• Jennifer Williams

Best 15 Free Parenting Books for Baby, Pre-pubescent and Teen Worth Your Time in 2021

Taking care of a baby, pre-pubescent or teenager is or could be sometimes challenging, so if you're feeling a bit overwhelmed or lost, no need to worry. That is why we've come up with a list of the best free parenting books for you with Audible.

Nobody starts out with perfect knowledge of everything that goes into parenting, so you’re going to have a blind spot or two at some point. Babies, toddlers, newborns, pre-pubescent, teenagers and you! Those are the main topics of our books, so let's get right into it!



What No One Tells You

Full Name: What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions from Pregnancy to Motherhood

Released: April 2019

Price: Free

Amazon Rating: 4.7/5 - 121 Ratings


Description: In What No One Tells You, two of America’s top reproductive psychiatrists reassure you that the answer is yes. With thirty years of combined experience counseling new and expectant mothers, they provide a psychological and hormonal backstory to the complicated emotions that women experience, and show why it’s natural for “matrescence”—the birth of a mother—to be as stressful and transformative a period as adolescence. In my opionion this is the first-ever practical guide to help new mothers feel less guilt and more self-esteem, less isolation and more kinship, less resentment and more intimacy, less exhaustion and more pleasure, and learn other tips to navigate the ups and downs of this exciting, demanding time.


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How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids

Full Name: How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Calmer, Happier Parent

Released: August 2019

Price: Free

Amazon Rating: 4.7/5 - 1,542 Ratings


Description: Drawing on evidence-based practices, here is an insight-packed and tip-filled plan for how to stop the parental meltdowns. Its compassionate, pragmatic approach will help readers feel less ashamed and more empowered to get their, ahem, act together instead of losing it. Using a powerful combination of humor and reality checks, Naumburg helps parents unpack their unique stressors (we all have them) and find ways to stay calm even the most frustrating of family moments. This book has really good tips and it really helped me. By the time I was finished, I felt like I was reborn. Completely new fresh parent, ready to go and change the world. Now, everytime I feel the need to be angry, I just remember the book and solve everything without anger in a peaceful way. Since I started practicing what I learned, my kids noticed it too and they completely stopped pushing my buttons and started to respect me.

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Weird Parenting Wins

Full Name: Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches

Released: January 2019

Price: Free

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 - 100 Ratings


Description: In Weird Parenting Wins, Hillary Frank shares advice from real parents in the trenches to tackle everything from sleep training (or not) to picky eating to getting those tight-lipped big kids to talk. Humorous and helpful, this book is packed with parenting wins for everyone. There are very few books about parenting out there that will tell you that sometimes, most likely at 3 a.m., you'll have to resort to turning on your electric toothbrush because the sound is the only thing that will get your baby to stop crying. When I read this book I felt like I was having conversation with a friend that would not be shy to tell me the truth.


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All the Rage

Full Name: All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership

Released: May 2019

Price: Free

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 - 100 Ratings


Description: In even the most egalitarian relationships, sometimes the arrival of a baby makes a couple shift default back to traditional gender roles when it comes to dividing childcare and housework. Darcy Lockman, a journalist who got her Ph.D. and became a clinical psychologist, delves into why moms still do the lion's share of household management, mental labor, and childcare. If you're the one doing all the chores at home, we won't blame you if you passive-aggressively put this on your partner's pillow.


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How to Talk so Kids Will Listen

Full Name: How to Talk so Kids Will Listen...And Listen So Kids Will Talk

Released: February 2012

Price: Free

Amazon Rating: 4.7/5 - 5,245 Ratings


Description: Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish are internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children. This bestselling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions, as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships, including innovative ways

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The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read

Full Name: The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did)

Released: March 2019

Price: Free

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 - 3,281 Ratings


Description: In this Sunday Times bestseller, leading psychotherapist Philippa Perry reveals the vital do's and don'ts of relationships. This is a book for us all. Whether you are interested in understanding how your upbringing has shaped you, looking to handle your child's feelings or wishing to support your partner, you will find indispensable information and realistic tips in these pages. Philippa Perry's sane, sage and judgement-free advice is an essential resource on how to have the best possible relationships with the people who matter to you most.

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Black Heroes

Full Name: Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids: 51 Inspiring People from Ancient Africa to Modern-Day U.S.A.

