This month it’s all about dinosaurs. So whether it’s the cute Dino-Mummy for your tot or the gripping adventures of dinosaur hunters for your over 5s, we’ve got it covered…
Age: 12 months+
Things That Go is ideal for transport-mad toddlers. Featuring every vehicle you can think of from hovercraft to hay-baler, this chunky tab book will keep them chatting for hours as they spot their favourite vehicle at work on land, in the air or at sea. Great for increasing speech and encouraging interaction.
Zoom Zoom Zoom by Katherina Manolessou is a magical countdown to bedtime featuring a cheeky monkey and his friend, Bird. The vivid illustrations are sure to capture the imagination of pre-schoolers as they try and spot oranges, aliens, moon buggies and eventually the space ship that will take them home. A colourful and exciting way to introduce basic numbers to your little one.
Perfectly timed for Mother’s Day, Dino Mummy celebrates everything a mum does for their children. Written by Mark Sperring with illustrations by Sam Lloyd (the team behind the big selling Dino Baby), this super book shows mums in all their multi-tasking glory. From the minute the little dinos are awake to the cuddle before they drop off to sleep – it proves conclusively that there’s no one quite like your mum! A lovely gift for Mother’s Day.
If you are preparing your child for nursery or school or for any kind of separation, then Tracey Corderoy’s I Want My Mummy is the book for your child and you. Arthur has never spent the whole day away from his mum and he is determined to miss her as much as possible. But granny will not give up and eventually Arthur begins to have fun. The warm illustrations by Alison Edgson really tug on the heart strings but the message is clear – even if you and your little one are apart, you will both survive and he will love you just as much at the end of the day!
Back to the dinosaurs now, for Swimming the Sea Monsters and Other Jurassic Adventures a three-books-in-one extravaganza from the Dinosaur Cove series by Rex Stone. These books are great for emergent readers, and for boys in particular, where the choice for this age group is not as varied as it is for girls. The stories are exciting and there are plenty of illustrations to keep them interested as intrepid dinosaur hunters Jamie and Tom find more than they bargained for. This trilogy also comes with free collector cards.
In Breastfeeding Made Easy paediatrician and father-of-three Carlos Gonzalez brings his warmth and positivity to a subject very close to his heart. This book is written in a friendly way, putting the mother at ease and explaining not only the science of lactation but how it can affect a woman’s perception of herself and her sexuality. It is not ‘preachy’ in the slightest, laying off all the well-known benefits of breastfeeding with emphasis more on confidence-building and reassurance.
Staying with a theme of relaxed positivity, our next choice is The Blissful Baby Expert by Lisa Clegg. Here, maternity nurse and mother Clegg combines her professional and personal experience to provide advice on everything a new parent needs from what to buy to guilt-free bottle feeding. This is not a one-size fits all plan and is designed for you to dip in and out of and to give you ideas rather than instructions that will hopefully lead to a calmer baby and a calmer you!