pelo

Practical Solutions to Practically Every Problem, Third Edition by Steffen Saifer, EdD

A Teacher’s Promise by Rachel Robertson, illustrated by Priscilla Prentice (Redleaf Lane)

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  • The Midwest Book Review, Education Shelf gives Inspiring Young Minds by Julie Smart, PhD, a rave review

“A concrete guide for using research-based principles of inquiry to help children ages 3 to 8 in exploring their world. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, Inspiring Young Minds is very highly recommended for academic library Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies reading lists.” —Midwest Book Review

Full review here.

ISBN: 9781605545189


  • Three of Redleaf Press books are finalists for the 2016 Midwest Book Awards! 

Bingo Did It! by Amber Harris, illustrated by Ard Hoyt is a finalist for the Children’s Picture Books and Illustration—Graphic categories.


Creative Block Play: A Comprehensive Guide to Learning through Building by Rosanne Regan Hansel and Discovering the Culture of Childhood by Emily Plank are finalists in the Education/Learning category.

ISBN: 9781605544915

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June 2017

  • Inspiring Young Minds Years by Julie Smart, PhD, featured in summer issue of Scholastic’s Teacher magazine

“Science comes naturally to kids—who doesn’t like picking up leaves or watching a homemade “volcano” explode? Yet it falls to the wayside in many schools. This book has common-sense ideas for getting students to see science in the everyday.” —Scholastic Teacher

ISBN: 9781605545189


  • 2016 INDIES Book of the Year Award winners announced

Congratulations to Redleaf Press’ two winners!

Discovering the Culture of Childhood by Emily Plank was awarded the silver medal in the Education category.

Loose Parts 2 by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky was awarded the bronze in the Education category.

ISBN: 9781605544625

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Full list of all category winners here


August 2017

  • Learning magazine’s Back-to-School issue features two Redleaf Press books

On Beyond the Flannel Board they write, “Tell a Tale: This book demystifies story retelling by identifying effective, intentional teaching and learning practices. You get examples of activities that integrate story retelling across the curriculum to build language, number sense, and social-emotional skills.”


Inspiring Young Minds, “Inquiring Minds Want to Know: How do we give young children opportunities to explore science for themselves? How can we ask children effective questions in science? This book answers these questions and more and provides a guide for using research-based principles of inquiry to help children explore their world.”

ISBN: 9781605544861

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September 2017

  • 2018 Teacher’s Choice Awards Announced

I’m Ok! Building Resilience Through Physical Play by Jarrod Green and Loose Parts 2: Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky were among the Teachers’ Choice Award for Preschool 2018 winners.


Team Teaching in Early Childhood: Leadership Tools for Reflective Practice by Uniit Carruyo and Individualized Child-Focused Curriculum: A Differentiated Approach by Gaye Gronlund are Teachers’ Choice Award for Professional Development 2018 winners!

ISBN: 9781605544519

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  • American Journal of Play reviews Creative Block Play by Rosanne Regan Hansel

“This all-inclusive manual to learning through building addresses how children’s free and spontaneous block play can foster such twenty-first-century skills as initiative, persistence, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration while also encouraging creativity and aesthetic awareness. Hansel’s ideas are both informative and inspiring, making the book an invaluable resource for any adult wanting to expand the learning inherent in block play.” —American Journal of Play

ISBN: 9781605544458


  • Two Redleaf Press books win Brain Child Award from Tillywig Toy Awards

Baby Steps to STEM’s high quality of writing and excellent organizational structure are a pleasure to behold, while the insights and activities that grace page after page make it an indispensable resource every parent, teacher and caregiver should read.” 

Full review here.


“[Beyond the Flannel Board is] marvelously fresh and insightful . . . Cover to cover, it's an enjoyable, highly instructive read that paves the way for teachers to help young students get the most out of the story retelling experience.”

Full review here.

ISBN: 9781605545080

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October 2017

  • 3 Redleaf Press books featured in Library Journal’s round-up of STEM resources!

In the October issue of Library Journal includes a round up of “Ex-STEM-Poraneous”


Recommended for Parents & Caregivers

Baby Steps to STEM  

Teaching STEM Outdoors * 


Recommended for K—12 Educators

Teaching STEM Literacy*


*Starred titles are “essential for most collections”

Full article here.

ISBN: 9781605545080

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  • Foreword Reviews magazine gives Bingo Did It! a rave review!

