Top 10 Best Books to Read in Parenting & Family Reference - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Parenting & Family Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Parenting & Family Reference - August 2021

With more than one million copies sold, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is a remarkable step-by-step program that teaches your child to read in just 20 minutes a day—with love, care, and joy only a parent and child can share. Is your child halfway through first grade and still unable to read? Is your preschooler bored with coloring and ready for reading? Do you want to help your child read, but are afraid you’ll do something wrong? Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is a complete, step-by-step guide that shows parents simply and clearly how to teach their children to read. Twenty minutes a day is all you need, and within 100 teaching days your child will be reading on a solid second-grade reading level. It’s a sensible, easy-to-follow, and enjoyable way to help your child gain the essential skills of reading. Everything you need is here—no paste, no scissors, no flash cards, no complicated directions—just you and your child learning together. One hundred lessons, fully illustrated and color-coded for clarity, give your child the basic and more advanced skills needed to become a good reader.

  • Author: Siegfried Engelmann
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1st edition (June 15, 1986)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-0671631987
  • Dimensions: 8.38 x 0.9 x 11 inches


2. What to Expect the First Year (What to Expect (Workman Publishing))

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Parenting & Family Reference - August 2021

With over 11 million copies in print, What to Expect: The First Year , now in a completely revised third edition, is the world’s best-selling, best-loved guide to the instructions that babies don’t come with, but should. And now, it’s better than ever. Every parent’s must-have/go-to is completely updated. Keeping the trademark month-by-month format that allows parents to take the potentially overwhelming first year one step at a time, First Year is easier-to-read, faster-to-flip-through, and new-family-friendlier than ever—packed with even more practical tips, realistic advice, and relatable, accessible information than before. Illustrations are new, too. Among the changes: Baby care fundamentals—crib and sleep safety, feeding, vitamin supplements—are revised to reflect the most recent guidelines. Breastfeeding gets more coverage, too, from getting started to keeping it going. Hot-button topics and trends are tackled: attachment parenting, sleep training, early potty learning (elimination communication), baby-led weaning, and green parenting (from cloth diapers to non-toxic furniture). An all-new chapter on buying for baby helps parents navigate through today’s dizzying gamut of baby products, nursery items, and gear. Also new: tips on preparing homemade baby food, the latest recommendations on starting solids, research on the impact of screen time (TVs, tablets, apps, computers), and “For Parents” boxes that focus on mom’s and dad’s needs. Throughout, topics are organized more intuitively than ever, for the best user experience possible.

  • Author: Heidi Murkoff
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing; 3rd edition (October 1, 2014)
  • Genre: Parenting & Relationships, Parenting
  • ISBN: 978-0761181507
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.4 inches


3. No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Parenting & Family Reference - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER • The pioneering experts behind The Whole-Brain Child and The Yes Brain tackle the ultimate parenting challenge: discipline.   “A lot of fascinating insights . . . an eye-opener worth reading.”— Parents Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene.   Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem solving becomes a win/win situation. 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. Praise for No-Drama Discipline   “With lucid, engaging prose accompanied by cartoon illustrations, Siegel and Bryson help parents teach and communicate more effectively.” — Publishers Weekly “Wow! This book grabbed me from the very first page and did not let go.” —Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., author of The Opposite of Worry

  • Author: Daniel J. J. Siegel
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group; Illustrated edition (July 12, 2016)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling
  • ISBN: 978-0345548061
  • Dimensions: 5.21 x 0.61 x 7.99 inches


4. The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Parenting & Family Reference - August 2021

Turn your home into a Montessori home—and become a more mindful, attentive, and easygoing parent. It’s time to change the way we see toddlers. Using the principles developed by the educator Dr. Maria Montessori, Simone Davies shows how to turn life with a “terrible two” into a mutually rich and rewarding time of curiosity, learning, respect, and discovery. With hundreds of practical ideas for every aspect of living with a toddler, here are five principles for feeding your child’s natural curiosity, from “Trust in the child” to “Fostering a sense of wonder.” Step-by-step ways to cultivate daily routines with ease, like brushing teeth, toilet-training, dealing with siblings, losing the pacifier. Plus learn how to: Stay composed when your toddler is not and set limits with love and respect—without resorting to bribes or punishment Set up your home and get rid of the chaos Create Montessori activities that are just right for your one-to-three-year-old Raise an inquisitive learner who loves exploring the world around them See the world through your toddler’s eyes and be surprised and delighted by their perspective Be your child’s guide—and truly celebrate every stage

  • Author: Simone Davies
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Illustrated edition (March 19, 2019)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1523506897
  • Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches


5. 1-2-3 Magic: Gentle 3-Step Child & Toddler Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Parenting & Family Reference - August 2021

