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Recommended Books


All parents like to have a few good books for quick reference. Here are a few of our favorites.

Well written, solid reference books on general pediatrics and child care from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Your Baby’s First Year
  • Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5
  • Caring for Your School Age Child: Age 5 to 12
  • Caring for Your Teenager

Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality
by Laura A. Jana, MD and Jennifer Shu, MD
A down to earth, funny and practical guide to caring for your newborn, recommended by the AAP…and it will make you laugh out loud.

New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding
by Joan Younger Meek, MD
Provides new moms with advice to successfully nurse their babies, recommended by the AAP.

 Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
by Marc Weissbluth, MD
How to train your baby and child to be a “good sleeper” so everyone in the family is well rested; the author is a Chicago pediatrician and father who has done lots of research on the topic of sleep. Very useful resource–most of us have been personally thankful for the information in this book.

Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems: New, Revised, Expanded
by Richard Ferber, MD
An alternative, popular method for sleep-training your baby.

Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed with Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup
by Laura A. Jana, MD and Jennifer Shu.
Pediatricians who are also moms share realistic ideas for getting kids to eat healthy foods. Recommended by the AAP.

1,2,3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2 – 12.
by Thomas Phelan, PhD.
Offers techniques for managing behavior that are “tried and true,” practical and easy to institute.

Good Behavior Made Easy
By Stephen Garber, Marianne Garber, Robyn Suizman, and Robin Freedman Spizman

Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic
By Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Parenting the Strong-Willed Child: The Clinically Proven Five Week Program for Parents of Two to Six Year Olds.
by Rex Forehand, PhD and Nicholas Long, PhD
The title speaks for itself.

Driven to Distraction
by Edward Hallowell, MD
A great, descriptive, readable book about ADD and ADHD.

Understanding Girls With AD/HD
by Kathleen Nadeau
An informative look at how this condition often presents itself differently in girls

Taking Charge of ADHD
by Russell Barkley
Offers practical tools for managing  day-to-day life with ADHD

The Anxiety Cure for Kids: A Guide for Parents
by Elizabeth DuPont Spencer
Great suggestions on how to help your anxious child retrain his or her thinking

What’s Going On In There?
by Lise Eliot, PhD
A comprehensive, but easy to read, description of how the brain develops in babies and young children, how learning takes place, and how parents can promote their child’s development. Written by a mom of young children who is a neuroscientist.

You’re Not The Boss of Me! Brat-proofing Your Four to Twelve-Year Old
by Betsy Brown Braun
Behavior experts love this book, which is filled with examples of how to handle the difficult behaviors your school-age child dishes out.