Best children and parenting books September 2014

September brings a fresh crop of brilliant books to ease us into autumn

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  • Lulu Loves Noises

    Age: 1+

    Lulu Loves Noises by Camilla Reid is the latest in the popular series about Lulu, a typically busy toddler. Here, we join Lulu as she listens to all the noises she hears during the day, from her crunching cereal to her bicycle bell and finally her mummy’s goodnight kiss. The illustrations by Allie Busby are gorgeous and little ones will love the chunky pages and lift-the-flap surprises. Perfect for sharing with your toddler.

    Published by Bloomsbury, 11th September, £5.99

  • Tin

    Age: 2+

    Tin is a beautifully illustrated story from artist and author Chris Judge. Tin has been told to look after his little sister Nikel for the afternoon. But when she grabs a balloon and begins to float away, Tin finds out that babysitting is harder than it looks. This is a really refreshing read and the quirky illustrations set it apart from many books in this genre. Tin is Judge’s fourth picture book and his other titles including, The Brave Beast and The Lonely Beast are well worth a read too.

    Published by Anderson Press, 4th September, £11.99

  • I Want To Be a Witch

    Age: 3+

    With Halloween just around the corner, I Want To Be a Witch by Ian Cunliffe is the perfect book to get your little one in the mood for some spooky goings on. Being a witch isn’t a very glamourous profession – you have to have horrible green hair and spend your days making stinking spells. That is until a young witch comes along with a new set of witchy rules. This is a very entertaining story by a super-talented and popular illustrator.

    Published by Caterpillar Books, 1st September, £6.99

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Age: 4+

    This new adaptation of the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Usborne is aimed at beginner readers. The story has been cleverly reworked so it offers a concise version of events without losing any of the suspense and magic. Great as a read-aloud bedtime story or for children who may want to have a go themselves.

    Published by Usborne Books, 1st September, £4.99

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  • Daisy Saves the Day

    Age: 5+

    Daisy Saves the Day is the latest title from Shirley Hughes - one of the country’s best-loved children’s authors. Daisy has a happy life going to school and helping her mother to look after her younger brothers. But one day her mother tells Daisy it’s time for her to get a job and that she has found her a position as a scullery maid in a big house. Daisy tries her best but her work is not very good and her nights are spent crying in her tiny room. But when disaster strikes, it’s Daisy who saves the day. Set just before the First World War, this is a poignant and charming story which ties in nicely with current events marking the Great War.

    Published by Walker Books, 4th September, £12.99

  • Why Love Matters – How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain

    In Why Love Matters – How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain, author Sue Gerhadt explains why loving relationships are important for brain development during a child’s early years, and how these first interactions can have a lasting effect on your child’s physical and emotional health throughout his or her life. This is the second edition and includes recent findings in genetics and the mind/body connection during pregnancy. Although quite scientific, it remains an accessible and compelling read.

    Published by Routledge, 9th September, £14.99

  • Let’s Talk About Where Babies Come From

    Although not strictly a parenting book, Let’s Talk About Where Babies Come From by Robie H Harris and Michael Emberley, is an invaluable guide to answering some of the difficult questions children often ask their parents. Now in its 15th year, it presents all the information you could ever want in a clear and reassuring way. The cartoon-style illustrations also help to demystify the language of growing up and sex. 

    Published by Walker Books, 4th September, £11.99


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