Parent Library

This is by no means a comprehensive list. Not every approach will work for every child, so there may be differing viewpoints in these selections.  We are always open to parent recommendations for library additions after screening for compatibility with American Academy of Pediatrics standards and our own practice philosophy.

Breastfeeding

The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning.

—Martha Sears, RN and William Sears, MD
Provides guidance on breastfeeding, covering such aspects as increasing one's milk supply, pumps and other technology, nutrition, and the role of the father.

So That’s What They’re For: Breastfeeding Basics

—Janet Tamaro
Lends support and encouragement to those wondering whether they should try breastfeeding, for pregnant women who are sure they will breastfeed, and for new moms who are having trouble and are considering stopping. With hilarious anecdotes and wonderful illustrations, this comprehensive guide offers a supportive, pragmatic view from the real world.

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

—La Leche League International
For almost fifty years mothers who have been in touch with La Leche League have found the kind of information and support they needed to breastfeed their babies. This was the first book of its kind, written for mothers by mothers. Over the years, more than two million mothers have turned to it for information and inspiration.

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers

—Jack Newman, MD and Teresa Pitman
Two of today's foremost lactation experts help new mothers overcome their fears, doubts, and practical concerns about one of the most special ways a mother can bond with her baby.

Childrearing

Parents Do Make A Difference

—Michele Borba
Offers advice for teaching children the essential skills they need to be confident and successful, including communication, problem solving, perseverance, and empathy.

1-2-3 Magic

—Thomas Phelan, Ph.D.
Designed to help parents take charge of their home, and how to constructively handle misbehavior at home and in public.

The Happiest Baby On The Block

—Harvey Karp, MD
A pediatrician and child development specialist combine medical research with personal experience to create a four-step plan for soothing a cranky infant.

The Happiest Toddler On The Block

—Harvey Karp, MD
Noted pediatrician and child development expert teaches parents how to cope with their toddlers. Includes tips on how to calm outbursts, stop most tantrums before they start, and build a loving and respectful relationship with their child.

Playful Parenting

—Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D.
Encourages parents to be adventurous and playful in order to raise strong and confident children, exploring play as a way for parents and children to express feelings, explore the world, relieve stress, and form close bonds.

How To Talk So Your Kids Will Listen & Listen So Your Kids Will Talk

—Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
This bestselling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the authors’ time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships.

Activities

The Arts and Crafts Busy Book

—Trish Kuffner
Offers 365 arts and crafts projects for children ages two to six, including instructions for making paints, playdough, and craft clay with ingredients found in the home.

The Toddler’s Busy Book

—Trish Kuffner
Provides activities to keep young children entertained while stimulating their natural curiosity and their physical, mental, and emotional growth.

The Preschooler’s Busy Book

—Trish Kuffner
This book contains 365 activities for children ages three to six, using things found around the home. It shows parents and day-care providers how to: prevent boredom during even the longest stretches of indoor weather with ideas for indoor play, kitchen activities, arts and crafts projects; stimulate a child’s natural curiosity with fun reading, math, and science activities; encourage a child's physical, mental, and emotional growth with ideas for music, dance, drama, and outdoor play; celebrate holidays and other occasions with special projects and activities; keep children occupied during long trips or cross-town errands.

365 Games Smart Babies Play

—Sheila Ellison
Each day with your baby brings new moments of caring, teaching, holding and growing through baby's first experiences. Filled with magical ways to create and enhance those special everyday moments, this book helps you celebrate each once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you and your baby share. Illustrated by children.

365 Games Smart Toddlers Play

—Sheila Ellison
Each day with your toddler brings new experiences for them and new opportunities for you to teach, share and grow closer to each other. Filled with fun, practical ways to create and enhance those special everyday moments.

15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids

—Rebecca Cohen
Simple and inspiring, this book is bursting with hundreds of easy ways to get your family out into nature a little bit every day.

Food

Lunch Boxes and Snacks

—Annabel Karmel
Renowned children's cooking and nutrition expert shares more than 120 healthy, creative recipe ideas as well as time-saving hints and tips that will help you make a complete and nutritious lunch without increasing the chaos of your morning routine.

