Best Parenting Books for Parents

Throughout the years I have read many books that have helped me with early childhood education, discipline, and raising a healthy child. Below is a comprehensive list of some of the greatest books that I have read to help me in raising a healthy and smart child. I have looked for guidance in many places in the areas of early childhood education, baby care, discipline, children activities, etc. I have gained valuable insight as a stay at home mom and homeschooler from many great sources.  For those of you who have asked what books I have read to help me in my education journey with my daughters here is the list of some of my favorite books and short summary-  I hope you enjoy:

Elevating Childcare: A Guide to Respectful Parenting:


Janet Lansbury’s advice on respectful parenting is quoted and shared by millions of readers worldwide. Inspired by the pioneering parenting philosophy of her friend and mentor, Magda Gerber, Janet’s influential voice encourages parents and child care professionals to perceive babies as unique, capable human beings with natural abilities to learn without being taught; to develop motor and cognitive skills; communicate; face age appropriate struggles; initiate and direct independent play for extended periods; and much more. Once we are able to view our children in this light, even the most common daily parenting experiences become stimulating opportunities to learn, discover, and to connect with our child. “Elevating Child Care” is a collection of 30 popular and widely read articles from Janet’s website that focus on some of the most common infant/toddler issues: eating, sleeping, diaper changes, communication, separation, focus and attention span, creativity, boundaries, and more. Eschewing the quick-fix ‘tips and tricks’ of popular parenting culture, Janet’s insightful philosophy lays the foundation for a closer, more fulfilling parent/child relationship, and children who grow up to be authentic, confident, successful adults.

Siblings Without Rivalry:


The #1 New York Times best-selling guide to reducing hostility and generating goodwill between siblings.

Already best-selling authors with How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish turned their minds to the battle of the siblings. This wise, groundbreaking book gives parents the practical tools they need to cope with conflict, encourage cooperation, reduce competition, and make it possible for children to experience the joys of their special relationship. With humor and understanding―much gained from raising their own children―Faber and Mazlish explain how and when to intervene in fights, provide suggestions on how to help children channel their hostility into creative outlets, and demonstrate how to treat children unequally and still be fair. Updated to incorporate fresh thoughts after years of conducting workshops for parents and professionals, this edition also includes a new afterword.

No Drama Discipline:

One of the best books I have ever read on discipline!!! Can not recommend it enough. It will help you see children in a different way.

Inside this sanity-saving guide you’ll discover

• strategies that help parents identify their own discipline philosophy—and master the best methods to communicate the lessons they are trying to impart
• facts on child brain development—and what kind of discipline is most appropriate and constructive at all ages and stages
• the way to calmly and lovingly connect with a child—no matter how extreme the behavior—while still setting clear and consistent limits
• tips for navigating your child through a tantrum to achieve insight, empathy, and repair
• twenty discipline mistakes even the best parents make—and how to stay focused on the principles of whole-brain parenting and discipline techniques

Complete with candid stories and playful illustrations that bring the authors’ suggestions to life, No-Drama Discipline shows you how to work with your child’s developing mind, peacefully resolve conflicts, and inspire happiness and strengthen resilience in everyone in the family.

Say What You See:


One of my favorite books on parenting and modifying children’s behavior.. A quick read and so effective!

This quick how-to guide offers practical tips for communicating effectively, setting boundaries like walls and using acknowledgments instead of constant praise.

Loaded with real-life examples and playful illustrations, it tells you exactly how to “say what you see” to start from where the child is – in the physical world of the here and now…and provide guidance from there.

Setting Limits With Your Strong Willed Child


Disruptive misbehavior, constant power struggles, manipulative or aggressive behavior–the challenges facing parents and teachers of strong-willed children can seem overwhelming at times. That’s why thousands of parents and educators have turned to the solutions in Setting Limits With Your Strong-Willed Child. This revised and expanded second edition offers the most up-to-date alternatives to punishment and permissiveness–moving beyond traditional methods that wear you down and get you nowhere, and zeroing in on what really works so parents can use their energy in more efficient and productive ways. With fully updated guidelines on parenting tools like “logical consequences,” and examples drawn directly from the modern world that children deal with each day, this is an invaluable resource for anyone wondering how to effectively motivate strong-willed children and instill proper conduct.

The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition


For three decades, millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Trelease’s beloved classic to help countless children become avid readers through awakening their imaginations and improving their language skills. Now this new edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook imparts the benefits, rewards, and importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation. Supported by delightful anecdotes as well as the latest research, The Read-Aloud Handbook offers proven techniques and strategies—and the reasoning behind them—for helping children discover the pleasures of reading and setting them on the road to becoming lifelong readers.

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

Dr. John Medina showed us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five. What’s the single most important thing you can do during pregnancy? What does watching TV do to a child’s brain? What’s the best way to handle temper tantrums? Scientists know.Brain Rules for Baby bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice. Through fascinating and funny stories, Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels how a child’s brain develops – and what you can do to optimize it.

Teach Your Child to Read in Just Ten Minutes a Day

Reveals the phonic program by which preschoolers as young as two begin reading at the Sidney Ledson Institute for Intellectual Advancement (see This light-hearted, yet scientifically advanced, method permits parents, schoolteachers and even babysitters to quickly teach children of all ages to read.

