Book Club

Please join us for the inaugural CPES PTA parent and caregiver book club! We’ll act as a self-facilitated book club, with support from FCPS resources, including the Parent Resource Center (PRC) and FCPS school counselors. At each meeting, we’ll discuss one chapter related to each of the life skills and share our experiences putting what we learn into action with our children. The PRC and the author worked together to develop a book club guide, and skill building opportunity materials for each chapter, which we’ll utilize as we work together to help our children thrive. Meetings will take place from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. in the library conference room beginning with the first organizational meeting on September 23rd. Please click here for more details and meeting dates, and click here to RSVP for the September 23rd organizational meeting. Note, several copies of the book are available for loan from the PRC or you can purchase on Amazon (using Smile, of course!) here.



Reviews on "Mind In the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs"


“[Mind in the Making] may well be the next iconic parenting manual, up there with Spock and Leach and Brazelton, one that parents turn to for reassurance that all is more or less okay, reminders of how to make it better and glimpses of what’s to come.” (New York Times)

“A valuable resource! Ellen Galinsky’s extensive research reveals important insights into the science of early learning.” (Adele Faber, co-author of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk)

“We need to get these important messages out, and parents are clamoring for it.” (T. Berry Brazelton, M. D., Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus Harvard Medical School and founder, Brazelton Touchpoints Center)

“A readable and accessible volume enlivened by parents’ narratives about what works and what doesn’t. Galinsky’s everyday, playful, parent-child learning interactions offer a place to start...a valuable, worthwhile resource.” (Publishers Weekly)

As a working parent, I was grateful for every new nugget of insight to help me assess my kids’ development and progress in school. I wish I had had “Mind in the Making,” a recent book by Ellen Galinsky that offers a gold mine of information. (Wall Street Journal)

“[Ellen Galinsky’s] latest book, Mind in the Making just put her in the ‘Child Development Expert Hall of Fame.’ Mind in the Making is one of those rare and glorious books that will make a difference on our children’s lives and future.” (Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions)

“Ellen Galinsky―already the go-to person on interaction between families and the workplace―draws on fresh research to explain what we OUGHT to be teaching our children. This is must-reading for everyone who cares about America’s fate in the 21st century.” (Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent for The PBS NewsHour)

“Mind in the Making is the central component of a creative, multi-faceted initiative that clarifies paths to lifelong learning―related to discoveries about brain development and how learning builds on the structure and function of the brain. It is a valuable contribution based on solid research that yields practical benefits.” (David A. Hamburg, MD,Weill Cornell Medical College and President Emeritus of the Carnegie Corporation of New York)

“Mind in the Making is a tour de force. In Galinsky’s hands, the latest scientific discoveries about how children learn are carefully molded into seven seemingly simple but profound skills that predict success in the 21st Century.” (Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Professor of Psychology, Temple University, and coauthor of A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool)

“A book of incomparable quality about what is best for children and why in today’s world. Mind in the Making helps you assemble the ingredients in your own kitchen for rearing children who are intelligent, emotionally secure, and equipped to succeed.” (Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Professor of Education, Psychology and Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University of Delaware, and coauthor of A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool)

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