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20 Books Every Parent Should Read ASAP

Parents, you are NOT alone.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community which books have been most helpful in raising their children. Look below for the full round-up of reads that may make your own life as a parent just a tad bit easier.

1. Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay, a read guaranteed to make you laugh at the joys and challenges of the endless — and often pointless — parenting advice every new mom encounters.

“This book is hilarious and laid-back. It really put my mind at ease when I was freaking out about doing everything wrong after I had my daughter. All parents should read this!” —Anna BGet it from Amazon for $8.48+ (available on Kindle, paperback, audiobook, and MP3 CD).
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“This book is hilarious and laid-back. It really put my mind at ease when I was freaking out about doing everything wrong after I had my daughter. All parents should read this!” —Anna B

Get it from Amazon for $8.48+ (available on Kindle, paperback, audiobook, and MP3 CD).

2. Parking Lot Rules, which is running over with tips to ensure your epic babies are happy, protected, and ready to take on the world.

—Shelly AGet it from Amazon for $5+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, and paperback).
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Shelly A

Get it from Amazon for $5+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, and paperback).

3. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen for creating strong communication patterns between yourself and your little ones. Because they won’t be talking adorable gibberish forever.

—Kelcie B.Get it from Amazon for $9.61+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and audio CD).
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Kelcie B.

Get it from Amazon for $9.61+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and audio CD).

4. Heathy Sleep Habits, Happy Child to offer you techniques that'll improve your children’s sleeping habits from their days as a newborn through their adolescent years.

“This book is a total sanity saver! You will learn so much about the sleep needs of newborns, infants, toddlers, and kids.” —Lindsay Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available on Kindle, paperback, audiobook, and MP3 CD).
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“This book is a total sanity saver! You will learn so much about the sleep needs of newborns, infants, toddlers, and kids.” —Lindsay

Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available on Kindle, paperback, audiobook, and MP3 CD).

5. The Giving Tree — a timeless tale that’ll teach kids the importance of being kind and helping others.

—Jamie OGet it from Amazon for $8.29+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audio CD).
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Jamie O

Get it from Amazon for $8.29+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audio CD).

6. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom for an exciting way to teach your tiny scholars the alphabet so they can eventually write that memoir dedicated to you.

—Jamie OGet it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and board book).
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Jamie O

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and board book).

7. Bringing Up Bébé to incorporate French parenting strategies into your own home, providing some new tools that may make your children even MORE amazing.

“I cannot say enough about this book. You will thank yourself, your kids’ teachers will thank you profusely, and your kid will thank you when they're grown up. It will help them be successful, well-adjusted, and allow you to still have a life!” —MegthiemedGet it from Amazon for $2.05+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, and paperback).
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“I cannot say enough about this book. You will thank yourself, your kids’ teachers will thank you profusely, and your kid will thank you when they're grown up. It will help them be successful, well-adjusted, and allow you to still have a life!” —Megthiemed

Get it from Amazon for $2.05+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, and paperback).

8. The What To Expect series, which includes books dedicated to the first year, mommy-to-be eating tips, and even advice for anyone planning to start a family.

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“I have every book in this series. They were so helpful through pregnancy and the first years!” —Berga

Get them from Amazon for $8.26+ on Kindle and paperback:

What To Expect Before You’re Expecting

What To Expect When You’re Expecting

What To Expect the First Year

What to Expect: Eating Well When You’re Expecting

What To Expect: Pregnancy Journal & Organizer

9. The Connected Child so you can build and nurture an unbreakable bond with your adopted child, using tips to promote trust, affection, and a deeper connection in your family.

—Wendy ReneeGet it from Amazon for $1.69+ (available on Kindle, paperback, and digital).
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Wendy Renee

Get it from Amazon for $1.69+ (available on Kindle, paperback, and digital).

10. The Toddler Survival Guide for a laugh-filled take on those precious little monsters you call your kids and how to tote them through toddler life.

“As a first-time mom with a brand-new toddler, I was in over my head. This book put everything in perspective and had me laughing along the way. The best feeling is knowing your are not alone when it comes to raising a toddler. Finding the humor in it is key!” —Leah Lewisl Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available on Kindle and hardcover).
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“As a first-time mom with a brand-new toddler, I was in over my head. This book put everything in perspective and had me laughing along the way. The best feeling is knowing your are not alone when it comes to raising a toddler. Finding the humor in it is key!” —Leah Lewisl

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available on Kindle and hardcover).

11. Brain Rules for Baby, which is packed with tips that'll better equip you for raising your little one from a newborn to 5-year-old.

“It's a great science- and fact-based book that covers a variety of topics regarding pregnancy and the early years.” —KTPT
Get it from Amazon for $8.63+ (available on Kindle, paperback, and audiobook).
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“It's a great science- and fact-based book that covers a variety of topics regarding pregnancy and the early years.” —KTPT

Get it from Amazon for $8.63+ (available on Kindle, paperback, and audiobook).

12. On Becoming Baby Wise to learn new strategies that'll help your baby have a more restful night of rest. So you can then get a little sleep yourself.

—Jessica Mottola, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook).
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—Jessica Mottola, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook).

