Best children and parenting books for March

March is a great month for children’s books – so get out there and spend those World Book Day tokens!

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  • Age 0-2: The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Sound Book

    Eric Carle’s worldwide best-selling Hungry Caterpillar is given a new lease of life in the The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Sound Book. Not only can you enjoy this delightful story and count all the things he eats, you can hear him walking and eating too. What's really nice is that the sound is so delicate it can still be read at bedtime.

    Published 1st March by Puffin, priced at £7.99.

  • Age 2+: Bramble the Brave

    Bramble the Brave by Amber Stewart and Layn Marlow tells the story of Bramble – the most adventurous mole in the burrow – who will try anything except new food. Bramble only likes berries. She doesn’t like anything slimey, crunchy or lumpy and she especially dislikes food with “bits in”. Sound familiar?

    This gentle, beautifully illustrated tale will resonate with parents and toddlers who are facing tea-time troubles of their own. This story is just one in a series that deals with classic toddler issues.

    Published 1st March by Oxford University Press, priced at £5.99.

  • Age 2+: First Favourite Tales

    Ladybird has been publishing great children’s books forever, and its new series of First Favourite Tales offers your little one the perfect introduction to some classic stories.

    The illustrations are bright and cheerful, while the rhythmic text really bounds along – great for keeping your child’s attention. And the books are just the right size to take out and about. The line-up includes The Elves and the Shoemaker, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and many more.

    Published 1st March by Ladybird, priced at £4.99.

  • Age 3+: Mother Knows Best

    Mother Knows Best is a witty, refreshing, modern look at the relationship between mother and child - mummy bear even has a “Keep Calm and Carry On” mug. The story follows Bradley, a very inquisitive little bear, who spends the day asking question after question, and his mum, who is desperate for a minute to herself. She actually lets him watch the TV!

    My children absolutely loved it as it dawned on them what we mummies have to put up with! Written by the superb Jill Murphy (an author well worth stocking up on), this is a great Mother’s Day present for mums everywhere.

    Published 1st March by Puffin, priced at £5.99.

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  • Age 3-4+: Nora

    This is a book that will definitely appeal to preschoolers. Nora, by Andrew Weale and Ben Cort, is a funny yet cautionary tale about Nora Fatima Buffet, a greedy guts who eats everything and anything until she gets her comeuppance.

    The revolting, rhyming text is fantastically matched by the bright, bold illustrations of Cort – famous for the hugely popular Aliens Love Underpants series.

    Published 1st March by Anderson Press, priced at £5.99.

  • Age 3-4+: Winnie Under the Sea

    Another preschooler-appealling book published this month is Winnie Under the Sea – the 12th picture book outing for the hapless witch and her cat, Wilbur. This adventure sees them setting off on their holidays. But, as ever, Winnie gets a little more than she bargained for.

    These stories by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul have sold more 30 million copies worldwide. As well as picture books, there are Winnie stories for young readers too. And, as if that wasn’t enough, Winnie Flies Again is one of the titles in this year’s World Book Day promotion!

    Published 1st March by Oxford University Press, priced at £10.99.

  • For the adults: Tales of a Midwife

    If you enjoyed medical TV drama Call the Midwife or can’t get enough of One Born Every Minute, this title is definitely for you. Tales of a Midwife is a warm and honest memoir from Maria Anderson, an NHS midwife with more than 20 years’ experience.

    Maria decides to be a midwife after the birth of her youngest brother and the book follows her on her journey from the North East to London and back again – via frantic fathers, hectic home births and even the arrival of quadruplets. This is perhaps not a book for those just about to have their first baby – save it for after the delivery!

    Published 1st March by Headline Books, priced at £6.99.

  • For the adults: Twins

    Twins: The Practical and Reassuring Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and the First Year by Dr Carol Cooper and Katy Hymas does exactly what is says on the tin! This guide covers everything from finding out you're pregnant with twins to planning their first birthday party.

    The clear, contemporary design is really attractive and the mass of information is presented in easy-to-read, digestible sections. A must for everyone expecting two bundles of joy.

    Published on 1st March by DK Books, priced at £9.99.