9 months+ – Peekaboo Sophie
Peekaboo Sophie is a lovely introduction to the world of Sophie la giraffe – the popular French toy that is fast taking up residence in many UK homes. Help Sophie to find her friends in this beautiful book that has lots for little hands to explore. There are flaps to lift, textures to touch and exciting peekaboo surprises which will really appeal to even the youngest of readers. There is also a range of Sophie apps for even more interactive fun.
2+ – Peppa Pig Stomp and Roar
It seems we just can’t get enough of this little piggy, as Peppa returns in Peppa Pig Stomp and Roar. Follow Peppa, her brother George and some of their friends as they enjoy a day out at Dinosaur Park. They go on rides, follow some mysterious giant footprints and of course finish the day with a song! As ever with these stories, there is a lot of fun to be had and toddlers will really enjoy bringing the story to life with the sound buttons.
3+ – Ten Twinkly Stars
Ten Twinkly Stars is a gentle counting book that will ease your child into sleep. The cosy illustrations by Russell Julian depict animals from all around the world snuggling down to sleep as the stars disappear from the night sky. This is a really warm and cuddly approach to counting and the concept of ‘counting down’ and the depiction of the animals in their natural habitats will help them understand a little bit more about the world.
4+ – Spider Sandwiches
Award-winning author Claire Freedman has teamed up with bestselling illustrator Sue Hendra for Spider Sandwiches, a quirky and fun new picture book. Max will eat anything – fish-eye cheese and bug burgers, cockroach curry and snail trail sauce – but whatever you do, don’t offer him anything with sprouts in! Children will love the gloopy, yukky, revolting recipes and the bright and bold colours of Max’s monstrous mealtimes. Perfect for a Halloween treat!
5+ – Winnie’s Halloween Gift Pack
What could be better for the spookiest month of the year than a Winnie the Witch gift set. Winnie’s Halloween Gift Pack comprises of two classic Winnie stories, Winnie Goes Batty and Nitty Winnie, complete with a trick-or-treat bag. Winnie is a big-hearted witch who always seems to end up in no-end of trouble thanks to her big, black cat Wilbur and a host of other crazy characters. The novels are full of humour, slapstick and warmth and are perfect for newly emergent readers or for reading aloud on a miserable autumn evening.
How to (Really) Be a Mother
How to (Really) Be a Mother by Emily Hourican sets out to dispel all the modern myths of mummydom – from the compulsory use of Cath Kidston products to the daily joy of baking buns with your toddler. Hourican is now on baby number three and is cheesed off with all the ‘do’s and don’ts’ mums are constantly fed. Although this is a very amusing book, it really does touch a nerve. Shouldn’t mums simply be doing their best and not what someone else has decreed they should be? Hourican urges us to opt for Motherhood and ditch the Mothershould! So stop what you’re doing and have a read – you can add it to your guilt list later.
In a change from the usual weaning offering, Bébé Gourmet by Jenny Carenco is a guide for the more adventurous eater. Say ‘goodbye’ to mushed-up cold carrots and ‘bonjour’ to Baby Beef Bourguignon. In this French-inspired selection, Carenco shares her nutritious baby food ideas, as well as her essential tips and tricks. The chapters cover the major stages of development and there is nutritional guidance throughout from paediatric nutritionist and endocrinologist Dr Jean Lalau Keraly. Weaning is often a difficult stage but this should make it a little more creative!