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Gorgeous Gift Sets – SPECIAL OFFERS!

These gorgeous gift sets are perfect for christmas presents

USUALLY £25.00

NOW ONLY £14.99


-traditional-stories-box-setTraditional stories gift set

  • A beautiful gift box containing five traditional stories, including The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man and Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Each hardback book is beautifully illustrated and has a ribbon page marker, making a wonderful present for young readers.
  • The stories are taken from First Reading Levels Three and Four of the Usborne Reading Programme, rewritten for children developing reading stamina.
  • Specially produced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Usborne Publishing in 2013.



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Adventure stories gift set

  • A collection of five well-known adventure stories, presented in a beautifully designed gift box.
  • Includes retellings of The Prisoner of Zenda, The 39 Steps, The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo and Moonfleet.
  • Each story is taken from Series Three of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, specially retold for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories.
  • Each hardback book is wonderfully produced, with colourful illustrations and a ribbon page marker.
  • A timeless gift and a brilliant introduction to some classic and much-loved tales



bedtime-stories-box-set - CopyBedtime stories gift set

  • A beautiful gift box of five traditional stories, perfect for reading at bedtime with young children.
  • Includes the well-loved The Ugly Duckling, The Tin Soldier and The Runaway Pancake, as well as two original stories from the Usborne Reading Programme: Percy and the Pirates and The Reluctant Dragon.
  • Each story is taken from First Reading Level 4 in the Usborne Reading Programme, specially rewritten for children just beginning to read.
  • Each hardback book is colourfully illustrated and has a ribbon page marker.
  • Specially produced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Usborne Publishing, this set makes a wonderful gift.



classic-stories-box-set - CopyClassic stories gift set

  • A wonderful collection of five classic stories for children, presented in a stylish gift box.
  • Includes the much-loved stories of Alice in Wonderland, The Railway Children, The Secret Garden, The Wind in the Willows and Around the World in Eighty Days.
  • Each story is taken from Series Two of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, specially rewritten for children growing in reading confidence.
  • The hardback books are colourfully illustrated and have ribbon page markers, making a wonderful gift to be treasured.
  • Specially produced to mark the 40th anniversary of Usborne Publishing in 2013.



dickens-collection-box-setDickens collection gift set

  • This collection features five of Dickens’ most well-known novels, presented in a beautifully designed gift box.
  • Includes beautifully illustrated retellings of David Copperfield, Bleak House, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and A Tale of Two Cities.
  • Each story is taken from Series Three of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, specially retold for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories.
  • Each hardback book is attractively produced with colourful endpapers and ribbon page markers.
  • An excellent introduction to the works of Charles Dickens, and a timeless gift



greek-myths-box-setGreek myths gift set

  • A collection of the most well-known Greek myths and legends, presented in a beautifully designed gift box.
  • Includes beautifully illustrated retellings of The Odyssey, Hercules the World’s Strongest Man, Perseus and the Gorgon, The Minotaur and The Wooden Horse.
  • The stories are taken from Series Two and Three of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, specially written for children beginning to read confidently alone.
  • All five hardback books are attractively produced, with colourful endpapers and ribbon page markers.
  • A brilliant introduction to Greek mythology, and a timeless gift.



shakespeare-collection-box-setShakespeare collection gift set

  • A collection of stories taken from Shakespeare’s most popular plays. Presented in a beautifully designed gift box, this set has been specially produced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Usborne Publishing.
  • The five stories are retellings of Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet.
  • Each story is taken from Series Two of the Usborne Young Reading Programme and has been specially written for children growing in reading confidence.
  • All five hardback books are wonderfully produced, with colourful illustrations and a ribbon page marker.
  • A brilliant introduction to the works of Shakespeare, and a timeless gift.



These collections are absolutely gorgeous to give as a special gift that can be kept forever!

Timeless classics!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

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Usborne Books with Audio CD

dog-listeningThe Story Explorer Club has been designed to help kids explore stories, it’s not just about the reading and writing, it’s about understanding and comprehension. It’s about delving into a story and being part of it.

I’m a huge lover of audio books … you can read a previous blog post of mine here:

It was called ‘No time to read, then try listening!‘ Obviously this title is aimed at adults, as there are so many adults who don’t take the time to read, even though they want to!

I don’t think children listening to audio books constantly is good for their education, but to integrate it into their learning is definitely a plus. Listening to other people tell stories helps to widen their knowledge of character emphasis, plot design and language expression, all of which bring a story together.


Explore the Usborne Books with audio CD’s on pages 64 – 68

Usborne has integrated Audio CDs into the Reading Programme and many of the sets have downloadable worksheets.

If you want to know more about any of the books with CDs please get in touch.




