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At Calais Free Library, one of our most loved sections is the parenting section. Located upstairs in the Youth section, the parenting books sit atop a bright yellow bookcase, just above the toddler books and G-rated movies. The books cover a wide variety of topics such as reading to your child, what age to begin and the long term impact of beginning early, bullying, creative play, quick and easy meal planning, discipline, shyness, potty training and health issues such as vaccines, illnesses, ADD, and ADHD. 

In 1980, a book titled How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk was published. Written by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, it was soon a huge hit among parents seeking to take some of the everyday battles of parenting out of their day. Now, a number of editions later, it is still a popular resource, due greatly to its down-to-earth approach and its great results. We have the 30th Anniversary Edition of the book, ready for any parent looking to build a stronger relationship with their child and communicate more positively.

In YOU: Raising Your Child, Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen help parents navigate this often tricky journey of raising a happy, healthy child. With humor and biological insights, the doctors address infant health issues, creating an environment supportive of emotional and intellectual development, as well as various approaches to parenting. The ultimate goal of this book is to help parents become firm but flexible, while providing them with an extensive overview of health problems, from asthma to fevers to emergency room visits as well as the “sensitive issue of vaccinations”. 

Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever is written by Mem Fox, internationally respected literacy expert and bestselling author. Mem Fox explains with humor and passion why reading aloud to young children has such an impact on their ability to read. Fox writes from the viewpoint of not just a literacy expert and children’s author, but also a mother interested in helping children to learn to read and giving them every advantage to help. The book includes practical advice and activities, as well as some inspiring stories of how reading aloud has had a significant impact in the lives of other children. 

Sara Ellington and Stephanie Triplett, authors of The Must-Have Mom Manual, have been successfully working together for years. In addition to being best friends, they are the team behind the popular book and radio show The Mommy Chronicles, and while they rarely agree, their opinions remind us “there is no one right way to be a mom”. In this book, the authors share their parenting triumphs and disasters, marital challenges, public meltdowns, and all the knowledge they’ve gained as authors and radio show hosts. Ellington and Triplett are real mothers delivering real insights, with real laughs, as they share hundreds of tips for moms everywhere. 

Penelope Leach’s Your Baby & Child is one of the most loved, trusted and comprehensive books in its field. Dr. Leach describes, in easy to follow stages from birth to starting school, what is happening to your child, what he or she is doing, experiencing and feeling.  She addresses concerns such as a new baby’s wakefulness, a toddler’s tantrums, a preschool child’s shyness, aggression or nightmares, or how to time your return to work, choose day care or how to tell a child about a new baby or an impending divorce. This book responds fully to every parent’s deepest concerns about the psychological and emotional, as well as physical, well-being of his or her children. 

Making healthy foods kids will love is a challenge for many busy parents. In Parents Quick & Easy Kid-Friendly Meals, the editors of Parents magazine offer 125 simple, nutritious recipes for every meal of the day, as well as snacks and treats. Some of the recipes include healthy breakfasts like peaches and cream smoothies, and fast breakfast frittata, great lunches like ravioli & meatball soup, and Greek kabob salad, suppers like taco casserole and nutty noodles and also nutritious snacks and sweet treats. Books like this are great for getting us out of the dreaded food rut!

These are just a few of the titles from our Parenting Section. We hope you’ll take a few minutes and stop in to see what else is available at the library! Remember, as always, if there is a specific title you’re looking for and it’s not here, we can have it for you in a few days through the free inter-library loan service!