Best children and parenting books February 2015

It’s Valentine’s Day this month and there are plenty of books here you will certainly fall in love with...

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  • Lulu Loves Numbers

    Age: 18-months+

    There are several titles out this month in the new Lulu Loves series by Camilla Reid and Allie Busby. In Lulu Loves Numbers, Lulu and her mummy enjoy a fun-filled day at the farm and it gives Lulu plenty of opportunity to practise her numbers. Aside from introducing your little one to counting, each spread has flaps to lift and lots of colourful things to talk about. The chunky board material is also perfect for little hands. A great first number book. The series also includes Lulu Loves: Colours, Noises and Shapes.

    Published by Bloomsbury, 12th February, £5.99

  • The Bus Is For Us

    Age: 2+

    The Bus Is For Us is a super rhyming tale by poet and former children’s laureate Michael Rosen. Follow the children as they learn all about different modes of transport  - bikes, cars and even a sleigh - but the bus is best because it’s for all of us. The illustrations by Gillian Tyler are gorgeous and very imaginative. A lovely book for a winter’s evening.

    Published by Walker, 5th February, £11.99

  • Bob and Flo – The Missing Bucket

    Age: 3+

    Bob and Flo – The Missing Bucket by Rebecca Ashdown is a touching story about friendship and how the smallest thing can bring people together. It’s Flo’s first day at nursery and she has a brand new pink bucket full of fish all ready for her lunch. But someone else has got his eye on the shiny bucket and it isn’t long before Flo’s precious bucket has gone missing. This is a charming story with a very reassuring message for little ones who are starting nursery or who are not enjoying being away from mummy.

    Published by OUP, 5th February, £6.99

  • Lots of Rabbits to Spot

    Age: 4+

    Lots of Rabbits to Spot by Louie Stowell is a fantastic book for you to enjoy with your child. Join all the rabbits as they emerge from their burrows to go to the market, the theatre, the museum and many other places. There are hundreds of things to spot on each page as well as stickers to collect and puzzles to do. This is a great book for when you are on the move or out and about as it will keep your child amused for hours.

    Published by Usborne, 1st February, £5.99

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  • Chicken Clicking

    Age: 5+

    Chicken Clicking by acclaimed authors Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross is a fairy tale for today’s society. One day Chick decides she will explore the internet and quickly finds out how much fun it is. Soon she’s shopping for everyone on the farm but when she arranges to meet up with a friend she has made online, she discovers the internet may not be as much fun as it seems. Children these days seem to be born knowing how to use an iPad or tablet, so it is essential that they (and we) know how to stay safe online. Aside from the cautionary message, this is a great story with gorgeous illustrations.

    Published by Anderson Press, 5th February, £6.99

  • Calmer, Easier, Happier Boys

    In Calmer, Easier, Happier Boys parenting expert Noel Janis-Norton sets out some simple strategies to get the best out of your sons. This is a very sensible, straightforward read and includes ideas such as how to encourage self-reliance and common sense, anger control, develop concentration - there are even tips on how to get them to help around the home. Perfect for mums who feel they would like to better understand their boisterous boys.

    Published by Yellow Kite, 12th February, £14.99

  • First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers

    If baby mealtimes fill you with a sense of dread then First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers by Dana Angelo White could be just what you have been waiting for. Described as ‘cheat sheet’ approach to healthy eating, the recipes will help you introduce 50 superfoods into your little one’s diet. It includes healthy versions of all the classic children’s favourites including pizza, chicken nuggets and cakes. A great way to get the whole family eating healthier.

    Published by Perigree, 3rd February, £9.99

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