Parenting & Child Development

With so many parenting books available, we're proud to have a list that includes some of the top experts in virtually every aspect of the field. From Laura Wattenberg's baby name tome The Baby Name Wizard to Rosalind Wiseman's telling research on adolescents in Queen Bees and Wannabes, we are excited by the many facets of parenting and continue to build a list of new perspectives, techniques, and research to support parents at all stages of the game. 

A Wide Range

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A Wide Range

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Roslind Wiseman

Masterminds and Wingmen

Harmony/Random House

Here is a landmark book that reveals the way boys think and that shows parents, educators and coaches how to reach out and help boys overcome their most common yet difficult challenges--by the bestselling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, who changed our conception of adolescent girls. Collaborating with a large team of middle and high school age editors, Rosalind Wiseman has created an unprecedented guide to the life your boy is actually experiencing, his on the ground reality. 

Sandra Aamodt, Ph. D. and Sam Wang, Ph. D.

Welcome to Your Child's Brain


This second book by neuroscientists Aamodt and Wang takes on the developing brain, discussing sleep problems, language learning, gender differences, and autism.  Welcome to Your Child’s Brain is an authoritative work on how the mind grows, with practical information and surprising insights.  The authors have been on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” CNN, and have written popular op-eds for The New York Times.

Rosalind Wiseman

Queen Bees and Wannabees

Crown/Random House

This New York Times bestseller forever altered the way in which adults perceive friendship and conflict among girls, and was the basis for the hit film Mean Girls, written by and starring Tina Fey.  Queen Bees & Wannabees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence is already a classic among advice books for parents, and has just been fully revised and updated to help parents understand the impact that Facebook, Twitter, and other social media are having on young girls and their friends.

Laura Wattenberg

The Baby Name Wizrad

Broadway/Random House

This in-depth guide to baby names goes far beyond the everyday name book.  Laura Wattenberg has researched each name extensively, providing details about its popularity, its style, its nicknames and alternative spellings, male and female names with similar backgrounds, and a brief look at the name’s history.  The Baby Name Wizard is supplemented by Wattenberg’s equally comprehensive website:

Claude Knobler

More Love (Less Panic)


In this heartwarming and hilarious memoir, Claude Knobler describes how he learned the hard way that the apple actually can fall far from the tree—and that’s okay. Already the biological parents of a seven-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter, Claude and his wife decided to adopt Nati, a five-year-old Ethiopian boy who seemed different from Knobler in every conceivable way. After more than five years spent trying to turn his wild, silly, adopted African son into a quiet, neurotic, Jewish guy like himself, Knobler realized the importance of having the courage to accept his children.

Ellen Galinsky

Mind in the Making


The president of the Families and Work Institute synthesizes cutting-edge research to offer what Publishers Weekly calls “a readable and accessible volume enlivened by parents' narratives about what works and what doesn't, hints and tips, and over a hundred suggestions (games and family activities) for involving kids in the pursuit of learning. … Galinsky's everyday, playful, parent-child learning interactions offer a place to start. …a valuable, worthwhile resource.”