Best children and parenting books August 2014

What could be better on a summer’s afternoon than relaxing in the shade with your little one and a good book? This month’s selection has plenty to while away the August hours

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  • Super Sounds: Old MacDonald Had a Farm

    Age: 1+

    Little hands with love this noisy, board book version of the popular children’s song. Follow the friendly farmer as he visits the animals on his farm and press the button to hear each animal’s sound. Super Sounds: Old MacDonald Had a Farm features bright illustrations and very noisy sounds that will keep your toddler entertained for hours. Also available as an ebook.

    Published by Igloo, 31st August, £14.99 

  • Train

    Age: 2+

    Train by Judi Abbot is perfect for toddlers who are overly-attached to one particular toy. Elephant will only say one word, “Train” and the only toy he will play with is his train. But one day Elephant meets some children who would like to look or even play with his train. What should Elephant do? This is a great story for introducing the concept of sharing and friendship.

    Published by Little Tiger Press, 4th August, £6.99

  • Specs for Rex

    Age: 3+

    Yasmeen Ismail, award-winning author of the excellent, Time for Bed, Fred, is back with a new picture book. Specs for Rex tells the story of a little lion who does not want to wear his new glasses to school! Rex spends his day trying to hide his glasses in all sorts of places, but by the time school is over, Rex has realised that wearing big, red specs isn’t that bad after all. It can be hard for children to adjust to wearing glasses when none of their friends have to, but this engaging tale proves that whatever glasses may or may not do, they will not stop you having fun!

    Published by Bloomsbury, 14th August, £10.99

  • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

    Age: 4+

    Mo Wellems’ new take on the classic Golidlocks story will appeal just as much to parents as to children. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, tells the story of a persistent, defiant little girl who encounters two big dinosaurs and their Norwegian friend (!) after falling into their trap. This is a very dark yet witty version which brings a new twist to the traditional fairytale.

    Published by Walker, available, £6.99

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  • The Diary of Dennis the Menace: Rollercoaster Riot

    Age: 5+

    For young fans of the Beano, this month sees the publication of The Diary of Dennis the Menace: Rollercoaster Riot by Steven Butler. It’s not easy being the country’s most popular anti-hero, but here Dennis reveals all about life as a menace. Although suitable for more confident readers, this is also great fun to read to your child and there are plenty of puzzles, doodle sections and pranks to keep them busy over the school break. Perfect for holidays. Also available as an audio download and ebook.

    Published by Puffin, 7th August, £7.99

  • The Natural Pregnancy Book

    There are many women who feel pregnancy and childbirth needs to be a lot less of a medical procedure and more natural experience. The Natural Pregnancy Book by Dr Aviva Jill Rom considers a more holistic and organic approach. The emphasis is on natural products to alleviate the traditional symptoms of morning sickness, anxiety and fatigue. She even has tips on avoiding stretch marks. Dr Rom has more than 20 years experience in this field and this is the third of edition the book which is a complete guide to a healthy, pregnancy as nature intended it.

    Published by Ten Speed Press, 18th August, £12.99

  • What Every Parent Needs to Know: How to Help Your Child Get the Most Out of Primary School

    What Every Parent Needs to Know: How to Help Your Child Get the Most Out of Primary School by author, journalist and ‘Free School’ campaigner Toby Young is a must-have for parents preparing to send their child to school for the first time. Featuring a guide through phonics, key stages, curriculum, food and much more, this is a thoughtful introduction to prepare you and your child for the next seven years of your lives.  No scare tactics, just sensible advice and explanations. Well worth reading!

    Published by Viking, 28th August, £10.99