Best children and parenting books November 2014

Snow adventures, gorgeous little mice and Sleeping Beauty stickers plus baby name ideas for 2015

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  • Rabbits in the Snow

    Age: 1+

    Rabbits in the Snow is lovely book of opposites by Natalie Russell. Follow all the little rabbits as they take part in some winter fun. Rose Rabbit and Grey Rabbit are skating fast and slow, while Honey Rabbit and Rust Rabbit are sledging from top to bottom. But when the sun goes down, and all the icy fun is done, it's time to snuggle down with some warm soup. This is the perfect book to cosy up with on a chilly afternoon.

    Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 6th November, £5.99

  • Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom: Birthday Magic

    Age: 2+

    Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom is one of the most popular shows on Channel 5’s morning Milkshake slot and this tie-in title, Birthday Magic, is a lot of fun too. It’s party time for Princess Holly's little sisters, Daisy and Poppy, but Wise Old Elf is determined it will be a traditional affair with absolutely no magic. However, with so many mischievous fairies around you can be sure that the party will go with a bang!

    Published by Ladybird, 20th November, £4.99  

  • The Really Abominable Snowman

    Age: 3+

    The Really Abominable Snowman tells the story of Milo, the little abominable snowman who just wants to be loved. Milo is not like all the other scary snowmen, he doesn’t roar, he’s not smelly and he certainly doesn’t want to hurt anyone. He even tries having a makeover to make himself more attractive. Then one day he stumbles across a group for misunderstood creatures... surely he will find a friend here? This is a witty, modern debut by Valentina Mendicino which will certainly appeal to parents and children alike.

    Published by Walker, 6th November, £11.99

  • Mouse Mansion

    Age: 4+

    Mouse Mansion by Karinor Shaapman is a charming tale about Sam and Julia, 2 young mice who live in the same building. Sam is very shy and very well-behaved, well he is when he is not with Julia - a daring mouse who spends her days roaming round the old mansion and creating mischief. This is a really delightful story about fun and friendship from a Dutch author who actually created a mouse mansion for her children!

    Published by Puffin, 6th November, £12.99

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  • My Sleeping Beauty Sticker Scenes

    Age: 5+

    Bloomsbury has a new range of activity books which are perfect for the long, dark afternoons and evenings. This month sees the publication of My Sleeping Beauty Sticker Scenes (pictured) and My Puss in Boots Sticker Scenes. With the help of more than 350 stickers, children will be able to recreate their favourite fairy stories and then retell them to you. These books are great not only for keeping little ones busy, but by retelling the story they will increase your child’s understanding - a key skill for young readers.

    Published by Bloomsbury, 6th November, £4.99 each

  • Yell Less, Love More

    For those of us who spend a lot of the time shouting at our children and then hanging our heads in shame, Yell Less, Love More offers a set of simple solutions to help you enjoy parenting and show your children a lot more love. Author Sheila McCraith shares daily thoughts, tips, and motivational personal stories to help you embrace the highs and lows of motherhood. McCraith - a stay-at-home mum to 4 boys under the age of 7 and author of the very successful Orange Rhino blog - claims that you can change your parenting style in just 30 days - might be worth a go!

    Published by Fair Winds Press, 20th November, £13.99

  • Best Baby Names for 2015

    Although there are plenty of these books out there and lots of lists online, Best Baby Names for 2015 by Siobhan Thomas is a very comprehensive guide that includes more than 8,000 names and their meanings. There are tips on how to choose the best name, how to blend in family favourites, as well as the latest trends. Browsing baby names can be one of the most fun parts of pregnancy, so why not take your time and do it properly.

    Published by Vermilion, 6th November, £6.99