Best children and parenting books June 2014

June is bursting full of books all celebrating the start of summer and this month’s special events -Father’s Day and the start of the World Cup

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  • Red Blue Peekaboo

    Age: 1+ 

    Red Blue Peekaboo by Georgie Birkett is a fun introduction to the game of hide and seek. Lift the felt flaps to find out who’s hiding where around baby’s house - you can even have a game with your little one. There are plenty of things to spot during the story and the gently rhyming text is a great way to introduce colours.

    Published by Campbell Books, 5th June, priced £5.99

  • Zoe & Beans Pirate Treasure

    Age: 2+

    Zoe & Beans Pirate Treasure is the latest title from the bestselling, father and daughter team, Chloe and Mick Inkpen. The sun is shining, so Zoe, her friends Oscar and Evie and of course her faithful dog Beans all set out for the seaside in search of an adventure. And it isn’t too long before they stumble across a clue to some hidden treasure. This is a sweet tale and the warm illustrations perfectly capture a day on the beach. Great holiday read.

    Published by Macmillan, 5th June, priced £10.99 (hardback), £5.99 (paperback)  

  • Me and My Daddy

    Age: 3+

    Perfect for any bedtime-story-reading daddy, is Me and My Daddy - a four-book set that comes complete with stickers and even a Father’s Day card. The handy carry case contains four stories all celebrating dads - Horace the hippo has a busy dad who sometimes doesn’t have time to play; Daisy has had a daddy who is very good at teaching; Little Bear has a big, strong daddy and Barney has a grandpa who hates going to sleep. 

    Published by Little Tiger Press, available, priced £9.99

  • Rex and the Crown Jewels Robbery

    Age: 4+

    Rex and the Crown Jewels Robbery by Kate Sheppard is loosely based on the story of Captain Blood – the only man to ever attempt to steal the Crown Jewels back in1671. Rex lives in Tower Green and likes nothing more than a rummage in a rubbish bin. But one day he gets more than he bargained for when the bin transports him back in time and Rex is pitted against a master criminal. This is a really good read and something a little out-of-the-ordinary for this age group, making a nice change from all the usual dinosaur, pirate and princess tales.

    Published by Walker Books, 5th June, available, priced £10

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  • Football Things to Make and Do

    Age: 5+

    For all those footy-mad boys (and girls, of course) out there (and again with an eye on Father’s Day), Usborne is reissuing its Football Things to Make and Do. It contains some really inventive craft activities, including footballer finger puppets, door signs and fan collages, that mostly just need paper, pens and glue and not a shop’s worth of art supplies. Great for keeping football-crazy youngsters busy on rainy days.

    Published by Usborne, available, priced £4.99

  • The Baby Sleep Guide

    The latest in the popular Great Expectations series which aims to help first-time mums and dads through the key areas of parenting, this time tackles sleep. The Baby Sleep Guide by Marcie Jones and Sandy Jones offers parent-to-parent advice on how to establish a sleep pattern that is beneficial for your baby and for you. It is non-preachy and also includes a list of sleep-related products and web resources designed to get weary mums and dads feeling more positive.

    Published by Sterling, 6th June, £8.88

  • Commando Dad, Raw Recruits

    Keeping Father’s Day in mind, Commando Dad, Raw Recruits is a must-have for new dads or dads to be. Written by Neil Sinclair and loosely based on the British Army's Basic Battle Skills, it has a light-hearted military flavour throughout – for example due date is termed “deployment date” while mums-to-be are referred to as CO (Commanding Officer). Alongside all the humour, this is a really useful book that demystifies the process of childbirth for all those rookies out there.

    Published by Yellow Kite, 5th June, £10.99