Released: July 2020

Price: Free

Amazon Rating: 4.9/5 - 1,616 Ratings


Description: It is our duty to make sure our kids grow up to be respectful and racism-free. Black Heroes introduces you to 51 black leaders and role models from both history and modern times. This black history book for kids features inspirational biographies of trailblazers from the United States, Egypt, Britain, and more. Discover where in the world they lived, and what their lives were like growing up. Learn about the obstacles they faced on the way to making groundbreaking accomplishments. You’ll find out how these inspirational figures created lasting change―and paved the way for future generations.


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The Vaccine Friendly Plan

Full Name: The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul's Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health-from Pregnancy Through Your Child's Teen Years

Released: August 2016

Price: Free

Amazon Rating: 4.9/5 - 1,925 Ratings


Description: In The Vaccine-Friendly Plan, Paul Thomas, M.D., presents his proven approach to building immunity: a new protocol that limits a child’s exposure to aluminum, mercury, and other neurotoxins while building overall good health. Based on the results from his pediatric practice of more than eleven thousand children, as well as data from other credible and scientifically minded medical doctors, Dr. Paul’s vaccine-friendly protocol gives readers


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The Connected Parent

Full Name: The Connected Parent: Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment

Released: September 2016

Price: Free

Amazon Rating: 4.9/5 - 691 Ratings


Description: There Is Hope for Every Child, Every Parent, and Every Family. With this motto in mind you will learn how to simplify your approach using scripts, nurture your child, combat chronic fear, teach respect, and develop other valuable tools to facilitate a healing connection with your child. The Connected Parent will help you lovingly guide your children and bring renewed hope and restoration to your family.


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Parenting

Full Name: Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family

Released: September 2016

Price: Free

Amazon Rating: 4.9/5 - 1,635 Ratings


Description: In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas. In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list.


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Twelve Hours' Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old

Full Name: Twelve Hours' Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old: A Step-by-Step Plan for Baby Sleep Success

Released: January 2006

Price: Free

Amazon Rating: 4.4/5 - 1,477 Ratings


Description: There is no bigger issue for healthy infants than sleeping through the night. In this simple, straightforward book, Suzy Giordano presents her amazingly effective "Limited- Crying Solution" that will get any baby to sleep for twelve hours at night—and three hours in the day—by the age of twelve weeks old. Whether you are pregnant, first-time parents, or parents who seek a different path with your second or third child, anyone can benefit from the Baby Coach’s popular system of regular feeding times, twelve hours of sleep at night and three hours of sleep during the day, and the peace of mind that comes with taking the parent and child out of a sleep- deprived world.

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The Happiest Baby on the Block

Full Name: The Happiest Baby on the Block; Fully Revised and Updated Second Edition: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer

Released: October 2015

Price: Free

Amazon Rating: 4.7/5 - 2,542 Ratings


Description: Never again will you have to stand by helplessly while your little baby cries and cries. There is a way to calm most crying babies . . . usually in minutes! With Dr. Karp’s sensible advice, parents and grandparents, nurses and nannies, will be able to transform even the fussiest infant into the happiest baby on the block! Now his landmark book—fully revised and updated with the latest insights into infant sleep, bedsharing, breastfeeding, swaddling, and SIDS risk—can teach you too!


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The Sh!t No One Tells You

Full Name: The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby's First Year

Released: June 2013

Price: Free

Amazon Rating: 4.5/5 - 2,884 Ratings


Description: There comes a time in every new mother's life when she finds herself staring at her screaming, smelly "bundle of joy" and wishing someone had told her that her house would reek of vomit, or that she shouldn't buy the cute onesies with a thousand impossible buttons, or that she might cry more than the baby. Best-selling author Dawn Dais, mother of two tiny terrors, is convinced that there is a reason for this lack of preparedness.


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What to Expect the First Year

Full Name: What to Expect the First Year (What to Expect (Workman Publishing)) 3rd Edition

Released: October 2014

Price: Free

Amazon Rating: 4.8/5 - 6,802 Ratings


Description: What to Expect: The First Year is the world’s best-selling, best-loved guide to the instructions that babies don’t come with, but should. And now, it’s better than ever. First Year is easier-to-read, faster-to-flip-through, and new-family-friendlier than ever. Packed with even more practical tips, realistic advice, and relatable, accessible information than before.


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The Whole-Brain Child

Full Name: The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

Released: September 2012

Price: Free

Amazon Rating: 4.8/5 - 7,751 Ratings


Description: In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth.


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