Parenting Books for Understanding Child Development and Emotional Wellbeing

Looking for a good read? 

With hundreds of books on the market it is hard to know which books are any good.

Here at Sharing parenting we love a good parenting book, that gives some evidence based advice.

We have put together a list of some of our favourite books. So if you know a new parent or want just want a quality recommendation take a look.

  • What every parent needs to know by Margot Sunderland

This book has recently been revised.  This book explores different approaches to parenting and how these impacts on children development.

  • Siblings without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Maxlish

There are several version of this book on the market. It looks at why the sibling relationship is so different to any other, and the parent’s role in supporting it.  We also run our own Sibling Rivalry course parents can attend.

  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Child s Developing Mind by Dr Tina Payne Bryson and Dr. Daniel Siegel

A fascinating book about child brain development, its effects on behaviour and how to nurture it for emotional wellbeing.

  • Raising Boys and Raising girls both by Steve Biddulph

Both these books are worth a read, exploring the differences between boys and girls and how to nurture their development.


  • Pink Brain Blue Brain by Lise Eliot

Another book about the differences between the male and female brains, this book is more academic, and explores how parents can bridge the gap between the male and female brain.

  • The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz

Recommended to me by an Occupational Therapist –  this book looks at sensory issues children have and how to support them.

For Young Children

  •  Child of Our Time by Tessa Livingstone

The book is based on the television series hosted by Robert Winston of the same name. It looks at child development in the first 5 years of life.


  • Brainstorm By Daniel Siegel

Daniel Siegel explores the changes in brain that effect teenage development. He also explains why these changes are positive and how to support your child through them.

  • Sharing Parenting Manual 

Our Sharing ParentingManual at home is also on sale with 9 chapters to guide you through our Raising Children programme.

Please contact us if you would like to buy one for £10.99. 


Have we missed any of your favourite books? Contact us and let us know!

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