“Humorous and relatable . . . A gentle lesson about taking personal responsibility; perfect for the intended age group.” —Foreword Reviews, Winter issue 2017

ISBN: 9781605544915


  • Baby Steps to STEM receives rave review from National Science Teachers Association “NSTA Recommends”

“[Baby Steps to STEM] offers a user–friendly format valuable for caregivers and parents with 60 play–based activities that promote STEM learning. This book is a refreshing look at joyful learning that lays the foundation of our 21st century leaders of tomorrow.” —Mary Lynn Hess, NSTA Recommends


Full review here.

ISBN: 9781605545080


November 2017

  • Library Journal gives Creative Block Play a rave review!

“Hansel supplies a wealth of instructional ideas for block play that correlate to topics such as transportation, travel, and world culture. Creative Block Play should be on every early childhood educator’s bookshelf.” —Library Journal

ISBN: 9781605544458


  • School Library Journal gives Bingo Did It! a great review!

“Warm and inviting . . . The narrative moves with a pleasing, rhythmic pace. The relationship among mother, daughter, and pet are both believable and adorable . . . Young readers will fall in love with the mischievous Wisteria Jane and her curious playmate. —School Library Journal

ISBN: 9781605544915


  • Great review from Midwest Book Review for Creative Block Play!

Creative Block Play should be in any early learning collection . . . From organizing a block area and showing kids how to creatively handle loose parts to understanding various stages of block play, Creative Block Play takes a relatively simple play tool and provides new connections to learning.” —Midwest Book Review, The Education Shelf

Full review here.

ISBN: 9781605544458


  • Great review from Midwest Book Review for I’m Ok! by Jarrod Green

"I'm OK! should be in any collection strong in child development titles . . . This book provides teachers with specifics on assessing risk and assigning challenging, growth-inducing play and is based on the author's decade-plus experience building resilience concepts into activities.” —Midwest Book Review, The Education Shelf

Full review here.

ISBN: 9781605544519


  • Lisa Murphy on Play excerpt on Community Playthings

If you have grown tired of clichéd educational rhetoric about curriculum or battling with the ‘naysayers' about school-readiness, this entertaining and provocative piece will restore your passion for play.” —Community Playthings 

Read the excerpt here.

ISBN: 9781605544410


  • Robotics for Young Children author Ann Gadzikowski guest blogs 

Early Insights, “Why I’m Optimistic About Children and Technology”


Primo Toys blog, makers of Cubetto, “Toys or Tools? Choosing an Educational Robot for Your Early Childhood Classroom”

ISBN: 9781605545448


December 2017

  • The Redleaf Press blog named one of the Top 100 Early Childhood Education Blogs by Feedspot
    • Feedspot ranks the blogs on following criteria
    • Google reputation and Google search ranking
    • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
    • Quality and consistency of posts
    • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review



  • Learning Magazine’s January issue features Individualized Child-Focused Curriculum by Gaye Gronlund and the Teachers’ Choice Award for Preschool 2018 Winners, Loose Parts 2 and I’m Ok!

Individualized Child-Focused Curriculum “This book takes you through a step-by-step process to continually use observation and documentation to adapt your curriculum to meet the developmental level of young students.” —Learning Magazine


Loose Parts 2 “Bring the fun of found objects to young children with the new and innovative ideas in this book.” —Learning Magazine


I’m Ok! “This guide provides the tools and strategies for creating a culture of resilience, including families in the process, and keeping safety in mind.” —Learning Magazine


ISBN: 9781605544496

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October 2016

  • Embracing Rough-and-Tumble Play: Teaching with the Body in Mind by Mike Huber receives great review from Midwest Book Review

“Physical play is vital to young children’s development. Embracing Rough-and-Tumble Play: Teaching with the Body in Mind by Mike Huber is a practical, hands-on resource that encourages teachers to incorporate boisterous physical play into children's every day activities and offers concrete advice on how to create spaces for safe play, how to effectively work big body movement into children's daily schedule, and how to use physical play to make teaching practice more dynamic and effective . . . Very highly recommended for college and university Teacher Education collections.” —Midwest Book Review, The Education Shelf

Full review here

ISBN: 9781605544687


December 2016

  • Dr. Sara Langworthy interviewed by bestselling author Ann Douglas on, Parenting Through the Storm

Read the interview here

ISBN: 9781605543888


  • Bingo Did It! reviewed by Wacky Mommy blog

The reviewer compared Ard Hoyt’s illustrations to Louis Darling, Jr.’s work on the Beverly Cleary books, “They’re funny and warm, and will make little readers feel like they’re in the middle of the action.”

Full review here.

ISBN: 9781605544915

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