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New books published: April 2012

Spring has most definitely sprung, so cheer your little ones this month with our spring inspired books including Sometimes I Feel Sunny, which helps to explain feelings to your toddler, and Six Little Chicks, which is also perfect for Easter.


Night, Night Baby

By Emma Dodd

Published by TemplarReading Zone April 2012
ISBN 9781904513964
RRP £9.99

A combination of photography, stylish and bold graphics and gorgeous colours has ensured the Amazing Baby books from Templar have made their mark. The series is now ten years old and has been given a refreshed look.

This new cloth book in the series, for babies aged six months plus, makes a perfect gift for very young children. Stars and moons decorate the pages and remind baby it’s time for bed.

Babies will love the bold shapes and graphics in these pages, and the high contrast images. As babies are always drawn to images of other babies, the images of babies sleeping – both in graphics and photography – also give just the right touch.



Sometimes I Feel Sunny

By Gillian Shields & Georgie Birkett

Published by CorgiReading Zone April 2012
ISBN 9780552565783

RRP £5.99

This ‘funny, sunny book full of feelings’ helps children to navigate the world of feelings and is a useful and visual early introduction to emotions.

‘Sometimes I feel sunny like a great big smiling sun,
Sometimes I feel sad, as though nothing will be fun.’

Funny, crazy and clownish or angry, sad and frightened are among the feelings that the young children in these pages explore, showing that grumpy days and sunny days are all part of life and it’s fine to feel strong emotions.

The ‘My First Picture Book’ series from Corgi introduces children to a range of different experiences. Other books in the series include Bigger Digger and A Quiet Day in the Jungle.


3 - 5 years

Six Little Chicks

By Jez Alborough

Published by DoubledayReading ZoneApril 2012
ISBN 9780857072573
RRP £10.99

With echoes of the classic Little Red Hen, this picture book about five plucky chicks outsmarting the cunning fox is bound to become a favourite with very small children – and it is perfectly times for Easter.

Jez Alborough, the author and illustrator, is well known for his popular series such as ‘Duck in the Truck’ and ‘Hug’.

In this story, mother hen becomes increasingly frantic about protecting her five young chicks as fox is on the prowl. The chicks, meanwhile, are busy cheeping, pecking, flapping and hopping, unperturbed by the threat of fox – until they come face to face with him; but he proves no match for their ingenuity.

Children will love the rhyming text and especially the repeated refrain of the little chicks, and the ending which sees the chicks win through – just in time for chick number six to hatch.


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