I posted this list in response to your requests. Disclaimer: My kids are grown so some of these books may be dated or better ones may have been written since. However, some are timeless classics. I hope you find something useful! Enjoy!
♥ The best of the best. If you don’t have time to read, read these.
* The basic reading list; Books which are recommended.
+ Books which are good to read after you finish the basic list.
– Read if you just can’t get enough.
Pregnancy & Baby Care
* Burck, Frances Wells. – Babysense: A Practical and Supportive Guide to Baby Care, St. Martin’s Press, 1979. [Excellent, practical, lots of lists for new parents, hints, tips, and advice.]
– Caplan, Frank, editor. – The First Twelve Months of Life, Perigee Books, 1973. [Child development month by month. Helpful information framed in a secular, scientific worldview.]
♥ Eisenberg, Arlene, Murkoff, Heidi Eisenberg, Hathaway, Sandee Eisenberg. – What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Workman Publishing, 1984. [EXCELLENT. Thorough, comprehensive, month by month guide to pregnancy. Get the latest edition]
+ Huggins, Kathleen. – The Nursing Mother’s Companion, Harvard Common Press, 1986. [Good reference for breastfeeding. Answers almost every question you can think of about breastfeeding.]
* Leach, Penelope. – Your Baby & Child From Birth to Age Five, Alfred E. Knopf, 1978. [Good book on child care and development.]
* Stoppard, Miriam. – Baby & Child A to Z Medical Handbook, The Body Press, 1986. [Good medical reference book. Plus lots of practical information on safety, childproofing and first aid.]
– Verrilli, George E. and Mueser, Anne Marie. – While Waiting, St. Martin’s Press, 1987. [Basic information on pregnancy. Not detailed.]
♥ Campbell, Ross. – How to Really Love Your Child, Victor Books, 1977. [EXCELLENT!! Great foundational book on principals of raising a child. Very practical. Based on solid biblical, Christian principles.]
♥ Campbell, Ross. – How to Really Love Your Teen, David C Cook, 2004.
♥ Campbell, Ross and Chapman, Gary. – How to Really Love Your Adult Child, Northfield Publishing, 2011. [Best book I’ve found on this subject. Hits the unique problems of young adults who return to the nest.]
* Campbell, Ross. – Kids who Follow, Kids Who Don’t (Formerly called “How to Really Know Your Child.”) [Good foundational book for teaching children rules and morality without alienating them. Aimed more at pre-teens and teens.]
+ Leman, Kevin. – Keeping Your Family Together When the World is Falling Apart. [Good foundational book. Covers not only parenting principles but marriage and relationship principles.]
– Schaefer, Charles E. – How to Talk to Children about Really Important Things [Topical list of ways to talk to children about everything from sex to child abuse to going to the doctor’s office. Helpful ideas. Practical treatment of most topics. Non-Christian perspective.]
+ Schaeffer, Edith. – What is a Family?. [Good foundation for homemaking and motherhood.]
♥ Tripp, Tedd. – Shepherding a Child’s Heart. [EXCELLENT. Good foundational for parenting goals and philosophy. Very biblically based.]
+ Yates, Susan Alexander. – And Then I had Kids: Encouragment for Mothers of Young Children
Discipline & Special Problems
– Azrin, Nathan H. and Foxx, Richard M. – Toilet Training in Less Than A Day, Simon & Schuster, 1974. [Good approach to teaching, but misleading title, your child will not be FULLY trained in less than a day. Haven’t found a better book on this topic though.]
– Campbell, Ross. – Kids in Danger: Training Your Child to Tame the Destructive Power of Anger, Victor Books, 1995. [Helpful for both adults and kids with quick tempers. Also helpful to recognize various behaviors & problems symptomatic of anger. Best book I’ve found on this subject.]
– Cooper, Kenneth H. – Kid Fitness: A Complete Shape-Up Program from Birth Through High School, Bantam Books, 1991. [Good, comprehensive resource. Contains much practical information, including menu plans, recipes and family fitness ideas.]
♥ Dobson, James. – Dare to Discipline, Tyndale, 1970. [EXCELLENT! Must read after Ross Campbell’s book. Provides consistent philosophy and approach to discipline.]
