Must-Reads for New Parents

Expecting a new addition to your family? If so, you may be inclined to hit the books to prepare yourself for parenthood. The library is here to help! Here are five categories that parents-to-be can explore.

1. Books about different parenting styles. It's certainly not necessary to devote yourself to one specific school of parenting, but it's interesting to know what's out there. What appeals to you? Attachment? Free range? French? Cross-Cultural? Or perhaps Tiger?

Cover collage of books on different parenting styles









2. Books about every conceivable way to get a child to sleep. Ah, sleep. Precious, precious sleep. It may seem simple enough now, but there's a reason why there are so many books on the subject. (A note of caution: do not look for a common thread among all the sleep advice. There is none.)

Cover collage of books about sleep for new parents









3. Books about the State of Modern Parenthood. Try not to let these titles discourage you --  All Joy and No Fun, Why Have Kids?, Maxed Out, Overwhelmed. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say.

Cover collage of parenthood books









4. Books about the lighter side of parenting. You will need your sense of humor like you need oxygen. Try some of these: Parenting Illustrated with Crappy Pictures, This Is Ridiculous, This Is Amazing, Welcome to the Club: 100 Parenting Milestones You Never Saw Coming, Vader's Little Princess, and Reasons My Son Is Crying (a blog, not a book, but so funny I had to include it).

Cover collage of books on parenting humor









5. And, my favorite subject, books to read to your kiddo once they arrive. Of course, a librarian is going to tell you this is the #1 must-read for new parents: Born Reading: Bringing up Bookworms in A Digital Age--from Picture Books to Ebooks and Everything in Between. As you build your child's first library, check out some of our favorite books to read aloud to kids, best books for babies, and books about adoption.

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What did I leave out? Share your suggested books for new parents in the comments.

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