Our June ‘Book of the Month’ is The Death of Childhood: Reinventing the Joy of Growing Up by Victor Strasburger.
Strasburger provides a sobering look at what it means to grow up in America today. It is both an obituary to childhood and a work which offers solutions on how to restore the charm and innocence of youth.
Written by an international expert on the effects of media on children, The Death of Childhood provides a fascinating—and sobering—look at what it means to grow up in America today. Following in the footsteps of Neil Postman, Marie Winn, and Mary Pipher, this riveting and heart-breaking book is an obituary to childhood, exploring its origins and tracing its progress to what could be its bitter end in the early 21st century—if we don’t act now to resuscitate it.
No longer are we raising children in the idyllic world that many of today’s grandparents and parents remember—a world filled with kick-the-can, unsupervised bike adventures and dog-walking, and the freedom to explore. Now, thanks to the Internet, new technology, and social networking, the complexion of childhood has changed and there are no adult “secrets” anymore—the answer to every question exists a fingertip’s reach away in cyberspace. It’s not just technology and media that are changing, childhood is also suffering the effects of underfunded schools, inattentive parents, a plethora of guns, and a hostile society. Despite all of that, this book shows that there is hope, and offers solutions to restore the charm and innocence of childhood.
To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.
We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMJUN19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th June 2019.
Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:
Ed Donnerstein, PhD
Dean Emeritus, University of Arizona
Brad Bushman, PhD
Professor of Communications, Ohio State University
“I found [this book] impressively researched and documented... [It is] a powerful, well-documented argument for rethinking childhood and our approach to it from the parenting to the educational perspectives.”
David Elkind, PhD
Professor of Child Development Emeritus, Tufts University
Craig A. Anderson
Editor-in-Chief, Aggressive Behavior; Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University
Former Chair, AAP Committee on Communications; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, USA