When I first became a new mom, I felt very inexperienced and overwhelmed with the task that was laid upon me: to raise another human being into a loving, caring, and productive member of society.
So I did the thing that I always did when there was something I needed to learn: I turned to books.
We are so lucky to have within our reach hundreds or even thousands of books about parenting from experts who can teach us all we need to know to raise our children.
From learning to care for our kids’ physical needs to the more difficult and daunting task of shaping our children’s character, we can turn to books to give us the answers we need.
These are the books that I’ve found the most helpful throughout my mothering adventure. I hope they help and inspire you as well! Please note, this post contains affiliate links.
Best Books for Moms
What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff – Great for learning how to care for your baby throughout their first year of life.
Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson. For moms who are feeling overwhelmed, tired, or like they want to give up on motherhood, this book is a huge encouragement to hang on. Read my in-depth review of Desperate.
The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity by Sally Clarkson. For when you feel like being a mom isn’t enough.
The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children by Sally Clarkson. How to reach your child’s heart to shape their character.
10 Gifts of Wisdom: What Every Child Must Know Before They Leave Home by Sally Clarkson. Practical things…manners, the art of hospitality, how to work…to teach your children before they go out on their own.
Heartfelt Discipline: Following God’s Path of Life to the Heart of Your Child by Clay Clarkson. A guide to discipline that isn’t harsh or too lenient.
Women Living Well: Find Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home by Courtney Joseph. A helpful section on motherhood, plus a section on making a happy marriage that benefits children as well.
Be the Best Mom You Can Be: A Practical Guide to Raising Whole Children in a Broken Generation by Marina Slayton. Advice from an experienced mom on raising kids in a modern world, touching on issues like social media. Read my in-depth review of Be the Best Mom You Can Be.
I Need Some Help Here!: Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go according to Plan by Kathi Lipp. Advice on how to handle less than ideal circumstances with your kids, such as mental illness, or when your child makes bad choices. Read my in-depth review of I Need Some Help Here.
Caught Up in a Story: Fostering a Storyformed Life of Great Books & Imagination with Your Children by Sarah Clarkson. How to form your child’s imagination with great literature.
Read for the Heart: Whole Books for WholeHearted Families by Sarah Clarkson. A very comprehensive list of the best books to read to your children (or to have them read themselves) in order to foster a rich imagination and inner life. Read my in-depth review of Read for the Heart.
What books would you add to this list?