Best children and parenting books March 2014

Books to celebrate World Book Day and beyond

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March is a big month for children’s books as we mark World Book Day. Here are the best children’s and parenting titles released this month including a refresh of old favourite The Very Hungry Caterpillar and a book that tells parents how to raise well-balanced men…

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Age: 1+

Scooter Bee from French author/illustrator Marion Billet is a great book to keep tots amused. Follow Scooter Bee as he ‘scoots’ around the park in pursuit of a naughty dog. These tough board books are great for inquisitive fingers and even come with a set of wheels, so you can push the book along as you read. There are plenty of things to spot and the rhyming, questioning text offers the opportunity for you to really get your child involved in the adventure.

Published by Campbell Books, available, priced £5.99

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Age: 2+

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s hugely popular The Very Hungry Caterpillar, comes The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pull-Out Pop-Up book. This beautifully crafted, concertina edition comes in a slip case making it perfect for popping into your bag. Based on the classic story of the greedy grub, this bright and beautiful fold-out pop-up follows the character’s journey from tiny caterpillar to beautiful butterfly. A true classic!

Published by Puffin, 6th March, priced £5.99

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Age: 3+

New from Ladybird is the I’m Ready for Phonics series. These books tie-in to your child’s reading journey that begins with first phonics and ends as a fully fledged reader. Captain Comet’s Space Party is the first in the series focusing on initial letter sounds. There is a guide for parents at the beginning of the book and lots of things for your child to spot and talk about. These bright, bold, fun books are a great way of introducing the concept of reading to your child.

Published by Ladybird, available, priced £4.99

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Age: 4+

A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino is a strikingly stylish introduction to one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The story follows a little girl and her granddad as they spend a day strolling through the city. This is a lovely book to read to slightly older children as you explore the landmarks and find out all about their history and purpose. It also includes a stunning fold-out of the Eiffel Tower. Perfect if you are planning a visit or just in the mood for a bit of culture!

Published by Walker, 6th March, priced £12.99

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Age: 5+

This chapter book can be read together or independently for the more confident reader. Princess Ponies – A Special Surprise by Chloe Ryder is definitely one for the girls and very much follows in the vein of the Rainbow Magic stories. This particular tale follows Stardust as she leaves the magical island of Chevalia to visit her best friend Pippa. But on the eve of the gymkhana the other ponies all suddenly disappear and Pippa and Stardust are left to solve the mystery. Perfect for pony-mad girls everywhere.

Published by Bloomsbury, 27th March, priced £4.99

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Keep Calm: The New Mum’s Manual is written by Ellie Cannon a mum, GP and family health expert and is designed to be a comforting alternative to all those inflexible, no-nonsense, must-do tomes. The emphasis is very much on empowerment and encouragement and getting new mums to trust in their own capabilities and instincts. It covers many areas from the very early days of being a parent to childhood illnesses. This book offers sensible advice with a light hearted tone all designed to fill you with ‘mummy power’.

Published by Vermilion, 6th March, priced £10.99

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Raising Boys – Why Boys are Different How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men is a fascinating look into the world of boys by psychologist Steve Bidulph. Now in its third edition, this bestselling guide is seen by some as the textbook for securing a happy childhood for your son. In it Bidulph discusses everything from how boys’ brains differ to bullying, adolescence and beyond. Written with a certain amount of humour, Raising Boys is a one-stop shop for all those parents who want to know all there is to know about their little man.

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Published by Ten Speed Press, 4th March, priced £10

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