Best children and parenting books for September

Something to look forward to as those autumn nights begin to draw in


0+: Yawn by Sally Symes

Yawn by Sally Symes is an inventive, interactive bedtime book with clever rhyming text. The superb pictures by celebrated illustrator Nick Sharratt, invite your child to peep through the holes as a yawn passes from Baby Sean to Cat , to Bird and so on. And you never know, the “yawn” may just spread to your little one as they make their way to bed.


Published by Walker, 1st September, priced £4.99


2+: Ready Steady Ghost by Elizabeth Baguley and Marion Lindsay

Ready Steady Ghost by Elizabeth Baguley and Marion Lindsay is all about Bertie – a little ghost with big dreams! He would love to be as spooky as all the other ghosts in the forest but he is just too scared! This is a gentle, reassuring story about facing your fears and being yourself! Great for chilly, autumn bedtimes.

Published by Oxford University Press, 1st September, priced £5.99


2+: Hooray! Says Peppa, Finger Puppet Book

Hooray! Says Peppa, Finger Puppet Book is the latest title from everyone’s favourite pig. Cheer along with Peppa and share her day of fun in this sturdy book, which comes complete with a soft finger puppet that really brings the story to life.  A great, fun read to share with young Peppa fans.

Published by Ladybird, 6th September, priced £7.99


4+: Leapfrog Tag Reading System

Learning to read can sometimes be a puzzling and frustrating thing. But with the help of the Leapfrog Tag Reading System children can have fun while they learn. Designed with little hands in mind, the “reader” comes in the shape of a chunky pen, which is easy for them to control. The child moves the reader over the words to hear the narrative – and the characters’ voices. Children will do this over and over again which will encourage them to recognise words both by sight and sound. There are lots of titles available – from Disney favourites to Paddington Bear. And there is also a phonics collection which complements primary school-based reading systems.

Available from, priced £21.99


5+: Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Joke Book

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Joke Book will unquestionably delight fans of the author both young and old. It features characters from his best-loved novels and is illustrated, of course, by Quentin Blake. September is officially “Roald Dahl Month” and this new book is just one of the ways it will be celebrated. It also marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of The BFG and there will be special events at the Roald Dahl Museum in Buckinghamshire.

Published by Puffin, 6th September, priced £4.99


What to Buy for Your Baby by Liat Hughes Joshi and Caroline Cosgrove

Shopping for a baby should be one of the most exciting experiences of your pregnancy. But there is so much choice out there, it is easy to become dazzled by all the cutsie wootsie things and then find you’ve blown your budget on things your baby will never need.

What to Buy for Your Baby by Liat Hughes Joshi and Caroline Cosgrove, is like having a personal shopper right there with you as you negotiate the tempting goodies. All the products listed have been tested by the authors and there are examples to suit all budgets. Well worth splashing out on

Published by Carroll & Brown, 24th September, priced £12.99


The Manic-Mum’s Guide to Calm Parenting and Co-operative Kids by Allison Mitchell

The Manic-Mum’s Guide to Calm Parenting and Co-operative Kids by Allison Mitchell is a must-have for all those women who feel like dealing with their children is like going into battle each day. The book offers advice on how to stay calm even when you really, really don’t want to and how to work on boosting your tolerance levels. It is packed full of jargon-free, common-sense techniques, tools and ideas that aim to turn you from a manic mum to a woman on top of her game in just seven weeks.


Published by Hay House, 3rd September, priced £10.99

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