See below a selection of titles that we have found to be useful to parents in helping them steer their children through their formative years.
In a Nutshell: Warm-hearted handbook for happy, healthy friendships With comforting clarity, this thorough guide provides vital insight into all aspects of friendship, and also offers support and solutions for navigating one’s way through worries and difficulties. While there are many excellent books aimed at guiding young people through their teenage years, this book’s focus on friendship makes it uniquely invaluable. It places much emphasis on understanding emotions, personality types and behaviours, both one’s own, and those of others. I particularly loved how friendship is framed in the context of being a fundamental human characteristic – “humans are, by nature, social animals”, “we have created lots of ways of supporting each other, through various sorts of friendships.” The book comprehensively covers how to make good friends, toxic friendships, dealing with social media and bullying, developing empathy, and managing stress and anxiety. The personality quizzes are perfect for nurturing self-awareness, inviting readers to explore, for example, if they might be too anxious, how empathetic they are, whether they’re more introvert or extrovert. Both enlightening and practical, this is a must-read for 12+ year olds, and an essential addition to school libraries. ~ Joanne Owen Foreword by Cathy Cassidy I wish I’d had this book when I was growing up...a book to tell me that it was OK to be shy, that it was fine not to be ‘in with the in crowd’, that it was normal to have problems and fall-outs. There are amillion and one things that can derail a teenage friendship, especially now when the extra challengeof social media can feel relentless, yet this is a point in our lives when friends matter more than ever before. When things unravel, it can feel like the end of the world. How do you steer your way though and learn to build healthy, happy, lasting friendships? How do you even begin to understand why people do the things they do when you can’t always work out why you’ve acted a certain way? Trust me, it can take a very long time to learn it all by trail and error, and that’s where this awesome book comes in. Honest,open, practical and positive, it offers a clear, easyto-understand guide to why friendships matter, how they can go wrong and, more importantly, how they can go right. In the twelve years I spent as agony aunt for Shout mag, friendship issues were the number one problem young people were struggling with; now, as a novelist for teens and pre-teens, I probably get more ‘problem page’ type questions from my readers than I ever did when I was an official agony aunt. Friendship is at the heart of all my books, and fiction is a great way to understand ourselves and others – but sometimes we need something more. I’ve learned a lot already from this book, and I think every teenager should have a copy... because friendship matters. Cathy Cassidy
The hot (cool) new cook book for 7 - 14 year old children who love food and want to understand more about where it comes from and how to create amazing real meals. Empowering (and with no rice crispy cakes in sight) the 50 easy-to-follow recipies in this guide will teach basic skills and be the springboard for a live-long love of real food.
We’ve discovered a brilliant new edition of a book on memory that has done hugely well for us since it was first published in 2007. Having spent the summer using their minds a little less than while at school, this completely new edition is perfect for pupils and dare we say it members of staff and parents too to get back into the school year with a flourish. Full of cool tricks and fun exercises to help you hone memory to super-hero standards, it is the perfect book for anyone who wants to improve their study skills or make their memory the best it can be. Perfect for 8-12 year olds.
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 more about the workings of the brain and it appears that teenagers are wired somewhat differently. That’s especially true when it comes to sleep – as all parents of teens know well! It is also true in regard to the taking of risks and to the taking of stimulants. Tests and quizzes and lots of illustrations support the scientific but jargon free text.
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 it also shows them how to develop these skills using imaginative play with lots of storytelling and communication activities. You'll find all the books selected in this parenting guide on Lovereading4kids and more often than not you can check out an extract too before deciding whether it's the right book for child. If you've already got one of the selected books then use Alison Davies' suggestions for guidance.
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 to attractive craft ideas for quieter times. Run Wild is full of ideas and inspiration for outdoor games, adventures and practical activities for children and young people. Following the success of Nature's Playground, Go Wild and Make it Wild, in their latest book, Run Wild, Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks focus on inspiring children of all ages - as well as parents, teachers, youth leaders and anyone working or playing with children - to have fun outdoors, anywhere, any time, whatever the weather.
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 about in the wild. It is packed with imaginative things to make and do, places to record your finds, instructions on how to cook from the wild, plus bird-spotting tips and how to identify wild flowers and trees. This is the perfect notebook for inquisitive children to take when exploring the great outdoors. Whether scavenging on the beach, climbing trees in the woods, lazing by the river, playing in the park or just hanging out in the back garden, this is all you will need to make your very own record of your adventures.
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 to appeal to children. Intriguing explorations of the historic (Tudor London/Dick Whittington/Fire of London/Florence Nightingale), literary (Dickens, Shakespeare, 101 Dalmatians, Paddington Bear), artistic and famous sights of the capital will draw them in and keep them enthralled.
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 the child/teenager, this book will prove invaluable in providing children with the freedom to enjoy outdoor activities and to enable them to experience their own limits, take measured risks and learn new skills whilst looking after and protecting the world around us. If you’re looking for a book for children to enjoy along similar lines to this book but more kid friendly then take a look at Go Wild.
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 a wonderful retro look and feel you’ll find over 100 games to suit almost every situation. Some of the games are very lively and others bring a calming feel to the family! So rather than put your kids in front of an in-car DVD for the entire journey why not have some interactive fun with them – it’s worked brilliantly for the author of this sturdy little hardback, and of course the book is much cheaper than buying a DVD too. Your children’s imaginative skills will be tested and improved and their intellectual capacity for knowledge will also increase but without them even realising it.
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 literature, the children’s book. Now, with 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, be ready to be transported back to a time when magic was possible and share that love with your children. Compiled and edited by Lovereading4kids’ very own editorial expert Julia Eccleshare and with a Preface by Quentin Blake, this is a wonderful offline resource that provides a great introduction to the very best books of childhood. From wordless picture books and books introducing the first sounds of the alphabet through to hard-hitting and edgy teenage fiction, the titles featured reflect the best of children’s literature from the international classics to the most famous contemporary writers. So whatever the reading age or ability, there is something to suit every child. Reviews of the books are accompanied by evocative line drawings and colour artworks from the books themselves, together with reproductions of original jackets and photographs of the authors. In addition, some of our most famous, familiar and much loved children’s authors write about their favourite story by another author. Including great writers and illustrators such as: Philip Pullman, author of Northern Lights, Ruby in the Smoke; Michael Morpurgo, author of Private Peaceful, and Kensuke’s Kingdom; Jacqeline Wilson, author of the Tracey Beaker books; Lauren Child, author of the Clarice Bean books and Eric Carle, author of the much loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar. And the question on everyone’s lips is what is their favourite story of all time? Well, snuggle down with this book and you can discover it - and maybe you will read a story that you have never read before and will love it as much as they do. You’ll find many of the titles featured on Lovereading4kids, so check out an extract if you want more information on a title than you can get in this book.
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 it’s foraging for wild food, making fires and cooking on them, making a catapult or making your own shelter, young people will discover the pleasures of a simpler life outdoors and experience the excitement of going wild.
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.
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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