On the surface it seems logical that pregnant women read books about pregnancy (What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Mayo Clinic Guide to Healthy Pregnancy). But a new father once told me, pregnant people (and their spouses) should actually read books on parenting! That part lasts longer and is much more fraught with decisions and need for skills… while simultaneously being the time period where time-for-reading radically decreases.
These are the books that I will probably (at some point) refer to in the blog… Some of them are by cognitive scientists but that isn’t the criteria for making it onto the cogscimom booklist. It’s mostly books that can be entertaining or informative in some way about parenting or parenting theory/philosophy. I’ll periodically add to this list (as I read more books!).
Disclaimer: I do not necessarily agree with or endorse what these books all say. Read them with discernment and enjoy! (They are in alphabetical order by author name.)
- Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think by Brian Caplan
- Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
- Parentonomics: An Economist Dad Looks at Parenting by Joshua Gans
- Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Love, Truth, and the Meaning of Life by Alison Gopnik
- The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind by Alison Gopnik, Andrew N. Meltzoff, and Patricia K. Kuhl
- Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn–and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and Diane Eyer
- The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Baby Sign Language by Diane Ryan
- The Origins of Mathematical Knowledge in Childhood by Catherine Sophian
- Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College by Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang