Best children and parenting books October 2015

Shorter days and darker nights mean it’s time to snuggle down with some good reads

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  • Goodnight Moon

    Age: 1+

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown might celebrate its 65th anniversary this year, but it's certainly lost none of its magic. Join little bunny in his great green room as he says goodnight to all his belongings, from his picture of the Three Bears to his mittens drying near the hearth. This is a lovely, restful book offering plenty of things to chat about at the end of a busy day. It’s also very useful for helping settle your little one into a bedtime routine. 

    Published by Macmillan, £5.99

  • Ten Spooky Skeletons

    Age: 2+

    Keeping with a night-time theme is Ten Spooky Skeletons by Garry Parsons, a peek-through picture book perfect for Halloween. This is great for learning to count as we follow a lonely skeleton on the hunt for some friends. The book’s rhyming text just gallops along as we meet some comical characters on the skeleton’s shaky journey. Watch out for the glow-in-the-dark surprise at the end!

    Published by Caterpillar Books, £10.99

  • The Brilliant Surprise

    Age: 3+

    Making a welcome return to both our screens and bookshelves this month are the Clangers, who are starring in a new series on CBeebies. The Brilliant Surprise is written by award-winning author and Clangers’ scriptwriter Daniel Postgate. The Clangers have been told that something is coming to their planet – but what can it be? Young children will love the colourful illustrations in this heartwarming tale of familial love.

    Published by Ladybird, £6.99

  • Say It

    Age: 4+

    Say It is a very touching story that will move mothers of daughters everywhere by very well respected picture book creators Charlotte Zolotow and Charlotte Voake. One windy autumn day a mum and her little girl set off for a walk, talking about everything they see. But there is one thing that the little girl really wants her mother to say. This is a wonderful look at the nature of the mother/daughter relationship and I challenge you to get to the end without shedding a tear!

    Published by Walker Books, £11.99

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  • Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella

    Age: 5+

    A great new book for early readers is Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella by CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell. Harper lives with her great aunt Sassy and her cat in the City of Clouds but when the cat goes missing, along with all the other felines in the area, Scarlet decides to investigate. This is a very imaginative story that will keep children gripped and the large print, amusing illustrations and short chapters, make it a great choice for those just venturing into ‘chapter books’. 

    Published by Scholastic, 5 October, £8.99

  • Stop and Smell Your Children

    Stop and Smell Your Children by Leah Spina encourages you to follow the advice of strangers and embrace not only your children but the noise, the mess and the fun, because it doesn’t last forever. This book features real-life parenting stories that encourage and inspire as well as words of comfort and humour from the author, herself a mother of three children aged five and under. It’s funny, heart-warming and thought-provoking – and take it from me, a mum with children approaching teenagerdom, the early years are definitely easier!

    Published by Next Century Publishing, 6 October, £9.99

  • The No-Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting

    For those with an eye on the health of the planet as well as that of your family, The No-Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting: How to Raise Your Child, Help Save the Planet and Not Go Mad by Kate Blincoe may well be for you. The book is designed to get you out and about and making the most of nature, while teaching your children how to value the things around them. Includes tips for foraging (which children will love), games with plants and eco-friendly ideas to make your home just that bit more environmentally friendly. Not preachy at all, just sensible advice.

    Published by Green Books, 8 October, £15.99