Best children and parenting books May 2015

Nursery rhymes, rhythms and a rampaging T-Rex, all make May a noisy month!

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  • My Favourite Nursery Rhymes – Bedtime Rhymes

    Age: 6-months+

    In My Favourite Nursery Rhymes – Bedtime Rhymes, Tony Ross has created a charmingly illustrated, tabbed board book that's perfect for little hands. The lullaby bedtime rhymes include, Hey, Diddle Diddle, Rock-a-Bye Baby, Diddle Diddle Dumpling, Wee Willie Winkie and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. This is a wonderful book to share with your baby and it comes with a QR code so you can download the rhymes and listen along.

    Published by Andersen Press, 7th May, £5.99

  • Toddle Waddle

    Age: 1+

    Toddle Waddle is a beautifully crafted book for little ones from the truly terrific Julia Donaldson. There’s a commotion at the seaside when one inquisitive toddler decides to go for a walk with all his toddler friends. Using her trademark rhymes and rhythms, the delightful text almost skips across the page, while the jolly illustrations by the superb Nick Sharratt match Donaldson’s words beautifully. Toddlers will love the silly noises.

    Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 7th May, £5.99

  • Dinosaur Police

    Age: 2+

    Carrying on with the silly theme is Dinosaur Police by Sarah McIntyre – the talented author and illustrator of the big selling There’s A Shark in the Bath. In this latest caper the police in Dinoville are having a quiet morning, until someone reports that Trevor the T-Rex is rampaging through the town! Will the police be able to catch him before he eats his way through the town’s pizzas? This book is full of chaos, noise and mess – basically everything that appeals to a toddler.

    Published by Scholastic, 7th May, £4.50

  • Have You Seen My Monster

    Age: 3+

    Have You Seen My Monster by Steve Light, follows a little girl as she wanders through a fairground looking for her monster. As she hunts for her hairy friend, the reader is also challenged to spot a monster on each page, as well as a variety of shapes, including squares, triangles and even trapezoids. This is a great book to sit down with and enjoy some quiet time with your child. There is such a lot for them to discover among Light’s exquisite drawings, making it a book you can come back to over and over again.

    Published by Walker Books, 7th May, £11.99

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  • What’s the Time Clockodile?

    Age: 4+

    What’s the Time Clockodile? by Jonathan Litton features ‘clickety, clackety’ hands to help you teach your child to tell the time. Spend the day in Clockodile’s class and join in as he teaches his pupils all about time. Robbie Robot is also on hand to help you learn about digital clocks. This is a really fun introduction to the concept of telling the time – and children will love moving the noisy hands. A great early learning tool.

    Published by Little Tiger Kids, 4th May, £8.99

  • Your Babycare Bible

    With so much information available for new parents online, some people may think there is now no real need for parenting guides. But Your Babycare Bible by Tony Waterston provides a month-by-month analysis from birth to the age of three and is full of up-to-date information from paediatricians, nutritionists and breastfeeding experts. Among the interesting features, it provides fold-out basic babycare and first-aid procedure pages, in-depth information on recognising and treating common childhood complaints and coping with emergencies. On the lighter side, there are also tips on choosing toys and activities that will develop your baby’s abilities. This is a sensible, no-nonsense guide that comes highly recommended to first-time parents.

    Published by Hamlyn, 4th May, £24.99

  • Sons + Fathers

    Thinking ahead to Father’s Day on Sunday 21st June, this compilation of stories from the great and the good would make a lovely present. Sons + Fathers brings together a host of politicians, world leaders, musicians, actors, writers and so on, all writing about life with their dads. Some are written as open letters, some are special memories but all are fascinating and very moving. The book is edited by Cathy Gillfillan and features a foreword by Bono. Contributors include, Bob Geldof, George Clooney, Bill Clinton, Hanif Kureishi and Sir Paul McCartney, to name a few.

    Published by Hutchinson Press, 28th May, £14.99