Subject spotlight: New parenting books

Our in-person children’s programmes are returning to our branches, and so we thought it might be a good time to showcase some of our newly acquired, parenting related non-fiction! Check out the list below for books on a wide range of topics; including LGBT+ parent experiences, raising kids to have a positive relationship with food and advice on getting enough sleep.

Supporting queer birth : a book for birth professionals and parents. / Silver, A. J
“Educating birth workers, this guide shows how to care for LGBT+ parents in a world that centres around heteronormative couples. It brings together the stories and experiences of a variety of LGBT+ parents and explains what health care professionals and birth workers can do to ensure better care and experiences for their clients.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent’s Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image / Darpinian, Signe
“A guide for parents on creating a weight-neutral, body positive home and supporting their teen in building a healthy relationship with food and body image, from the authors of No Weigh!” (Catalogue)

Supporting breastfeeding past the first six months and beyond : a guide for professionals and parents. / Pickett, Emma
“Packed with case studies and evidence-based research, this is an invaluable guide for healthcare professionals supporting families breastfeeding past the first six months. It is written from the perspective of a parent who has breastfed and raised children, and who also supports parents as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultants professional. It covers topics such as returning to work, communicating limits and ending breastfeeding.” (Catalogue) Babies don’t make small talk (so why should I?) : the introvert’s guide to surviving parenthood / Vick, Julie
“A baby can be a good excuse to skip a party, but . . . goodbye alone time, hello awkward new social obligations. All parents want the same things: to balance work and home life, to raise happy kids, to never attend a baby drumming class, and to build a secret room in their home where they can hide (preferably not the bathroom).” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Love to Sleep: Good Nights and Happy Days for Your Child and You / Fryer, Gemma
“Calm & Bright Sleep Support was founded in 2009 with a mission; to help exhausted parents enable solid sleep in a brand-new way. Headed up by Devon sisters Eve, founder and Mum-of-four & paediatric nurse of 18 years Gem, they have supported thousands of families around the world to get the sleep they need. Now it’s your turn!” (Catalogue)

The A-Z of survival strategies for therapeutic parents. / Naish, Sarah
“Surviving therapeutic parenting can almost be as easy as A,B,C with this popular A-Z style survival guide. Covering over 70 common issues and feelings, you can learn strategies to process your feelings and experiences as a therapeutic parent. Funny and warm, this survival guide is like a hug from another parent when you need it most.” (Catalogue)

Brain-body parenting. / Delahooke, Mona
“From a leading child psychologist comes this groundbreaking new understanding of children’s behavior, offering insight and strategies to support both parents and children[…]In Brain-Body Parenting, Dr. Delahooke offers a radical new approach to parenting based on her clinical experience as well as the most recent research in neuroscience and child psychology.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Dyslexia-friendly books for young people

Wellington City Libraries actively collects dyslexia-friendly books for young people. Many of our branches maintain special displays to make them as easy as possible to find.

We asked our Children & Youth Services Coordinator, Stephen Clothier, for information on this collection — read on for dyslexia-friendly book information from Stephen…

Stephen Clothier There is a rapidly-growing publishing scene internationally for books published in formats friendlier to young people with dyslexia, with publishers like Barrington Stoke and DB Australia publishing exclusively in this area.

What is a dyslexia-friendly book? Dyslexia-friendly books typically have some or all of the following features:

  • Non-white paper
  • Sans-serif font (some books use specially-designed dyslexia-friendly fonts that work by reducing the symmetry between commonly mistaken letter pairs: b/d, p/q, n/u)
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • Variable line lengths
  • Uncluttered page design for maximum clarity

Many of our branches maintain special displays of dyslexia-friendly books to make them as easy as possible to find, but you can also find them for yourself on our catalogue.

Try the following searches — and remember that you can reserve these books to be collected at the library branch of your choice:

For Kids:

For Teens:

Some recent titles

Here is a selection of great dyslexia-friendly titles recently added to our collection:

A bad day for Jayden / Bradman, Tony
“Mum won’t get out of bed. His best friend has dumped him. And school work is just too difficult. Jayden wants to do the right thing – but how can he when it feels like the world is conspiring against him? Everything is going wrong, and when a supply teacher turns up to take his class, Jayden’s sure things will keep on getting worse. But Mrs Wilson is not quite the teacher Jayden expected … can she help turn his bad day around?” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Anna Gain and the same sixty seconds / Bass, Guy
“Ever-punctual Anna Gain is never late, and she’s certainly never late for the school bus. Every day she catches it in perfect time. But not today. After a series of absurd events cause Anna to miss the bus, she’s transported one minute back in time – only to be stuck re-living the same sixty seconds again … and again … and again … Is fate trying to teach Anna a lesson? And will she ever escape?” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Clever cakes / Rosen, Michael
“It pays to be able to think on your feet, especially if you’re about to be eaten alive or cheated out of a valuable prize! And in these hilarious comical adventures by storytelling legend Michael Rosen, two clever kids are more than a match for a hungry grizzly bear and a bored and arrogant king! Read along as two super-smart kids triumph in these perfectly packaged fairy tales with a twist…” (Catalogue)

The slippery schemes of Sushi Man / Barlow, Steve
“Take on the role of a shape-shifting MEGAHERO in this fully interactive, wacky, choose-your-own-destiny adventure story. You and your mega-computer sidekick, PAL, must save the world from Sushi Man and his own sidekick, Wasabi Boy. This evil duo has started poisoning and controlling the population. Can you possibly morph into the right shapes to take down this out-of-control pair of baddies? (Adapted from Catalogue)

Animal farm / Orwell, George
“Orwell’s powerful, unnerving and timeless allegory of oppression and rebellion, brought to life for a new age of readers in a stunning dyslexia-friendly edition.” (Catalogue)