Anne Lamott: Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year
Hilarious account by professional writer Lamott who is a single mom.
Heidi Murkoff: What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition
Comprehensive and classic. Get it for a reliable opinion on every issue. Weighs the issues well.
Heidi Murkoff: What to Expect the First Year, Second Ed
Encyclopedic and a trusted friend for us.
Jim Trelease: The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition
A must! This books tells you why you should read to you kids. It is inspiring! And it tells you what books are the best books to read for each life-stage.
Marc Weissbluth: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
This is pretty similar to Baby-wise in terms of the sleep advice.
Mary Ruth Wilkinson & Heidi Wilkinson Teel: A Time to Read: Good Books for Growing Readers
More recommended books by Regent College professor Loren Wilkinson's wife Mary Ruth. Additional subtitle: "For those who love books, children and God."
Vicki Iovine: The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy
Sympathetic reflections on the chaos of pregnancy.
William Kilpatrick and Gregory and Suzanne M. Wolfe: Books That Build Character: A Guide to Teaching Your Child Moral Values Through Stories
Foreword by Robert Coles. More suggested books to read--theme is building character. These are books with positive morals.
William Sears: The Premature Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Premature Baby from Birth to Age One (Sears, William, Sears Parenting Library.)
The Sears have a billion books. We used this one because our first was a premie. The Sears have a specific parenting style which is sometimes called attachment parenting which sometimes is combined with the family bed, slings, and on demand breast feeding.
George Barna: Revolutionary Parenting: What the Research Shows Really Works
This book is the result of interviewing kids in their 20's who turned out well. How did their parents do it? Much of the advice is geared toward parenting teens because this is what the young adults most easily recalled. It is fairly uneven and does not put forth a specific coherent philosophy.
Joanne Miller and Scott Turansky: Parenting is Heart Work
I tell people that this is the book for trying to make already good kids really good kids. It is like advance parenting. Use Rosemond to get control of your kids. For helping to really shape them in specific character traits, this is a good book.
John Rosemond: Parenting by The Book: Biblical Wisdom for Raising Your Child
Rosemond became a Christian about 20 years into his parenting expert career. In this book, he tries to explain how therapeutic "self-esteem" psychology can really be not only be confusing and inconsistent but also turn them into brats. He tries to show how the traditional discipline approach he has always believed in meshes with the Bible. He is somewhat successful. Again, I think Rosemond is great for 1 and 2 year olds and getting control of kids who have gone wild.
John Rosemond: The New Six-Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children
Rosemond is a big traditional discipline guy. I think his style particularly appeals to fathers. I think he is also good if you are letting your children run your entire world. He straightens you out. But you should definitely also read other parenting books besides Rosemond to get a broader perspective.
Tim Stafford: Never Mind the Joneses: Building Core Christian Values in a Way That Fits Your Family
Stafford is a very theologically astute journalist for Christianity Today. He gives lots of good ideas on parenting. It is topical and does not recommend a specific philosophy. It too is geared more for parenting older kids. As a thinker, I probably have more respect for Stafford than anyone else but the book does not carry through a powerful argument. Still, it is great for ideas from someone who I admire as a thinker, parent and a Christian.