This list includes 20 great books on parenting kids age birth to five. They are some of my personal favorites, and also include books frequently recommended by my colleagues in the Bellevue College Parent Education program. I have included affiliate links to the Amazon description so you can learn more. If you live on Seattle’s eastside, check out the spreadsheet at the bottom of this post to see what you can check out from the library for free.
Pregnancy and Birth
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn:The Complete Guide. Simkin et al, 2016. (Fair disclosure: I’m a co-author on this book.)
Breastfeeding and Nutrition for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Breastfeeding Mothers by Mohrbacher and Kendall-Tackett. 2010
Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense by Satter. 2000
Parenting a Newborn or Toddler
Elevating Child Care: A guide to respectful parenting by Lansbury. 2014
Parenting without Borders: Surprising lessons parents around the world can teach us by Gross-Loh. 2013
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by Gottman and Goleman. 2011
Child development / Activities that nurture child development and brain growth
Mind in the Making: Seven Essential Life Skills Every child needs by Galinski. 2010
Nurture Shock: New Thinking about Children by Bronson and Merryman. 2009
Tinkerlab: A Hands-On guide for Little Inventors by Doorley. 2014
Relationships (and the impact of children on a relationship)
Here’s an Excel spreadsheet with another 30 great books to consider… Recommended Parenting Books from the Bellevue College Parent Education instructors.
If you find books to be an overwhelming time commitment when caring for little ones, and are looking for short, sweet, little 1 – 4 page summaries of key topics, you can check out my collection of handouts at https://gooddayswithkids.com/for-educators/
What are your favorite parenting books and why?