Great Parenting Books for Makers to Picky Eaters

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Parents rejoice!  From maker parents to picky eaters, the best parenting books inspire imaginative thinking, optimism, and fresh-ideas for child rearing.

Sure, there’s lots of kitsch parenting books out there, but not on our list! Our choices focus on real parenting solutions and family-friendly ways for engaging children.

Latest Parenting Book Trends

  • Maker parenting.  Books for sharing your love of inventing, creating, and making with your child. The spirit of DIY is something to share with children (while having fun as parents!)
  • Snack-size parenting science. Research-based books with just-the-right-amount of neuroscience, child development, and psychology in a non-overwhelming, engaging manner. Want to truly understand your child?  Read some scientific insights into their mind.
  • Positive solutions.  Books for rethinking what it means to be a parent, without all the negativity. Parenting can be hard, but isn’t everything that’s worthwhile in life?

Best Parenting Books for Makers to Picky Eaters

1. How Toddlers Thrive

How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success

by Tovah P Klein

Thoughtful insights into the toddler mind and how parents can establish connection during these chaotic years of early childhood.

2. Tinkerlab

Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors

by Rachelle Doorley

Playful projects for nurturing science skills in the littlest of learners.

3. The Smartest Kids in the World

The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

by Amanda Ripley

Fascinating insights into whatu2019s working (and what's not) in educational systems around the world.

4. No-Drama Discipline

No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

by Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson

True discipline isnu2019t about punishment, but about teaching, connecting, and redirecting behavior.

5. All Joy and No Fun

All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

by Jennifer Senior

Why do we make parenting so hard? The book examines how parenthood transforms lives, and why PARENTING often gets in the way.

6. Maker Dad

Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects
by Mark Frauenfelder

Cultivate your daughter’s math, science, and technology skills, while forging the father-daughter bond.

7. It’s Not About the Broccoli

It's Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating

by Dina Rose

Healthy eating isn't just about nutrition; it's about instilling good food skills and choices.