6 months+: Toys
Toys is the latest edition to the ‘Baby Shaker Teethers’ series, and is perfect for keeping your baby entertained when you are out and about. Not only is it an easy-to-grip, brightly illustrated, chunky board book, but it is also a shaker and a teether! What more could you want? Ideal for keeping in your changing bag.
Published by Priddy Books, 19 June, priced £4.99
18 months+: Daddy’s Little Star
Daddy’s Little Star by Janet Bingham is a lovely story to snuggle up with – perfect for bedtime. Little Fox enjoys spending the day with his daddy and asks a lot of questions. He wants to know all about the sky – where it begins and where it ends. Daddy of course does his best to explain and tells him the sky is, “Just like love… It goes on forever and ever…” This is such a warm story, with soft, cuddly illustrations by Rosalind Beardshaw. A perfect gift for Father’s Day, that your little ones can share too.
Published by Scholastic, available now, priced £6.99
3+: Me and My Cat
Me and My Cat is a heart-warming tale about a very special friendship between a girl and her cat! They go everywhere together and do everything together – from painting to reading bedtime stories. This is a lovely debut from Ekaterina Trukhan, which features quirky illustrations and playful, childlike text. Again, a great bedtime read.
Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 7 June, priced £10.99
3 – 4 yrs: Max and Millie Start School
Max and Millie Start School by Felicity Brooks is a great introduction to school life for all those who will be starting in September. Millie can’t wait to get stuck in, but Max isn’t too sure and doesn’t want to leave his mummy. But as the day goes on and Max paints, sings and plays in the sandpit, he finds himself enjoying school more and more. This will reassure little ones that school is fun – and that mummy will still be there for you at the end of the day.
Published by Usborne Books, available now, priced £5.99
5+: Make With Maisy
And finally, if the weather takes a turn for the worse, Lucy Cousins’ Make With Maisy has page after page of great things to keep you and your child busy. Follow Maisy’s simple instructions to make everything from a ‘Useful Pot’ to ‘Vegetable Animals’. It features all of Maisy’s friends and tells you exactly what you will need – and not everything involves a trip to the art shop. Perfect for rainy day fun.
Published by Walker Books, available now, priced £9.99
For mums and dads: Annabel Karmel’s Eating For Two
Annabel Karmel is the “goddess” of nutrition for babies and toddlers, and there can’t be many families who don’t have one of her cookery bibles on the shelf. But in Eating for Two, she turns her attention on mums-to-be. This is a complete guide to achieving a nutritionally balanced pregnancy, covering everything from what to eat when trying to conceive, to what to avoid if suffering from heartburn and sleeplessness. It features more than 90 recipes and is packed with useful tips and sensible eating advice.
Published by Ebury, 7 June, priced £12.99
For mums-to-be: 101 Amazing Things About Pregnancy
101 Amazing Things About Pregnancy by Afron Monro does exactly what it says on the jacket. Written by a working midwife, this is packed with facts designed to inspire and inform women who are thinking of getting pregnant or who are pregnant already. An unusual yet fulfilling guide to what having a baby is really like.
Published by Carroll & Brown, 29 June, priced £9.99