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Parenting books are great for the young readers, but they can be helpful to parents as well. It can be comforting to read about crazy lives, wild schedules, and parenting mistakes that we all make. These are fun reads that let our little ones get a feel for the life that we try to live as their mentors and protectors, and the craziness we experience along the way. Most of all, these books offer a reminder that we love our little readers, no matter the mistakes we make.

Top 10 Books About Parenting

Jabari Jumps book
#1
Jabari Jumps
Written and illustrated by Gaia Cornwall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This was a fantastic book about conquering your fear. The illustrations are so fun—I love all of the different angles and perspectives the illustrator shows Jabari's situation from and how that really pulls you into the story. Jabari's dad is patient and understanding, and doesn't tell Jabari to just hurry up and jump, but waits for him to be ready and coaches him through a technique that might help him be ready to make the leap.

Thoughts from Grammy

This is a delightful book about being ready to take the next step. Jabari has finished his swim lessons and tests and is (almost) ready to try the high dive. His father is reassuring and encouraging, but not pushy as Jabari works up his courage. The story plays out in beautiful illustrations in washed-out hues, like a hazy, humid summer day, at a public pool in a sprawling park with skyscrapers in the background. With multiple illustrations on some pages and abundant white space around them, Cornwall builds suspense as Jabari climbs the many rungs of the ladder and walks out to the edge of the board. This gentle and reassuring book is perfect for reading aloud.

Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash. Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he’s a great jumper, so he’s not scared at all. “Looks easy,” says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway, and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving board. In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for.

Little House in the Big Woods book
#2
Little House in the Big Woods
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and illustrated by Garth Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle

I still remember reading this great story when I was little. I love the way it portrays family and the sacrifices that family members make for each other, especially parents. The stories are intriguing for the suggested age group, with morals and stories that are sure to induce a desire to treat the ones we share our "little houses" with.

Laura Ingalls's story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Four-year-old Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack. Pioneer life is sometimes hard, since the family must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But it is also exciting as Laura and her folks celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest, and make their first trip into town. And every night they are safe and warm in their little house, with the happy sound of Pa's fiddle sending Laura and her sisters off to sleep. And so begins Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.

Babymoon book
#3
Babymoon
Written by Hayley Barrett and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle

This is a fun book for little families that are expanding or for little ones that are just curious about life with newborn babies. The story is very sweet and loving, with equally fun and sweet illustrations. The story is sure to make anybody ponder on the joys- and forget the struggles- of welcoming newborns into the family.

In a perfect gift for new and expectant parents (and siblings), a gentle story pays tribute to the wonder and emotion of a family's first quiet days with a newborn. The house is hushed. The lights are low. We're basking in a newborn glow. Inside the cozy house, a baby has arrived! The world is eager to meet the newcomer, but there will be time enough for that later. Right now, the family is on its babymoon: cocooning, connecting, learning, and muddling through each new concern. While the term "babymoon" is often used to refer to a parents' getaway before the birth of a child, it was originally coined by midwives to describe days like these: at home with a newborn, with the world held at bay and the wonder of a new family constellation unfolding. Paired with warm and winsome illustrations by Juana Martinez-Neal, Hayley Barrett's lyrical ode to these tender first days will resonate with new families everywhere.

1-2-3, You Love Me book
#4
1-2-3, You Love Me
Written and illustrated by Jill Howarth
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is anything but your average counting primer and is filled with charming illustrations, great rhymes and twelve ways to show love to friends and family, be it hugs, treats, or quality time.

From one bear hug to twelve pretty red roses, 1-2-3, You Love Me will foster lots of hugs, kisses, and affection between parent and child while teaching young ones to count from one to twelve. With charming love-filled illustrations, sturdy pages, and clever rhyming text, this is the perfect gift for baby for Valentine's Day or any time of year. Sipping on yummy shakes, cuddling puppies, counting the colors in a rainbow, and making music with friends are all ways that children can express their love for their friends and family with Jill Howarth's delightful board book.

