Rapunzel's Supermarket: All About Young Children and their Art, Ursula Kolbe. This is a great book from an Australian art educator and photographer. This book shares much with the Reggio Emilia philosophy.
The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education, ed. Carolyn Edwards, Lella Gandini, and George Forman, Ablex, 1994. A provocative collection of essays on Reggio.
Beautiful Stuff! Learning with Found Materials, Kathy Weisman Topal and Lella Gandini, Davis Publications, Worcester, Mass, 1999. This book will inspire you to recycle and reuse materials. You will discover new ways for using found materials to inspire children's creativity.
Experience and Art: Teaching Children to Paint, Nancy R. Smith, etc. al, New York , Teacher's College Press, 1993. This classic on how to engage children in the painting process was written by one of my own mentors. You will learn how to talk to children about their painting.
Poking, Pinching, & Pretending: Documenting Toddlers' Explorations with Clay by Dee Smith, Jeanne Goldhaber, 2004
Children, Clay, and Sculpture, by Cathy Weisman Topal, Davis Publications
All publications of Reggio Children, including Reggio Tutta, The Future is a Lovely Day, Children, Art, Artists, and The Unheard Voices of Children Series, available from Learningmaterialswork.com and olivepressbooks.com (and inter-library loan.) Shoe and Meter, Everything Has a Shadow Except Ants, are good books to start with when learning about the Reggio Approach. Both books document long term projects carried out in the municipal preschools and infant toddler centers of Reggio Emilia , Italy.
There are also many good resources and articles about the Reggio Emilia approach available on line including REGGIO-L, an active list-serv at: http://ecap.crc.uiuc.edu/listserv/reggio-l.html
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