Best children and parenting books October 2014

Autumn nights offer the perfect excuse to snuggle down with a good book – and this month’s selection features some beautiful bedtime reads

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  • Peep Inside Night Time

    Age: 18 months+

    Peep Inside Night Time provides a charming introduction to the nocturnal world from the clever people at Usborne. Suitable from 18 months, this beautifully illustrated book allows children to see what all the grown-ups and animals are doing while little ones are fast asleep. There are plenty of things to look at and flaps to open. This is a lovely bedtime book to share with your little one as it gives them a little bit more fun before settling down.

    Published by Usborne, 1st October, £6.99

  • My Little Star

    Age: 2+

    While we are on a bedtime theme, My Little Star by Mark Sperring and illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne offers the perfect way to end the day by letting your child know just how much you love them. As the night draws in all the animal mums and dads are ready to snuggle up with their babies, telling them how special they are. The lilting, rhyming text and gentle message is just right for bedtime and offers a reassuring note to end the day. Although, I must admit I struggled to get through it without a tear!

    Published by Bloomsbury, 9th October, £6.99

  • Frog Is a Hero

    Age: 3+

    To celebrate 25 years of stories about Frog, Max Velthuijs’ loveable amphibian, Andersen Press is reissuing some of his most memorable adventures. Frog Is a Hero is out this month, while Frog in Winter comes in November. When the rains come, Duck, Pig and Hare are stranded - can Frog save the day and rescue his friends? This is a really charming story, and the simple text and clear illustrations will no doubt appeal to this generation of children, just as they have in the past.

    Published by Andersen Press, 1st October, £6.99

  • Snowflakes and Fairy Wishes

    Age: 4+

    Snowflakes and Fairy Wishes is the second book in a delightful new series by Sophie Tilley. Amelie and Nanette are best friends and do everything together but as they begin to prepare for Christmas, poor Nanette starts to sneeze and shiver... Will she be better in time for the big day? This is a charming story about friendship and the pretty illustrations should be a hit with little girls and their BFFs.

    Published by Bloomsbury, 23rd October, £10.99

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  • Snow Day

    Age: 5+

    From award-winning writer and director Richard Curtis comes Snow Day a magical, heart-warming, wintry tale. When Danny goes to school one snowy morning the last thing he wants to find is his least favourite teacher in an otherwise deserted building. But unfortunately for Danny the day is about to get a lot worse, that is until something truly magical happens. This is a moving story for slightly older children about finding friends in the most unexpected places.

    Published by Puffin, 2nd October, £10.99

  • My Pregnancy Recipes and Meal Planner

    Trying to find what you should or should not eat during pregnancy can be overwhelming. Dr Rana Conway’s My Pregnancy Recipes and Meal Planner is a no-nonsense guide to keeping you (and your baby) healthy throughout the whole nine months. It covers everything from the best breakfast to ward off morning sickness to energy-boosting lunches through to simple but tasty evening meals that won’t take an age to create. This is a really informative guide from a health professional with more than 20 years experience.

    Published by White Ladder Press, 1st October, £8.99

  • The Birth of the Modern Mum

    Nowadays, having a baby is big business. There are stylish maternity clothes to buy, prams that cost as much as a second-hand car, designer changing bags and Apps to help you get back in your skinny jeans within days of giving birth. But do all these things really help us? The Birth of the Modern Mum by Heather Irvine looks at the expectations of today’s mothers-to-be and how our super-organised, super-busy lives don’t prepare us for sleepless nights, sick-stained clothes and the ‘lows’ of being a mum. This is a sensitive yet humorous book looking at the best way to cope with modern motherhood.

    Published by Jane Curry Books, 2nd October, £6.99