Littles book
#5
Littles
Written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by A.G. Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

In the beloved tradition of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever and Emily Winfield Martin's The Wonderful Things You Will Be comes a beautiful rhyming ode to babies from a New York Times bestselling author/illustrator duo--perfect for baby showers, first birthdays, and anytime babies are celebrated. In this unforgettable, squeal-filled, tear-inducing love song to babies and how quickly they grow up, author Kelly DiPucchio's heart-tugging rhyme meets the gorgeous, dimple-cheeked, multicultural babies of illustrator AG Ford. With adorable scenes from the busy life of a "little"--peekaboo, feedings, tantrums, giggles--and a final scene that reminds us how they become big kids all too soon, this is the ideal gift for any new parent and their child.

No! book
#6
No!
Written by Tracey Corderoy and illustrated by Tim Warnes, Tracey Corderoy
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is a great book for the "No!" stage, which seems to be a fairly universal thing for toddlers, unfortunately. May you be the lucky one who is spared! ;) The message that, while it's initially pretty fun and powerful to say no, you actually miss out on some pretty fun stuff if you don't actually vary your vocabulary is important... there are natural consequences to always saying No! The illustrations are cute and the facial expressions are extremely expressive, making this a book you can read with your emotions as well as your words.

Everyone thinks Otto is adorable. But then Otto learns the word no -- and now he says it all the time! At first, it's fun to refuse to eat, take a bath, and go to bed. But when Otto has a bad day at school, Daddy has the perfect solution.

Monster & Son book
#7
Monster & Son
Written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Joey Chou
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato

Despite having monsters in the title, this is a rather gentle going to bed book. I enjoyed the author's incorporation of language such as "chase you into bed" and "gobbled down a snack" that shows a tender side of fatherhood while still reminding you of their monster side.

Romp along with parent and child yetis, werewolves, giant lizards, and more as they stir up some monster-sized fun! Readers big and small, young and old, wild and tame, will roar with laughter and take this book by the horns, teeth, and fur...discovering that monsters and humans aren't so different—especially in the ways they love each other.

Wolfie the Bunny book
#8
Wolfie the Bunny
Written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

A cute book about coping with a new sibling with an incredibly unique illustration style.

Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book has such fun illustrations and it's actually quite funny! This would be a great book for the topics of new siblings, foster children, or adoption.

Families of all kinds will delight in this sweet tale of new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, unconditional love...and veggies! The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and daughter Dot is the only one who realizes Wolfie can--and might--eat them all up! Dot tries to get through to her parents, but they are too smitten to listen. A new brother takes getting used to, and when (in a twist of fate) it's Wolfie who's threatened, can Dot save the day?

Bear Likes Jam book
#9
Bear Likes Jam
Written and illustrated by Ciara Gavin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

Such a great book about picky eating! I love Bear and his personality. You also know he has a pretty great mom for helping him learn to balance out his diet. :)

Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

I really like this series! This lovable blended family of ducks and a bear is humorous while simultaneously tackling real-life issues... in this case picky eating. The illustrations are fantastic and the love of a family seeps through every page in a delightful way.

In their blended family, Mama Duck worries when Bear eats too much jam, but when the ducklings play a game with their vegetables, Bear starts to eat the strange green things on his plate.

On the Night You Were Born book
#10
On the Night You Were Born
Written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

On the night you were born, you brought wonder and magic to the world. The moon stayed up till morning. Polar bears danced. Here is a book that celebrates the one and only ever you! Now available in its entirety in board book format, Nancy Tillman’s masterpiece is perfect for acknowledging the special people in our lives that they are loved.

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Books About Parenting and Moms

Little House in the Big Woods book
#1
Little House in the Big Woods
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and illustrated by Garth Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle

I still remember reading this great story when I was little. I love the way it portrays family and the sacrifices that family members make for each other, especially parents. The stories are intriguing for the suggested age group, with morals and stories that are sure to induce a desire to treat the ones we share our "little houses" with.

Laura Ingalls's story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Four-year-old Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack. Pioneer life is sometimes hard, since the family must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But it is also exciting as Laura and her folks celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest, and make their first trip into town. And every night they are safe and warm in their little house, with the happy sound of Pa's fiddle sending Laura and her sisters off to sleep. And so begins Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.

