The Scientist in the Crib was published hardcover in 1999 by William Morris and Company

and softcover in 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers

to order

This book is a valuable addition to parents' libraries. It clearly delineates the way small infants and children learn. After reading it, parents can be enthralled as they watch their new babies imitate and learn the "rules" of communication and of speech learning. What an interesting book by three eminent baby watchers!

- T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School


This is a terrific book -- a page-turner, in fact. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. It is a treasure trove of cutting-edge science combined with beautiful writing, warmth, humor, and illuminating anecdotes that only these scientist-parents could provide. It is a must for all parents and anyone working with infants and young children.

-Michael B. Rothenberg, M.D., co-author, 5th and 6th Editions, Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care


This book is a GEM, a really beautiful combination of scholarship, good sense, and farsightedness, all nourished by a humane appreciation of what it's like to be human in a complicated and changing world. These three are not only among our finest contemporary developmental scientists, but they bring to their work a deep appreciation of the perplexing philosophical issues that have always bedeviled our understanding of what is involved in growing up. Add to all this--they write with the touch of the poet.

- Jerome S. Bruner, Ph.D., New York University, author of Actual Minds, Possible Worlds


This book is at once a masterful synthesis of the latest findings about the minds of children and a provocative argument that young children resemble practicing scientists. Few books about human development speak so eloquently to both scholars and parents.

- Howard Gardner, Ph.D., Harvard University, author of Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences in the 21st Century


This book provides a wealth of insight into our youngest children. Written by leading scientists in early child development, it shows us how children discover the world. No voyage of discovery was ever more important than this one. To read this book is a joy and an illumination of fundamental questions about human nature.

- David A. Hamburg, M.D., President Emeritus, Carnegie Corporation of New York


Finally, a book on child development that is both authoritative and really fun to read! Professionals, students, and the public at large can all learn from it. In short, a brilliant book.

- John H. Flavell, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University


Children's minds are a wonder to behold, and it takes a wonderful book to match and reveal these marvels. This is that book. Written gracefully and backed with great experience by eminent scientists, it is simply terrific.

- Daniel N. Stern, M.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Geneva, Switzerland; Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Cornell University Medical School


This book is required reading for anyone interested in how children come to understand the world around them, as well as what makes all of us, through our ability to learn, so characteristically human.

- Frank J. Sulloway, Ph.D., Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, author of Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives


The Scientist in the Crib displays the richness of the young child's explorations, overthrowing preconceptions with solid evidence, lucid explanations and sparkling wit. Thought-provoking and informative, it is, above all, a delightful book.

- Philip Kitcher, Department of Philosophy, University of California at San Diego


An intriguing book about the elegance of a child's mind, and the new understanding coming to us from the world of cognitive neuroscience. This is a highly readable book, often funny, and always insightful.

- David Mahoney, Chairman, Charles A. Dana Foundation and the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives