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2024 Stars So Far | Social Sciences


The Breakthrough Years: A New Scientific Framework for Raising Thriving Teens

An in-depth study and reference guide on adolescent development. Best for readers in working in education or psychology.

Everything No One Tells You About Parenting a Disabled Child: Your Guide to the Essential Systems, Services, and Supports

An invaluable guide. It tackles many situations that parents of disabled children encounter.

Newborn Handbook for New Dads: Expert Advice on How To Navigate Baby’s First Three Months

This pediatrician-created title is simple to read and full of must-know information. For all new dads, especially the ones who may feel overwhelmed.

The Montessori Child: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Capable Children with Creative Minds and Compassionate Hearts

A must-have, easy-to-read, comprehensive guide for parents interested in incorporating the Montessori method into their home.

What Are Children For?: On Ambivalence and Choice

Aptly highlights the paradoxes of parenting and gives readers grappling with the question of whether or not to have children an honest and balanced perspective that will help them decide what’s right for them.

The Rhythm of Home: Five Intentional Practices for a Thriving Family Culture

A practical resource with ideas and reflective observations about how to live a more intentional life together as a family.

Let’s Talk About Aging Parents: A Real-Life Guide to Solving Problems with 27 Essential Conversations

A highly recommended resource that tackles the many aspects of caregiving for an aging parent. It’s chock-full of practical solutions to the many situations that may arise.

I Can Fix This: And Other Lies I Told Myself While Parenting My Struggling Child

Parents will find the need for tissues, several laugh-out-loud sections, and honest reflections in this highly relatable book.

Parenting While Autistic: Raising Kids When You’re Neurodivergent

A much-needed, easy-to-read volume that encourages autistic people to have children if they want them and to ignore those who think that neurodivergent people can’t be good parents. Marsh uses fictional examples as a main teaching tool.

Matrescence: On Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood

A fascinating and worthwhile read, this book for mothers is steeped in research that is both validating and illuminating.

My Child Is Trans, Now What?: A Joy-Centered Approach to Support

A thorough and useful guide for all readers, but parents of trans kids will especially benefit from this resource.

The Black Family’s Guide to College Admissions

A much-needed guide with both insight and practical takeaways. It fills a void in the literature about the distinctive hardships and adversities Black students face in the college admission process. There’s much wisdom in this book for all parents too; it encourages families to examine both personal values and resources when seeking possibilities in education.

Neurodiversity Titles of Note | Parenting


Raising Mentally Strong Kids: How To Combine the Power of Neuroscience with Love and Logic To Grow Confident, Kind, Responsible, and Resilient Children and Young Adults

Many parents will gain much insight into how to raise mentally healthy individuals who treat others (and self) with dignity and demonstrate empathy.

The 5 Principles of Parenting: Your Essential Guide to Raising Good Humans

Comprehensive and filled with ideas that parents can quickly translate into action. A remarkable addition to collections.

Momma Cusses: A Field Guide to Responsive Parenting & Trying Not To Be the Reason Your Kid Needs Therapy

Side-splittingly funny and relatable. A rollicking read for overwhelmed parents who can look past a few swear words to learn how to regulate themselves to be responsive, not reactive, to their children.

You’re Not Done Yet: Parenting Young Adults in an Age of Uncertainty

An insightful guide that addresses the oft-ignored problems that young adults face. For parents who want to help their young adults lead thriving, independent lives.

Parenting Anxious Kids: Understanding Anxiety in Children by Age and Stage

With epidemic levels of anxiety on the rise, especially for youths, this guide will benefit many parents who are looking for ways to be of help, instead of a hindrance, to their children.

Your Child Is Not Broken: Parent Your Neurodivergent Child Without Losing Your Marbles

This book will help many parents of neurodivergent children. Readers will appreciate Mavir’s honest, no-holds-barred approach.

Becoming a Screen-Savvy Family: How To Navigate a Media-Saturated World—and Why We Should

This title is aimed at Christian parents, but the book’s tips will likely help most people concerned about their children’s media usage and consumption.

Sigh, See, Start: How To Be the Parent Your Child Needs in a World That Won’t Stop Pushing

This book will appeal to many parents who are feeling guilty about not meeting their child’s needs. This book’s solutions are simple enough to implement immediately.

How To Talk to Kids About Anything: Tips, Scripts, Stories, and Steps To Make Even the Toughest Conversations Easier

A must-have, all-encompassing resource. For parents looking for support and answers.

Parenting at the Intersections: Raising Neurodivergent Children of Color

A necessary, engaging, educational, and eye-opening perspective, not often found, about parenting children of color with neurodivergence. It’s also a powerful call to action to make parenting a form of disruption to oppressive systems and people.

The Unexpected: Navigating Pregnancy During and After Complications

A vital reference that steers women toward healthy and successful pregnancies.

This Is So Awkward: Modern Puberty Explained

A definitive resource, helpful for parents interested in steering conversations with their teens.

Raising Kids with Big, Baffling Behaviors: Brain-Body-Sensory Strategies That Really Work

Comprehensive and filled with hands-on tips. For parents striving to help their children.

Raising a Kid Who Can: Simple Strategies To Build a Lifetime of Adaptability and Emotional Strength

Comprehensive and intriguing; can be used as a quick reference.

Growing Up in Public: Coming of Age in a Digital World

A comprehensive resource on a topic that interests many parents. Will prove essential for parents of children in the elementary through teenage years.

When the Whole World Tips: Parenting Through Crisis with Mindfulness and Balance

An appealing title for the growing population of parents interested in a mindful approach to help their children (and themselves) attain optimum mental health.

Tiny Humans, Big Emotions: How To Navigate Tantrums, Meltdowns, and Defiance To Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children

This practical volume encourages parents to look inward for solutions to help their children deal with overwhelming emotions.

Parenting Beyond Power: How To Use Connection and Collaboration To Transform Your Family—and the World

A beneficial resource for many parents, but the sample scripts won’t work for every situation.

Let’s Bake Bread!: A Family Cookbook To Foster Learning, Curiosity, and Skill Building in Your Kids

A winning resource and comprehensive baking guide that parents can use with children of all ages. For families who already love to bake together or for parents who are looking for a hobby to better bond their family.

The Organized Home for New Parents: Create Routine-Ready Spaces for Your Baby’s First Years

A colorful book that offers organizational advice in a fun way; will delight many first-time parents.

A+ Parenting: The Surprisingly Fun Guide to Raising Surprisingly Smart Kids

Practical suggestions for raising smart children abound in this book.

Sex Ed for the Stroller Set: How To Have Honest Conversations With Young Children

A comprehensive guide to answering young children’s questions about sexuality. Perfect for parents who want to tackle sexual health topics during their child’s early years.

Mindfulness at Play: Parenting Healthy, Happy Children with Old Wisdom and New Science

This compilation will become a valuable resource for readers who want to develop and improve their intentional parenting skills.

Childhood Unplugged: Practical Advice To Get Kids Off Screens and Find Balance

Will likely prove to be a popular title for the many parents who want to wean their family’s device-dependence.

The Mother Load: Surviving the Daily Grind Without Losing Your Ever Loving Mind

Many mothers grapple with mental illness diagnoses, and this volume, despite a limited perspective, shows that they are not alone.

SOS! The Technology Guidebook for Parents of Tweens and Teens: Get the Answers You Need, Keep Them Safe and Enjoy Your Kids Again

Essential reading for parents wrestling with how to reduce their child’s social media and technology usage.

Parenting Like an Australian: One Family’s Quest To Fight Fear and Dive into a Better, Braver Life

A captivating glimpse at the lessons that can surface from studying parents in Australia. Ideal for parents focused on the power of grit, perseverance, and calculated risk-taking.

The Nurture Revolution: Grow Your Baby’s Brain and Transform Their Mental Health Through the Art of Nurtured Parenting

Though written from a singular viewpoint, this book is well-researched and vital for readers who follow this author’s framework.

Remaining You While Raising Them: The Secret Art of Confident Motherhood

Chock-full of resources and ideas and written from a Christian lens, this book should appeal to many parents, regardless of their faith or beliefs.

Mom Rage: The Everyday Crisis of Modern Motherhood

Few issues are left untouched in this thought-provoking book on a hot topic that is seldom discussed.

The Power of PR Parenting: How To Raise Confident, Resilient and Successful Children Using Public Relations Strategies

There are many ideas and nuggets in this book that’s strongly grounded in the author’s experience. Many readers may find it to be a stirring read due to its compelling idea of applying business principles to parenting.

The Yoga of Parenting: Ten Yoga-Based Practices To Help You Stay Grounded, Connect with Your Kids, and Be Kind to Yourself

This guide expertly shows how a yoga practice can enhance and teach people about parenting. It will likely be appreciated by yoga fans and readers who want to set intentions and grow bonds with their children.

The Mom Life: The Sweet, the Bitter, and the Bittersweet Fruits of Motherhood

This is a feel-better guide, more than a how-to book. Many parents will relate to its low-key voice and tone of acceptance.

The Breastfeeding Family’s Guide to Nonprescription Drugs and Everyday Products

This concise and helpful guide fills a gap in literature available for parents looking for safety data.

