10 Parenting Books Every Family Should Own

Whether or not you fancy yourself a bookworm, parenting has a way of inspiring even those “too busy to read” to flip through pages for advice on everything from sleep training to homemade baby food. We’re constantly on the lookout for nuggets of wisdom that might just ease the everyday kid-focused hustle or tips for bringing up our Minis in ways we never imagined.

But for parents, the sheer volume of reads—and respective topics—available to you can be just as overwhelming as creating a registry.

We’ve rounded up our favorite parenting books to help you cut down the mom-centered literary chaos and grow a bedside stack that will continue to inspire. 

Keep scrolling to browse our 10 Parenting Books Every Family Should Own.

Bringing Up Bebe

By Pamela Druckerman

The Happiest Baby on the Block

By Dr. Harvey Karp

The Whole Brain Child

By Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Nurture: A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood – And Trusting Yourself and Your Body

By Erica Chidi Cohen

French Kids Eat Everything

By Karen Le Billon

The Danish Way of Parenting

By Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl


By Emily Oster

The First Forty Days

By Heng Ou

Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting

By Janet Lansbury

The Montessori Toddler

By Simone Davies

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