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50 Best Parenting Books

Once upon a time, we parented in communities, with the accumulated wisdom of generations of family members at our disposal. Now parents are more isolated, but the fact remains that we aren't meant to do this job on our own. For many of us, parenting books have helped fill the gap.

They say that kids don't come with an instruction manual - it's true - but if you're like me, you've found parenting books that speak to you. To meet the daunting task of picking and ranking the top 50 parenting books, I've considered a slew of texts in terms of how relevant and popular they are, how scientifically sound, how challenging or fresh their perspective, and how influential they have been to other books in their genre.

Just remember as you stock your library that while we know a lot about psychology and medicine, parenting is not an exact science - it's an art form. - Heather Turgeon

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Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care | Benjamin Spock,

updated and revised by Robert Needlman

50 Best Parenting Books - Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care

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Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care’s Rankings

The book: A guide to child-rearing, from birth to adolescence.

Why we picked it: Dr. Spock is arguably the most influential pediatrician and child development thinker of the 20th century. He wrote the first edition of Baby and Child Care in 1946, telling parents: “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” His book sold 750,000 copies in the first year. His child-centered, loving, and reasonable approach was groundbreaking at the time, and decades later, the ideas still ring true. The 8th edition has been updated and revised with contemporary science and medicine while keeping Dr. Spock’s warm tone and excerpts of his original writing.

Get it from: Amazon, $13.59

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5 thoughts on “Top Parenting Books 2011

  1. Rufus Griscom says:

    I just bought “what’s going on in there” on amazon — so up my alley — and I am checking out the others. Nurtureshock is wonderful … highly recommended.

  2. Heather McDuffy Tristan says:

    I love What’s Going on in There! It is one of my go-to baby shower books! That and The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (how did this not make the list?) and Aden and Anais swaddling wraps. Although I think NurtureShock is going to have to go on my to-give list too after reading it.

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