Top 100 Baby Purees

—Annabel Karmel
One hundred quick and easy recipes for a healthy and happy baby.

Top 100 Finger Foods

—Annabel Karmel
Offers a collection of finger foods that feature 100 quick and easy recipes, including fresh fruit ice lollies that are suitable for soothing sore gums, goujons of fish and raw vegetables with dip, that can not only introduce your baby to textures and tastes but can make for a healthy, happy and contented child.

Cooking for Baby

—Lisa Barnes
With fresh ingredients, age-appropriate foods, and a focus on nutrition, this book takes an adventurous yet sensible approach to feeding babies aged 6 to 18 months.

The Sneaky Chef

—Missy Chase Lapine
Tips and tricks for how to get children to eat nutritious foods are followed by recipes for healthy and tasty snacks, meals, and desserts that kids will love to eat.

The Speedy Sneaky Chef

—Missy Chase Lapine
Shopping and preparation tips for making healthy and nutritious food quickly using selected packaged foods, along with over 80 recipes.

Health & Childhood Development

Baby 411

—Denise Fields, Ari Brown MD
Answers to new parents’ Frequently Asked Questions, based on practical experience and solid medical advice from an nationally-renowned pediatrician.

Caring for your Baby and Young Child, 5th Ed.

—American Academy of Pediatrics
Covers infant care, provides medical information, guidelines on growth, safety rules, and a discussion of family issues such as adoption, twins, etc.

Heading Home With Your Newborn

—Laura Jana, MD and Jennifer Shu, MD
Includes chapters on breastfeeding, baby formulas, bottles and nipples, peeing and pooping, sleep, crying, diapering, bathing, clothing and accessories, car safety, air travel, choosing a pediatrician, health, fevers, jaundice, photography.

Autism’s False Prophets

—Paul Offit, MD
Looks at the history of autism research and argues that the media and advocates have mislead the public in their declaration that childhood vaccinations are the cause of autism.

What’s Going On In There? How The Brain And Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life

—Lisa Eliot, Ph.D.
Charts the development of the human brain from conception through the first five years, looking at the way a child's brain is assembled and the implications of this sequence for each emerging mental skill, including sensation, emotion, language, movement, memory, and intelligence.

Your Baby’s First Year, 3rd Ed.

—American Academy of Pediatrics
The definitive all-in-one guide to caring for your infant.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know

—American Academy of Pediatrics
An invaluable resource for parents and caregivers of children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. From diagnosis to current therapies, it helps parents understand what they can do to facilitate a smooth transition from adolescence through the teen years into adulthood.

ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know

—American Academy of Pediatrics
This comprehensive guide to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) offers parents balanced, reassuring, and authoritative information to help them understand and manage this challenging and often misunderstood condition.

Sleeping

Sleeping through the Night

—Jodi Mindell, Ph.D.
The classic guide to a good night’s sleep for the entire family.

The No-Cry Sleep Solution

—Elizabeth Pantley
"At long last, I've found a book that I can hand to weary parents with the confidence that they can learn to help their baby sleep through the night--without the baby crying it out." —William Sears, M.D., Author of "The Baby Book." Illustrations.

The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers

—Elizabeth Pantley
Written to help sleep-deprived parents of children ages one to five, this guide offers loving solutions to help this active age-group get the rest they—and their parents—so desperately need

Potty Training

Diaper-Free Baby 

—Christine Gross-Loh
Practical advice for parents interested in a fresh alternative to traditional toilet training.

Guide to Toilet Training

—American Academy of Pediatrics
This invaluable resource covers everything you need to know about the toilet-training process to make this important transition as easy and as positive as possible for both you and your child. This comprehensive guide answers parents' most frequently asked questions and concerns.

Toilet Training in Less Than a Day

—Nathan Azrin, Ph.D. and Richard Foxx, Ph.D.
From two noted learning specialists, here is the amazing, scientifically proved Azrin-Foxx method that teaches toilet training quickly—in less than four hours for the average child.