Best children and parenting books July 2015

July is bursting with brilliant books from some of our best-loved authors

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  • Listen and Learn First English Words

    Age: 18months+

    Listen and Learn First English Words is a wonderfully inventive, interactive book to encourage your little one’s vocabulary. Each card covers a specific topic and features 16 named images. Simply slip the card in the holder and press on a picture to hear how to say the word. Children will love choosing the cards from the ‘sealed’ envelope and slotting them into the special frame as well pressing one of the 100 ‘magic’ images. This book is great for sharing with your little one and educational too!

    Published by Usborne Books, available, £9.99

  • Albert and Little Henry

    Age: 2+

    Jez Albrough is one of the best children’s author/illustrators around today and his books are always warm and reassuring. His latest, Albert and Little Henry is certainly no exception. Albert is a big dog now and is good at lots of things, but when his little brother Henry comes along, people seem to stop noticing him and he begins to feel smaller and smaller. This is the perfect picture book for young children… especially when there might be a new sibling on the way.

    Published by Walker Books, 2nd July, £11.99

  • No More Cuddles

    Age: 3+

    Jane Chapman is another of the nation’s favourite children’s authors and her new book, No More Cuddles, doesn’t disappoint. Everyone loves to be cuddled, but ‘snuggly wuggly’ Barry has had enough. He hides away deep in the forest just to have a bit of time to himself, but it’s not long before the other creatures find him and demand he gives them a cuddle. This is a really amusing tale about someone searching for a little ‘me time’. Sound familiar?

    Published by Little Tiger Press, 6th July, £10.99

  • Bod’s Apple

    Age: 4+

    For people of a certain age Bod was one of the most memorable children’s TV series of the 1970s. Now Bod is back to delight a whole new generation. Bod’s Apple by original authors Joanne and Michael Cole is the first story to get a makeover. Bod’s friends are wondering what Bod, who is just staring at a tree, is up to. When he explains that he is waiting for an apple to fall, they decide to wait too. Yes, it is slightly surreal but my daughter was immediately fascinated by the eccentric cast of characters.

    Published by Egmont, 30th July, £5.99

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  • Daisy the Kitten

    Age: 5+

    The latest title in the Dr Kitty Cat series by Jane Clarke, sees the medic helping fellow feline Daisy the Kitten. Poor old Daisy may not be able to take part in the great cupcake bake because she has a very painful mouth and paws. Can Dr Kitty get her back to full health before the judging begins? These illustrated stories are becoming very popular and are great for reading aloud or for early readers.

    Published by Oxford University Press, 2nd July, £4.99

  • Real Birth – Women Share Their Stories

    Real Birth – Women Share Their Stories features first-person narratives from 45 women from various backgrounds. The tales are very intimate and honest and offer a look into the complex emotions stimulated by pregnancy and birth. The book is edited by Robin and Greene with an introduction by Ariel Gore, founder of Hip Mama. The book has also been reviewed by Dr Deborah Morris to make sure all medical information is as correct as possible. This is a very thoughtful book that will be of interest to mothers everywhere – even if your days of childbirth are over.

    Published by Light Messages, 14th July, £14.99

  • The First Five Years: From Baby to Primary School by Dr Philippa Kaye offers a one-stop shop to help you understand and recognise the stages of your child’s early development.  Although a lot of this information is available on the internet, taking time to read about what is actually going on both physically and psychologically could save you from a lot of wasted time and anxiety. The chapters are clearly mapped out and also include activities to help you encourage your child’s development.

    Published by White Ladder Press, 24th July, £12.99