My Book Recommendations for You!

There are SO many parenting books out there — and I’m guessing you own a few of them.

Yet, when do you have the time to read them, much less actually apply the strategies that you read about?

These are my time-tested treasures for you.

I’ve read every single one of these – and likely many of the pages are dog-eared and they are definitely filled with underlines, exclamation points, circles, and notes.

(Note that some of the books linked below may be affiliate links.)



Raising Boys – in General

Boys Alive! Bring Out Their Best: Why ‘boys will be boys’ and how you can guide them to be their best at home and school by Janet Allison

Boy Talk: How you can help your son express his emotions by Mary Polce-Lynch

Cracking the Boy Code: How to understand and talk with boys by Adam J. Cox

The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why kids are less disciplined than ever and what to do about it by Katherine Reynolds Lewis

How to Raise a Boy: The power of connection to build good men by Michael C Reichert

Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping our boys cope with schoolyard power, locker room tests, girlfriends, and the new rules of boy world by Rosalind Wiseman

Mothering Our Boys: A guide for moms of sons by Maggie Dent

Simplicity Parenting: Using the extraordinary power of less to raise calmer, happier, and more secure kids by Kim John-Payne

The Wonder of Boys: What parents, mentors, and educators can do to shape boys into exceptional men by Michael Gurian

Early Childhood

Heaven on Earth: A handbook for parents of young children by Sharifa Oppenheimer

Wired to Move: Facts and strategies for nurturing boys in early childhood settings by Ruth Hanford- Morhard

Tweens and Teens

Reset Your Child’s Brain: A four-week plan to end melt-downs, raise grades, and boost social skills by reversing the effects of electronic screen time by Dr. Victoria Dunckley

Brainstorm: The power and purpose of the teenage brain by Daniel Siegel

Attack of the Teenage Brain: Understanding and supporting the weird and wonderful adolescent learner by John Medina


Boys and Girls Learn Differently: A guide for teachers and parents by Michael Gurian

Teaching the Male Brain: How boys think, feel, and learn in school by Abigail Norfleet James

Social Issues

Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising healthy gender non-conforming children by Diane Ehrensaft

The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys by Eddie Moore Jr.

Waking Up White: and finding myself in the story of race by Debby Irving

The Pride Guide: A guide to sexual and social health for LGBTQ youth by Jo Langford

The Boy Crisis: Why our boys are struggling and what we can do about it by Warren Farrell

Can I  Kiss You? A thought-provoking look at relationships, intimacy, and sexual assault by Michael Dormirtz