Best children and parenting books for March 2013

March is a really busy month in the world of books – there are plenty of Mother’s Day and Easter titles to choose from and not to mention all the great book and events in support of World Book Day. There can be no better time to get your child reading!

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  • 18 months+: Peppa Pigs Easter Egg Hunt

    Everyone’s favourite family of pigs are back in this Easter special – Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt. Grandpa Pig has arranged an exciting egg hunt for Peppa and George but they soon discover there is a lot more than chocolate eggs at the bottom of the garden. This is sweet little story, with the trademark humour that appeals to grown-ups as well as children. The brand seems unstoppable and this is a nice Easter gift to break-up the chocolate.

    Published by Ladybird, 7th March, priced £4.99

  • 2+: Monster Knows Patterns

    The latest title from an educational series for the very young by Picture Window Books Monster Knows Patterns, written by Lori Capote, is designed to familiarise your child with shapes and basic number formations while they lose themselves in a fun story about a monster’s birthday party. The chunky pages are great for little hands and the brightly coloured illustrations will really capture your toddler’s attention.

    Published by Blue Apple Books, 1st March, priced £6.99

  • 3+: The Mummy Shop

    The Mummy Shop by Abie Longstaff and illustrated by Lauren Beard is lovely story to remind us just how great mums are.  When a little boy gets fed up of his mummy, he phones the Mummy Shop and orders a replacement. So the shop sends over a selection. But the Rabbit Mummy only cooks carrots, and the Sheep Mummy spends all day knitting. He quickly realises he has made a mistake and that he had the perfect mummy all along. Perfect for Mother’s Day.

    Published by Scholastic, 4th March, priced £6.99

  • 4+ Grumpy Gertie

    Grumpy Gertie is the latest title from bestselling and multi-award winning author Sam Lloyd. Gertie has woken up in a really bad mood. She stomps about putting everyone she comes into contact with in a bad mood too – even the sun and flowers. But then she meets a little monkey who shows her how to turn her frown into a smile. This is a moral tale with a funny twist which will cheer up the moodiest of children.

    Published by Pavilion Books, 7th March, priced £7.99

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  • 5+: Play Time

    For children already at primary school, Play Time by Julia Donaldson is great for reading aloud and even performing. Mixing familiar tales (Three Billy Goats Gruff) and some new stories (The Birthday Surprise), each play is infused with humour and fun as well as gently talking about issues like justice and fairness that children will understand. This is perfect for the Easter holidays – dig out some costumes and props, sit back and watch the show!

    Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 14th March, priced £5.99

  • Your New Pregnancy Bible

    With more than one million copies sold, Your New Pregnancy Bible by Anne Deans, contains everything you really need to know about having a baby. This new edition also has a section dedicated to Caesareans – and with more than 30% of UK deliveries by C-Section, this is particularly useful. There are fold-out pages of each trimester which show at a glance what happens to your body and what you can watch out for, as well as week-by-week images of the developing baby.  There are also in-depth chapters on all aspects of pregnancy from eating and exercising safely to coping with labour and delivery. And although it may seem expensive, in this case you do get what you pay for.

    Published by Carroll & Brown, 29th March, priced £24.99

  • Your Pregnancy: after 35

    Since 2010, more than 27,000 UK babies have been born to women over 40 and the trend is rising - so Your Pregnancy: after 35 by Glade Curtis and Beth Schuler is a timely addition to the pregnancy bookshelf. Even though times have moved on both medically and socially, there are things to consider as an older mum – and this book covers everything from the basic tests to returning work that little bit later in life. This is an informative and reassuring guide which gives older expectant parents the information they need to have a healthy, happy pregnancy.

    Published by Da Capo Books, 21st March, £10.99