The Absorbent Mind

In response to the crisis in American education, more than five thousand public and private schools across the nation have adopted the timeless Montessori Method of teaching, of which this book is the cornerstone. Written by the women whose name is synonymous worldwide with child development theory,The Absorbent Mind takes its title from the phrase that the inspired Italian doctor coined to characterize the child’s most crucial developmental stage: the first six years.


How to Give Your Baby Encyclopedic Knowledge (The Gentle Revolution Series)

How to Give Your Baby Encyclopedic Knowledge shows how simple it is to develop a program that cultivates a young child’s awareness and understanding of the arts, science, and nature—to recognize the insects in the garden, to learn about the countries of the world, to discover the beauty of a Van Gogh painting, and much more.
How to Multiply Your Baby’s Intelligence (The Gentle Revolution Series)

How To Multiply Your Baby’s Intelligence provides a comprehensive program for teaching your young child how to read, to understand mathematics, and to literally multiply his or her overall learning potential in preparation for a lifetime of success

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition)

The Well-Trained Mind will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school—one that will train him or her to read, to think, to ?understand?, to be well-rounded and curious about learning. Veteran home educators Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer outline the classical pattern of education called the trivium, which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child’s mind and comprises three stages: the elementary school “grammar stage,” the middle school “logic stage,” and the high school “rhetoric stage.” Using this theory as your model, you’ll be able to instruct your child in all levels of reading, writing, history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music, regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects.

Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood Education (2nd Edition)

As the only text of its kind, this book provides in-depth information about Vygotsky’s theories, neo-Vygotskians’ findings, and concrete explanations and strategies that instruct teachers how to influence student learning and development.  Key changes to this edition include a new chapter on dynamic assessment, separate and expanded chapters on developmental accomplishments of infants and toddlers, preschool/kindergarten, and primary grades and on supporting those accomplishments, and elaborations of Vygotsky’s ideas from neo-Vygotskians from Russia.

The Baby Book, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Sears Parenting Library)

THE BABY BOOK is unrivaled in its scope and authority, and presents a practical, contemporary approach to parenting that reflects the way we live today. Focusing on the essential needs of babies–eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort–it addresses the questions of greatest concern to parents. The Searses acknowledge that there is no one way to parent a baby, and they offer the basic guidance and inspiration you need to develop the parenting style that best suits you and your child. THE BABY BOOK is a rich and invaluable resource that will help you get the most out of parenting–for your child, for yourself, and for your entire family.


Slow and Steady Get Me Ready: A Parents’ Handbook for Children from Birth to Age 5

Research on brain development has shown that any attempt to maximize intellectual growth must begin the first three years of life; the younger the child, the stronger the effect. Beginning education at age five is too late! The new 3rd edition of SLOW AND STEADY, GET ME READY now includes MEASURABLE PARAMETERS TO PROFILE CHILD DEVELOPMENT, TIPS FOR SOLVING BEHAVIORAL DILEMMAS, THE EARLY BRAIN AND IMPORTANT POINTS with additional illustrations. It is a highly recommended early childhood developmental parenting resource that has achieved recognition in both the educational and medical communities. This resource was awarded the seal of approval from The National Parenting Center and is listed in the Head Start Education Resource Directory.


Free E-book on right brain education:

Right Brain Education was designed to help your child fully access the powers of both sides of their brain — left and right — to bring out their full potential.

  • Boost your child’s brain development by showing exercises that they will love, and ask for over and over again
  • Use the scientific brain research to maximize your child’s “right brain window”
  • Plant the seeds of language, math, science, and other knowledge builders in your child
  • Use the twelve techniques to teach to the six stages of your child’s development


8 thoughts on “Best Parenting Books for Parents

  1. Thank you for sharing these. I enjoy reading about these topics too. I actually just checked out one of these ebooks from my library so I can read it right away 🙂

  2. I like the matching mat that you have on YouTube but I have the animal , fruit , creature and the dinosaurs. Is ok for me to pay only the mats place .i am a working mom but I love following u and YouTube u help me a let . My email is place email a price thank you.

    Matching mats

    1. I am sorry I do not sell those, you can find them on amazon or even easier make them yourself. This is what I did- go on google images and type the object or animal you are looking for then once you find it save it to your computer. Use a program like powerpoint or microsoft word insert a couple of squares and put the pictures you saved inside then print and laminate them. If you do not have a laminator I recommend one on my front page. Its less than 30 bucks and can be used for many purposes! hope this helps!

  3. Hello
    Are there any books you recommend for Elimination Communication or free online resources? Thanks for the list of books, it was something I had been wanting to ask of you myself, but you beat me to it. Once again thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi, I have the dvd:Potty Whispering: The Gentle Art of Infant Potty Training . I got it in amazon. You can also get it on their website. Good luck!

  4. Hey Jady, thanks for all the information I went on amazon right away and ordered some of the books you recommended. And I have started shelf work with my 2yr old son. Your such an inspiration to so many woman including myself!! Thanks again!

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