Start off your new year with these great reads as recommended by Mums NI's resident bookworms.
This month we've collected together a reading list that we think will delight you and your whole family. We start with the much loved puppy from Eric Hill, Spot. In the mix there's also great new books from Dr Seuss, Giovanna & Tom Fletcher and Nick Spalding. We finish with a book from Jordan Shaprio which will open your eyes to how we view screen time for kids.
Join Spot and his friends to find out all about colours, shapes and numbers in this big, bold and beautiful collection of first words and concepts!
The playful, conversational text guides the reader through the chunky board pages making early learning interactive and fun.
This early learning treasury is the perfect one-stop shop for building a love of books and words in every baby and toddler!
Count on Dr. Seuss to make learning numbers fun!
This simple, rhymed riff about counting is illustrated with art from some of the most beloved works by Dr. Seuss, including One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, and Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
Great for the earliest reader--and beginning counter--it's a perfect companion to Dr. Seuss concept books like Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, and Dr. Seuss's ABC.
Nurture a love of numbers--and of Dr. Seuss--with this great new concept book for beginning readers!
Tomas can't imagine life without his little dragon Flicker. He's become more than a pet - he's a friend like no other. And growing dragons on the dragonfruit tree in the garden with his friends Ted, Kat and Kai is the most amazing thing ever.
But Tomas has promised Grandad something - that he and his friends will let their dragons go back to where they belong. The only problem is - that isn't such an easy thing to do. Not when they are still having so much fun with dragons Flicker, Sunny, Crystal and Dodger. Not when they still have to work out where the dragons' home is, and how to get the dragons to leave.
And not when Tomas is so close to uncovering the true story of the mysterious dragonfruit tree ...
The brand new read-in-one-sitting mystery from the author of unforgettable bestseller The Goldfish Boy.
Maxwell is always in trouble. He's a total menace to his teachers and big sister, but has a soft side, too: he rescued his dog, Monster, from being run over and checks on his elderly neighbour after school.
One day, while looking through a mysterious cabinet of curiosities, Maxwell finds himself erased from his life: it's as if he's never been born. At first, being able to walk around without being yelled at is great, but Maxwell starts to miss his old life. And, if he'd never existed, then he wouldn't have swooped Monster out of the path of that car...
A story of family, friendship and finding your place in the world.
Eve is like any other teenage girl . . .
Except that the fate of the entire world lies on her shoulders.
She's the first girl born in fifty years.
She's the answer to their prayers.
She's the final hope.
Which means she has one function alone . . .
At sixteen, Eve must face her destiny and make a choice.
She will choose a man, one out of three carefully selected suitors.
But what about Bram?
The future of the planet hangs on Eve making the right choice.
COULD YOU CHOOSE BETWEEN LOVE, AND THE FUTURE OF THE HUMAN RACE?
From the bestselling author of Fat Chance and Checking Out comes a hilarious story about giving up… but definitely not giving in.
Kate and Scott’s marriage has always been a lot of fun, with alcohol at the heart of it. After all, what’s more entertaining than a good laugh and a large drink… or six?
But recently, those relaxing drinks have become more crutch than comfort—and the couple have almost forgotten how to talk to each other sober.
Then their teenage daughter Holly uploads a video of their humiliating drunken escapades, which gets picked up by YouTube superstar PinkyPud—and goes horrifyingly viral.
In a last-ditch attempt to prove to the world they’re more than just boozy idiots, Kate and Scott quit alcohol completely. But with Holly’s… er… ‘help’, what begins as a family promise soon escalates into a social media phenomenon: #DryHard!
With the eyes of the Internet upon them, can Kate and Scott stay teetotal—and save their marriage in the process?
What are you afraid of?
In his first-ever Doctor Who novel, Tom Baker’s incredible imagination is given free rein. A story so epic it was originally intended for the big screen, Scratchman is a gripping, white-knuckle thriller almost forty years in the making.
The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island, when their holiday is cut short by the appearance of strange creatures – hideous scarecrows, who are preying on the local population. The islanders are living in fear, and the Doctor vows to save them all. But it doesn’t go to plan – the time travellers have fallen into a trap, and Scratchman is coming for them.
With the fate of the universe hanging in the balance, the Doctor must battle an ancient force from another dimension, one who claims to be the Devil. Scratchman wants to know what the Doctor is most afraid of. And the Doctor’s worst nightmares are coming out to play…
IT'S TIME FOR A NEW APPROACH TO SCREEN TIME.
Jordan Shapiro believes we need to rethink parental attitudes to technology. There's a damaging orthodoxy that presents screen-time as the ultimate modern parenting evil and the only acceptable response to it is restriction. Shapiro, psychologist, educational pioneer and father of two, draws on cutting-edge research in education, philosophy, neuroscience and psychology to show we've let fear and nostalgia stand in the way of our children's best interests.
In his optimistic, inspiring and practical guide to the new, digital frontier of childhood, he reframes gaming, social media and smartphones to offer fresh, evidence-based advice on how to take a more progressive approach.