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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Illana Kukoff & Jessica Yuppa Huddy

Say This, Not That to Your Teenage Daughter

Andrews McMeel

If you’re the parent of a teenage girl, then it’s likely you never say the right thing. Ever. Say This, Not That (To Your Teenage Daughter) is your convenient, pocket-sized guide to asking and answering questions, starting conversations, and filling in the silence with your teen. Based on their work at Cognition Builders, a 164-person firm that teaches families how to have constructive conversations, Kukoff and Huddy provide readers with helpful tips to overcoming barriers between you and your teenager.

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:

Mary Ann Mason & Tom Ekman

Babies of Technology: Assisted Reproduction and the Rights of the Child

Yale University Press

Millions of children have been born in the United States with the help of cutting-edge reproductive technologies, much to the delight of their parents. But alarmingly, scarce attention has been paid to the lax regulations that have made the U.S. a major fertility tourism destination. In this groundbreaking work, Mason, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and Ekman, a science writer consider, for the first time, the issue of regulating the fertility industry from the perspective of the children.

Jack Gilbert and Rob Knight

Dirt is Good

St. Martin's Press

From two of the world’s top scientists and one of the world’s top science writers (all parents), Dirt Is Good is a q&a-based guide to everything you need to know about kids & germs. “Is it OK for my child to eat dirt?” is just one of the many questions frequently asked regarding raising kids, but Google this question (or others) you’ll be overwhelmed with answers. Dirt Is Good is the comprehensive, authoritative, accessible guide you've been searching for to cut through the haze and get straight to the facts.