"Everywhere you go, you keep overhearing other moms say to their misbehaving children, 'That's one. That's two. That's three.' And then you watch in disbelief as their kid actually stops!" ― PopSugar Moms Are you the parent of a strong-willed child? Is bedtime a nightly battle? Are you looking to get your kids to behave without yelling? Whether you have a toddler, preschooler, or school-aged child, this parenting book can help you create a calm, happy home. "Phelan's method has a proven track record of ending the negotiations and getting kids back on track...1-2-3 {Magic} is the gold standard of child discipline for good reason. " ― Library Journal-STARRED Since kids don't come with a manual, 1-2-3 Magic is the next best thing. Dr. Thomas Phelan has developed the #1 selling child discipline book in the country - a quick, simple, and scientifically proven way to parent that actually works! Using his signature counting method, Dr. Phelan helps parents to quickly, calmly, and effectively stop behaviors like tantrums and meltdowns, whining and pouting, talking back, sibling rivalry and more in toddlers, preschoolers, and middle schoolers. He guides parents through drama-free discipline methods that will help with: Getting kids to listen Dealing with difficult/spirited children How to discipline a toddler What to do about sibling rivalry No drama when you discipline Dr. Phelan also covers how you can easily establish positive routines with children ages 2 – 12 around: Bedtime Dinnertime Homework Getting up and out in the morning and tips for strengthening your relationship with your kids Millions of parents from all over the world have used the award-winning 1-2-3 Magic to raise happier families and put the fun back into parenting, combining love and logic to make you a more peaceful parent with a happy kid. "1-2-3 Magic simplifies everything I've read in other books, which makes it very easy to follow. Our home has become a much more positive place."―Real parent "I was desperate for a change in my family dynamics. This book was the answer!" ―Real parent 1-2-3 Magic is one of Healthline's Best Parenting Books of 2017, a 2016 Mom's Choice Award Winner, a 2016 National Parenting Product Award Winner and a 2016 Family Choice Award Winner.

  • Author: Thomas Phelan Ph.D.
  • Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS; 1st edition (February 2, 2016)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
  • ISBN: 978-1492629887
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches


6. Why Do Kittens Do That? Real Things Kids Love to Know (Why Do Pets? Book 2)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Parenting & Family Reference - August 2021

New from award-winning science writer Seymour Simon: WHY DO KITTENS DO THAT? Real Things Kids Love to Know. Whether your family is about to adopt a kitten, or just starting to think about it, this original eBook is full of fascinating information and irresistible photos you and your children will want to read again and again! (Ages 5 to 9) With his trademark balance of conversational tone, informative text and stand-out illustrations, Simon delivers another delightful romp of discovery, both pictorially and factually. Each question about kitten behavior is treated to a full-color, photographic spread; the images in this picture book are so adorable that they are bound to provoke squeals of delight! This engaging title will be an asset to both early reader and read aloud collections. Seymour Simon, whom the NY Times called "the dean of children's science writers," is the author of more than 250 highly acclaimed science books (many of which have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association), and is the recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature. His Webby Award Honoree website,, is chock full of interesting information for children and free, educational support materials for educators and families.

  • Author: Seymour Simon
  • Publisher: Seymour Science; 1st edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Children's eBooks


7. Love More, Fight Less: Communication Skills Every Couple Needs: A Relationship Workbook for Couples

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Parenting & Family Reference - August 2021

Learn to communicate effectively, meaningfully, and lovingly with your partner--even in tense situations. Conflict is part of every relationship, even the healthiest ones. The key to a long-lasting relationship isn't avoiding fights, but rather seeing them as opportunities to work together. In her book, Gottman-certified relationship coach Dr. Gina Senarighi gives us the tools and strategies we need to communicate effectively, rebuild trust, and repair past hurts. Love More, Fight Less features:    •    30 COMMUNICATION SKILLS AND ACTIVITIES for building self-awareness, identifying and interrupting emotional reactivity, eliminating judgment, separating thoughts from feelings, and more    •    29 COMMON PITFALLS IN RELATIONSHIPS around issues of intimacy, career, finances, family and home matters, and friendships with other people--and how to navigate them    •    STEP-BY-STEP GUIDANCE AND EXPERT INSIGHT to help you transform your relationship's conflict patterns by integrating effective communication skills This relationship workbook is for couples who want to learn new skills and build a solid foundation for working through conflicts and moving forward in ways that strengthen their bonds.

