Discoveries by researchers into infant development are some of the most exciting and important to be found in the study of human development, and they have been the subject of intense speculation and theorizing. Despite the fact that, as adults, we can remember little about the times and places when we acquired knowledge in infancy, that information does remain with us for the rest of our lives. Infant Development: The Essential Readings introduces the reader to the field of infancy research and to some of the current, lively controversies within this area.Each of the articles within the reader has been chosen to reflect the dynamic, changing nature of the subject and the diversity of research and thinking within the are of infant development. The articles have also been selected to be accessible to students at all levels. These articles are all by leading infancy researchers, and they are introduced and contextualized by the editors. Suggestions for further reading are made to give students an ideal starting point for exploration of the key topic in infant development.