Best children and parenting books for November

As the winter weather really starts to bite – so publishers’ minds turn to snowy stories and new takes on classic tales


1+: Noisy Noah’s Arc

Usborne has once again produced a gorgeous book that will appeal to all inquisitive toddlers! Noisy Noah’s Arc by Felicity Brooks and Guiliana Gregori retells the famous Bible story with the help of bright illustrations and specially commissioned sounds and music. Little hands won’t be able to resist pressing the buttons on the sound panel to hear Noah and his family building the ark, the animals parading in or the sound of raindrops pattering on the roof.


Published by Usborne, 1st November, priced £12.99


2+: I Want a Boyfriend

The Little Princess brand is going from strength to strength, thanks to the hilarious adaptations on Channel 5’s Milkshake morning slot. Here, in a new story by Tony Ross, everyone’s favourite royal seeks a special companion. I Want a Boyfriend sees the whole court searching for a suitable male friend for the princess until finally Donald is proclaimed as the Royal Boyfriend. But the Little Princess soon finds out boyfriends aren’t nearly as fun as she thinks!

Published by Andersen Press, 1st November, priced £10.99


3+: Friends in the Snow

Daniel Postgate and Sam Childs’ book is a lovely picture book to snuggle up with on a chilly night. When Lucy’s dad paints her bedroom plain white it opens up a whole new night-time world of snowy adventures. This book is a great reminder to parents about the depth of a child’s imagination and their capacity to lose themselves in a whole other realm.

Published by Scholastic, 1st November, priced £6.99


4+ The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas

A very, very silly book written by two members of pop band McFly, Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter. The story revolves around Danny – a very greedy boy who asks Father Christmas for too many presents. But Father Christmas decides enough is enough and instead gives Danny a huge Dinosaur which results in a very messy and smelly consequence. If your child liked Aliens in Underpants or The Story of the Little Mole, they will love this funny yet cautionary tale.

Published by Random House Children’s Book, available, priced £6.99


5+: Cinderella

By this age most little girls will know the story of Cinderella, but this new book by Anita Ganeri and Richard Johnson brings an extra special sparkle to the tale. Beautifully designed with pop-up illustrations, it also has the added bonus of sound. Just press the button to hear the music and noises that really bring the story to life – the clock striking midnight, for example. This version has a substantial amount of text which means the story could be enjoyed over several sessions but the design also means it’s perfect for little ones to recreate the story themselves. Would make a great Christmas present!

Published by Templar, 1st November, priced £14.99


Smarter Than You Think

No one likes to think of themselves as a “pushy mum” but there’s nothing wrong with wanting the best for, and from, your child. Smarter Than You Think by Claire Gordon and Lynn Huggins-Cooper is packed with tests, tips and activities to assess and improve your child’s skills. Suitable for children aged 4 – 6, the activities are fun-filled as well as being designed to promote intelligence and academic ability in a child-focused way.

Published by Carroll & Brown, 1st November, priced £14.99


Mama Glow

Mama Glow by Latham Thomas offers a fresh and fabulous look at pregnancy for all you lifestyle-conscious mums-to-be out there. Latham describes herself as “your certified glow pilot”, and as such she’ll guide you through every stage of your pregnancy, giving you practical advice to make your journey a joyful and vibrant one. Features include, how to make your own shea butter scrub, how to de-stress and exercise safely but effectively, and how to beat cravings with tasty “glow foods”. Although it appears a lot more fun than many pregnancy guides, it is packed with sensible and easy-to-achieve goals. Would also make a lovely gift for the mums-to-be in your life.


Published by Hay House, 6th November, priced £9.99

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