Reggio at home: 7 books to download and inspire whilst you stay home during the global pandemic

I know that many of you around the world are adjusting to the new ‘normal’, which is staying home. If your children usually attend nursery or school then this can be a huge adjustment for the whole family, especially with many parents continuing to work from home. So I have put together a list of my favourite reggio-inspired books to help you find your feet. Most of these I would recommend for ages 2 – 7 years of age.

Note: I encourage you to check with your local library to see if they have any e-book copies for you to borrow before buying.

I use this book both at home and in the classroom. Aimed at parents, Rucci offers lots of advice on how to set up an art space in your home that provides plenty of opportunity for process art experiences. The 25 activities encourage exploration and experimentation with different mediums.

‘Invitations to play’ and ‘Provocations’ are a huge part of the reggio-emilia approach. This books helps you understand what provocations are and how to identify learning in your child’s play in order to set up new opportunities (provocations) that will extend their learning.

Another fantastic ‘process-based’ art book which will help you set up creative, child-led experiences.

Loose parts, although not traditionally Reggio, compliment the approach well and encourage child-led play and inquiry-based learning. This series of books helps you understand the benefits of loose parts play and offers lots of beautiful coloured photographs to inspire your own collection. Most of these things can be found around the home or your garden or local park for free.

If your children are still very young and prone to putting things in their mouth like my 18 month old then start with this second book in the series which encourages play with larger loose parts.

This is a lovely introduction to reggio-inspired project work at home.

This book is probably one of my favourite reggio-inspired books as an Early Years Educator. It reads like poetry. It also gives me a wonderful structure to introducing different art materials and medium to young children. I have been using ideas from this book with Althea since she was 2. What I really love about it is the guidance Ann Pelo gives regarding how to interact with children during inquiry-based studio work. If you find that you struggle to step back and allow your child to lead and explore then this book will scaffold not only your child’s inquiry but also your own practice.