Best children and parenting books February 2016

It’s February and love is definitely in the air in this month’s selection

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Hello Baby!

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Age: 9 months+

New from Little Tiger Press, comes this enchanting series of books entitled, ‘To Baby, With Love’. The range features three board books – Peekaboo Baby, Hello Baby (pictured) and Good Night Baby – as well as a keepsake book, Wishes for Baby, for recording your little one’s memorable moments. The pastel-themed story books are beautifully designed and include lift-the-flap surprises as well as a gentle rhyming text which is perfect for reading aloud.

Published by Little Tiger Press, 11th February, £6.99

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Kiss it Better

Age: 2+

If you are looking for a book to tell your little one just how much you love them, then Kiss It Better by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Sarah Massini, is the book for you this month. This is a really touching book that perfectly sums up the all-consuming love a parent has for their child – in fact, I struggled to get through it without weeping! A perfect Valentine’s Gift for the little love of your life!

Published by Bloomsbury, available, £6.99

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Nelly and Nora: The Windy Way Home

Age: 3+

Nelly and Nora – The Windy Way Home tells the story of CBeebies’ favourite sisters Nelly and Nora as they battle the elements on a walk from the beach back to their campsite. The wind is so strong the birds are flying backwards! How will two little girls manage it? But the intrepid pair will not be beaten and they try all manner of ways, enlisting the help of some unusual friends on the way. The book also comes with a ‘make-your-own’ toy windmill activity so you can enjoy a windy day too.

Published by Walker Entertainment, 4th February, £5.99

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Little Red Riding Hood

Age: 4+

Encourage your child to celebrate national Tell a Fairy Tale Day on 26th February, by sharing this fabulous retelling of Little Red Riding Hood from the clever people at Usborne. This edition combines the popular ‘Peep Inside’ series with the classic tale of the missing grandmother and the big bad wolf. By using intricate cut-aways and flaps, the story builds to its dramatic conclusion when the wolf is unmasked. There are lots of things to spot and talk about, making this a great addition to your child’s library.

Publihed by Usborne Books, 1st February, £9.99

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A Beginner’s Guide to Bearspotting

Age: 5+

A Beginner’s Guide to Bearspotting by Michelle Robinson and David Roberts is the essential guide for any child preparing to go in search of bears. This is a very amusing book which will entertain adults as much as the children. The main thing you need to know about bears is that black bears are dangerous and black and brown bears are dangerous and brown – although some bears are brown with little black patch and are dangerous… and so it goes. Great fun and this version comes with limited edition print.

Published by Bloomsbury, 11th February, £12.99

Parenting titles

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The Unmumsy Mum

Parenting blogger the Unmumsy Mum, aka Sarah Turner, has gathered together some of her most popular posts in this eponymously titled book all about her ups and downs as a mum. Her blog is very amusing and details life spent trying to manage two very energetic boys! Down-to-earth, honest outpourings that many mums will definitely appreciate. 

Published by Bantam Press, 11th February, £9.09 (hardback); £7.99 (Kindle)

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The Bump Class – An Expert Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

More mums telling it like it is now in The Bump Class – An Expert Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond by Dr Chiara Hunt and Marina Fogle (wife of Ben). Marina and her sister Chiara set up their pregnancy course, The Bump Class, in 2013 to help prepare new mothers thoroughly for the birth of their babies. The book offers a practical guide to what to expect with a friendly, non-preachy tone. There are some funny anecdotes from the authors as well as some of the stories of women who have been on their course. This is a realistic yet uplifting approach to pregnancy – great for new mums-to-be.

Published by Vermilion, 4th February, £15.99.

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