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'Letters on Motherhood' and other books mums should read in 2020

2020 is already shaping up to be a brilliant year for books and if you're looking for something a) relatable b) something that can help you transform your life (or all of the above, like many show-offs included in our round-up) you're in luck... 

We've rounded up 12 of the best parenting books that deserve a spot on your bookshelf this year. 

From Giovanna's long-awaited Letters on Motherhood to laugh out loud fiction that will leave your bewildered toddler asking 'what's so funny, mummy?' we've got it all!

The best parenting books 2020:


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1) Letters on Motherhood, by Giovanna Fletcher 

Letters on Motherhood is a collection of heartfelt and deeply personal letters written by Giovanna to her three young sons Buzz, Buddy and Max, husband, Tom, and the family and friends who have inspired and supported her to become the mother that she is today.

Expect personal stories of her own family life, including coping with mum guilt, finding work/family life, positive body image and rediscovering a sense of identity. 

We can't wait! 

Released 20 Feb 2020, pre-order here
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2) I Am Not Your Baby Mother, by Candice Brathwaite

Fed up with the lack of diversity in the mummy blogger community, Candice began posting her powerful observations of motherhood in society and how black mothers are wholly unrepresented. 

This highly-anticipated book is a guide to life as a black mother and how to face different hurdles that aren't often discussed including white privilege, racial micro-aggression and unconscious bias. A must-read. 

Released May 2020, pre-order here
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3) Mindfulness for Mums: Simple ways to help you and your family feel calm, connected and content, by Izzy Judd

Perfect for mums in search of their own piece of calm, mum influencer Izzy Judd has compiled a collection of simple exercises and activities to help soothe anxious minds. 

Included are exercises both for you to do alone and with your children of all ages, giving them their own tools to help remain happy and peaceful too.

Released 9th Jan 2020, pre-order here
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4) What Have I Done?: An honest memoir about surviving post-natal mental illness, by Laura Dockrill 

Laura Dockrill had an idyllic pregnancy and couldn't wait to meet her new baby. But as she went into labour things began to go wrong and Laura started to struggle. A traumatic birth, anxiety about the baby, sleep deprivation, a slow recovery - all these things piled up until Laura (like any new mum) felt overwhelmed.

A harrowing book which will make you feel less alone if you are going through post-birth trauma. 

Released 7th May 2020, pre-order here
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5) The Home Stretch: Why It’s Time to Come Clean About Who Does the Dishes, by Sally Howard

Find yourself doing most of the cleaning, cooking and child-rearing?

The Home Stretch is a fascinating investigation into how we got here and what the future could look like for feminism's final frontier: the domestic labour gap.

Released on 5th March 2020, pre-order here
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6) Reluctant Adult, by Katie Kirby AKA Hurrah for Gin

Perpetually overwhelmed? You're going to love this new book from Katie Kirby, creator of parenting blog Hurrah for Gin.

From the worry spiral that keeps you up at 3AM, to maintaining a professional aura when you can't stand other people - this is for everyone struggling to stay afloat.
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7) No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls, by Katie Hurley 

A must-read for anyone raising daughters, this insightful book arms you with the skills to teach girls how to love themselves, realise their talents, get along and empathise with others, find their inner courage, and lead more successful and fulfilled lives.
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8) Why Mummy Swears, by Gill Sims

 From author of the smash hit Why Mummy Drinks. this hilarious book will have you (and your partner) in stitches! 

Gill Sims is behind the hugely-successful parenting blog and Facebook site ‘Peter and Jane’ and her content is very relatable. Add to your shopping basket, ASAP. 
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9) The Activity Journal, by Mrs Hinch 

If you're a fan of the cleaning-mad Mrs Hinch, you will love her latest book which encourages you to take time out of your hectic schedule and breathe. 

The Activity Journal jam-packed with activity ideas, mindfulness cues and plenty of dedicated space for your own 'hinching' lists. 
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10) How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7, by Joanna Faber and Julie King

Got a toddler who refuses to put their shoes on? A little one who will have a meltdown if they don't have chocolate buttons for breakfast? This clever book helps with real-life conflicts in an effective way, leaving everyone feeling happier. 

The book also includes a chapter that addresses the special needs of children with sensory processing or autism spectrum disorders.
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11) How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids, by Jancee Dunn 

A hilariously candid account of one woman's quest to bring her post-baby marriage back from the brink, with life-changing, real-world advice. Part fiction, part memoir, we bet you'll devour this in a matter of days. We did! 
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12) Confessions of a Single Mum, by Amy Nickell 

This brilliant and joyful book is about Amy's journey after falling pregnant age 24 and how she navigates through motherhood as a single mum. 

Amy’s recollections of raising her son Freddy without a father debunk the misconceptions that often surround single mums, while also providing an honest, hilarious and wonderfully frank portrait of parenting highs and lows - something all families will relate to.
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13) The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did), by Philippa Perry 

Philippa Perry has been a psychotherapist for the past twenty years and sure enough, knows a thing or two about child behaviour. In her bestselling help book, she explains how to parent without the guilt and how we should be more forgiving to ourselves.
Truly, a must-have for any parent's bookshelf. 

Got any more book recommendations? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!


Alongside her role as the Digital Editor at Mother&Baby, Aimee runs the #mumtribe Facebook group and leads the M&B Awards content strategy.

Winner of Immediate Media Award for 'Magazine Journalist of the Year 2016. Her hobbies include truffle mac and cheese, Class Pass and relentlessly checking (and scolding!) the weather app.

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