Best children and parenting books September 2015

September has come over all sensitive with books about emotions, friendships and feelings dominating this month’s selection

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  • Busy Baby Trucks

    Age: 1+

    Sara Gillingham’s Busy Baby series is a beautifully designed set of board books for babies and toddlers. In Busy Baby Trucks you can join Baby as he discovers all sorts of big vehicles from a cement mixer to a recycling van, but the thing Baby likes to do the most on his travels is to make friends. This is a lovely little book, which will appeal to truck-mad tots everywhere.

    Published by Chronicle Books, 15th September, £5.99

  • A Great Big Cuddle

    Age: 2+

    A Great Big Cuddle is a collection of poems for the very young by Michael Rosen with illustrations by Chris Riddell. There are rhymes about everything from mangos to tangos, alligators to radiators. Some will make you smile and some will make you think. This book is great for sharing with your little one – the words just dance off the page and there are lots of different themes for you to talk about and explore. Rosen is a former Children’s Laureate and his use of language is definitely something to be admired and shared. Would highly recommend.

    Published by Walker Books, 3rd September, £14.99

  • Pom Pom the Champion

    Age: 3+

    Cute little panda Pom Pom is back in Pom Pom the Champion, an amusing yet poignant tale by Sophy Henn. One day Pom Pom is bored, so mum suggests they play a game. When Pom Pom wins, he discovers just how much he likes to win and decides that from now on he must be the best in everything he does. This is a very well told story and its message will resonate with over-competitive parents and children alike.

    Published by Puffin, 3rd September, £6.99

  • A Book of Feelings

    Age: 4+

    A Book of Feelings by Amanda McCardle with illustrations by Salvatore Rubbino features Sam and Kate, a brother and sister who along with their dog Fuzzy Bean, spend many a happy hour playing and having fun. But sometimes they don’t feel quite as happy, sometimes they feel sad or grumpy and they don’t feel like playing. Through subtle and sensitive text and warm illustrations, this book offers the perfect introduction to talking to your child about emotions and encouraging them to understand how others may be feeling.

    Published by Walker Books, 3rd September, £11.99

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  • The Night-time Adventure Notebook

    Age: 5+

    The National Trust’s ’50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 3/4’ has been a very successful campaign, encouraging children (and their parents), to get outside and get involved with nature. In support of this, the Trust has published The Night-time Adventure Notebook, which has 50 things to do, see, make or play while outside at night. There are plenty of tips about what to look for and also a space in the book to write down your findings or experiences. This is a great book for holidays or for getting your child off the sofa!

    Published by National Trust Books, available, £8.99 

  • The Dos and Don’ts of Pregnancy

    The Dos and Don’ts of Pregnancy by Louise Baty is a straightforward, no-nonsense guide covering conception to birth. There is a lot of conflicting advice out there and this book aims to cut to the chase, by offering practical advice on diet and exercise, safety in the workplace, common ailments, potential problems, your physical changes and finally labour. Great to flick through should a problem arise or for those who would like to be well-prepared in advance.

    Published by Summersdale, 10th September, £6.99

  • The Sh*t No One Tells You about Toddlers

    Next in the series of the very amusing “THE Sh*t No One Tells You… Series from US journalist Dawn Dais, comes The Sh*t No One Tells You about Toddlers. This is the ultimate read for anyone who is going through or can still remember their child’s ‘terrible twos’. With great wit, Dais battles through the chapters which include, ‘Restaurants are battle zones’, ‘Kids Get Sick, Then Everyone Gets Sick’ and ‘You Suck at This’. Factual as well as funny, this is a good book to sit down with at the end of the day, to laugh about the day that has passed and to arm yourself for the day to come.

    Published by SealPress, 10th September, £10.99