New in 2018! We’re dedicated to providing you with real advice and recommendations for current books on the market. That’s why one of our providers reads a new book every month and we host a Staff Book Club to review those books and share the pro’s, con’s, and overall recommendations. Check out our recommended books and your pediatricians’ book review below!

Infants & Toddlers (0-5 years)

1,2,3 Magic by Michael Phelan, M.D.

  • Review provided by Natalia Darling, PA-C. This is a great book for parents who are struggling to establish an effective and concise way of disciplining their child or children or whose children are becoming so out of control that they are “running the house”.  The method/system they present is easy to learn and enact and has been around and proven effective for many years. This book has focused sections on many challenge areas including discipline in public, sibling rivalry, going to sleep and staying in bed, homework, and chores.What we love about this book is that it is easy to read, simple discipline method to enact, dedicated sections and chapters for specific challenging situations, and the scenarios and comics are interspersed to keep the reader’s interest. The book is repetitive and unnecessarily wordy but overall if you’re struggling with discipline this is a great book to pick-up. Click here to purchase.

It’s No Accident: Breakthrough Solutions to Your Child’s Wetting, Constipation, UTIs, and Other Potty Problems by Steve Hodges & Suzanne Schlosberg

  • Review provided by Dr. Caren Glassman. Increasingly, we are seeing children with these various issues and our experience aligns with Dr. Hodges: there are a lot of kids who are withholding urine and stool and therefore experiencing wetting, infections and the like.  This book is a quick read and within a few chapters, you will know if he is describing your child.  He offers a full explanation of how to fix these issues, many of which we endorse, but check with us prior to starting any drastic regimens.  Towards the end of the book, Dr. Hodges discusses his opinion as to why these problems are epidemic.  I found his take on supervising the newly toilet trained toddler to be an interesting idea.  Any parent who has wondered if their child’s accidents are due to a child’s misbehavior should read this book! Click here to purchase.

School Age (6-10 years)

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

  • Review provided by Dr. Jeremy Fishelberg. This book is fantastic.  It should be required reading for all parents with young children and adolescents.   It is written in a very accessible way with practical examples, anecdotes, and testimonials.  There are exercises and activities for the reader to encourage you to think about what you’re reading and how it applies to your children and your parenting.  It is easy and enjoyable reading with excellent reminders and summaries to keep all of the useful tools you’re learning fresh in your mind.  I loved reading this book and have put it to great use with my own children. Click here to purchase.

Adolescents  (11+)

The Guide, Period by Naama Bloom

  • Review provided by Dr. Heather Davies. A new release explaining everything puberty to the modern girl.  The founder of Helloflo, Ms. Bloom delivers an honest, nonsugar-coated, guide for girls discussing topics from body hair and its removal to menstruation and sanitary options to brain changes that affect decision making, and everything in between. This book does a beautiful job reassuring girls that they are not alone in what they are experiencing and that they are normal.While this book does not discuss reproduction, it is written to a level appropriate for middle school readers and above who have already been introduced to basic puberty concepts.  It would not be our first choice as a girl’s introduction to the concepts of puberty and menstruation.The book has medically accurate, up to date information that our girls need to know.  And quite honestly, many moms might even learn a thing or two from reading this book! Click here to purchase.