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Usborne slot-together collection

This slot-together victorian house & slot-together castle

would make the perfect Christmas present, and they are

ONLY £25.00!

The slot-together victorian doll house is NEW to the Usborne range …

and it’s on my girlies Christmas List!


Slot-together Victorian doll’s house

  • A beautiful and historically accurate Victorian doll’s house to build from slot-together foamboard pieces, with Victorian furniture for every room and a family of four and their pets.
  • Children will love setting up the table and chairs in the formal dining room, installing the grand roll-top bath and spotting the tiny doll’s house in the nursery.
  • Includes a book about life in a grand Victorian house, showing how a Victorian family lived.
  • A gorgeous gift for Christmas – all the fun of a traditional doll’s house without the high price tag and fiddly assembly.



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Slot-together Castle

  • A set of sturdy, press-out foamboard pieces that slot together to create a model castle, complete with siege towers, a drawbridge and a trebuchet.
  • Includes two model armies of knights, and a book about life in a castle with ideas for games and battles.
  • Presented in an attractive box that can be used to store pieces when not in use.
  • An amazing gift that will inspire hours of creative play.

Here’s some reviews for this awesome castle:

“I bought this for my three year old for Christmas after coming across it by chance and it has been by far the most successful present.”

“Good value for money. The pieces seem to be really sturdy.”

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See Inside Books

DSC_0024The Usborne See Inside Range is another of my favourites.

You can see the range of 34 books on pages 150-151 of the catalogue

Some of the science-based books in this collection are a great way of your child learning more about their body, their surroundings and the world we live in. Due to the fun factor of lifting the flaps to find out more really engages children.

My girls absolutely love these books; they play a game that involves taking it turns to lift the flaps, so not only are they learning but it’s a great way of them interacting together too. I found that when the girls do this together they seem to take more interest than when I’m reading it to them.

Usborne-See-Inside-Your-Body-An-Everyday-StoryThe reviews say it all about these books

“Perfectly pitched for Key Stage 2, a mix of facts, humour and novelty flaps… This series is proof that the right non-fiction still sells.”
The Bookseller

“Simple explanations and clear illustrations make even complex processes like memory accessible.”
Good Book Guide

If you want to know more about any of the books in this range, please get in touch.


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Cards that have real meaning!

I’m a total sucker for a good card! I’m one of those people who stands in the shop reading each verse, making sure it says what I want it to say, and when I receive a card, yes the words mean the world to me!

chrimbo 3So when I found out that Usborne had created cards to colour and decorate I was in my element. I know they don’t have versus, but imagine receiving a card from a child who has taken the time to colour it in just for you! Their little hearts really putting the effort into making you something special. We’ll definitely be sending these out this year!

The other option is to let your little one send a blank card to their friends. It will be such a novelty for children receiving the card to colour-in themselves!

Usborne have a fab range of colour-in cards; birthday cards, thank you cards, notecards and much more!

See page 120 of the catalogue to view their fab range

Please get in touch if you have any questions xx

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Chrimbo Calendar Ideas!

Yes, can you believe it … we have just over 11 weeks until Santa arrives!santa

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Where does time go?

So in 8 weeks it’s time for the official countdown …

I love it from the 1st December when my girls get so excited about how many sleeps we have left!

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Usborne have created an awesome colour-in calendar. Admittedly I had made my own video of this, but then I found this and it’s soooo much better than mine!!

Me and my girls love this and will be definitely having one for our Christmas countdown!



If you fancy doing something different this year … here’s a few ideas:

My first Reading Library


Our recent reading library proved very popular as an advent calendar.

Wrapping up each book, so that your child opens a book a day!

This new reading library can be used in the same way:






This 1000 sticker book could be used daily.

Children can place the stickers in the scenes as the text suggests or use them to decorate their own cards, letters, envelopes and drawings.

There’s 20 pages that could be used as a build up to christmas & on four days you could ask your children to draw their own scenes and place the stickers on them.






This ‘Christmas things to draw’ book can help improve your child’s drawing skills.

As a countdown to Christmas encourage them to draw one of their favourite pictures a day.

If you were to do this every year, wouldn’t it be lovely to look back in years to come and see how their drawing has improved!




You can see more of Usborne’s Christmas sticker books & activity books on page 203-205.

Be creative and think about how you can make the countdown to Christmas fun for your kids.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Usborne helps your children when it comes to ‘growing up’!

9781409599593-whats-happening-to-me-girlI titled this post ‘Usborne helps your children …’what s happening to me boys

But it probably should have been called ‘Usborne helps YOU …’

There’s so many different views on when it is the right time to tell your child about puberty and sex. But I don’t think it’s just about the facts of life, it’s about the emotional rollercoaster that comes with growing up! You should talk with your child when YOU feel the time is right.

