Best children and parenting books March 2016

Families take centre stage in March, with the emphasis firmly on us mums! Well, it is Mother’s Day this month

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I Love My Mummy

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Age: 6-months+

I Love My Mummy by Jonathan Litton is the latest in the My Little World series from Little Tiger Press. Join a host of super-cute animals as they explain why they love their mummys. This is a beautifully illustrated book featuring cut-out flowers that little ones can get their fingers in to turn the pages. The book contains a lovely sentiment too, showing the bond between mums and their children. Perfect for Mother’s Day.

Published by Little Tiger Press, 1st March, Priced £5.99

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Skip To the Loo, My Darling!

Age: 2+

For anyone embarking on potty training their child, then Skip To the Loo, My Darling! by Sally Lloyd Jones will definitely keep you entertained on what can be an exhausting journey. Bunny wants his potty – but so do a lot of other animals and it’s almost a riot as they clamour for their potties. Toddlers will love the madcap nature of this and will no doubt delight in the ending where all the animals do a poo! On their potties, of course. Beautifully illustrated by the amazing Anita Jeram, the book is great fun from beginning to messy end.

Published by Walker Books, 3rd March, Priced £11.99

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My Family Is a Zoo

Age: 3+

Continuing on a chaotic theme is My Family Is a Zoo by K A Gerrard and illustrated by Emma Dodd. Each member of the family has its own pet animal – so when they embark on a special journey it is very difficult to get them all in the car. The clever rhyming text is lovely to read aloud and the illustrations by the talented Emma Dodd are very bright and cheerful. The suspense builds and builds until the destination is finally revealed and the surprise can be shared.

Published by Bloomsbury, 10th March, Priced £6.99

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Five Minutes’ Peace

Age: 4+

The 30th-anniversary edition of Jill Murphy’s masterpiece Five Minutes’ Peace is published just in time for Mother’s Day. Mrs Large just wants five minutes to herself (sound familiar?). Just a little quiet time away from her boisterous children. And so she runs herself a big, bubbly bath, but as we mums know you can’t guarantee privacy even in the bathroom. This is a wonderful book that mums and children alike will adore.

Published by Walker Books, 1st March, Priced £6.99

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Fingerprint Activities Animals

Age: 5+

With an eye on the Easter holidays, those ingenious people at Usborne have come up with a great book to keep little hands very busy – if a little messy. Fingerprint Activities Animals is beautifully illustrated and full of little creatures to create with just your fingers. Comes complete with instructions, practise pictures and a full paint palette so your child can make their animals as bright as they wish. 

Published by Usborne Books, 1st March, £9.99

Parenting titles

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Your Fit Pregnancy

For all you health-conscious mums-to-be out there comes, Your Fit Pregnancy by Erica Willick. The book aims to keep you in tip-top condition throughout and is broken down into trimesters, so you know what you should be doing when and perhaps more importantly what you should not be attempting. There are date appropriate workouts, meal plans and recipes – all designed to get you in shape for the big event. Willick offers sensible, non-preachy advice on everything from sports bras to muscle cramps. 

Published by Sterling, 7th March, £12.99

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Minding Mum – It’s Time to Take Care of You: A New Mum’s Guide to Feeling Great, Inside and Out is the new title from wellness expert Alison Canavan. The book deals with an important issue which is who looks after mum once the baby is born. Lots of women take good care of themselves in pregnancy, but once the baby comes, they sometimes feel lost and feel guilty if they take time for themselves. This gentle book introduces new mums to the concept of post-pregnancy well being – for the mind as well as the body.

Published by Gill (Kindle edition), 4th March, £7.19

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