On the Night You Were Born book
#2
On the Night You Were Born
Written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

On the night you were born, you brought wonder and magic to the world. The moon stayed up till morning. Polar bears danced. Here is a book that celebrates the one and only ever you! Now available in its entirety in board book format, Nancy Tillman’s masterpiece is perfect for acknowledging the special people in our lives that they are loved.

1-2-3, You Love Me book
#3
1-2-3, You Love Me
Written and illustrated by Jill Howarth
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is anything but your average counting primer and is filled with charming illustrations, great rhymes and twelve ways to show love to friends and family, be it hugs, treats, or quality time.

From one bear hug to twelve pretty red roses, 1-2-3, You Love Me will foster lots of hugs, kisses, and affection between parent and child while teaching young ones to count from one to twelve. With charming love-filled illustrations, sturdy pages, and clever rhyming text, this is the perfect gift for baby for Valentine's Day or any time of year. Sipping on yummy shakes, cuddling puppies, counting the colors in a rainbow, and making music with friends are all ways that children can express their love for their friends and family with Jill Howarth's delightful board book.

Honorable Mentions
  1. I've Loved You Since Forever - Lyrical text and illustrations of baby animals and their mothers show the love of a parent.

  2. Love You Forever - Booksellers have sold more than 30 million copies of Love You Forever in paperback and hardcover. Now we have a board version, printed on light, crisp whiteboard and slightly reduced for child-sized hands. Yet it contains every word of the original, which is much-loved by grandparents and parents everywhere. Watch for major promotion this fall. A young mother holds her baby, and while she sings to it she rocks it back and forth. And through her life, and the stages of his life, she holds her son and rocks him back and forth as she tells him that she will love him forever.

  3. Bear of My Heart - There are so many bears in the world dear, but there's no other one that will do. You are the bear of my heart, dear, and I am the one who lives you. Every mother makes promises to share the joys and wonders of the world with her children and Mother Bear is no exception. As Mother Bear introduces her child to the hills, lakes, caves and starry nights, she reminds Baby that no matter what, he will always remain the bear of her heart and she will always be there for him. With Joanne Ryder's heartfelt lyrical text and adorable illustrations by Margie Moore, this beautiful hardcover is now available in board book and is perfect book for sharing on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or any day of the year!

  4. Ramona and Her Mother - Beverly Cleary has given books to each member of the Quimby household except Mrs. Quimby. Now she gets her turn at last in a story that hits the high and low points of a working mother's life as seen from Ramona's seven-and-a-half-year-old viewpoint. Inevitably domestic tensions, not without their amusing side, occasionally arise. Mr. and Mrs. Quimby sometimes forget who is to do what, as when the Crock-Pot is not plugged in and dinner remains uncooked. Beezus acquires a ludicrous teased hairdo at the student body shop while Ramona gets a becoming pixie haircut. Ramona, who feels unloved, takes to twitching her nose like a rabbit in a cozy picture book until her teacher becomes concerned that something is making her nervous. Yet Ramona is wrong. She is loved, and readers will rejoice with her when she discovers the wonderful truth. Few writers today are as skilled as Mrs. Cleary at showing families in the round, and here she is at the peak of her powers.

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Books About Parenting and Babies

Littles book
#1
Littles
Written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by A.G. Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

In the beloved tradition of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever and Emily Winfield Martin's The Wonderful Things You Will Be comes a beautiful rhyming ode to babies from a New York Times bestselling author/illustrator duo--perfect for baby showers, first birthdays, and anytime babies are celebrated. In this unforgettable, squeal-filled, tear-inducing love song to babies and how quickly they grow up, author Kelly DiPucchio's heart-tugging rhyme meets the gorgeous, dimple-cheeked, multicultural babies of illustrator AG Ford. With adorable scenes from the busy life of a "little"--peekaboo, feedings, tantrums, giggles--and a final scene that reminds us how they become big kids all too soon, this is the ideal gift for any new parent and their child.