13. Love You Forever, perfect for honoring the timeless bond of love between mothers and their children — even when kids are making a raging toddler mess.

—Jamie OGet it from Amazon for $4.49+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audio CD).
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Jamie O

Get it from Amazon for $4.49+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audio CD).

14. Everything I Never Told You as a reminder you should let your children follow their own path in life and always communicate openly with them.

“This is a story of parents putting pressure on their child to make up for lost dreams, while simultaneously pushing away a child for reminding them of themselves. All of their problems could have been fixed with communication.” —Jamie O Get it from Amazon for $10.19+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and MP3 CD).
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“This is a story of parents putting pressure on their child to make up for lost dreams, while simultaneously pushing away a child for reminding them of themselves. All of their problems could have been fixed with communication.” —Jamie O

Get it from Amazon for $10.19+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and MP3 CD).

15. Dragons Love Tacos to assist your mini explorers in their quest to finally capture a dragon of their own. Just let them know the mythical beast will have to sleep outside.

—Emmay Friedenson, Facebook Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audio CD).
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—Emmay Friedenson, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audio CD).

16. Parenting With Love and Logic and Parenting Teens with Love and Logic so you can raise kids that are self-confident, responsible, and always feel encouraged to be their best selves.

—Hannah Z Get them from Amazon: Parenting with Love and Logic for $9.50+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audio CD) and Parenting Teens with Love and Logic for $9.50+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audio CD).
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Hannah Z

Get them from Amazon: Parenting with Love and Logic for $9.50+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audio CD) and Parenting Teens with Love and Logic for $9.50+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audio CD).

17. The Wonder Weeks for a detailed breakdown of your newborn’s developmental stages and how to navigate them.

“This book helped me a ton with my first kid. It's about how all kids go through predictable, fussy periods as they hit different developmental changes. It was really helpful to know why my usually happy, chill baby was being clingy and grumpy. And that it was a phase that would pass.” —T49Get it from Amazon for $8.69+ (available on Kindle and paperback).
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“This book helped me a ton with my first kid. It's about how all kids go through predictable, fussy periods as they hit different developmental changes. It was really helpful to know why my usually happy, chill baby was being clingy and grumpy. And that it was a phase that would pass.” —T49

Get it from Amazon for $8.69+ (available on Kindle and paperback).

18. On the Night You Were Born to celebrate your kids and let them know they are truly something special. AND that they are pretty damn cute, too.

“When I was pregnant with my first, it was a way to really celebrate becoming a parent. With my second, a much wanted baby who has faced challenges, it reminds me that his birth, which was not normal, was still a miracle and still something to celebrate!” —RachelGet it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and board book).
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“When I was pregnant with my first, it was a way to really celebrate becoming a parent. With my second, a much wanted baby who has faced challenges, it reminds me that his birth, which was not normal, was still a miracle and still something to celebrate!” —Rachel

Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and board book).

19. Loving Our Kids on Purpose, which provides parents tools to guide their children while still allowing their kids to navigate and manage their own life paths.

“This book is incredible! I found it super helpful to me as a parent. I have raised three other children to adulthood, then adopted a teen late in life. I'm starting all over again, and this book put me on the right track. It helped me get through some pretty tough times with our daughter's outbursts and meltdowns. I'm so very thankful my son-in-law recommended this to me when he did!”—Gramma Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook).
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“This book is incredible! I found it super helpful to me as a parent. I have raised three other children to adulthood, then adopted a teen late in life. I'm starting all over again, and this book put me on the right track. It helped me get through some pretty tough times with our daughter's outbursts and meltdowns. I'm so very thankful my son-in-law recommended this to me when he did!”—Gramma

Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available on Kindle, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook).

20. And If You Give a Mouse a Cookie so your children can learn an early lesson about patience and understanding when the world — or their first customer service job — is demanding everything and damn more from them.

“I’ve worked customer service longer than I care to admit, and this is the most accurate book I've ever read about the experience. If you haven't read it, the plot is simple. If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to want a glass of milk. If you give him milk, the little bastard will keep pushing it until you want to tear his adorable little head off. And the only thing that stops him is he gets tired and eventually falls asleep. With the economy the way it is and every child possibly looking forward to a career as a part-time customer care representative at an online retailer, go ahead and give them a look at the bleak future that lies ahead. Sweet dreams, you little rascals!”—Brick Strongo, Facebook Get it from Amazon for $5.98+ (available on hardcover, paperback, audio cassette, and board book).
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“I’ve worked customer service longer than I care to admit, and this is the most accurate book I've ever read about the experience. If you haven't read it, the plot is simple. If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to want a glass of milk. If you give him milk, the little bastard will keep pushing it until you want to tear his adorable little head off. And the only thing that stops him is he gets tired and eventually falls asleep. With the economy the way it is and every child possibly looking forward to a career as a part-time customer care representative at an online retailer, go ahead and give them a look at the bleak future that lies ahead. Sweet dreams, you little rascals!”—Brick Strongo, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $5.98+ (available on hardcover, paperback, audio cassette, and board book).

But there's NO need to worry. Your kids are going to be just FINE. <3

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The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.