Best children and parenting books July 2014

Ta-da! The new book from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, plus the follow-up to No! and a new guide from controversial parenting guru Gina Ford - it's a big month

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  • Are You My Mummy?

    Age: 1+

    Can you help Puppy find his mummy? Lift the flaps and transform the pictures as you join Puppy in his search, and discover all kinds of mummies and babies along the way. Are You My Mummy? is the perfect way to introduce little ones to books. Mary Murphy is one of the most popular illustrators and this is a lovely warm story to share with your little one.

    Published by Baby Walker, 3rd July, £5.99

  • Why?

    Age: 2+

    Why? by award-winners Tracey Corderoy and Tim Warnes is the terrific follow-up to No! – one of 2013’s big sellers. This time, Archie is on a mission to find out everything – “Why is mud so sticky? Why is her nose so long?” – but unfortunately for Archie his constant questioning soon gets him in trouble. This delightful book will resonate with parents of inquisitive toddlers – especially as the answer to Archie’s inquiries is often, “Go and ask your dad…”

    Published by Little Tiger Press, 7th July, £6.99

  • Rory and the Monstersitter

    Age: 3+

    Rosie Reeve’s new book, Rory and the Monstersitter, is a funny tale about what happens when you leave your little monsters with a babysitter. Rory loves to cook – cheesy bats and hairy cakes are his favourite recipes. One night when mum and dad go out for a romantic meal, Rory and his siblings decide to cook up a feast of their own. When mum and dad return, all is quiet, the kitchen is tidy, but where is the babysitter?

    Published by Bloomsbury, 3rd July, £7.99

  • The Scarecrows' Wedding

    Age: 4+

    The Scarecrows’ Wedding by the multi-award-winning Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is bound to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, picture books of the year. The wonderful rhyming text of this love story is packed with drama, warmth and humour. Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay are planning the perfect wedding. But nasty scarecrow, Reginald Rake, has other ideas and almost ruins their special day. Harry must become a hero before he and Betty can have the wedding of their dreams. A perfect treat for the holidays.

    Published by Scholastic, 17th July, £12.99

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  • Topsy and Tim Go to the Zoo

    Age: 5+

    Topsy and Tim have been a big hit on CBeebies and the new stories are based on the classic titles by Jean and Gareth Adamson. This month Topsy and Tim Go to the Zoo, which follows the twins as they spend the day meeting all kinds of animals, is published in the “Read It Yourself” range. This reading scheme has been helping children to build their reading confidence for more than 35 years and it's perfect for keeping your child reading over the holidays.

    Ladybird is also launching its Topsy and Tim activity book range with the Ready for School Sticker Activity Book (3rd July, £3.99). Again, this is great for the holidays or taking on long journeys.

  • The Contented Baby Goes to School

    You either love her or loathe her, but Gina Ford is still a big name in the parenting expert market and this month she releases The Contented Baby Goes to School. This should be less controversial than her baby books as it contains practical advice on how to encourage your child to socialise, lessen their separation anxiety and how to prepare your child for new environments. Definitely worth a read if you are feeling nervous about this big step for your little one.

    Published by Ebury, 3rd July, £11.99

  • Baby-Led Parenting

    For those of you who may want a little less prescriptive way of bringing up your children then Baby-Led Parenting by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett may be the one for you. The pair are best-known for their ground-breaking Baby-Led Weaning philosophy of moving your baby on to solid food. This book is designed to help you connect with your baby by learning how to use your baby's natural instincts and abilities to give him or her the very best start in life. Its sensitive yet practical advice shows you how to understand your baby's true needs, recognise what your baby is trying to tell you and to manage sleep, feeding and crying gently all without stress.

    Published by Vermilion, 3rd July, £11.99