Best children and parenting books June 2015

Dinosaurs, double trouble and digging all feature in this month’s selection

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  • Naughty Henry

    Age: 0+

    Naughty Henry follows the adventures of Henry, a mischievous dog who just can’t help but make trouble. He knocks things over, he chases the cat and even makes a little puddle on the carpet. Created by Rod Campbell – author of Dear Zoo – this is a lovely book to share with your baby or toddler. There's a lot to see and tabs to pull to make Henry jump, walk and run on each page which will keep your little one amused for a good while!

    Published by Macmillan, 4th June, £8.99

  • Silly Dizzy Dinosaur

    Age: 2+

    Silly Dizzy Dinosaur by Jack Tickle is a really entertaining book all about Dizzy, a very silly dinosaur. The story encourages you to interact with the hapless Dizzy by shouting, tickling and even shaking the book! Dinosaurs are one of the most, if not the most popular subjects in picture books for the children and sometimes my heart sinks to see another one. However, this is a well-thought out story with bright illustrations and is the perfect noisy book to share with your toddler.

    Published by Little Tiger Press, 1st June, £6.99

  • Double Trouble

    Age: 3+

    Double Trouble by Atinuke and Lauren Tobia is a beautifully crafted story about the charming Anna Hibiscus. Anna’s mummy has had twins and suddenly everyone is too busy to talk or play with Anna. The story, set in Nigeria, follows Anna as she comes to realise that her new brothers only add to the amount of love in her family. This is a great book for anyone who has a new addition to the family or a baby on the way.

    Published by Walker Books, 4th June, £11.99

  • The Cloudspotter

    Age: 4+

    The Cloudspotter is a very thoughtful story by upcoming children’s author Tom McLaughlin. Franklin was a solitary soul who spent his time looking at clouds. The clouds kept him company and led him to have many great adventures as they raced through the sky. Then one day, an unexpected visitor appears who changes everything. This gentle, reassuring tale is perfect for those children who may be having some ‘friendship issues’.

    Published by Bloomsbury, 18th June, £11.99

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  • Gardening for Beginners

    Age: 5+

    What could be better as the weather hots up, than introducing your little ones to the joys of gardening? Gardening for Beginners by Emily Bone and Abigail Wheatley is great for those with little green fingers. It gives clear, well-illustrated instructions taking you step-by-step through planting, watering, feeding and much more. Divided into sections, it covers everything from herb gardens, Asian greens to garlic – there really is something for everyone, whether you have window box or whole meadow.

    Published by Usborne Books, available, £9.99

  • The Headspace Guide to... A Mindful Pregnancy

    Mindfulness is one of the most popular self-help techniques at the moment, so it isn’t very surprising that there's now a mindfulness guide to pregnancy. The Headspace Guide to... A Mindful Pregnancy is written by Andy Puddicombe – a widely acknowledged expert in the field. This is a practical and reassuring guide that aims to teach you and your partner how to calmly navigate the anxieties and demands of new parenthood.

    Published by Hodder & Stoughton, 18th June, £11.99

  • Confident Toddler Care: The Ultimate Guide to the Toddler Years

    Written by Supernanny Jo Frost, Confident Toddler Care: The Ultimate Guide to the Toddler Years, is absolutely packed with sensible, no-nonsense advice for parents with children entering this often challenging stage. All the common battlegrounds are covered – mealtimes, bedtimes and potty training – but alongside the techniques are tips on how to give yourself confidence and guidance on how to stay motivated and positive, no matter what your child (sometimes literally) throws at you.

    Published by Orion, 18th June, £16.99