Book Recommendations

Parenting for Attachment

  • Attached at the Heart: Eight Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children byBarbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker
  • The Attachment Parenting Book by William Sears M.D.
  • The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff
  • Our Babies, Ourselves by Meredith Small
  • Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn, Ph.D.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

  • The Pregnancy Book by William Sears M.D.
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Baby and Toddler Care

  • The Baby Book by William Sears M.D.
  • The Vital Touch: How Intimate Contact with Your Baby Leads to Happier, Healthier Development by Sharon Heller, Ph.D.
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D.
  • The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D.


  • Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
  • The Family Nutrition Book by William Sears M.D.
  • Take the Fight Out of Food by Donna Fish, M.S., L.C.S.W.


  • Good Nights: The Happy Parents’ Guide to the Family Bed (and a Peaceful Night’s Sleep!) by Jay Gordon M.D. and Maria Goodavage
  • Three in a Bed: The Benefits of Sharing Your Bed with Your Baby by Deborah Jackson
  • The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth PantleySleeping with Your Baby: A Parent’s Guide to Cosleeping by James McKenna, Ph.D.

Positive Discipline

  • The Successful Child by William Sears M.D.
  • The Discipline Book by William Sears M.D.
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • Becoming the Parent You Want to Be by Laura Davis and Janis Keyser
  • Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World by H. Stephen Glenn, Ph.D.
  • Parent Effectiveness Training by Dr. Thomas Gordon
  • Helping Young Children Flourish by Aletha Solter, Ph.D.

Temperament and Development

  • Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
  • Kids, Parents and Power Struggles by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
  • The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
  • Giving the Love that Heals: A Guide for Parents by Dr. Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt, M.A.
  • Rest Play Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (Or Anyone Who Acts Like One) by Deborah MacNamera

Family Life with Older Children

  • The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule
  • Playful Parenting by Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D.
  • Last Child in the Woods by Richard LouvFree Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy

Tweens and Teens

  • Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Maté
  • Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers by Michael RieraBrainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel Siegel

Mothers, Fathers and Other Caregivers

  • The Truth Behind The Mommy Wars: Who Decides What Makes a Good Mother? by Miriam Peskowitz
  • The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle Class Parents are Going Broke by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi
  • Staying Home: From Full-Time Professional to Full-Time Parent by Darcie Sanders and Martha M Bullen
  • The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life by Renee Peterson Trudeau
  • Mothering and Fathering: The Gender Differences in Child Rearing by Tine Thevenin
  • Pregnant: A Field Guide to Fathering by Gary Kleiman
  • Homedaddy: Little White Lies and Other Tales from the Crib by Todd Pinsky
  • The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It by Anthony T. DeBenedet, M.D. and Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D.
  • The Essential Grandparent: A Guide to Making a Difference by Dr. Lillian Carson