Recommended Books & Websites

We have compiled a list of books and resources about different aspects of your child's care that we have found to be helpful. You may find that some better fit your style of parenting more than others. Please, take the information that you find helpful and leave the rest. We want you to trust your parental instincts and always ask a professional if you question information you read.

General Care

  • An excellent resource is the American Academy of Pediartics website, Healthy Children, for parents with reliable, up-to-the-minute health advice, tools, and services for proactive parents! Check out the app for iPhone and iPad as well!
  • AAP book for parents:  My Child is Sick! Expert Advice for Managing Commons Illnesses and Injuries; by Barton D. Schmitt, MD
  • The Baby Book; by William and Martha Sears.                                   
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Child Care Series: Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5; Caring for your School Age Child: Ages 5 - 12; Caring for your Adolescent: ages 12 to 21.
  • Baby 411; by Ari Brown and Denise Fields
  • Girlfriends' Guide Series: The Girlfriends' Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood; The Girlfriends' Guide to Toddlers (Vicki Lovine)
  • U Promise (get a start on your child's 529 plan for college)

Activities for Mom & Baby 


  • Journal of an ADHD Kid:The Good, The Bad, and The Useful (Tobias Flumph)
  • Differently Wired (Deborah Reber)
  • ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know (American Academy of Pediatrics)


Anger Management in Children




  • The Fussy Baby Book (William Sears)
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block (Harvey Karp)
  • Fussy Baby Network - 888-431-2229

CPR Classes



  • Healthy Children: AAP website for parents
  • Touchpoints (T. Berry Brazleton)
  • Baby Signs (Linda Acredolo)
  • Sign With Your Baby (Joseph Garcia)


  • Smart Love (Pieper and Pieper)
  • Smart Love Family Services
  • Raising your Spirited Child (Mary Sheedy Kurcinka)
  • Raising your Spirited Child Workbook (Mary Sheedy Kurcinka)
  • No, Why Kids -of All Ages- Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It (Dr. David Walshe, Ph.D.)
  • The Discipline Book (William Sears)
  • The Successful Child (William Sears)
  • How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk (Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish)
  • Parenting with Love and Logic:  Teaching Kids Responsibility (Kline and Fay)
  • Love and Logic
  • 1-2-3 Magic (Thomas Phelan, MD)
  • Parent Magic (1-2-3 Magic website) (Walsh)
  • Raising Respectful, Responsible and Resilient Children, Skills for the Divorced/Divorcing Parent and other workshops, parent coaching. Parenting Perspectives
  • Raising a Thinking Child (Myrna B. Shure and Theresa DiGeronimo)
  • Building Resilience in Children and Teens (Kenneth R. Ginsburg)
  • Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (Daniel J. Siegel)
  • The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind (Daniel J. Siegel)
  • Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness For Kids (Carol McCloud) **Book for Kids!
  • Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids (Kim John Payne M.Ed. and Lisa M. Ross)
  • Dude, that's Rude! (Get Some Manners) (Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick) **Book for School Aged Kids
  • How to Do Homework Without Throwing Up (Trevor Romain) **Book for School Aged Kids

Discussing Death with Children

Grief Resources in the Loss of a Child

 Medical Information


  • 10 Mindful Minutes (Goldie Hahn)
  • Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindful Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) (Eline Snell)
  • Moody Cow Meditates (Kerry Lee MacLean)
  • Peaceful Piggy Meditation (Kerry Lee MacLean)


  • Henry and Mudge and Annie's Good Move (Cynthia Rylant)
  • Berenstein Bear's Moving Day (Stan and Jan Berenstein)

New Moms' Groups

Nighttime Help

  • Birth Link (postpartum doulas)
  • Hush-a-Bye Baby: Sleep Nanny  (773) 772-8846
  • Linda Salem - single/multiple night nanny - (847) 296-2842

Nutrition/Picky Eating

  • Guide to your Child's Nutrition (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • The Family Nutrition Book (William Sears)
  • First Meals (Annabel Karmel)
  • New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner (Annabel Karmel)
  • The Healthy Baby Meal Planner (Annabel Karmel)
  • The Top 100 Baby Purees (Annabel Karmel)
  • It's Not All About the Broccoli (Dina Rose)
  • Nourished Living

Preparing Children for Surgery/Procedures


Sibling Rivalry

  • Siblings Without Rivalry (Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish)
  • Siblings: You're Stuck with Each Other, So Stick Together (James J. Crist Ph.D. and Elizabeth Verdick)


Safe Seafood and Fish


  • Guide to your Child's Sleep (AAP)
  • Goodnight, Sleep Tight (Kim West)
  • Nighttime Parenting (William Sears)
  • Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child (Marc Weissbluth)
  • Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems (Richard Ferber)
  • The No-Cry Sleep Solution (Elizabeth Pantley)
  • Sleepless in America:  Misbehaving or Missing Sleep? (Mary Sheedy Kurcinka)
  • Sleep Tight Consultants
  • SwellBeing 

Special Needs Resources

Spirited Children

  • Raising your Spirited Child (Mary Sheedy Kurcinka)
  • Raising your Spirited Child Workbook (Mary Sheedy Kurcinka)



  • Their Own Devices - Podcast about teens & technology


  • Carol Mayer, Speech Pathologist, Orofacial Myologist (312) 932-9244
  • My Thumb and I: A Proven Approach to Stop a Thumb or Finger Sucking Habit for Ages 5-10 (Carol Mayer)
  • Shari Green, Orofacial Myologist (847) 641-4444

Toilet Training/Bedwetting

Traveling with Children

Vaccine Information