All of Baby, Nose to Toes book
#2
All of Baby, Nose to Toes
Written by Victoria Adler and illustrated by Hiroe Nakata, Victoria Adler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

From eyes to ears, tummy to nose, legs to toes, there’s a lot for baby to discover – and even more for a family to love. Bright, buoyant art and a roly-poly little baby are sure to inspire plenty of giggling and grabbing and feet-in-the-air-ing. For every baby – and every parent who loves that baby to bits – here’s the perfect first book.

Wolfie the Bunny book
#3
Wolfie the Bunny
Written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

A cute book about coping with a new sibling with an incredibly unique illustration style.

Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book has such fun illustrations and it's actually quite funny! This would be a great book for the topics of new siblings, foster children, or adoption.

Families of all kinds will delight in this sweet tale of new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, unconditional love...and veggies! The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and daughter Dot is the only one who realizes Wolfie can--and might--eat them all up! Dot tries to get through to her parents, but they are too smitten to listen. A new brother takes getting used to, and when (in a twist of fate) it's Wolfie who's threatened, can Dot save the day?

Honorable Mentions
  1. Take Heart, My Child - Now available as a giftable board book, popular FOX news anchor Ainsley Earhardt’s New York Times bestseller Take Heart, My Child is a lyrical lullaby that inspires children to follow their dreams and passions. FOX and Friends cohost Ainsley Earhardt shares precious life lessons parents can pass onto their children so that they can follow their hearts, dreams, and passions. Take Heart, My Child is a lyrical lullaby in which Ainsley shares her own hopes and dreams and lets her child know that whatever challenges life brings, “Take heart, my child, I will—or, my love will—always be there for you.” It’s a universal message, one that all readers will relate to.

  2. Baby Bedtime - Join these adorable elephants for a lyrical good night routine in this tender bedtime tale from the bestselling author of Time for Bed and Hello Baby! After all the kissing, and the hugging, and the rocking, and the snuggling, there at last comes a time for—sleeping. From beloved, bestselling picture book author Mem Fox, this cozy, dreamy bedtime book is a soothing lullaby that’s just right for lulling little ones to sleep.

  3. If I Could Keep You Little - IF I COULD KEEP YOU LITTLE exemplifies Marianne's real insights into the human spirit and her beautiful illustrations that will touch children and adults and that are sure to be cherished for generations to come. Taking the reader on a journey of memory and expectation, IF I COULD KEEP YOU LITTLE showcases the fleeting little moments that reveal how a child changes and grows.If I could keep you little,I'd decide on matching clothes.But then I'd miss you choosingdots on top and stripes belowIf I could keep you littleI'd cut your bread in shapes.But then I'd miss you finding"Hey! I like ketchup with my grapes!"

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Books About Parenting and Dads

Jabari Jumps book
#1
Jabari Jumps
Written and illustrated by Gaia Cornwall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This was a fantastic book about conquering your fear. The illustrations are so fun—I love all of the different angles and perspectives the illustrator shows Jabari's situation from and how that really pulls you into the story. Jabari's dad is patient and understanding, and doesn't tell Jabari to just hurry up and jump, but waits for him to be ready and coaches him through a technique that might help him be ready to make the leap.

Thoughts from Grammy

This is a delightful book about being ready to take the next step. Jabari has finished his swim lessons and tests and is (almost) ready to try the high dive. His father is reassuring and encouraging, but not pushy as Jabari works up his courage. The story plays out in beautiful illustrations in washed-out hues, like a hazy, humid summer day, at a public pool in a sprawling park with skyscrapers in the background. With multiple illustrations on some pages and abundant white space around them, Cornwall builds suspense as Jabari climbs the many rungs of the ladder and walks out to the edge of the board. This gentle and reassuring book is perfect for reading aloud.

Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash. Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he’s a great jumper, so he’s not scared at all. “Looks easy,” says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway, and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving board. In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for.

