The latest Primary Times editorial … have you entered yet?
The latest Primary Times editorial … have you entered yet?
These gorgeous gift sets are perfect for christmas presents
(WHILE STOCK LASTS!)
Adventure stories gift set
These collections are absolutely gorgeous to give as a special gift that can be kept forever!
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
The 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.
This slot-together victorian house & slot-together castle
would make the perfect Christmas present, and they are
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
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.”
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.
“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.”
“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.
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!
So 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
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
Write and draw your own comics – £9.99
Write your own adventure stories – £8.99
My first story writing book – £7.99
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 www.victoria-brown.com, but to get your child started on writing their own story, these books are amazing!