We surveyed our providers and have compiled a list of their most favorite books they wish all parents knew about. We encourage you to head to the library, charge your kindle, or fire up your Audible account for inspiration in your parenting journey!
Dr. Scott Spencer recommends Babes in the Woods: Hiking, Camping, & Boating With Babies and Young Children by Jennifer Aist
“This is practical advice for adventurous parents who want to experience the outdoors with their children. These well-organized chapters offer tips and ingenious solutions for enjoyable day hikes, car camping and base camping trips, backpacking adventures, and boating excursions."
Dr. Mari Kay Evans-Smith recommends Deviced! Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World by Doreen Dodgen-Magee
“This book was transformational for me this year. It is not just a book of doom and gloom about the terrible impact of electronics but offers very doable suggestions for a balanced life. It offers empowerment and hope for a different way to live while being attentive to both our online life and our embodied life.”
Dr. Peter Reed recommends Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman
"I like Pamela Druckerman’s Bringing Up Bébé for many reasons. First and foremost, the writing is good; it’s a fun read. Druckerman adroitly describes a French style of parenting that combines high expectations and self-determination. From babies “doing their nights” to school-age children eating their veggies and fromage politely at the table, Bringing Up Bébé offers guidance on when to let go (hint: most of the time) and when to dig in.”
Dr. Justin Bush recommends Super-parenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child by Edward Hallowell, M.D. and Peter Jensen, M.D.
"In helping youth and their parents with ADHD succeed over the years, a great read to consider this summer is Super-parenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child by Edward Hallowell, M.D. and Peter Jensen, M.D. My research and therapeutic practice focuses on promoting children’s strengths and this book’s overall tone is spot on. Its matter-of-fact approach to the challenges of a “Ferrari Engine for a Brain with Bicycle Brakes” is practical yet refreshing and motivating. Its overarching emphasis is on empowering children and building them up while teaching them how to work with challenges and lagging skills."
Dr. Bruce Birk recommends Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems: New, Revised, and Expanded Edition by Richard Ferber
"A lot of the more modern sleep books get bogged down in complexity but Ferber not only sticks to basics, his methods are the most scientifically grounded of them all. Moreover, he did the research himself that generated the methods he developed. Sometimes you have to learn from the master. This book helps give parents an understanding of childhood sleep and development and is best read even before you have kids.”
Dr. Jim Bluhm recommends The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. He says this is one of his all-time favorite novels. He hopes parents will take time to just read for fun. “Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.”
“This book is very well-written with an effective strategy for helping both kids and parents negotiate the fears of life. A ‘don’t say this but say this instead,’ approach. With anxiety at epidemic levels among our children and teens this book gives ideas about how to help them push through their fears, worries, and phobias to ultimately become more resilient, independent and happy."
"There is a reason this book has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for so long and I truly hope everyone gets a chance to read it. The author’s ability and desire to self-teach herself as well as overcome her many barriers is inspiring. During the course of her memoir, she still is looking for the good in those in her life, even if they are not currently. Without necessarily making the book about current events and debates, the author touches on the majority of current “hot topics.” With that all said, the willpower she had to become educated is something I wish for every child. I hope you all enjoy this book as much as I did."
Dr. Whitney Casares recommends No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel
"I love this book because it gets at the heart of why our kids act the way they do and how to parent accordingly. When we take a moment to stop, breathe, and consider the underlying needs or circumstances that influence our children’s behavior, we’re more likely to parent effectively. Not every misstep our kids make can be addressed with emotion-coaching and thoughtful redirection, but the majority of them can."
Dr. Pilar Buerk and Dr. Jay Rosenbloom recommend 1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting by Thomas Phelan
"I like the simplicity of the 1-2-3 system. Kids understand it and it's an easy verbal cue. You start counting and they know to change their behavior."- Dr. Buerk
"This book reduces conflict and helps to teach limits. It's great for addressing tantrums, meltdowns, and whining."- Dr. Rosenbloom
Jennifer Siebold recommends Speak Peace in a World of Conflict: What You Saw Next Will Change Your World by Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD
"In every interaction, every conversation and in every thought, you have a choice – to promote peace or perpetuate violence. International peacemaker, mediator and healer, Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg shows you how the language you use is the key to enriching life. Take the first step to reduce violence, heal pain, resolve conflicts and spread peace on our planet – by developing an internal consciousness of peace rooted in the language you use each day."
“In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.”
Dr. Todd Hiller recommends The Newborn Baby Blueprint: Preparing to Care for Yourself and Your Infant by Whitney Casares, MD, MPH, FAAP
"Being a new parent is awesome and amazing...and terrifying. There is so much to learn, so much to prepare for. And, sometimes, it can be hard to think beyond the birth to caring for the actual baby. This is not a time you want to completely wing it. The good news? You don't have to. You can't know it all before you have a little one, but you can learn the critical information that will help you feel confident, educated, and ready for this new adventure. Dr. Casares walks parents-to-be through what they really need to know once their baby arrives. With a relatable mix of humor and practical advice, Dr. Casares delves deep into her own personal experience as a new mom and a pediatrics expert to guide expectant parents through this life-changing transition."