Monster & Son book
#2
Monster & Son
Written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Joey Chou
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato

Despite having monsters in the title, this is a rather gentle going to bed book. I enjoyed the author's incorporation of language such as "chase you into bed" and "gobbled down a snack" that shows a tender side of fatherhood while still reminding you of their monster side.

Romp along with parent and child yetis, werewolves, giant lizards, and more as they stir up some monster-sized fun! Readers big and small, young and old, wild and tame, will roar with laughter and take this book by the horns, teeth, and fur...discovering that monsters and humans aren't so different—especially in the ways they love each other.

Guess How Much I Love You book
#3
Guess How Much I Love You
Written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not an easy thing to measure! For two decades, Sam McBratney’s timelessly endearing story, beautifully rendered in Anita Jeram’s exquisite watercolors, has captured the deep and tender bond between parent and child. Guess How Much I Love You is one of the world’s best-loved picture books.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Made for Me - Of all the children that ever could be, You are the one made just for me. From a child's first uttered "Dada" to his or her first unsteady steps, nothing can adequately convey the joy and awe of watching the birth and growth of a new child. Filled with adorable illustrations and the refrain, "You are the one made just for me," Made for Me is a winning presentation of tender moments that tie a father and his new child together--forever.

  2. You and Me, Me and You - The wonder of being a dad is on display in this touching tribute to fathers. After all, the connection between a father and child yields a lifetime of learning and love. In You and Me, Me and You, that special bond is honored through poignant, tenderly rendered illustrated vignettes: a father and son walk together, discuss life amid a city's bustle, play, and, perhaps most profoundly, grow, side by side. Bright pops of Pantone yellow infuse each spread with joy, and a cloth spine adds an irresistible specialness. At once a treasured Father's Day gift and a year-round "I love you," parents and children will delight in this celebration of a supremely meaningful relationship.

  3. Great Job, Dad! - A contemporary felted creation celebrating Dad's many jobs from the co-creator of Cozy Classics. Being a dad is eleven jobs in one! This unique picture book for very young readers celebrates the many jobs being a parent encompasses: A receptionist scheduling important meetings (for playdates), an architect designing buildings (or pillow forts), an inspector (of diapers!) . . . When Dad gets home from his day job at the office, he never knows which job will be waiting for him, but he knows it'll be fun! Each rhyming spread features intimate, familiar, comforting and humorous depictions of family life through a wholly original -- and amazing! -- needle-felted lens.

  4. My Papi Has a Motorcycle - A celebration of the love between a father and daughter, and of a vibrant immigrant neighborhood, by an award-winning author and illustrator duo.

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Books About Parenting and Love

I Heart You book
#1
I Heart You
Written by Meg Fleming and illustrated by Sarah Jane Wright
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-8

This tender, rhyming picture book is a lively celebration of love. Little ones adore being independent and trying new things. But they also need Mom and Dad’s reassurance and snuggles. With her spare, lyrical text, debut author Meg Fleming captures the exuberance, the affection, and the tender push-and-pull of life with a child. And illustrator Sarah Jane Wright’s evocative illustrations infuse the story with generous helpings of warmth and love.

I'll Never Let You Go book
#2
I'll Never Let You Go
Written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and illustrated by Alison Brown
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

When you love someone, you stand by them no matter what happens. In good times . . . When you're excited, the world joins with you, You bounce all about--look, I'm bouncing, too! In bad times . . . When you are sad and troubled with fears, I hold you close and dry all your tears. And all the times in between. When you are high and when you are low, I'll be holding your hand . . . and I'll never let go. Share this beautiful celebration of unconditional love with someone special in your life.

