Parenting Books

From books that’ll support readers through first-borns, first steps and first days at school, to tips on how to help teenagers thrive, these books will help parents feel “they’ve got this”, no matter how tough the going gets.

The Cracks that Let the Light In

The Cracks that Let the Light In

Author: Jessica Moxham Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/07/2022

Jessica Moxham thought she was prepared for the experience of motherhood. Armed with advice from friends and family, parenting books and antenatal classes, she felt ready. After giving birth, she found herself facing a different, more uncertain reality. Her son, Ben, was fighting to stay alive. When Jessica could finally take him home from hospital, the challenges were far from over. In this hopeful memoir, Jessica shares her journey in raising Ben. His disability means he will never be able to move or communicate without assistance. Jessica has to learn how to feed Ben when he can't eat, wrestle with red tape to secure his education and defend his basic rights in the face of discrimination. As Ben begins to thrive, alongside his two younger siblings, Jessica finds that caring for a child with unique needs teaches her about appreciating difference and doing things your own way. This uplifting story is about the power of family love, finding inner strength and, above all, hope.

Shape of a Boy My Family and Other Adventures

Shape of a Boy My Family and Other Adventures

Author: Kate Wickers Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2022

The perfect beach read, Shape of a Boy is a laugh-out-loud travel memoir featured in National Geographic Traveller’s best travel books of 2022 Shape of a Boy is a hilarious and eye-opening travel memoir by the mother of three boys as she documents her travels with her family around the world. 'Have kids, will travel' is veteran travel journalist Kate's mantra. Her intrepid spirit is infectious in this warm, engaging account of her family's adventures and misadventures. She shares the life lessons learnt on their travels, from overcoming disappointment in Thailand to saying sorry in Japan, discovering perseverance in Borneo and learning about conservation in Malaysia. From the jungles of southeast Asia to the waterfront in Havana and the blazing heat of Egypt, Shape of a Boy captures the essence of being a parent in the thick of it and learning on the hoof. Inspirational for anyone who has dreaded travelling with a baby, toddler, or teen, it is a life-affirming read for every wannabe-traveller. Kate's vivid evocation of the highs and lows of family time make you belly-laugh and bring a lump to your throat.  This is a must-read for every wannabe-traveller grounded by lockdown and for every parent who has dreaded travelling with a baby.

Debut Books of the Month
The Little Book of Calm for New Mums

The Little Book of Calm for New Mums

Author: Anna Mathur Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2022

The Little Book of Calm for New Mums will share advice and support on issues that new mothers face, from A for Anger, to I for Insomnia, providing an empowering pep talk for those days when new mothers need it most. Psychotherapist and mother of three, Anna Mathur, will support readers through the rollercoaster of feelings that come with being a new mum and provide expert advice based on her own professional and personal experiences. Whether you need some quick grounding, a note of compassion, or you want to untangle a feeling, flick to a page for a quick, uplifting moment of much-needed support. There are quick takeaway mantras and action tips for those tight on time, and further reading should you want to explore topics more deeply. This comprehensive A-Z covers everything from baby blues and anxiety to guilt, insomnia, stress, your inner critic and maintaining friendships.

Propa Happy

Propa Happy

Author: Ant & Dec Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2022

Propa Happy sees pillars of primetime TV, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, deliver a lively, inclusive guide to emotional health and happiness. Written with guidance from the NSPCC, and in consultation with a child psychology expert, this smartly-designed, visually engaging handbook is packed with jokes, challenges and quizzes, with activities designed to help kids find their way to happiness alongside tonnes of invaluable advice.  Lending itself nicely to being used at home and in the classroom, Propa Happy kicks off in exuberant style by inviting readers to “Be PROUD to let others see how AMAZING you are!” before explaining that happiness comes from within, and means something different to us all. The first chapter focuses on the individual, and includes exercises to help readers explore who they are, and what makes them happy The book goes on to explore everything from friendship, the power of kindness, and how to be a good friend, to how to boost your mood. Practical and inspirational, with the authors’ proceeds going to the NSPCC, it’s a terrific toolkit for mindfulness and positive thinking.

