Family life School & Family Best children and parenting books for April This month sees the publication of Julia Donaldson’s much-anticipated new story as well as some gorgeous picture books, just perfect for spring! 1 of Ad break Age 1+: Easter Bunny Flap Book If you are looking for an alternative to chocolate this holiday period, there are lots of great Easter-themed books out there. A cute one for toddlers is the Easter Bunny Flap Book. Lift the flaps and find out where the animals’ eggs are hidden in this chunky board book, perfect for little hands. Published by Usborne, available now, priced at £5.99. Age 18 months+: First Picture AnimalsToddlers will love finding out about all the different animals in Usborne First Picture Animals. All the creatures are pictured in their habitats and it covers everything from dogs to dolphins and hamsters to hippos! There are a few simple facts and little quizzes thrown in too. Perfect for an afternoon’s read or a Bank Holiday car journey. Published 1st April by Usborne, priced at £4.99. Age 2+: The Singing MermaidIf you only buy one book this year, then this should be the one! The Singing Mermaid, by the multi-award-winning team of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, is a fantastic tale about a mermaid who leaves home to join the circus. But her new life is not as glamorous as she imagined and she soon finds herself desperate to get back to her undersea home. The lyrical, rhyming text positively flies along while the big, bold and bright illustrations will keep children enthralled and amused. Published 26th April by Macmillan, priced at £10.99. Age 3+: The Very Helpful Hedgehog The Very Helpful Hedgehog is a touching tale about learning to fit in. Isaac is a solitary hedgehog - and he likes it that way, until an apple falls from a tree and lands on his spikey back. He tries and tries to get it off but he has no one to help him. Whatever will he do? This gentle story teaches youngsters all about friendship and helping others. It is written and illustrated by Dr Rosie Wellesley who, while her baby son slept, found herself drawing pictures of a funny little hedgehog. Published 1st April by Pavilion Children’s Books, priced at £5.99. Continue slideshow > Age 3+: The Great Easter Egg Scramble A great Easter-themed title for young children is The Great Easter Egg Scramble by Timothy Knapman. This is a really jolly picture book with a lively rhyming text that sees the Easter Bunny getting in a bit of a mess with his deliveries! Published by Macmillian, available now, priced at £10.99. Age 3-5: Sophie’s Ballet Show Sophie’s Ballet Show is a gorgeous, girly story about Sophie’s first ever dancing lesson. Sophie can’t wait to be a ballerina and is overjoyed when she learns she has the star part in the show. Each page has a wheel to turn or tab to pull, revealing a new dance step or position, so your budding ballerinas can practise along with Sophie. And the final pop-up is a real show stopper! Written and illustrated by Rosalinda Kightly, this will appeal to little stars everywhere. Published 5th April by Scholastic, priced at £9.99 For the adults: Babycare: Day by Day This month sees the publication of Babycare: Day by Day - a great little reference book that shows you how to feed, change and bathe your new baby in easy-to-follow, step-by-step sections. And the really clever part is that the book is hands-free! Yes, it stands up all by itself and each topic is covered on a single page, so you don’t need to keep flicking around. Written by Dr Frances Wilson, this is a thorough, practical guide - ideal for first-time mums and dads. Published 1st April by Carroll & Brown, priced at £12.99. For the adults: Pregnancy - Your Questions Answered Pregnancy - Your Questions Answered contains more than 900 questions and answers designed to ease the worries of parents-to-be. Written by health professionals, obstetrician Dr Christopher Lees and midwife Grainne McCartan, this book can tell you everything you need to know from conception right up until your baby's first six weeks. It also contains info on your maternity rights and useful contacts. A very handy, practical and reassuring guide. Published 2nd April by Dorling Kindersley, priced at £14.99 By Jane Thynne Comments Latest on MadeForMums The 12 BEST things about being pregnant Mum's 'overweight' post-baby pic: 'My body can wait. My life is beautiful' Should smacking be banned all over the UK? Cheryl's new mum confession: 'I hated being pregnant'