Bookbug March Roundup: Top weblinks for parents

Chae Strathie and Ben Cort
Category: Parents

Want to find out what's been happening in the world of Bookbug and beyond? We've rounded up a summary of our top news picks from March to share with you.

Win a copy of Hugless Douglas by David Melling

Poor Douglas just wants a hug! Our current book of the month is the lovely Hugless Douglas by David Melling. We've got five copies to give away, just head over to the book of the month page and answer the simple question!

Get some fantastic book recommendations with our latest book lists

If your current bedtime stories are starting to get a bit old, take a look at our book lists to find a variety of brilliant new reads! 

The latest lists include books about bears (3-7) and these hilarious tales of bottoms and pants (3-7). The sun is finally starting to shine, so welcome in the first signs of spring with these 10 springtime reads (0-2) or head outside with 9 books about going to the park (0-2).

Not that you need any more encouragement to share books with your little ones, but children’s books contain 50% more rare words than prime time television!

Does your smartphone use affect your children?

We're all guilty of checking our phones more often than we really need to, but does it really impact the way we communicate with our children? A recent study has shown that parents' excessive use of smartphones makes children crankier. Senior Early Years Trainer Tracy Cooper tackles the issue in her latest blog.

Elsewhere, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People Tam Baillie shares his fond memories of bonding with his family over books.

Finally, if you're worried about your little ones chewing or damaging library books, the Bookbug Detective has some reassuring advice on the blog. The detective also has some great recommendations for books with funny songs included.

Find out which picture book is the favourite of young readers across Scotland

Winners of the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2013 were announced in a packed ceremony at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow on Wednesday 5 March. The votes flooded in and Jumblebum by Chae Strathie and Ben Cort took the top prize for the Bookbug readers category. You can find out more about the shortlisted books and take a look at some fantastic photos from the ceremony.

Elsewhere in the book world...

Did you know that Miffy is nearly sixty years old? The classic character has recently been updated by Poet Tony Mitton with new translations of the familiar stories. We would love to have one of these Miffy lamps in the Early Years office!

If you've got a quiet weekend coming up soon, why not bake some treats with your little ones? Play Talk Read have some great tips on their website.

While you're getting creative in the kitchen, you could also turn your hand to some fantastic fork printed flower pictures for an extra special Mother's Day card.

Encourage little artists in the making with Jon Burgerman's tips on how to draw a robot.

If you're expecting a little bundle of joy soon, take some literary inspiration with these top names for girls and boys from Bookish.

What's the worst thing someone said to you as a new mum? Laugh, cry and take heart with this great blog on things not to say to a new mum.

Expand your reading horizons with these top 10 multicultural books hand picked by Piet Grobler on the Guardian Books website.

The Mumsnet picture book of the month is the fantastic Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. You can find a link to games and activity sheets on the website.

They aren't called the terrible twos for nothing! Breathe a big sigh of relief and break a smile with this refreshingly honest blogpost from blogger Just a Normal Mummy.

Finally, if you're looking for some of the best new picture books to share with your little ones, take a look at the recently announced Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlist. The brilliant shortlist includes Where My Wellies Take Me by Michael and Clare Morpurgo, The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywait and Oliver Jeffers and This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen.