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QUESTIONS ANSWERED AND CHALLENGES RESOLVED FOR PARENTS

There are no instant fixes for the challenges that arise when bringing up children, but here at Lovereading4kids we want them to grow up well-rounded and happy. Encouraging reading is just one part of child development and we hope our guidance helps you as a parent to encourage that. 

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However, bringing up children provides many, many more challenges for parents, so with the help of some experts we've put together a selection of books which have helped them to deal with some of the issues every parent faces as their baby grows up, right through to those challenging teenage years.

Our ethos has always been to provide guidance on the best books that parents can buy for children whatever their age, from baby board books through to teenage cool.  Guidance has always been the key word and other than on Lovereading4kids, it’s increasingly hard to find.  And, following recent feedback from members and browsers we’ve discovered that parents also want guidance on books that will help them steer their children through their formative years as that information is incredibly hard to find.

With great gusto we took this request on in true Lovereading style and with the help of a number of experts have succeeded we think in cutting through the huge glut of parenting books that are available, to provide you with guidance on which ones provide the best advice. But don’t just take our word for it; every single featured title has an extract for you to download, including the title’s Contents page, meaning you really can decide whether it’s right for you.

So, from raising confident girls and growing great boys, to making sense of your child’s friendships and having a contented baby or a bible of childcare that covers almost anything you might experience, take a peek, enjoy the reading and then put what you’ve learned into action. We’ll be refreshing the list from time to time as we discover a gem of a book or two, so do come back regularly to check us out.

And finally, if you’re a parent and have discovered a book that you rate highly that we haven’t selected then do tell us so we can spread the word.




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How to Talk to Kids So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
How to Talk to Kids So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
This title is the MUMSNET best parenting book and we as parents agree.  Using innovative ways to solve common problems together with effective step by step techniques this book will help you improve and enrich your relationships with your children....
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2013
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MOB Rule Lessons Learned by a Mother Of Boys
MOB Rule Lessons Learned by a Mother Of Boys
Hannah Evans
You know you've joined the MOB when you hear...'My, are they all yours?' 'Bless you!' (Occasionally) 'Poor you!' (Frequently) 'Lucky you!' (Once) And of course, the ultimate: 'So ...are you going for a girl?' Hannah Evans has three small boys....
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/01/2013
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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare & Quentin Blake
Fall down the rabbit hole, take flight into Neverland, or follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City; we all remember what it was like to disappear into the imaginary worlds of the most magical and fantastic type of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2009
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The Spoilt Generation: Why Restoring Authority will Make Our Children and Society Happier
The Spoilt Generation: Why Restoring Authority will Make Our Children and Society Happier
Aric Sigman
In this book, Dr Sigman takes issues by the scruff of the neck, among them children's sense of entitlement, the effects of TV and computers, single-parent homes and 'blended' families, parental guilt and the compensation culture. He offers a clear...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2009
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Divas and Dictators: The Secrets to Having a Much Better Behaved Child
Divas and Dictators: The Secrets to Having a Much Better Behaved Child
Charlie Taylor
Focusing predominantly on the under fives this straight-talking no-nonsense approach gives insights and methods in making those supermarket tantrums, insufferable car journeys, sibling in-fighting and bedtimes that last for hours a thing of the past. There’s even a handy Troubleshooter’s...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2009
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The Childcare Bible
The Childcare Bible
Lucy Martin
From aupairs and babysitters, to nannies, nurseries and childminders, The Childcare Bible lays out all the relevant information you need to make an informed choice and shows that organising the right childcare for your family can be a painless task. ...
Featured in: For Parents | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2009
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Your Baby and Child
Your Baby and Child
Penelope Leach
This is THE classic guide to child care and development.  Written from babies’ and children’s points of view it looks at children and their experiences from shortly before birth until the age of five.  Emotions and stages of development are...
Featured in: For Parents | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2003
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Annabel Karmel's New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner
Annabel Karmel's New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner
Annabel Karmel
Since it was published in 1991, Annabel Karmel's essential guide to feeding babies and young children has become a word-of-mouth classic.  This illustrated edition includes her collection of mouthwatering recipes up to date, with new dishes, handy advice and tips and...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/01/2008
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How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk
How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk
Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
At last there is a way for parents of teenagers to begin to get a hook on their rebellious children.  Just read this brilliant expose on the teenage psyche and your life and your relationship with your teenager will be...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2006
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How to Talk to Children About Modern Art
How to Talk to Children About Modern Art
Francoise Barbe-Gall
How to Talk to Children about Modern Art examines 30 fascinating works by modern and contemporary artists, from Gustav Klimt's Kiss of 1907 to Tim Noble and Sue Webster's British Wildlife of 2000, in galleries around the world. The book will...
Featured in: Art and Artists | For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/06/2012
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How to Talk to Children About Art
How to Talk to Children About Art
Francoise Barbe-Gall
This is a children's art book for grown-ups to share with their children. A wonderful guide it offers a series of talking points - according to three age ranges - about 30 famous paintings by great artists, from the early...
Featured in: Art and Artists | For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2005
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Read Me a Story Everything You Need to Enjoy Books with Your Baby
Read Me a Story Everything You Need to Enjoy Books with Your Baby
Alison Davies
This delightful dip in book helps parents who want to give their baby the best start in life. It helps them pick the right type of board and picture books to enhance their baby's reading, writing and numeracy skills and...
Featured in: 3+ readers | Baby and Toddler | For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/07/2011
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Run Wild ! Outdoor Games and Adventures
Run Wild ! Outdoor Games and Adventures
Fiona Danks, Jo Schofield
Inspirational! Full of tempting, action packed photos, this introduction to having fun in the outdoors should get parents and their children out there as soon as possible. The range of activities is huge from boisterous outdoor games for big groups...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers | For Parents | Out and About
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2011
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How Not to F*** Them Up
How Not to F*** Them Up
Oliver James
In How Not to F*** Them Up , leading child psychologist Oliver James argues that your under-threes do not need training; it's getting your head straight as a parent that's important. Drawing on extensive interviews and the latest clinical research,...
Featured in: For Parents | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2011
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From Fat to Fit: The Simple Way to Transform your family's health
From Fat to Fit: The Simple Way to Transform your family's health