  • Author: Gina Senarighi PhD CPC
  • Publisher: Zeitgeist; Workbook edition (July 28, 2020)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
  • ISBN: 978-0593196656
  • Dimensions: 7 x 0.69 x 8.99 inches


8. The Homeschool Planner: Beautiful Undated Homeschool Planner with Monthly Tabs | To Do List, Goals, Meal Planning & Academic Tools | Homeschooling, Distance Learning & Family Organizer | Gold Spiral

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Parenting & Family Reference - August 2021

The Homeschool Planner | by The Peaceful Press Paper Peony Press has teamed up with Jennifer Pepito of The Peaceful Press to create a beautiful, undated homeschool planner! The Peaceful Planner is your tool for creating a sustainable homeschool plan. It contains 192 pages to help you create monthly and weekly plans that support you in your quest for a peaceful and productive homeschool year. With The Peaceful Planner you can set up a meal plan, manage weekly activities, goal plan for yourself and your children, and keep a weekly schedule visible so that you don t overbook your time. It also includes helpful tools for homeschool planning such as a grades and tests log, attendance sheets, a reading log, a book wish list, a monthly goal planner, and a field trip planner. With The Peaceful Planner you can map out a year that is sustainable and fun for your family. The Homeschool Planner includes: 192 pages printed on high quality interior stock Monthly tabs Undated (so that you can start at anytime!) sections Clean & simple layout Beautiful hardback cover with gold spiral and corner protectors 7.25 in. x 9.75 in.  About Paper Peony Press  We are a boutique publishing company, located in Texas, focused on creating beautiful books with purpose!

  • Author: Jennifer Pepito
  • Publisher: Paper Peony Press (August 8, 2020)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1952842061


9. First Time Dad: Pregnancy Handbook for Dads-To-Be (What to Expect for the Next 9 Months)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Parenting & Family Reference - August 2021

Are You Going To Become A Dad For The First Time? Congratulations! Learn All You Need To Know With This Practical Guide. If you are going to become a dad for the first time then you need to prepare yourself for that job. What better way to do that than with this amazing book in your hands. Fatherhood can be very demanding. You can surely expect some sleepless nights and smelly diapers. But you can make it easier for yourself. This book will prepare you for every scenario, and you will always know what to do. Find out what to expect from the moment you find out that your SO is pregnant. Starting with the stuff she will need to birth a healthy beautiful baby. Like what foods are best for her, what medical exams she will need, and everything else you should do to make it easier for her. Baby is born, what now? Don’t worry, this book will especially help you with that part. Discover the best ways to care for your newborn. Learn how to make a longterm plan for the future. Changes happen fast, and you will learn how to quickly adapt to them. Discover how to keep and improve romance with your SO. With this incredible guide in your hands, you will make fatherhood look like a piece of cake. You will be doing everything right, and you won’t even break a sweat! Here’s what you can find in this incredible guide: Positive pregnancy test! What now? Learn what to expect while you are expecting, and how to prepare yourself for parenthood . Baby is coming ! Find out how to take care of your SO during pregnancy and through delivery . Baby is here ! Discover the best ways to take care of your newborn, and prepare yourself for every scenario there is . Aftercare?! When everything is done, find out how to rekindle the flame of romance and keep everything going smoothly. Scroll up, click on “Buy Now with 1-Click”, and Get Your Copy Now!

  • Author: Steven Bell
  • Publisher: Drip Digital (July 6, 2020)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Women's Health
  • ISBN: 978-1951791414
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.23 x 9 inches


10. Baby 411: Your Baby, Birth to Age 1! Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about your newborn: breastfeeding, weaning, calming a fussy baby, milestones and more! Your baby bible!

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Parenting & Family Reference - August 2021

"(Baby 411 is) my go-to reference so I don't bother Charlotte's pediatrician!"―Chelsea Clinton (US Weekly, Sept. 2015). You are having a baby! Congratulations! Now, the reality hits you—what the heck am I doing?  What if you could bottle the wisdom of all those parents who’ve come before you . . . and mix it with the solid medical advice from an nationally-renowned pediatrician? Baby 411 is the answer! Think of it as the ultimate FAQ for new parents. Inside you’ll learn: • How to pick a pediatrician with savvy questions to ask and insider tips. • Sleep . The best way to get your baby to sleep through the night. • First aid —when to worry, when not . . . and what to do when baby gets sick. No-nonsense, down-to-earth advice you can trust. • Fussy baby 411. Is it colic? Acid reflux? Or something else? Discover  the secrets to soothing a fussy baby.    • Detailed nutrition info with a step-by-step guide for successful breastfeeding, introducing solid food and the ‘‘new and improved’’ formulas. Plus: simple steps to avoid food allergies! • Is my baby normal? Learn how your baby will grow and develop!   New in this revised 9th edition: • Designer baby formulas ―Are they worth it? What about goat's milk formula? • New sleeping gizmos: Do new electronic bassinets actually work at soothing baby? • New breastfeeding aids to boost milk supply that actually work. All that and more in the new, updated and revised BABY 411!

  • Author: Dr. Ari Brown
  • Publisher: Windsor Peak Press; 9th edition (September 24, 2019)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Women's Health
  • ISBN: 978-1889392615
  • Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.4 x 8.9 inches