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Books: Mumsnet Best Awards winners 2011

The books you've loved, loaned to friends, rated for their recipes or simply love to read with your children time and time again. 


I like it whenChildren's books (under 1 year)

Winner: I Like it When [Mary Murphy]
Everyone loved the "gorgeous illustrations" and simple repetitive text and actions. "A great book for developing a love of books at a young age."
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HugChildren's books (1 - 2 years)

Winner: Hug [Jez Alborough]
Described as "a perfect introduction to story telling", Mumsnetters all think this is a great book for toddlers, combining very simple storytelling with wonderful bright illustrations. Children loved the animals, particularly the baby monkey.
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We're going on a Bear HuntChildren's books (2 - 3 years)

Winner: We're Going on a Bear Hunt [Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury]
Needs little introduction, this is a firm favourite with Mumsnetters and their children. "It's descriptive and repetitive, has a great build up and wonderful illustrations" and "helps with early literacy and and speaking skills".
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You ChooseChildren's books (3 - 4 years)

Winner: You Choose [Pippa Goodhart]
"Everyone agrees this is a brilliant concept." Thumbs up also for Nick Sharrat's "trademark garish cartoon illustrations". As one Mumsnetter said, "This is a kids classic - and if it hasn't reached iconic status in the near future, I would be very surprised."
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Room on the BroomChildren's books (4 - 5 years)

Winner: Room on the Broom [Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler]
Many Mumsnetters find this is "always first choice" at storytime. Everyone loves the "brilliant repetitive rhyme", "gripping storyline" and there was praise for its "fabulous ending".
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AstrosaursChildren's books (5 - 7 years)

Winner: Astrosaurs [Steve Cole]
These books are great as first readers but also entertain older children as well. Reviewers agreed that, "dinosaurs and space is a great combination" and best of all there's a whole series of them, although as one Mumsnetter said, that's "not enough".
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Goodnight Mr TomChildren's books (8 - 10 years)

Winner: Goodnight Mr Tom [Michelle Magorian]
A "beautifully written" World War two evacuee story which is "very sad, but then also heart warming". "The characters really do come to life and it's a hard book to put down." A book to make you "cry and laugh".
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Northern LightsChildren's books (11 plus)

Winner: Northern Lights: His Dark Materials [Philip Pullman]
Many Mumsnetters love this book as much as their children: "The best book I've read in years...the twists and turns are amazing and every page is more exciting than the last." Perfect for this age group with "dark elements, with good triumphing".
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More than just a coincidenceAdult books - Best book of 2010

Winner: More Than Just a Coincidence [Julie Wassmar]
Impossible to put down, this book tells an amazing, true story; "The author takes full responsibility for her life, which is very inspirational"'. One reviewer challenged "anyone to read it and not feel overwhelmed with heartfelt emotion." 
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Fay's Family FoodBest Cookery book

Winner: Fay's Family Food [Fay Ripley]
A real favourite with Mumsnetters who love Fay's "amusing, down-to-earth style". Great recipes for feeding a family in one sitting with easily sourceable ingredients. "Clearly written by someone who loves food and feeding her family well."
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How to Talk so kidsBest Parenting book

Winner: How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk [Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish]
An excellent book for reassessing the way you talk to your children and, as one said, "putting it into practice isn't as hard as I imagined and the children respond so, so well".
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