Best children and parenting books April 2014

Bunnies, egg hunts, chicks and baking to get you in the mood for Easter

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With spring truly upon us, this month we’re celebrating all things Easter with our book reviews…

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Baby Animals Flap Book

Age: 9 months+

Usborne’s Baby Animals Flap Book is packed with all the traditional Easter images – perfect for introducing your little ones to spring. Bunnies, chicks and lambs abound as you help the farmer feed the animals – and there are plenty of flaps to lift and cuddly creatures to discover. This is lovely for a daytime read or would make the ideal gift if you are trying to have a chocolate-free celebration.

Published by Usborne, price £5.99

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Charlie Chick

Age: 1+

Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield and Ant Parker is a bright and funny book about a little chick with a mighty appetite. Toddlers will love the excitement of watching Charlie’s beak as it bulges off the page, and get ready for a few squeals of glee when you find out how big Charlie’s mummy is! Charlie Chick is one of Campbell’s most popular characters and this cheeky pop-up edition makes a great Easter treat.

Published by Campbell, price £7.99

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Easter Egg Hunt

Age: 2+

Peter Rabbit has been introduced to a whole new audience thanks to its arrival on CBeebies. The naughty rabbit in the little blue jacket has proved incredibly popular with young audiences and Puffin has produced a series of books to accompany the animated tales. Peter Rabbit Animation: Easter Egg Hunt! follows Peter and friends as they try to rescue Jemima Puddle-duck’s egg before sneaky Samuel Whiskers has it for his tea. This is a super story for pre-schoolers, featuring bright springtime illustrations and a host of old and new characters.

Published by Puffin, price £4.99

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Rabbits Don’t Lay Eggs!

Age: 3+

Paula Metcalf’s Rabbits Don’t Lay Eggs, tells the story of Rupert, a bunny in search of company. Rupert is lonely in his burrow and spends his days wishing he could join in with the animals that live on the farm nearby. So he digs and digs until his pops up in the farmyard. But the animals are not very pleased to see him. Rupert really tries to fit in and takes on all kinds of jobs – most with disastrous consequences. But then he has one last idea… This is a nice little introduction to all the different farm animals and why it’s important to give people (or bunnies) a chance.

Published by Macmillan, price £11.99

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Springtime Stories

Age: 4+

If you are looking for an Easter gift or something to read while you are on holiday… then Little Tiger Press’s My Little Box of Springtime Stories could be just what you are looking for. The sparkly slipcase comprises five gorgeous books by some of our best-loved children’s authors and illustrators including, Jane Chapman, M Christina Butler and Julia Rawlinson. Super-cute animals abound and the tales are all well told. There is definitely something for everyone.

Published by Little Tiger Press, price £9.99

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The Big Baking Book

While you are thinking about what you might do in the holidays, something children love to do is bake and The Big Baking Book from Ella’s Kitchen is the perfect way to get them started! There is a great range of recipes that you can do together and they are all ‘do-able’ and ‘eat-able’. Some children’s cook books concentrate solely on nutrition and disguising vegetables, but this really did feel like children would learn about flavours, textures and ingredients. And it’s not just about cake. There are also some great savoury snacks that are tasty enough to stop them (and you) reaching for the cookies.

Published by Hamlyn, 2nd April, £14.99

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Parentology

Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask takes a humorous look at parenting and then lets you know the scientific facts. As soon as your child is born you realise that you have a lot to learn and with each stage you realise that you are probably doing all the wrong things to occasionally achieve a right result. In this book, author Dalton Conley re-examines the data and then experiments on his own children (don’t panic, they were not harmed) to see if the results ever justify the means. This book takes a witty look at the lengths parents go to get the best for their children when really, all we have to do is love them.

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Published by Simon & Schuster, 1st April, £15

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