Here is a list of published and upcoming titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health. Please let us know about any new books you would like to see highlighted in the future!
- Ad Nauseam: A Survivor's Guide to American Consumer Culture by Carrie McLaren and Jason Torchinsky (eds) (2009)
authors explore what happens to humans when their brains are constantly
assaulted by advertising and corporate messages. The result is an
entertaining and eye-opening account of the many ways consumer culture
continues to pervade and transform American life.
- Free Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry by Lenore Skenazy (2009)
Do you ever let your kid ride a bike to the library? Walk alone to
school? Take a bus, solo? Drawing on facts, statistics, and humor,
Lenore Skenazy argues that this is one of the safest periods for
children in the history of the world and highlights that “childhood is
supposed to be about discovering the world, not being held captive.”
- Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children, and Consumer Culture by Allison J. Pugh (2009)
The author teases out the complex factors that contribute to how we
buy, from lunchroom conversations about Game Boys to the stark
inequalities facing American children.
- Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown (2009)
This book explores the science of play and its essential role in fueling our intelligence and happiness throughout our lives.
- Free for All: Fixing School Food in America by Janet Poppendieck (2010)
How did our children end up eating nachos, pizza, and tater tots for lunch? Taking us on an eye-opening journey into the nation's school kitchens, this superbly researched book is the first to provide a comprehensive assessment of school food in the United States.