If you want to improve your family's health and fitness for good but are not sure where to start then this book is just the job. Simple recipes and meal plans coupled with top tips from the families of the...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/01/2011
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School Daze: My Search for a Decent State Secondary School
School Daze: My Search for a Decent State Secondary School
Andrew Penman
Written in diary style, this is an incredibly useful personal journey through the confusing and frustrating maze that is finding a school for your 11 year old child if you don’t want to pay for it.  After all, we all...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2010
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21st Century Boys: How Modern Life is Driving Them Off the Rails and How We Can Get Them Back on Track
21st Century Boys: How Modern Life is Driving Them Off the Rails and How We Can Get Them Back on Track
Sue Palmer
By the author of the incredibly successful Toxic Childhood is a book that focuses specially on the development of boys from birth to the teenage years.  This is an indispensible guide to raising 21st century boys with lots of...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2009
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Toxic Childhood: How The Modern World Is Damaging Our Children And What We Can Do About It
Toxic Childhood: How The Modern World Is Damaging Our Children And What We Can Do About It
Sue Palmer
This is the parenting book that sparked incredible debate on the subject of today’s children. Both important and ground-breaking it provides help and advice on bringing up your child in a world that delivers an often toxic cocktail of factors...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2007
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The Cleverness of Boys
The Cleverness of Boys
Ros Bayley, Sally Featherstone
The authors of this excellent new book have an immense track record of work in the education of young boys.  This book will help parents help boys to become strong, competent learners from an early age, it will dispel the...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2010
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It's Not Fair : Parenting the Bright and Challenging Child
It's Not Fair : Parenting the Bright and Challenging Child
Gill Hines & Alison Baverstock
Does your child age up to 12 tend to run rings round you and always have the last word? Is he or she strong-willed and independent for his or her age?  Do they refuse to take no for an answer? ...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2009
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Secrets of the Baby Whisperer
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer
Tracy Hogg
Reassuring, down-to-earth and often flying in the face of conventional wisdom, this book promises parents not only a healthier, happier baby but a more relaxed and happy household as well.  Crucially, the author will successfully teach you the parent how...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2001
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The Happy Child: Everything you Need to Know to Raise Enthusiastic, Confident Children
The Happy Child: Everything you Need to Know to Raise Enthusiastic, Confident Children
Linda Blair
Covering the period from birth to approximately 7 years old, this invaluable book offers practical, down-to-earth advice on raising happy, enthusiastic and confident children.  As a clinical psychologist, the author is well-placed to answer questions on what your child is...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2009
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Tough Times
Tough Times
Clare Beswick, Sally Featherstone
Tough Times is designed to help parents and carers to support very young children who are experiencing particular stress or anxiety. This book looks at what the child might be feeling at tricky times such as the arrival of a new...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2009
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Growing Great Boys
Growing Great Boys
Ian Grant
An essential and easy-to-follow guide to bringing up boys from pre-school years through to the challenging teenage ones.  The author’s straightforward common-sense approach to bringing up boys – handling the challenges as well as the successes - will help give...
Featured in: For Parents | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/02/2008
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Raising Confident Girls: Practical Tips for Bringing out the Best in your Daughter
Raising Confident Girls: Practical Tips for Bringing out the Best in your Daughter
Ian Grant, Mary Grant
Providing indispensible no-nonsense advice on raising girls from the pre-school years through to the challenging teens, this book will help you to cultivate your daughter’s natural talents and help her succeed in the game of life.  Whether it’s raising her...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2009
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Making Sense of your Child's Friendships
Making Sense of your Child's Friendships
Elizabeth Hartley-brewer
This is an absolutely invaluable guide for all parents wanting to understand the ups and downs of their child's friendships. Friends are desperately important to most children, but what children want, or get, from their friends and how important friendships...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2009
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The Contented Baby with Toddler Book
The Contented Baby with Toddler Book
Gina Ford
Gina Ford is a highly respected by parents for giving no-nonsense advice that really works.  In this book her practical tips, brilliant solutions and sound advice on how to introduce a toddler to a new baby brother or sister or...
Featured in: For Parents | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2009
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Baby and Child Healthcare: The Essential A-Z Home Reference to Children's Illnesses, Symptoms and Treatments
Baby and Child Healthcare: The Essential A-Z Home Reference to Children's Illnesses, Symptoms and Treatments
Miriam Stoppard
This is a tome and a half but it really is packed full of the best advice, expertise and understanding from one of the most respected healthcare experts in the UK.  It really is a comprehensive guide to childhood illnesses,...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/08/2001
