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Last year one of my most popular posts was 12 books to read to take control of your life. So this year I decided to write another post about books.

Top 12 Parenting Books to Read This Year This book list is specifically about parenting books. All of the books I have included are books I would like to read #parenting #books #booklist

This book list is specifically about parenting books. All of the books I have included are books I would like to read. If you have any additional books I should add to my parenting book list please let me know in the comments.

#1 What to Expect the First Year

If your kids are older this is a book you can probably skip, even though you might still find it interesting.

I received a copy of What to Expect the First Years shortly after having my first baby. It’s an interesting read with lots of information. It’s a great resource to have to get questions answered. This is more of a flip through read than a read cover to cover type book.

#2 Smart Money Smart Kids

Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money is on the top of my reading list. This book is written by financial expert Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze.

The book is designed to teach your kids starting with the basics of working, spending, saving and giving. It also gives ideas for teaching your children to avoid debt and other information to help you teach your children about finances.

#3 The 5 Love Languages of Children

As a wedding gift Jared and I received a copy of the 5 Love Languages, it was full of great information and is a great tool for couples. The 5 Love Languages of Children is written by the same authors.

With more than 1 million copies sold and ranking #1 on Amazon for School-Age Children Parenting, this is another book on my to-read list.


#4 How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk 

The title of this book has me intrigued as does the fact that this book has a 4.6-star rating with 1,603 reviews on Amazon.

According to the description, How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk is written to help parents have less stressful and more rewarding relationships with their children no matter the age.

#5 The Me, Me, Me Epidemic

This is a book I really need to read right now. My 2-year-old has just entered the Entitlement phase. According to the description The Me, Me, Me Epidemic is designed to help parents get rid of the entitlement attitude and raise confident, resilient and successful children.

#6 Ten Tips for Parenting the Smartphone Generation

I recently received a copy of this book to read. It’s a short quick read. The book is written by a Christian author and has a Christian point of view. I found this book to have a lot of useful information not only about letting my kids use smartphones but also my own smartphone use.

It’s a great book to read for anyone who uses a smartphone, especially parents. We can’t expect our kids to control their screen time if we don’t control ours.


#7 No-Drama Discipline 

I don’t know about you but disciplining my toddler is full of drama! This book is on my list so hopefully, we can cut the drama down.

No-Drama Discipline is to help parents understand the best way to discipline for both the parent and the child. The book also has tips for whole-brain parenting.

#8 The Danish Way of Parenting 

The Danish Way of Parenting presents six principles: play, authenticity, reframing, empathy, no, togetherness. Since Denmark is considered the happiest country in the world, we can probably learn something from the way Danish parents raise their kids.

#9 How to Hug A Porcupine

This book sounds like the perfect read for those with preteens and early teens. With topics like surviving “nightmarish tween behavior”, breaking the “nagging cycle” and Secrets to helping your kids make smart choices.

#10 Binge Parenting: A Baby Blues Collection 

You might be asking why this is included in a parenting books roundup. I have included Binge Parenting because laughter is the best medicine and everyone needs some Baby blues in their life!

#11 Mindful Parenting 

This book teaches a mindful approach to parenting. According to the description of Mindful Parenting, this approach should help parents and their children feel happier, healthier and less stressed out.

#12 The Whole-Brain Child

The Whole-Brain Child written by neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson shares 12 strategies to help encourage healthy brain development that will lead to calmer and happier children.

Click here for a printable list of these books with space to add additional books.

Don’t forget to share your favorite parenting book in the comments so I can check it out!