Best children and parenting books October 2014

Autumn nights offer the perfect excuse to snuggle down with a good book – and this month’s selection features some beautiful bedtime reads

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Peep Inside Night Time

Age: 18 months+

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Peep Inside Night Time provides a charming introduction to the nocturnal world from the clever people at Usborne. Suitable from 18 months, this beautifully illustrated book allows children to see what all the grown-ups and animals are doing while little ones are fast asleep. There are plenty of things to look at and flaps to open. This is a lovely bedtime book to share with your little one as it gives them a little bit more fun before settling down.

Published by Usborne, 1st October, £6.99

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My Little Star

Age: 2+

While we are on a bedtime theme, My Little Star by Mark Sperring and illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne offers the perfect way to end the day by letting your child know just how much you love them. As the night draws in all the animal mums and dads are ready to snuggle up with their babies, telling them how special they are. The lilting, rhyming text and gentle message is just right for bedtime and offers a reassuring note to end the day. Although, I must admit I struggled to get through it without a tear!

Published by Bloomsbury, 9th October, £6.99

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Frog Is a Hero

Age: 3+

To celebrate 25 years of stories about Frog, Max Velthuijs’ loveable amphibian, Andersen Press is reissuing some of his most memorable adventures. Frog Is a Hero is out this month, while Frog in Winter comes in November. When the rains come, Duck, Pig and Hare are stranded – can Frog save the day and rescue his friends? This is a really charming story, and the simple text and clear illustrations will no doubt appeal to this generation of children, just as they have in the past.

Published by Andersen Press, 1st October, £6.99

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Snowflakes and Fairy Wishes

Age: 4+

Snowflakes and Fairy Wishes is the second book in a delightful new series by Sophie Tilley. Amelie and Nanette are best friends and do everything together but as they begin to prepare for Christmas, poor Nanette starts to sneeze and shiver… Will she be better in time for the big day? This is a charming story about friendship and the pretty illustrations should be a hit with little girls and their BFFs.

Published by Bloomsbury, 23rd October, £10.99

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Snow Day

Age: 5+

From award-winning writer and director Richard Curtis comes Snow Day a magical, heart-warming, wintry tale. When Danny goes to school one snowy morning the last thing he wants to find is his least favourite teacher in an otherwise deserted building. But unfortunately for Danny the day is about to get a lot worse, that is until something truly magical happens. This is a moving story for slightly older children about finding friends in the most unexpected places.

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Published by Puffin, 2nd October, £10.99

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