BeYOUtiful Radiate confidence, celebrate difference and express yourself

BeYOUtiful Radiate confidence, celebrate difference and express yourself

Author: Shelina Janmohamed Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/05/2022

Here’s a book parents are going to want to share with their daughters, as it celebrates confidence, difference and everything that makes us feel happy in ourselves. Shelina Janmohamed was inspired to write it by a conversation with her own young daughter and the approach she takes is clear, fun and full of information that young people will find stimulating and useful. She’s open that how you feel about the way you look matters but shows that, as ideas of beauty are always changing, across cultures and time, beauty can be what you want it to be. She introduces us to lots of women, all regarded as beautiful, who challenged conventional ideas of beauty, confident in themselves and their bodies and encourages readers to be the same. She explores the role of social media, enabling readers to look critically at images they are shown and form their own opinions. The text is always engaging and supportive, and the photos and accompanying illustrations by Chanté Timothy amplify the message being delivered. Inclusive, intelligent and inspiring, this is an empowering examination of a topic that has been preoccupying girls for centuries. Shelve it alongside Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be by Gemma Cairney, another invaluable illustrated guide to navigating growing up.

Social Media Survival Guide

Social Media Survival Guide

Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2022

Benefitting from very clear and attractively designed pages to highlight information and with quirky appealing illustrations and a friendly, informative, but non-patronising and non-lecturing tone, this is a book which will attract readers to pick it up and engage with it. The tone of voice is particularly important to the sensitive pre-teen age group it is aimed at. They are growing up fast and want to be treated with respect and not just given stern warnings and rules they should stick to. In this case while dealing comprehensively with topics such as privacy settings, direct messaging, bullying, appearance-enhancing filters, influencers and fake news, it is taken for granted that the reader will make up their own minds and have their own choices. By using open ended questioning, literal screen shots of conversations and interactions and explaining how things work and what impact and consequences your actions can have, the reader feels respected. A popular additional feature of Usborne books has been the Usborne.com/Quicklinks facility where useful websites and other resources linked to book can be found. This used to particularly good effect with this title. Throughout the book you are pointed towards additional information and support around topics such as body image, bullying and mental health, as well as direct links to the tools for reporting inappropriate behaviour and images. Safety, mental health and wellbeing are prioritised throughout this extremely useful guide. A must for school libraries and one that parents will want to have available in the home for their own information too- the excellent glossary will be very helpful to the less media savvy amongst us!

Being You The Body Image Book for Boys

Being You The Body Image Book for Boys

Author: Charlotte Markey, Daniel Hart, Douglas Zacher Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2022

From early childhood boys often feel pressured to be athletic and muscular. But what impact does this have on physical and mental well-being through their teens and beyond? Worryingly, a third of teen boys are trying to 'bulk up' due to body dissatisfaction, and boys and men account for 25% of eating disorder cases. What can we tell our boys to help them feel happy and confident simply being themselves? Being You has the answers! It's an easy-to-read, evidence-based guide to developing a positive body image for boys aged 12+. It covers all the facts on puberty, diet, exercise, self-care, mental health, social media, and everything in-between. Boys will find answers to the questions most on their mind, the truth behind many diet and exercise myths, and real-life stories from other boys. Armed with this book, they will understand that muscles don't make a man - it's enough simply being you! For more scholarly articles and web pages with information about body image, see the companion website to this book: www.theBodyImageBookforBoys.com

How to Grow Your Family

How to Grow Your Family

Author: Adam Shaw Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/03/2022

When pregnant, Shaw is right, food is framed in negatives, what you can't eat when you're pregnant rather than eating food that will make you feel good. And so At Dad's Table was born...different recipes for different trimesters when the nutritional requirements change. From eating well in the secret trimester, to a spotlight on six awesome folate-rich pesto recipes, I almost wanted to be pregnant again to try the recipes out and feel their impact. And I will absolutely be thrusting this book at all of my pregnant friends. With over 110 recipes beautifully presented in this hardback book, Shaw presents his food in a no-nonsense, inclusive and non-condescending way. The book is bursting with delectable and nourishing recipes to enjoy throughout pregnancy, breastfeeding, weaning and beyond. My favourite section was eating well as a tired new parent with a spotlight on one-handed foods and healthy dips and spreads for when you can't put baby down. Shaw has thought of everything for fresh, tasty and nutritious family eating including batch cooking and quick high-energy meals.  With brunch, main meals and dessert recipes for every mood and every stage of parenthood, this book is about focusing on what you can eat, and giving you delicious fuel for every stage of your journey. A brilliant book with recipes to feed your family at  every stage of your parenting cycle and with most recipes on the table in 30 minutes, there's no excuse not to eat well, eat healthily and grow your family.

