Monthly Parenting Magazine

Best Books this May

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Colours, counting and new babies in the family all feature in this month’s best reads

Words Georgia McVeigh

Art Attack

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Colorama: from fuschia to midnight blue

By Cruschiform

For all the budding artists out there, this book aims to uncover the complexities of colour and explain them to younger readers. Through beautiful illustrations discover how pink is sometimes fuchsia instead.

£19.99, Prestel

Sibling Love

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The New Baby

By Lisa Stickley

Told from the perspective of his big sister, The New Baby documents the first year of a baby’s life. It’s a great book to unite siblings and show how important they are to each other. Follow Albert’s journey from sitting to crawling – and even blowing a few cheeky raspberries.

£6.99, Pavilion

Rainbow World

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What’s Your Favourite Colour?

By Eric Carle and Friends

From the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and a plethora of picture book-creating friends, this vibrant tome delves into the world of colours and their many evocative associations.

£7.99, Walker Books

And Breathe…

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ABC Yoga

By Christiane Engel

Why leave learning yoga for the later years? After all, it’s proven to have both mental and physical benefits. This book includes playful illustrations and catchy rhymes to introduce yoga to toddlers – all while they learn their alphabet. Inspired.

£10.99, Quarto Knows

Little Linguists

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How to Say 1 to 5 in five languages

By Kenard Pak

Learn how to count to five in Japanese, Spanish, English, French and Mandarin with this colourful and interactive book. The press and listen feature helps with pronunciation as kids meet and count with five children from around the world.

Quarto Knows

Cool Comparisons

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Tallest Tower, Smallest Star

By Kate Baker and Page Tsou Studio

If you’ve ever wondered whether a hummingbird could outfly a jet plane or how many atoms fit into a grain of sand, this wonderfully illustrated book will sate your curiosity. Its vintage feel and intricate drawings are sure to delight kids and adults alike.

£14.99, Templar

Final Farewell

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Paddington at St Paul’s

By Michael Bond

Paddington is embarking on his final adventure in celebration of his 60th anniversary. The book will be published in June – a year after the death of creator Michael Bond. It’s a wonderful keepsake to celebrate the lives of Paddington and his founder. 

£12.99, HarperCollins


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