Books for Parents and Caregivers

As our children learn and grow, we as parents learn and grow too. These books were selected to offer caregivers some insight and guidance to support your child’s development. Books are also included that provide helpful information in understanding and responding to developmental challenges. This list of resources was compiled and recommended by the Board of Directors. We hope you see some of your favorites and discover new ones. Some titles are out of print, but not out of style! They are listed at the bottom of the page and are definitely worth a trip to your local used bookstore or library.

This list of suggested books for parents and caregivers has links to Amazon for easy purchase.


Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special-Needs Kids – A Guide for Parents and Professionals
by Gregory C. Keck and Regina Kupecky


Becoming Attached: First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love
by Robert Karen


Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential–and Endangered
by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz


Boys and Girls: Superheroes in the Doll Corner
by Vivian Gussin Paley


Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting (now with Bébé Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting)
by Pamela Druckerman


Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children
by Daniel Hughes


Connection Parenting: Parenting Through Connection Instead of Coercion, Through Love Instead of Fear, (2nd Edition)
by Pam Leo


Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn–and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less
by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, and Diane Eyer


Getting Through the Day: Strategies for Adults Hurt as Children
by Nancy J. Napier


Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World
by Richard F. Mollica


Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders
by Kenneth Bock and Cameron Stauth


Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers
by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate M.D.


How can I help?
by Ram Dass and Paul Gorman


How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
by Paul Tough


How it Feels to be Adopted
by Jill Krementz


Hungry for Love: Creating a Mealtime Environment That Builds Connection, Life Skills, and Eating Capabilities
by Charles Slaughter


If Only I Could Sleep: A Survivor’s Memoir
by Stephanie Henry


In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
by Gabor Mate M.D. (Author), Peter A. Levine Ph.D. (Foreword)


Life’s Journeys According to Mister Rogers: Things to Remember Along the Way
by Fred Rogers


Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them
by Ross Greene


Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nuture your Child’s Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions from Birth Through Adolescence
by Marian Cleeves Diamond


Making Toys for Infants and Toddlers: Using Ordinary Stuff for Extraordinary Play
by Linda G. Miller, Mary Jo Gibbs, and Kathy Dobbs


Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend – a Novel
by Matthew Dicks


Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs
by Ellen Galinsky


No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson


Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent
by Meredith Small


Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive (10th Anniversary Edition)
by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell ut


Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety
by Judith Warner


Raising Resilient Children
by Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein


Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic (3rd Edition)
by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka


Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It
by Gabor Mate


Talking with Children about Loss
by Maria Trozzi and Kathy Massimini


The Emotional Life of the Toddler
by Alicia F. Lieberman


The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
by Ross Greene


The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
by Daniel J. Siegel


Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft
by Mary Hopkins-Best


Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World
by Sharon Heller


Touchpoints
by T. Barry Brazelton


What’s Going on in There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life
by Lise Eliot


Why Love Matters: how affection shapes a baby’s brain (2nd Edition)
by Sue Gerhardt


You Are My World: How a Parent’s Love Shapes a Baby’s Mind
by Amy Hatkoff


Your Baby and Child
by Penelope Leach

**Out of print titles available through other vendors on Amazon


**Baby Verses: The Narrative Poetry of Infants and Toddlers
by Michael Trout


**Children and Babies with Mood Swings: New Insights for Parents and Professionals
by Stanley I. Greenspan MD (Author), Cindy Glovinsky MSW, Ira Glovinsky PhD (Author)


**Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids
by Bonnie Harris


**Me, Myself and I: How Children Build Their Sense of Self 18-36 Months (Goddard Parenting Guides)
by Kyle D. Pruett


**The Jonathon Letters: One Family’s Use of Support as They Took in, and Fell in Love with, a Troubled Child
by Michael Trout and Lori Thomas


**Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioural Development: The Essential Family Reference Book
by T. Berry Brazelton

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