The Best Parenting Books

Great resources that have nothing to do with getting your kid to sleep

Mama’s Little Book of Tricks

by Lynn Brunelle (Chronicle Books, $15)

Sometimes you need an arsenal of go-to ideas to keep your small fry amused. This book has loads of them, including how to make your own finger paints and how to hang a spoon from your nose.

The Rough Guide to Travel with Babies and Young Children

by Fawzia Rasheed de Francisco (Rough Guides, $22)

By plane, train or automobile, going on a trip with kids can be challenging — especially the first time out. Practical advice, plus true tales from other parents, make this a handy primer for whatever might come your way.

Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents

by Betsy Brown Braun (Collins, $17)

This book dishes tips and advice, written in a parent-to-parent voice, on everything from how to handle your children’s questions about illness and sex, to how to manage issues like swearing and tantrums.

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