Collections Overview: Parenting Collection
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Collections Overview: Parenting Collection

Plano Public Library has something for everyone. Learn more about this and our other collections in our Library 101 posts.

Today, we’re exploring the Parenting Collection, which has materials related to all aspects of parenthood. Find resources about child development, nutrition, pregnancy, toilet training, and more. Materials are available in English, Chinese, and Spanish. You can browse the collections in person at Harrington or Schimelpfenig Libraries or put an item on hold for pickup at any Plano library.

Check out the video below to learn how Cathe and Anne enjoy using the parenting collection:

Parenting Collection

Our parenting collection provides resources for expecting parents, parents with children of all ages, and even grandparents. Whether you’re looking for information about what to expect as your child grows or tips to successfully toilet train your child, these resources can help. This collection pulls from several nonfiction areas to bring parenting information into a single, easy-to-find location.

Available Materials

Our parenting collection provides books in three different languages: Chinese, English, and Spanish! This collection includes both books and DVDs related to different aspects of child development.

Common topics include:

  • Child development
  • Family dynamics
  • Grandparenting
  • Health
  • Movement and play
  • Nutrition
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Sleep
  • Speech, language, and literacy development
  • Toilet training

You can also find additional resources on OverDrive related to family and relationships.

Newest Additions

Check out some of the newest titles we’ve added:

The Bottom Line for Baby: From Sleep Training to Screens, Thumb Sucking to Tummy Time – What the Science Says by Tina Payne Bryson Request
In this A-Z guide, Bryson answers your biggest questions and concerns about raising your baby. In answering these common concerns and dilemmas, she demystifies the issues in three distinct sections: an objective summary of the schools of thought on the topic, including commonly held pros and cons; a clear and concise primer on “What the Science Says;” and a Bottom Line conclusion.

教養」是一種可怕的發明 | The Gardener and the Carpenter:  What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children by Alison Gopnik Request
Drawing on the study of human evolution and her own cutting-edge scientific research into how children learn, Gopnik shows that although caring for children is immensely important, the goal should not be to shape them so they turn out a particular way. Children are designed to be messy and unpredictable, playful and imaginative, and to be very different both from their parents and one another.

关掉荧幕, 拯救青春期大脑 : 顶尖成瘾专家揭发数位科技破坏大脑功能的恐怖真相 | Glow Kids:  How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids and How to Break the Trance  by Nicholas Kardaras Request
In Glow Kids, Dr. Nicholas Kardaras will examine how technology – more specifically, age-inappropriate screen tech – has profoundly affected the brains of an entire generation.

Cómo Educar Personas de Éxito:  Lecciones Simples para Resultados Espectaculares | How to Raise Successful People by Esther Wojcicki Request
How to Raise Successful People offers essential lessons for raising, educating, and managing people to their highest potential. Change your parenting, change the world.

Sensory Play by Casey Patch Request
Learn how to get started with sensory play using tips, tricks, and sensory play staples. Follow quick and easy, tried and tested sensory base recipes designed to ignite the senses and inspire hours of sometimes messy, always memorable playtime. Create thoughtful sensory invitations and artworks while developing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, early measurement concepts and so much more!

¿Cómo Piensa Mi Hijo? | What’s My Child Thinking?  by Tanith Carey Request
Using more than 100 everyday scenarios, the book leads you through each one step by step, explaining not only your child’s behavior and the psychology behind it but also your own feelings as a parent. It then gives instant recommendations for what you could say and do in response to best resolve the situation.

We’re always adding new titles, so be sure to check the catalog for our latest additions.

Other Resources for Parents

Plano Public Library has so much more to offer parents beyond our collection! Check out some of our other resources available:


This streaming service has a large variety of instructional videos for parents, including Great Courses. Search for infants, toddlers, or preschoolers. Learning Seed offers a series in all of those age groups, and there are many other parenting videos.

Virtual Programs

You can watch Plano Public Library’s virtual programs anytime. Check out our virtual storytimes on Facebook, or, try out or Early Literacy in Action or STEAM Connections playlists for fun activities to explore.

Materials for Children

We have many options for children just learning to read and families reading together. Check out our early literacy collections to learn more about our resources just for kids. For help identifying books suitable for older children, check out Novelist K-8, one of our databases. Use your library card to log in and search books by recommended age, genre, and material type.

Special Collections

STEAM Kits are centered around science, technology, engineering, arts, and math and offer educational resources and activities. We even have kits just for preschoolers! Bilingual Backpacks feature materials to provide you and your child with an introduction to another language. Sensory Backpacks, designed with children with special needs and autism in mind, include reading material and manipulatives to introduce different daily living topics.

Access our eBooks and eAudiobooks through Overdrive or the Libby app, and you can request print books through our holds service in the library catalog. Placing holds is a great way to fast-track your library experience, or access materials not available at your closest library location. Check out this guide on placing and picking up holds for more information.

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