What To Do When Your Child Isn’t Talking: Expert Strategies To Help Your Baby or Toddler Talk, Overcome Speech Delay, and Build Language Skills for Life

Full of resources and suggestions, this book is an easy-to-use reference.

Autism and Education, the Way I See It: What Parents and Teachers Need To Know

A valuable tool for both parents and educators centered on Grandin’s personal experiences and her many years in the fields of autism and behavior science. This is essential for parents with an autistic child.

Dear Future Mama: A TMI Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, and Motherhood from Your Bestie

Written in the tone of a best friend offering recommendations, this book is a quick and easy read. New and aspiring parents and Trainor’s many fans will likely devour this comprehensive guide.

The Parenting Map: Step-by-Step Solutions To Consciously Create the Ultimate Parent-Child Relationship

An essential title that advocates for internal changes that start with the parent.

Baby Making for Everybody: Family Building and Fertility for LGBTQ+ and Solo Parents

Informative and comprehensive, this book ranks as a must for readers in need of more resources on this topic.

The School of Hard Talks: How To Have Real Conversations with Your (Almost Grown) Kids

With high interest in emotional health, many readers may relate.

Motherhood on Ice: The Mating Gap and Why Women Freeze Their Eggs

There are limitations to this study, and the scholarly nature of the text may not be accessible to all readers. Nonetheless, Inhorn provides a provocative inquiry into a contemporary subject of interest to many.

Carry Strong: An Empowered Approach to Navigating Pregnancy and Work

The book would’ve benefitted from a more inclusive study sampling. Nonetheless, it is jam-packed with practical and important information for women within the scope of its realm.

Missed Conceptions: How We Make Sense of Infertility

Readers dealing with infertility may find resonance in Stollznow’s journey.

Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture

Overall, this book shines in its look at policy and historical views of this topic. Parents concerned about their child’s weight and body image will appreciate it.

A Girlhood: Letter to My Transgender Daughter

An essential purchase. This powerful work speaks eloquently to the importance of advocating for trans people’s rights and promoting understanding of gender as a social construct.

Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an honest, sometimes infuriating analysis of American motherhood from a variety of perspectives. Recommended for fans of Judith Warner and Angela Garbes.

So When Are You Having Kids?: The Definitive Guide for Those Who Aren’t Sure If, When, or How They Want To Become Parents

This is a much-needed book on how to decide to become a parent. Davidson handles the diversity of individuals and situations with tact and care.

The Anxiety Coach: Every Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Their Child

Filled with practical ideas, this will prove an ideal guide for the parents and children who struggle with anxiety.

The Dyslexic Advantage (Revised and Updated): Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

Based on hard science and on personal narratives from 20 people, this book is a comprehensive must-have title for educators, parents, and those who process things through a dyslexic lens.

Building Boys: Raising Great Guys in a World that Misunderstands Males

A title filled with ideas that are sure to be helpful for parents of sons.

The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents

Comprehensive and encompassing of the many of the struggles teens face today, this book is a must for libraries looking for mental health resources for parents of teens.

Born Extraordinary: Empowering Children with Differences and Disabilities

Told from a unique perspective, this is an essential read; all parents can benefit from the advice in this book.

When Children Come Out: A Guide for Christian Parents

The question of how churches can be more supportive to LGBTQIA+ people is a valid one, but the small sample size raises questions about whether the book can draw accurate conclusions.

Book Bonding: Building Connections Through Family Reading

An advocate of seeing the world as it is and imagining what it could be, Lambert provides thought-provoking reflections in these beautifully written pieces.

The Baby Market: The Case for Adoption Reform

Many parents will likely find this to be a helpful resource. Advocates for children will find plenty of ideas and guidance.

Modern Miss Mason: Discover How Charlotte Mason’s Revolutionary Ideas on Home Education Can Change How You and Your Children Learn and Grow Together

This is a helpful resource for the many parents who homeschool, and it may also by utilized as a guide for all parents to incorporate more nontraditional learning activities into their child’s routine.

Tiny Feet: A Treasury for Parents; An Anthology

This book will likely make parents truly reflect on their decisions and choices, but the book’s density may be too dry or slow for the average reader.

Your Place or Mine? Practical Advice for Developing a Co-Parenting Arrangement After Separation

Full of helpful links and information, this manual will no doubt be helpful for many trying to figure out the terrain of co-parenting. One caveat is that the legal advice is centered around the Canadian system, so U.S. readers may need to do some of their own digging.

Raising Raffi: The First Five Years

New parents, as well as parents of older children, will likely find both entertainment and solace in this smart, relatable work.

