Below is a list of several parenting books, some of which are brand-new bestsellers by today’s leading experts, and others are classics that have survived the test of time.


The Bottom Line for Baby


This helpful guide answers some of the most common parental queries. From bottles to diapers to car seats, answers are explained. Dr. Tina Payne Bryson has combed through piles of research and urban legends to present the facts about breast milk vs. bottle-feeding, allergens and solid foods, pacifier usage and weaning, and how to put children on a predictable sleep schedule. By providing various schools of thought, pros and cons, scientific data, and a conclusion, she gives the reader the freedom to form their own conclusion without offending anyone.


How to Raise Successful People


Esther Wojcicki is a renowned high school teacher in Silicon Valley who is credited for inspiring the ideas of several well-known people. Her daughters are accomplished scholars, and C.E.O.s. Esther shares her free-spirited method of child development in this book. The five pillars of Woj’s effective parenting are trust, respect, independence, collaboration, and kindness. T.R.I.C.K. introduces a hands-off approach that still infuses feelings of support and trust. 


Unequal Childhoods


The 2003 non-fiction book Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race and Family Life explores the concept of intersectionality. This study explores social identities connected with power, privilege, and oppression. Instead of focusing on individual aspects of gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and religion, American sociologist Annette Lareau writes about a study of 88 African American and white households. The experiment was designed to understand how much socioeconomic class affects family life and, more significantly, the lives of children. Intersectional parenting is explored in detail. The second edition revisits the families ten years later.


The Conscious Parent


In this book, clinical psychologist Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., discusses and investigates how parents might unintentionally pass on their own mental and emotional flaws to their children. This book helps parents recognize their emotional limitations to support their children’s personal development better. As the adage goes, you must take care of yourself before you can serve others.


The Gift of Failure


Overprotection and attentiveness are two characteristics of modern parenting that stand out. Some refer to it as snowplow or helicopter parenting, but the notion behind it is that if you work hard enough, you can protect your child from hardship and conflict. In her book on the numerous advantages of not always getting it perfect, teacher and author Jessica Lahey challenges this. This pioneering manifesto focuses on the early educational years when parents must learn to let their children feel the frustration and disappointment that comes with life’s unavoidable issues so that they may grow up to be productive, resilient, and self-reliant individuals.