Best children and parenting books May 2015

Nursery rhymes, rhythms and a rampaging T-Rex, all make May a noisy month!

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My Favourite Nursery Rhymes – Bedtime Rhymes

Age: 6-months+

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In My Favourite Nursery Rhymes – Bedtime Rhymes, Tony Ross has created a charmingly illustrated, tabbed board book that’s perfect for little hands. The lullaby bedtime rhymes include, Hey, Diddle Diddle, Rock-a-Bye Baby, Diddle Diddle Dumpling, Wee Willie Winkie and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. This is a wonderful book to share with your baby and it comes with a QR code so you can download the rhymes and listen along.

Published by Andersen Press, 7th May, £5.99

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Toddle Waddle

Age: 1+

Toddle Waddle is a beautifully crafted book for little ones from the truly terrific Julia Donaldson. There’s a commotion at the seaside when one inquisitive toddler decides to go for a walk with all his toddler friends. Using her trademark rhymes and rhythms, the delightful text almost skips across the page, while the jolly illustrations by the superb Nick Sharratt match Donaldson’s words beautifully. Toddlers will love the silly noises.

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 7th May, £5.99

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Dinosaur Police

Age: 2+

Carrying on with the silly theme is Dinosaur Police by Sarah McIntyre – the talented author and illustrator of the big selling There’s A Shark in the Bath. In this latest caper the police in Dinoville are having a quiet morning, until someone reports that Trevor the T-Rex is rampaging through the town! Will the police be able to catch him before he eats his way through the town’s pizzas? This book is full of chaos, noise and mess – basically everything that appeals to a toddler.

Published by Scholastic, 7th May, £4.50

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Have You Seen My Monster

Age: 3+

Have You Seen My Monster by Steve Light, follows a little girl as she wanders through a fairground looking for her monster. As she hunts for her hairy friend, the reader is also challenged to spot a monster on each page, as well as a variety of shapes, including squares, triangles and even trapezoids. This is a great book to sit down with and enjoy some quiet time with your child. There is such a lot for them to discover among Light’s exquisite drawings, making it a book you can come back to over and over again.

Published by Walker Books, 7th May, £11.99

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What’s the Time Clockodile?

Age: 4+

What’s the Time Clockodile? by Jonathan Litton features ‘clickety, clackety’ hands to help you teach your child to tell the time. Spend the day in Clockodile’s class and join in as he teaches his pupils all about time. Robbie Robot is also on hand to help you learn about digital clocks. This is a really fun introduction to the concept of telling the time – and children will love moving the noisy hands. A great early learning tool.

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Published by Little Tiger Kids, 4th May, £8.99

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