Best children and parenting books for October

This month some classics are given a new twist, while picture books get all cosy for those cold bedtimes!


6 months+: Baby’s Very First Touch and Feel Animals Play Book

Baby’s Very First Touch and Feel Animals Play Book by the fantastic Fiona Watt and Stella Baggott has plenty to keep little hands and eyes occupied. The pages are specially designed to be visually stimulating with simple, colourful illustrations. There are holes to poke and peep through and patches to stroke too. Babies will love spotting the various animals and don’t forget to make all the farmyard noises too!


Published by Usborne, 1st October, priced £7.99


1+: A Little Bit of Winter

A Little Bit of Winter tells the story of Hedgehog and his friends and the changing of the seasons. As autumn approaches Hedgehog knows he must soon go to sleep for the winter. But as he hates to miss out on anything he asks Rabbit to save him a little bit of winter, so that when he wakes up he can see what it’s like. But Rabbit is a forgetful animal. Will he keep his promise? This is a lovely, snugly read from the award-winning team of Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell – perfect for cuddling up at bedtime.

Published by Anderson Press, 1st October, priced £5.99


3+: The Further Tales of Peter Rabbit

As part of the celebrations to honour Beatrix Potter and her contribution to children’s literature, publisher Frederick Warne has commissioned a new Peter Rabbit story – the first since 1930. The Further Tales of Peter Rabbit sees Peter travelling further than Mr McGregor’s garden for an adventure in Scotland, where he meets a gentle giant. And what’s more this book is written by Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson. It’s a gentle romp – very inkeeping with the original stories and features some truly beautiful illustrations by Ellie Taylor. Well worth a read and would also make a lovely gift.

Published by Frederick Warne, available, priced £12.99


4+: The Empty Stocking

We know it’s only October, but… one book that is surely to be big this festive season is The Empty Stocking, written by Love Actually and Four Weddings supremo Richard Curtis. All children know they only get presents from Santa when they are good – but for Charlie, who has had a particularly naughty year, things are not looking hopeful. But when Santa makes a mistake, it’s up to Charlie to put things right. Will her last-minute secret act of kindness be enough to redeem her after all? As you would expect from such a writer, this is a very witty book which should keep kids in check until the big day!

Published by Puffin, 4th October, priced £12.99


5+: Goldilocks

Goldilocks by Allan Ahlberg and iIllustrated by his daughter Jessica Ahlberg, has a great twist on a true classic. Early one morning, Goldilocks gets ready for an adventure. First she meets the Three Bears, then she meets 33 bears, then she meets three Bliim – who will she meet next? With flaps, pops and surprises, this is a fantastic novelty book from a very popular and witty children’s author. And for those who like to get organised it would make a great Christmas present!

Published by Walker Books, 1st October, priced £12.99


First Aid for Babies & Children Fast

Once you have a child, you realise how important basic first aid is – and this easy-to-use manual by Dorling Kindersley is must-have for families. First Aid for Babies & Children Fast covers everything from which plasters to use to life-saving procedures and gives you the knowledge you need instantly if a baby or child falls ill or gets hurt. Published in association with the British Red Cross, user-friendly step-by-steps explain how to treat youngsters for more than 100 medical conditions and injuries from minor cuts and burns to meningitis and asthma attacks. All the first aid procedures are illustrated with photographs and are colour-coded for quick reference for when you are in a hurry.

Published by DK Books, 1st October, priced £10.99


Confident Birth

Confident Birth is the inspiring new book from Susanna Heli, an experienced doula and physiotherapist. In it, Susanna explains how childbirth can be transformed by understanding how fear can affect the birth and how it is possible to overcome it by using four simple tools to rediscover the “inner power to give birth”. There is also plenty of information on the role of the birthing partner and how the effect they can have on the “birth experience”. This is a great book for mums-to-be, dads-to-be and birthing partners-to-be as it gives you everything you’ll need to make childbirth a more positive experience.


Published by Pinter & Martin, 9th October, priced £9.99

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