Kerry - At the moment I am reading my way through a new book, hot off the Australian press. I’m so impressed by what I am discovering as I read, that I have now purchased two copies, one for our Professional Collection and the other for our Parent Collection. This book is brilliant, and is a ‘must have’ for your library!
McCrindle, M. & Fell, A. (2021). Generation Alpha: Understanding our children and helping them thrive. Hachette
Based on extensive research and thousands of interviews with parents, children, teachers, health professionals and business leaders, this book gives revealing insight into Generation Alpha, those born between 2010 and 2024. We know these kids are living through an era of rapidly escalating change and are facing a barrage of good, bad and fake information. The book discusses the characteristics of this generation and delves into current issues they are facing including, physical health and wellbeing and changes in lifestyle, the impact of COVID-19 on their mental health, the effect of the screen age, challenges in parenting and educating the Alpha Generation, changing consumer behaviour, keeping them in touch with nature, preparing them well for their future study and work and the power of encouragement. The final chapter leaves the reader pondering about the world of Alpha in the future, the conversations they will have, the challenges they will face as they become more digital, global, mobile, social and visual than any other generation that has gone before them. One of the best books I’ve read this year!