Where’s My Wine Glass?!: Getting Your Kid to College Without Losing Your Mind

Helpful for parents and students making college decisions, but would be even better if it had even more practical suggestions for parents.

Overcoming Parental Anxiety: Rewire Your Brain To Worry Less and Enjoy Parenting More

In an era when parents and children can reach crisis levels of anxiety, this is a valuable guide to navigating personal struggles, in order to be more present to guide children in theirs.

The Read Aloud Factor: How To Create the Habit That Boosts Your Baby’s Brain

A must, chock-full of usable ideas and recommended reads and sure to be a favorite for parents of preschoolers.

So When Are You Having Kids?: The Definitive Guide for Those Who Aren’t Sure If, When, or How They Want To Become Parents

An exhaustive resource to fill a void of books about parenthood decisions.

Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood

Though the info might not be surprising, this is a validating look at contemporary parenting.

Trust Kids!: Stories on Youth Autonomy and Confronting Adult Supremacy

It’s worth exploring this book’s seldom-discussed perspective, but the essays would have benefited from stronger editing and organization.

Raising Adventurous Eaters: Practical Ways To Overcome Picky Eating and Food Sensory Sensitivities

A must for families who struggle with mealtime.

The Sears Baby Book: Everything You Need To Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two

Quite limited in scope.

Congrats—You’re Having a Teen!: Strengthen Your Family and Raise a Good Person

This comprehensive handbook will be indispensable to parents of preteens and teens.

Family Values: Reset Trust, Boundaries, and Connection with Your Child

Not recommended for its narrow scope.

You Are Not a Sh*tty Parent: How To Practice Self-Compassion and Give Yourself a Break

It’s easy to see why Naumburg’s side-splittingly funny and relatable work resonates so strongly during a challenging time. Essential reading.

Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want To Be

The author’s choice to base this book on her private practice may limit its audience; nonetheless, the many parents familiar with Kennedy’s work will value her suggestions.

Who’s Raising the Kids? Big Tech, Big Business, and the Lives of Children

A guide on changing course both individually and as a society, by an experienced activist; a must-read.

When the Bough Breaks: A Mother’s Story of Carnage, Courage, and the Triumph of Faith

Ferraro’s compelling, disturbing book is worth sharing, though it sometimes struggles from its editing; for instance, it’s hard to follow the non-sequential narrative. A stronger recent title on adoption is Melissa Guida-Richards’s What White Parents Should Know About Transracial Adoption.

The Amazing Baby Name Book: A (Possibly) Helpful and Slightly Amusing Guide from A to Z

More of a trivia-style guide than a baby naming book; some readers may want to look elsewhere.

Traveling Different: Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse

An essential read, not only for parents of autistic or otherwise neurodivergent children but for all families.

Hooray for Grandparents

Questions and activities abound in this book. Most grandparents will find guidance that resonates for their unique situation.

What To Do About Your Troubled Child: A Practical Guide for All Parents at Their Wits’ End

Not comprehensive, but a great starter manual for families with a newly diagnosed child, especially those seeking natural treatments, traditional therapy approaches, and/or effective medications.

Swaddle Me Up: Baby Wrapping and Baby Wearing for Everyone

This simple, illustrated volume will be a valuable manual for beginning parents looking for the basics on baby-wrapping and baby-wearing.

Your Baby Can Self-Feed, Too: Adapted Baby-Led Weaning for Children with Developmental Delays or Other Feeding Challenges

A valuable resource for the many families who face feeding challenges but still want to try the popular technique of self-feeding.

Long Days, Short Years: A Cultural History of Modern Parenting

Though it’s difficult to parse Bomback’s writing into one neat takeaway or nugget of wisdom, his empathy and frankness shine through on each page. This book is enjoyable to read and likely to be validating for many parents of young children.

Outdoor Kids in an Inside World: Getting Your Family Out of the House and Radically Engaged with Nature

Fans of Rinella’s popular show and nature lovers will enjoy this manual to outdoor pursuits.

Mother Brain: How Neuroscience Is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood

Highly recommended.

Ain’t That a Mother: Postpartum, Palsy, and Everything in Between

Fast-paced, funny, and at times tear-jerking, this will be a hard book to put down.

The Truth About Lying: Teaching Honesty to Children at Every Age and Stage

A trusted voice in parenting literature, APA Lifetools guides like Talwar's are quick references filled with actionable ideas.

Raising Antiracist Children: A Practical Parenting Guide

This is a must-read that covers an essential topic well and is jam-packed with ideas to implement.

Raising Raffi: The First Five Years

A more literary look at the topic of parenting.


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