Best children and parenting books January 2015

A new year and a great new selection of books to get 2015 off to a great start...

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  • Night Night

    Age: 1+

    Say a lovely ‘goodnight’ to all the sleepy characters in this warm bedtime book from Ladybird. Night Night is the latest in the Baby Touch series and is a charming rhyming touch-and-feel book which is perfect for reading at the end of a busy day. And as each page is turned, so the colours fade as night time approaches. A clever bedtime book that will suit even the youngest of children.

    Published by Ladybird, 1st January, £6.99

  • Peep Inside the Farm

    Age: 2+

    Peep Inside the Farm is the latest in the engaging series from Usborne. This colourful chunky book will keep little hands busy for hours as they lift the flaps to see what’s going on around the farm. You can help your child to recognise the animals and the noises they make and homes they live in, as well as getting to grips with a few vegetables and flowers. Great fun for a winter’s afternoon.

    Published by Usborne, 1st January, £6.99

  • A Day at the Fire Station

    Age: 3+

    A Day at the Fire Station by Richard Scarry follows unlucky handymen Drippy and Sticky as they take on their latest challenge. The hapless pair have been employed to paint Busytown Fire Station, but with Smokey and the other brave firefighters rushing in and out to rescue people, there are quite a few wet paint mishaps! Richard Scarry is one of the world’s most popular authors and this is a really funny book, with plenty to look at and talk about with your child.

    Published by HarperCollins Children’s, 29th January, £5.99

  • WANTED! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar

    Age: 4+

    If you are hoping your youngster will grow into a great reader, then this debut by Emily MacKenzie could be just what you are looking for. WANTED! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar tells the story of Ralfy, a little rabbit obsessed with books. In fact, Ralfy is so obsessed that his need for books leads him to a life of crime... This is a really charming story as well as a morality tale that should lead your child directly to the library. 

    Published by Bloomsbury, 15th January, £6.99

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  • I Am Henry Finch

    Age: 5+

    I Am Henry Finch written by Alex Deacon and illustrated by Viviane Shwarz is an intriguing book about a little bird who wants to make a big difference. Henry is a finch who wants to be great but gets things a bit wrong. Until one day when he gets his chance to be truly great. This is a charming story - perfect for any budding philosophers.  If you are looking for something a little bit different, then this is the book for you - a profound story with fabulous illustrations - all the birds are thumbprints of Viviane Schwarz.

    Published by Walker Books, 1st January, £11.99

  • Baby Play for Every Day

    Many mums, if they were being honest, would say that finding things to do with your newborn is difficult and that sometimes days on your own with just your baby for company can be hard. But not anymore... Baby Play for Every Day by Claire Halsey is a great book designed to help you banish boredom and have fun being a parent while aiding your baby’s development. It includes an age-appropriate activity for every day of your baby’s first year, with tips on how to keep toy budgets to a minimum, music making, nutrition and even pampering. Great for first-time parents.

    Published by DK Books, 16th January, £10.99

  • The Good Sleeper

    So after all that play what could be better than knowing your baby (and you) are going to get a good night’s sleep? In The Good Sleeper, Dr Janet Kennedy offers parents a straightforward message, encouraging them to put their baby’s needs ahead of his or her wants, explaining how to read the early signs of tiredness so children can be put to bed before they become overtired and start to fight sleep and so on. There are plenty of useful tips including soothing techniques, self-settling, avoiding excessive crying and night wanderings. A must-read for the sleep deprived! 

    Published by Vermilion, 29th January, £10.99