Start off your New Year with these great reads as recommended by Mums NI's resident bookworm.
This month we've collected together a reading list that we think will delight you and your whole family. We start with everyone's favourite dog, Hey Duggee. In the mix there's also great new books from Stephen & Lucy Hawking. We finish with a book from Sarah Ivens which will show you how to incorporate a Zen approach to your parenting style.
For the very youngest mermaid fans, this cute, sparkly, touch and feel book is the perfect choice.
With shimmery, shiny mermaids, a pearly underwater palace, friendly sea creatures, intricate mermaid accessories, and a fun rhyme, it's a delightful book to read aloud, and makes a great gift or stocking filler.
Just right for sharing with babies and toddlers and encouraging their imaginative play, every page has a colourful character or mermaid accessory embellished with touch and feel patches or sparkly areas to expand children's senses. And the simple design - with one main picture per page - is easy for little ones to follow. From a twinkling mermaid's tail and a bumpy seahorse to a sea king's soft beard, a smooth, shiny dolphin, and a sparkly seashell mirror, Baby Touch and Feel Mermaid features all sorts of mer-mazing things!
Read-aloud rhymes inspire pretend play and creativity, and names all the images - encouraging identification skills, and building language and picture-and-word association - helpful for early reading.
This small baby board book is a good size for little hands to hold. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages themselves, which develops their fine motor skills.
Part of DK's popular Baby Touch and Feel series, this fun first mermaid book with its exciting sparkly jacket will appeal to little ones and stimulate their make-believe play.
Earn your Tooth Brushing Badge with Duggee!
It's a sunny day and Duggee and the Squirrels are on a lovely walk until they meet a lion with VERY smelly breath!
Join your favourite Squirrels as they teach the lion a special song to help him learn how to brush his teeth for two minutes.
Featuring all of your favourite characters from the triple BAFTA-winning CBeebies show, this board book story is perfect for reading as part of the morning and bedtime routine with little Hey Duggee fans.
The gang from Woodsword Middle School have re-entered the world of Minecraft, and this time they’re taking the plunge to discover the secrets of the ocean biome. When the friends follow a treasure map, they find their underwater quest ties in perfectly with their new school science project. But trouble quickly threatens to sink them in both worlds!
For fans of the Minecraft game, Jumanji and Wreck it Ralph.
What would it have been like to walk the lava-filled earth four and a half billion years ago?
Or take your first step on the surface of the moon?
And what would you do if robots took over the world?
In their series of novels, George's Secret Key to the Universe, Lucy and Stephen Hawking imagined what great adventures one boy might have if he travelled through space.
But the books were based on real-life facts - and together Lucy and Stephen collected an incredible wealth of information about everything from life on Mars to the secrets of black holes.
For the first time this non-fiction content has been collected into one astonishing volume, with brand new content for 2020, including facts about genetics, conspiracy theories and climate change.
Beautifully illustrated and absolutely bursting with amazing facts and figures, this is the perfect guide to everything you've ever wanted to know about our world and beyond.
The Guilds are not her only enemy.
Ena has pledged herself to the Black Bloods’ cause, spending months saving children from the grips of the Sorcerers Guild. But freedom demands a steeper price.
Following her heart has led Ena through danger and to a sanctuary she never dreamt existed. Surrounded by magic, a future free of blood and pain seem within her grasp. But hope and love have never been a part of her story.
As danger haunts her home, a powerful force demands her aid in murder. Refusing will endanger everyone she cares for―taking an innocent life is more than her soul can bear.
When death comes for Ena, will she lose her heart or her life?
When Emira is apprehended at a supermarket for 'kidnapping' the white child she's actually babysitting, it sets off an explosive chain of events. Her employer Alix, a feminist blogger with the best of intentions, resolves to make things right.
But Emira herself is aimless, broke and wary of Alix's desire to help. When a surprising connection emerges between the two women, it sends them on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know - about themselves, each other, and the messy dynamics of privilege.
His life is perfectly regimented. Is there really room for something as unpredictable as love?
Oliver Clock has everything arranged just so. A steady job running the family funeral parlour. A fridge stocked with ready meals. A drawer full of colour-coded socks. A plan (of sorts) to stay trim enough for a standard-sized coffin. And in florist Marie, he’s even found the love of his life—not that she’s aware of it.
When a terrible tragedy takes Marie out of his life but leaves him with her private journal, he discovers too late that she secretly loved him back. Faced now with an empty love life, a family funeral business in trouble, a fast-approaching fortieth birthday and a notebook of resolutions he’s never achieved, Oliver resolves to open himself up to love—and all the mess that comes along with it.
But, with a habit of burying his feelings, can he learn to embrace his lovability and find the woman who will make him feel whole?
Let go of parenting expectations and fears to raise courageous, confident children.
The Zen Mama philosophy is that mother and child complement each other in adventures and experiences, always putting safety first but without getting caught up in the anxieties, drama, impossible expectations and mental baggage that too often comes along with modern parenting. Learning to become a Zen Mama will help you grow and nurture a Zen Child - someone who isn't afraid to be different, who can stand up for himself or his friends, and can travel the world and experiment with new things without being overwhelmed with self-doubt or being scared.
Full of facts, actionable advice and practical tips, this book will be about combining the heart and the head with what works for you and your family, not comparing yourselves to others or meeting a societal standard. It will support and nurture the mother's journey like a wise and sympathetic friend and offers ideas and experience rather than judgement.
The Zen Mama will help you to find your purpose as a mother. It will instil the self-belief you need to help create a resilient, creative, caring and smart child - and help to survive the journey.
We hope you've enjoyed this months selections. If you've read any of them, let us know in the comments section or on our Facebook Page