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.
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.
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.