LJ Best Books 2017

It's time again for LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry and literature, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles.   SEE WHO MADE THE LIST

Best Books 2011: Parenting

DeBenedet, Anthony T. & Lawrence J. Cohen. The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It. Quirk. ISBN 9781594744877. pap. $14.95.
“Safety First has evolved into a fretful new motto of Safety Only, say the authors, and the result is stifled creativity and apathy. The prescription? Giddyup, Dad!‚ among other fun activities kids zero to ten will treasure. (LJ BookSmack! 1/20/11)

Denmead, Ken. The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family. Gotham: Penguin Group (USA). ISBN 9781592406449. pap. $18.
Geek Dad has assembled another stellar collection of weekend projects to exercise your STEM skills and tickle your funny bone. With conceptual overviews, cost estimates, and difficulty ratings, this offers practical projects with a mildly dangerous feel to them. (LJ BookSmack! 5/19/11)

Hilling, Hogan. Pacifi(her): What She’s Thinking When She’s Pregnant. ISBN 9781596528277.
Hilling, Hogan.
Rattled: What He’s Thinking When You’re Pregnant. ISBN 9781596528253.
ea. vol:
Turner. pap. $14.95.

Hilling’s companion books cover the emotional issues and common experiences of first-time parents in a down-to-earth, honest, and readable style. These titles will go a long way toward nurturing appreciation for and understanding of how Mom and Dad approach pregnancy and birth differently. (LJ BookSmack! 8/18/11)

Kaelin, Lauren & Sophia Fraioli. When Parents Text: So Much Said…So Little Understood. Workman. ISBN 9780761166047. pap. $10.95.
This addictive and side-splitting read covers the best of whenparentstext.com. From embarrassingly stupid parent-authored texts to the inevitable communication errors owing to auto-correct, this hilarious look at miscommunication on the learning curve is a new classic. (LJ BookSmack! 7/21/11)

Kaeser, Fred. What Your Child Needs To Know About Sex: A Parents’ Guide to Early, Open, and Effective Communication. Celestial Arts. ISBN 9781587612503. pap. $14.99.
Placing his advice in the context of our “sexually saturated society,” Kaeser makes a case for parental guidance and intervention, while pulling no punches in this honest and caring approach to the birds and the bees. Ten is the new 16. (LJ BookSmack! 9/15/11)

Leeds, Regina. One Year to an Organized Life with Baby: From Pregnancy to Parenthood, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Ready for Baby and Keeping Your Family Organized. Da Capo Lifelong. ISBN 9780738214559. pap. $16.95.
Advising on how to convert a space into one that nurtures and supports your best efforts, Leeds strikes a delicate balance between preparing for practical matters and taking the physical aspects of pregnancy into consideration. Future moms will float along the Zen path of type-A personality nesting. (LJ BookSmack! 2/17/11)

Mom’s Book of Lists: 100 Practical Lists for Raising Your Kids. Welcome, dist. by Random. ed. by Alice Wong. ISBN 9781599620978. $17.95.
This book of lists, ranging from sleep charts to when babies cut teeth, might be one of the most brilliantly simple books on the market. The vintage illustrations and overall artistry display a loving quality rarely seen in bookmaking today. (LJ BookSmack! 4/20/11)

Schmitt, Barton D. My Child Is Sick!: Expert Advice for Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries. American Acad. of Pediatrics. ISBN 9781581105520. pap. $12.95.
Pediatrician Schmitt is on hand with a step-by-step guide on handling common illnesses and injuries. Schmitt includes information on symptoms, contagious conditions, when to return to school, and drug dosage based on weight. (LJ BookSmack! 7/21/11)

Sedaka, Marc. What He Can Expect When She’s Not Expecting: How To Support Your Wife, Save Your Marriage, and Conquer Infertility. Skyhorse, dist. by Norton. ISBN 9781616080587. pap. $12.95.
Comedian Sedaka’s book is all about the raw basics of men dealing with infertility. His style combines enough casualness, humor, information, and medical advice to give a solid understanding of what’s normal, when to worry, and what to expect. (LJ BookSmack! 2/17/11)

Stoppard, Miriam. Grandparents: Enjoying and Caring for Your Grandchild. DK. ISBN 9780756682231. pap. $17.95.
Stoppard covers the basic care topics of any title on newborns but with an emphasis on a grandparent’s role. She sensitively provides the latest recommendations in a respectful way. The visual style makes this an absolute delight. (LJ BookSmack! 8/18/11)

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