Mama A World of Mothers and Motherhood

Mama A World of Mothers and Motherhood

Author: Hélène Delforge, Quentin Gréban Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/02/2022

Undoubtedly a beautiful gift to give and share for Mother’s Day, Mama also makes the perfect present for mums-to-be, new mothers, and long-time mamas. Hélène Delforge's stirring, honest words are a universal, lyrical wonder, with Quentin Gréban's portraits of mothers from all corners of the globe, across many different eras, infused with life, love and radiant detail. Mama presents a journey through motherhood in all its complexity from those first steps, first words, first giggle, first exclamation of “Mama!” and first “I love you”, through to worries about the world — how mothers need to be “a fortress against the hardships of the world”. Then there are those guilt-inducing remarks, the conflicting “unwanted advice” about breastfeeding, bottles, how to handle a crying baby, and where your baby should sleep. It’s an emotive tale of change, of mother and child journeying together, of planting seeds, tending them, and watching them bloom. Above all, this is a soulful once-a-mama-always-a-mama story to treasure, no matter how old you or your child might be.

Tired and Tested

Tired and Tested

Author: Sophie McCartney Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/02/2022

Welcome to the jungle... When you've grown up thinking your twenties are all about working hard, playing hard and trying not to get pregnant, life comes at you fast when you go from hump to bump. So you thought adulthood would mean a high-flying career and a luxury lifestyle, but instead have ended up with a Lycra-based wardrobe and a deep fear of what lies at the bottom of the ball-pit in soft play? Join comedian Sophie McCartney as she voyages deep into the uncharted territories of mating, birthing, feral offspring, mums overdoing it at the watering hole, and the perilous viper's nest of the school WhatsApp group. With laugh out loud humour and eye-watering honesty, Sophie shows how whether you've had a day full of whining or a night full of wine, there's joy to be had in the perfectly imperfect wild ride into parenthood.

My Vegan Year

My Vegan Year

Author: Niki Webster Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2021

If you have a young vegan or would-be vegan in the family, this book is a must-have. It contains dozens of recipes for tasty year-round cooking and eating, from drinks and snacks to main courses and puddings, all proof that you can have a delicious and varied diet totally meat, dairy and egg-free. The recipes are easy to follow and accompanied by full colour photos but it’s more than just a cookbook. Niki Webster slips in tips and advice too on keeping healthy and ensuring that you get enough iron and vitamins and includes a really useful FAQ section at the end as well as shopping lists and seasonal food charts. Her tone is just right, friendly, practical but inspiring. Keep a copy in the kitchen!

A Beautiful Nightmare

A Beautiful Nightmare

Author: Christine McGuinness Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/11/2021

It's easy to focus on the glitz and glamour of celebrity lifestyles without knowing what's happening behind the scenes. Christine McGuinness is well known for being the wife of comedian and Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness, as well as being a model and TV star in her own right. In her book, A Beautiful Nightmare, she offers a raw account of her life, including dealing with anorexia, heavy drinking, infertility and, in more recent years, parenting three young, autistic children. Her book offers honest insight into the nitty-gritty of daily life – schooling, mealtimes, family outings, parties, and more – with its tough times, challenges, love and laughter. She shows that autism is more than just a statistic or description on a page. This is a real family struggling and worrying about what the future holds. As a final revelation, a diagnosis reveals that Christine is autistic, too, leading to much soul searching about her own life experiences. Hopefully, having been written by a high-profile TV celebrity, A Beautiful Nightmare will offer some comfort and support to other parents in a similar situation – that they're not alone – and will also raise awareness and understanding of autism among the book's readers and Christine's existing fans.  

eBooks of the Month