Mom and Me, Me and Mom book
#3
Mom and Me, Me and Mom
Written and illustrated by Miguel Tanco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The joy of being a mom is palpable in this touching tribute to parenthood. Whimsical illustrations capture the poignant moments that make motherhood so special: pinning up a daughter's hair, getting messy during playtime, reading quietly side by side, and, above all, cherishing precious moments together. Bright pops of Pantone coral infuse each spread, and a cloth spine adds an irresistible specialness. At once a treasured Mother's Day gift and a year-round "I love you," this book will delight parents and children in a celebration of a supremely meaningful relationship. This lovely testament to the inimitable mother/daughter bond goes straight to the heart.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Ella Unleashed - The Parent Trap meets Best in Show in this charming novel about a girl who must learn to make peace with the unpredictability of life. Ella Cohen was skeptical when her mom started dating Krishnan just a few months after her parents’ divorce. But two years later, she really likes having her new stepfather around. When she decides to enter a junior dog show, Krishnan even lets her start handling his dog, Elvis. She’s determined to become an expert handler, even after her first show ends in disaster. Unfortunately, some things are harder to control—like Ella’s dad, who has changed a lot since the divorce. He used to be laid back and fun, but now he hovers over her constantly, terrified she’s going to shatter into a million pieces if she so much as hints that everything in her life isn’t perfect. Ella is particularly upset that his animosity toward Krishnan keeps him from coming to watch her handle Elvis, especially when she wins a lottery spot in the National Dog Show in Philadelphia. When Ella’s best friends suggest she find her dad a date to the dog show, it seems like the perfect solution. If her dad has a new girlfriend, surely he won’t mind so much that Ella’s mom has a new husband. So Ella decides to play matchmaker, going so far as to create a fake online dating profile in order to find her dad his one true love. But it turns out people, much like dogs, aren’t always so easy to control, and Ella’s plan backfires at the worst possible moment. Can Ella manage to bring her divided life together in time for her moment in the spotlight?

  2. I Will Love You - Author of the bestselling Biscuit series, Alyssa Satin Capucilli, tells a magical tale of parental love that every parent will want to share with their little one! In the very first moment, when you came to be, I looked at you, and you looked at me. I whispered these words as I held you near, for all time, for all space, for the world to hear I will love you." Capucilli's text is lyrical, touching, and makes for a great read-aloud, while illustrator Lisa Anchin brings this story to life through magical, detailed landscapes and precious mother/daughter moments. Every parent wants to reassure they will always be loved. Like Nancy Tillman's On the Night You Were Born, this book is sure to become a tried-and-true bedtime story.

  3. What Mommies Like - Following in the footsteps of What Daddies Like, now young readers can find out what mommies like best in this story about a mommy bear and her cub's special day together. Mommies like big hugs. Mommies like kisses. Mommies like "Good morning to you!" Mommy Bear and her little cub spend the day together doing all kinds of things that mommies like! They ride their bikes to the library, have a hullabaloo, play kazoo, and much more. But after a fun-filled day, there's one thing that mommies like best . . . saying "I love you!" This is the perfect companion title to What Daddies Like.

  4. Good Dad Diego - Diego is a dog, but he has one of the toughest jobs in the world. Is he a ninja? Nope. Is he a superhero? Nope. Is he a king or a police officer or the president? Nope. Nope. Nope. Diego is a DAD. And that requires the patience and fortitude of all of these positions combined . . . as Diego--an adorable pug--demonstrates in this laugh-out-loud photographic picture book. Admonitions and chores may be somewhat different for dogs: "Stop chewing on the furniture!" "Don't eat cat barf!" But Diego does everything out of love . . . and we get to see the objects of his affection at the end of the story: pug puppies!!

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Books About Parenting and Potty Training

Go, Pea, Go! book
#1
Go, Pea, Go!
Written and illustrated by Chris Sonnenburg, Joe Moshier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Pea Junior has to go, go, go, go! The end feels so far away, but with his family and friends cheering him on, Pea knows he can make it and go number one! A potty chart, a sheet of stickers, and the lyrics and music notation for the "Go, Pea, Go!" song are included to make an easy, all-in-one, go-to book for parents to help ease the pressure of the race to the Pea Bowl.

The Princess and the Potty book
#2
The Princess and the Potty
Written by Wendy Cheyette Lewison and illustrated by Rick Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

When everything fails to persuade the princess to use her potty, the king and queen consult the royal advisor who gives them valuable advice.