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101 Ways to get your Child to Read
101 Ways to get your Child to Read
Patience Thomson
For parents: There are many different reasons why children find learning to read difficult. Calmly and with loads of different tips, this book helps to guide parents to understand the myriad problems which may be causing the difficulty and gives...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2009
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The Ultimate Book Guide
The Ultimate Book Guide
Daniel Hahn, Leonie Flynn and Susan Reuben
A real treasure trove for 8-12 year olds and their parents. Brilliant reads chosen by dozens of well known writers make up this excellent reference tool that was voted the ‘best book with facts by Blue Peter back in 2004....
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2009
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Match Wits with the Kids
Match Wits with the Kids
Jonathan Green
We don’t usually use Lovereading4kids to tell parents about a book that is perfect for you the parent this summer, but with this one we couldn’t resist. However, we also feel that kids who want to stay one step ahead...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2008
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The Ultimate First Book Guide
The Ultimate First Book Guide
Daniel Hahn, Leonie Flynn and Susan Reuben
The Ultimate First Book Guide provides parents with the building blocks to get toddlers and young children onto their first steps in reading. Board books, novelty books, pop-up books, picture books...fiction or non-fiction? The choice of books for young children...
Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2008
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Are We There Yet? Great Car Games to Keep Families Sane !
Are We There Yet? Great Car Games to Keep Families Sane !
Jo Pink
This is a book that is guaranteed to provide hours of entertainment and hilarity on long journeys.  From Spotting Games, Guessing Games, Action Games and Word Games, to Imagination Games and General Knowledge Games there is something her to appeal to every age.  With...
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers | For Parents
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2010
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The Adventurer's Notebook
The Adventurer's Notebook
Becky Jones, Clare Lewis
From the authors of London Adventure Walks, The Adventurer's Notebook has heaps of white space for creative young minds to fill with drawings, stories and ideas inspired by all the wonderful things you can see and do while out and...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | For Parents | Out and About
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/05/2010
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Nature's Playground Activities, Crafts and Games to Encourage Your Children to Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Nature's Playground Activities, Crafts and Games to Encourage Your Children to Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Fiona Danks, Jo Schofield
This book is packed to the brim with great games, crafts and adventures, encouraging children and their families, carers and teachers to get into the great outdoors.  Whether you live in the city or village, whether you are a parent...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 14+ readers | Fascinating Facts | For Parents | Out and About
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/03/2006
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Make it Wild! 101 Things to Make and Do Outdoors
Make it Wild! 101 Things to Make and Do Outdoors
Fiona Danks, Jo Schofield
A terrific book to lure kids away from their computers and to go outside to discover the natural world around us.  It’s packed with ideas for creative activities using natural materials to make things.  Aimed more at the parent than...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 14+ readers | Fascinating Facts | For Parents | Out and About
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/05/2010
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Go Wild! 101 Things to Do Outdoors Before You Grow Up
Go Wild! 101 Things to Do Outdoors Before You Grow Up
Fiona Danks, Jo Schofield
Great title and this book does exactly what it says – Go Wild outdoors before you grow up!  There are so many activities within the pages to tempt young people outside and to undertake a range of outdoor adventures.  Whether...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 14+ readers | 9+ readers | Fascinating Facts | For Parents | Out and About
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2009
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London Adventure Walks for Families Tales of a City
London Adventure Walks for Families Tales of a City
Becky Jones, Clare Lewis
From the authors of the highly successful Adventures Walks for Families In and Around London comes London Adventure Walks, offering 25 carefully devised, imaginative explorations of London - all starting from points easily accessible by public transport - specifically designed...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Fascinating Facts | For Parents | Out and About
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/05/2010
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Adventure Walks for Families in and Around London
Adventure Walks for Families in and Around London
Becky Jones, Clare Lewis
Every parent dreams of idyllic family days out with the kids - but every parent also knows that, when it comes to a conflict between the attractions of computer games and the pleasures of nature's playground, it often feels as...
Featured in: Fascinating Facts | For Parents | Out and About
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/06/2008
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Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed
Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed
Nicola Morgan
Teenagers and their parents will find much to fascinate them in this updated edition of Nicola Morgan’s skilful, non-scientists explanation of the complex and specific science that makes teenagehood such a specific period of growing up. New research has revealed even...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 14+ readers | Fascinating Facts | For Parents
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/05/2013
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