…what are they reading?
I recently asked folks on Facebook, “Those of you with elementary-/middle-school-aged kids: What was the last book you read that really helped you get better at your parenting gig?”
I’ve got a lot of friends from outside the children’s book world, but the overwhelming majority of the responses came from other authors and illustrators.
Among the suggestions were:
Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood by Leonard Pitts, Jr. Bringing Up Boys by James C. Dobson The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy by Edward M. Hallowell M.D. The Five Love Languages by Gary D. Chapman The Gift of the Blessing by Gary Smalley and John T. Trent How to Talk So Your Teens Will Listen and Listen So Your Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish King Me: What Every Son Wants and Needs from His Father by Steve Farrar Nurture Shock: Why Everything We Thought about Children Is Wrong by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman Raising Lifelong Learners: A Parent’s Guide by Lucy McCormick Calkins and Lydia Bellino Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World by H. Stephen Glenn and Jane Nelsen Taking Back Childhood: Helping Your Kids Thrive in a Fast-Paced, Media-Saturated, Violence-Filled World by Nancy Carlsson-Paige Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason by Alfie Kohn
To this list, I would add And the Skylark Sings with Me – Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based Education by David H. Albert and Joseph Chilton Pearce.
What would you add?