* Dobson, James. – Hide & Seek: How to Build Self-Esteem in Your Child, Fleming H. Revell Co, 1974, 1979. [Excellent. Read when you have toddlers & preschoolers.]
– Dobson, James. – The Strong-Willed Child, Tyndale, 1988. [Helpful if battling a strong willed child. Repeats much of information from his other books.]
+ Ferber, Richard. – Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems, Simon & Schuster, 1985. [Helpful, sensible approach to solving sleep problems. Not as good on preventing problems.]
♥ Jay, Meg. – The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter — And How to Make the Most of them Now, 2012. [Excellent. Must read book for parents of teenagers and for young adults]
♥ Kurcinka, Mary Sheedy. – Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More, Harper Perennial, 1991. [Excellent. Must read if you have a difficult child or are a teacher. More practical than Dobson’s book. This book saved my parenting life!]
– Leman, Kevin. – Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours, (publisher?). [Good foundational book. Approach is very similar to Dobson’s. Practical resource for “reality discipline.”]
– Leman, Kevin & Carlson, Randy. – Parent Talk: Straight Answers to the Questions that Rattle Moms & Dads, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1993. [Book is transcriptions of conversations from their radio show. Arranged by topics. Good for starting your thinking about a topic, but not detailed or complete.]
– Ray, Bruce A. – Withhold Not Correction, Baker Book House, 1978. [Strong on discipline, but not as balanced as other books.]
– Satter, Ellyn. – How to Get Your Kid to Eat . . . But Not Too Much, Bull Publishing Company, 1987. [Practical consistent philosophy. Covers birth to adolescence. Helpful if you have picky eaters, under-eaters, and/or over-eaters.]
– Smalley, Gary. – The Key to Your Child’s Heart, Word Publishing, 1984. [More of a how-to book than others. Good ideas on teaching your child responsibility and emphasis is on “contracts.”]
+ Weissbluth, Marc. – Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, Fawcett Columbine, 1987. [Helpful information. on preventing problems. Somewhat impractical if you have more than one child. Basically same approach as Ferber, with some differences on how-to’s.]
Play, Games, & Toys
+ Aber, Linda Williams. – 101 Activities for Siblings Who Squabble, Skylight Press, 1995. [Good resource. Organized by category. Most activities are for 3 and up.]
– Bodnar, Janet. – Kiplinger’s Money-Smart Kids (and Parents, too!), Kiplinger Books, 1993. [Fun, practical, everyday ways to teach kids how to handle money. Gives good suggestions for a wide range of ages.]
* Brokaw, Meredith & Gilbar, Annie. – The Penny Whistle Party Planner, Simon & Schuster, 1987. [A book of kids’ birthday parties. Filled with great ideas!]
* Brokaw, Meredith & Gilbar, Annie. – The Penny Whistle Birthday Party Book, Simon & Schuster, 1992. [Sequel to the Party Planner book above. Has even more good ideas for kids’ birthday parties. Filled with great ideas! Grouped by ages.]
♥ Gaither, Gloria & Dobson, Shirley. – Let’s Make a Memory: Great Ideas for Building Family Traditions & Togetherness, Word Publishing, 1983. [Excellent resource for starting your own traditions & special activities.]
+ Kaiser, Jean M. – The Rainy Day Survival Guide: Entertaining Activities for Two and Three Year olds, Parenting Insights, 1987. [Good resource for homemade games, fun activities, recipes, mixes and arts & crafts. One of few books geared for 2-3 year olds.]
+ Oberlander, June. – Slow & Steady, Get Me Ready: A Parents’ Handbook, Bio-Alpha Inc., 1988. [Good resource for age appropriate games & activities. Runs from birth to 5]
– Scott, Anne. – The Laughing Baby: Remembering Nursery Rhymes and Reasons, Bergin & Garvey, 1987. [Has many nursery rhymes, songs & finger plays. Many however are in foreign languages.]
+ Trelease, Jim. – The Read Aloud Handbook, Penguin Books, 1985. [Must read if aren’t already convinced of the value of reading to your child. Get most recent edition for updated, recommended reading list.]
– Ulene, Art and Shelov, Steven. – Bringing Out the Best in Your Baby, Collier Books, 1986. [Explains the “Discovery Play” philosophy. Fun activities grouped by ages covers birth to 18 months. Good resource book for games and ideas.]