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This Week’s Best Reads: My Book Picks for Parents

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

So many books came out this week that it’s difficult to choose which ones to recommend to you. Need funny baby names? Horrified by a scandal? How about a decent night’s sleep with your baby? There’s a brand new read for all of the above–plus one more on creativity. It’s a hot week for book geeks, so be sure to check out my picks for parents.

Hello, My Name is Pabst: Baby Names for Nonconformist, Indie, Geeky, DIY, Hipster and Alterna-Parents of Every Kind
by Miek Bruno and Kerry Sparks

Quirky names rule in this over-the-top, funny baby name book. Just take a look at the first author’s moniker. He didn’t like being one of six Mikes in his kindergarten classroom, so now he goes by Miek. If you’re not into popular standbys such as Jennifer, Jacob, Sophia and Daniel, this book is for you. It’s broken down into unique sections offering even more creative ideas. My favorite chapters are Names You Can Drink at the Bar (Ketel, Booth, Rocks, Olive) and, just in time for Halloween, Morbid Names for Your Little Goth Prince/ss of Darkness (Raven, Voltaire, Dante and Lestat.) If I were headed to a babyshower, this would be one of my gifts.

Silent No More: Victim 1′s Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky
by Aaron Fisher

Late last week, Victim 1 broke his anonymity before his book hit shelves. Aaron Fisher was 11 years old when Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky recruited him to be his Second Mile children’s charity. At age 14, after enduring “hundreds” of incidences at the hands of Sandusky, Aaron was the first person to tell authorities what was happening. Aaron stuck to his story for three years during this scandalous national investigation. He helped a jury convict the coach on 45 counts of sexual assault. With the help of his mother and his psychologist, Aaron shares his side of this horrific story in his memoir.

Sweet Dreams: How to Establish and Maintain Good Sleep Habits for Your Baby
by Arna Skula

The author, Arna Skula, is a clinical nurse specialist in Iceland who works at a clinic for babies with sleep problems. In her book, she turns her experience and research into advice for parents. She addresses the importance of circadian rhythms, the baby’s age, developmental state and other factors in the infant’s sleep patterns. She helps parents know what they can reasonably expect from their baby and what to do to help the little one sleep well and feel happy. The book offers advice from birth up to 24 months. Check out her free sleep chart to get a feel for her work.

The Missing Alphabet: A Parents’ Guide to Developing Creative Thinking in Kids
by Susan Marcus, Susie Monday and Cynthia Herbert, Ph.D

This book is all about cultivating creativity in our kids. The authors believe the future belongs to children with innovative minds. They offer up The Sensory Alphabet, basic building blocks that are as powerful as the ABCs. One cool part is the Field Guide full of ideas for creative things families can do at home, in museums and around their neighborhoods. If you’re interested in the creative process and how to foster it, this book will give you ideas and tools.

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