Usborne have created some brilliant books that not only use scientific facts but they relate to a child on an emotional level, looking through them together will not only help them understand, but it also helps to build a bond between you both, so that they know they can come to you if they are unsure of anything.

I recently had to talk with my 8-year-old daughter a little about puberty, (*covers eyes, takes deep breaths & wishes she was a baby again*) after not understanding why she was like a bear with a raging head, who totally felt sorry itself … but didn’t know why!

I did some research and apparently prepuberty usually starts around two years before they reach puberty! I thought she was too young, but after searching forums it was very common, this irrational behaviour (yes, admittedly the same type of behaviour I may betray once a month!!!)

We had a little talk about what was happening to her body, we looked at some pictures on the internet but what helped most was one of the Usborne books, ‘What’s Happening to Me’. They have designed books for both girls and boys.

On page 165 of the catalogue you’ll find a range of growing up books, starting from 4 yrs+ (flip flap books), up to Age 11+ for books on the facts of life.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Young Adult Fiction

Usborne Publishing are a market leader in the children’s publishing industry, but did you realise they have a Young Adult section too? From dark romance, historical to suspense, the range that is aimed at 14 yrs+, is celebrating endless fab reviews!

Here’s just a few from the Young Adult Section:


The Manifesto on how to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

Full of wisdom, heartache, and honesty, this tops John Green in my book.”
Never Judge a Book by Its Cover blog

“I’d recommend this book to anyone and everyone.”
Beth Reekles, YA author (The Kissing Booth)

“The banter & bitchiness is UTTERLY ADDICTIVE.”
Non Pratt, YA author (Trouble)

“Probably the best YA novel I’ve ever read, and that’s a strong statement to make.”
Emma Blackery




Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Fall in love with the international bestseller from queen of young adult fiction, Stephanie Perkins. Stephanie has a range of books, ‘Lola and the Boy Next Door’ and ‘Isla and the Happily Ever After’.

“Magical…really captures the feeling of being in love.”

Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series

“Very sly. Very funny. Very romantic. You should date this book.”
Maureen Johnson, author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes

“A wonderful book that is guaranteed to make you smile and laugh and melt inside.”
Guardian Children’s Books





How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

How to Save a Life has been named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2011, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2011 and an American Library Assocation 2012 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults.

“A rich tapestry of love and survival that will resonate with even the most cynical readers.”

“An achingly poignant read.”
The Daily Mail




If you’re interested in seeing more from the Young Adult Range, see pages 100 to 103 of the catalogue.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Creative Writing – Help your child write their own story!

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The Story Explorers Club is passionate about children writing their own story!

Whether they want to write a story or write to help them deal with their feelings, we’re hoping as The Story Explorers Club develops we can help children achieve this.

Usborne Books already have four books that help children write their own story, which you can see below.


Write your own story book – £7.99

  • A fantastic write-in book that helps children learn to write their own stories.
  • Includes lots of different writing activities including a fictional school journal, writing a comic strip, and forming a story around a picture.
  • Packed with writing tips and a ‘storywriting toolkit’ to inspire budding authors.
  • Concealed spiral binding that allows the book to open flat but doesn’t get in the way as you write.




Write and draw your own comics – £9.99

  • Kapow! Boom! An awesome activity book for budding comic artists to imagine and draw their own comic strips.
  • Simple step-by-step instructions, with lots of handy tips and hints, show children how to create graphic stories using all the devices employed in ‘real’ comics.
  • Includes ideas for characters and storylines, sample comic strips and drawing tips.
  • With stickers to add to comic strips for extra colour and detail.




Write your own adventure stories – £8.99

  • A write-in activity book to help children plan, plot and write their own adventure stories.
  • Each colourful page is full of inspiring ideas for writing thrilling adventure stories about explorers, spies, daring rescues, ghosts, aliens, heroes and villains and lots more.
  • Fun activities such as creating a character and “what happens next?” help children to create characters, develop plot and stage all important action scenes, until they are racing through their own short stories.




My first story writing book – £7.99

  • A colourful write-in book for young children, full of curious characters, unusual places and exciting ideas to help them write imaginative stories.
  • This book takes children on a story-writing journey, showing them how to develop characters, plot the beginning, middle and end of a story and create dramatic twists.
  • With fun activities for inspiration, including word games, ‘story mazes’ with ideas for plot twists and writing diary entries for characters, as well as tips on writing descriptively and using similes and metaphors.
  • A fun and creative book that will spark inspiration and let children’s imaginations run wild.

If you would like to keep updated as The Story Explorers Club develops you can follow our facebook page  or sign-up to our newsletter through, but to get your child started on writing their own story, these books are amazing!