A Potty for Me! book
#3
A Potty for Me!
Written and illustrated by Karen Katz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

With interactive flaps and child-appealing text, the author describes the steps a toddler must go through in learning how to use the potty.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Goldilocks and the Just Right Potty - "While most potty books strike readers as too old or too young, here's one that almost everyone can agree is (you guessed it) just right." - Kirkus Reviews Little Goldilocks wants to wear underwear -- big-girl underwear that's not too silly and not too frilly, but just right. But that means she also needs to find the "just right" potty. Will she know when she needs to go? And will she get to the potty in time? Find out in this lighthearted story that will have parents and their little ones feeling ready to tackle toilet training.

  2. Even Firefighters Go to the Potty - Clang! Clang! Clang! The fire truck is pulling out of the station. But wait! Where is the firefighter going? To the potty! Even firefighters go to the potty! Toddlers are uneasy about toilet training. And in most cases, even if they know they have to go, sometimes they are too busy to bother. In this hilarious gate-fold story, each person--from a firefighter on the way to answer a fire alarm to a zoo keeper on the way to feed the polar bears--stops what they are doing to go to the potty. With humor and no pedantics, toddlers learn that everybody uses the potty.

  3. Princess Potty - After formally announcing that she has to go pee-pee or poo-poo, a princess rides her royal pony to the royal bathroom where she goes potty and gets a special princess sticker for her tiara as a reward.

  4. Tiny Potty - Potty training board book

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Books About Parenting and Toddler

Potty  book
#1
Potty
Written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-3

A new toddler title charts a crucial achievement. There comes a point in a toddler’s life when going in one’s diaper is only one possible option, and the question must be raised: "Should I go in my potty?" With pitch-perfect humor and pacing, Leslie Patricelli follows the inner dialogue (sure to have little ones shouting responses) and hilarious actions of everyone’s favorite Baby, winding up with an over-the-top look of surprise and delight that will have both parents and offspring laughing out loud--"I did it!"

Potty Superhero book
#2
Potty Superhero
Written and illustrated by Parragon Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Every little superhero needs to use a potty, he just needs to know how to go!

Everybody Potties book
#3
Everybody Potties
Written by Cottage Door Press, Cheri Vogel and illustrated by Belinda Strong
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Learning to use the potty is something to celebrate! This shaped board book is perfect for little ones who are ready to try potty training. The light and lively story is encouraging and reassuring. These potty-time buddies will turn fears into cheers!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Once Upon a Potty (Girl) - Prudence learns how to use a real potty with the help of her mother.

  2. Once Upon a Potty (Boy) - Joshua learns how to use a real potty with the help of his mother.

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Books About Parenting and Growing Up

Babymoon book
#1
Babymoon
Written by Hayley Barrett and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle

This is a fun book for little families that are expanding or for little ones that are just curious about life with newborn babies. The story is very sweet and loving, with equally fun and sweet illustrations. The story is sure to make anybody ponder on the joys- and forget the struggles- of welcoming newborns into the family.

In a perfect gift for new and expectant parents (and siblings), a gentle story pays tribute to the wonder and emotion of a family's first quiet days with a newborn. The house is hushed. The lights are low. We're basking in a newborn glow. Inside the cozy house, a baby has arrived! The world is eager to meet the newcomer, but there will be time enough for that later. Right now, the family is on its babymoon: cocooning, connecting, learning, and muddling through each new concern. While the term "babymoon" is often used to refer to a parents' getaway before the birth of a child, it was originally coined by midwives to describe days like these: at home with a newborn, with the world held at bay and the wonder of a new family constellation unfolding. Paired with warm and winsome illustrations by Juana Martinez-Neal, Hayley Barrett's lyrical ode to these tender first days will resonate with new families everywhere.

The Potty Book for Boys book
#2
The Potty Book for Boys
Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrated by Dorothy Stott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

A little boy receives his own potty, and in spite of accidents, he makes his mom and dad proud when he no longer has to wear diapers.

The Potty Book for Girls book
#3
The Potty Book for Girls
Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrated by Dorothy Stott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A little girl receives her own potty, and in spite of accidents, she makes her mom and dad proud when she no longer has to wear diapers.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Potty Train - Despite a few bumps, leaks, and spills along the way, the trip overall is a great success as the kids aboard the colorful train take great delight in their potty-training journey to Underpants Station.

  2. Poop! There It Is! - Every parent knows how difficult potty training can be. Shed a little humor on the subject by reading your child "Poop! There it is!". Kids will giggle and laugh along with this silly book while learning the basics of potty training.

  3. My Big Girl Potty - Ashley learns to pee and poop in her potty and makes the transition from diapers to big-girl pants. Includes tips for successful potty teaching.

  4. P Is for Potty! - In this interactive book with lift flaps, Elmo helps his little cousin Albie learn to use the potty.

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Epilogue

8 books that are just too good to leave off of our parenting list.

  1. No! - The Book Snob Mom - This is a great book for the "No!" stage, which seems to be a fairly universal thing for toddlers, unfortunately. May you be the lucky one who is spared! ;) The message that, while it's initially pretty fun and powerful to say no, you actually miss out on some pretty fun stuff if you don't actually vary your vocabulary is important... there are natural consequences to always saying No! The illustrations are cute and the facial expressions are extremely expressive, making this a book you can read with your emotions as well as your words.

  2. Bear Likes Jam - B is for Bookworm - Such a great book about picky eating! I love Bear and his personality. You also know he has a pretty great mom for helping him learn to balance out his diet. :)

  3. You Are My Kiss Goodnight - A twist on classic Marianne Richmond books like You Are My Heart, You Are My Kiss Good Night offers parents a way to wind down the day with a little one, reminding everyone of the love and care that they share. With Marianne’s trademark feel-good writing and beautiful illustrations, You Are My Kiss Good Night is a new addition to the nighttime category that delivers a way for parents to express their love to children in a sweet and memorable way.

  4. My Little Chick - A fresh combination of story and pictures weaves a great deal of information about eggs and chicks into this charming tale Lena liked to sit in her mother's garden and watch the chickens. But something is missing in this happy group of hens . . . A sweet little chick! How fortunate that plump little Alma had just laid an egg. But to Lena's surprise Alma does not seem interested in hatching it. Lena makes a snap decision and attempts to surprise everyone by hatching the chick herself. However, hatching an egg is more difficult than Lena thinks, and the journey from egg to chick is a long one. This is a sweet book about the challenges and joys of being a parent.

  1. Weekends with Max and His Dad - From acclaimed author Linda Urban comes a younger middle-grade novel about the weekend adventures of a boy and his dad, who each see "home" in new ways as they adjust to changes in their family. Max and his dad love their weekends together. Weekends mean pancakes, pizza, spy games, dog walking, school projects, and surprising neighbors! Every weekend presents a small adventure as Max gets to know his dad's new neighborhood--and learns some new ways of thinking about home. Acclaimed author Linda Urban deftly portrays a third-grader's inner world during a time of transition in this sweet and funny illustrated story that bridges the early reader and middle grade novel.

  2. In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen - All six books in the Cobble Street Cousins series are now available together in a collectible boxed set! Meet the Cobble Street Cousins: Lily, who wants to be a poet, Tess, who wants to be a Broadway star, and Rosie, who wants a little cottage with flowers by the door. Right now, though, the cousins are sharing an attic bedroom in their Aunt Lucy’s light blue house on Cobble Street, and happily making plans for the summer. This paperback boxed set includes: In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen A Little Shopping Special Gifts Some Good News Summer Party Wedding Flowers

  3. No Fits, Nilson! - Nilson and Amelia do everything together. But if one little thing goes wrong, Nilson throws the biggest, most house shaking-est fit ever! Amelia helps Nilson control his gorilla-sized temper by promising him banana ice cream and letting him play with her froggy coin purse. But, sometimes, Amelia needs to be calmed down, too. Inspired by Ohora’s own "negotiations" with his two sons, No Fits, Nilson! is a hilarious preschool pick for kids and parents navigating the treacherous tantrum phase.

  4. The Elevator Family - The four members of the Wilson family decide to spend their holiday in one of the elevators at the San Francisco Hotel.

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