Usborne’s Colour-in Booksmarks and Picture!

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2002 Pre-school colouring comp

Happy Colouring

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Why you should choose Usborne Books!

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Usborne is well regarded as a market leader within the children’s publishing industry and each year they are looking for innovative new ideas that will excite children and adults alike.

These are just a few of the amazing points about Usborne Books:

Age Elastic/Multi-Level

Books that can be used in a variety of different ways at different ages.

Book Bands

Books which are bookbanded. Many schools band books by colour to help children choose the right books for their reading ability. A selection of Usborne titles have been assessed for banding.

Confidence/Self Esteem Building

Books that are reusable so practice can take place to improve. Also books with step-by-step instructions for inspiring and achievable results.

Curriculum Links

Books with links to the national curriculum. The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools in the UK, so children learn the same things.

Double Page Spread

Books that can be opened anywhere onto a double page spread, allowing the reader to delve straight in. “Dip in & out” is good for developing confidence and reluctant readers.

ESL Suitability

Books which could be suitable for the “English as a Second Language” customers.

Fine Motor Skills Development

Books that encourage the coordination of small muscle movements – usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers – with the eyes. Fine motor skills aid in the growth of intelligence.

High Interest/Low Ability

Books with high picture to word ratio. Short, accessible sections of text on appealing and relevant subjects.

Learning by Stealth

Books where children are learning through and fun and engaging ways.

Mixed Font/Text

Books with a mix of font/text (e.g. a comic strip). Invaluable for readers uninterested in conventional fiction.

side imageMulti-Sensory Approach

Books that enable children to use more than one sense to learn (sight/hearing/ touch/movement).

Non-Verbal Reasoning

Books with problem solving concepts not framed in words e.g. spot the difference.

Pre-Reading Skill Development

Books with pre-reading skills development. These are the skills children need in order to help them to become a reader, such as vocabulary development, matching, rhyming and letter skills.

Reluctant Readers

Books which could be suitable for children who may feel less confident or are “turned” off by books.

SEN Suitability

Books which could be suitable for children with Special Educational Needs.

Verbal Reasoning

Books which support problem solving using concepts framed in words.

So hopefully you can see from this information why I’m so excited about Usborne Books!

Remember, if there’s something you’re looking for and not quite sure which book to choose …

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Please don’t hesitate to get in touch through facebook or send me an email: vicky@victoria-brown.com and I will do my very best to help you find what you are looking for 🙂

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Why you should choose Usborne Books!

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side imageUsborne is well regarded as a market leader within the children’s publishing industry and each year they are looking for innovative new ideas that will excite children and adults alike.

These are just a few of the amazing points about Usborne Books:

Age Elastic/Multi-Level

Books that can be used in a variety of different ways at different ages.

Book Bands

Books which are bookbanded. Many schools band books by colour to help children choose the right books for their reading ability. A selection of Usborne titles have been assessed for banding.

Confidence/Self Esteem Building

Books that are reusable so practice can take place to improve. Also books with step-by-step instructions for inspiring and achievable results.

Curriculum Links

Books with links to the national curriculum. The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools in the UK, so children learn the same things.

Double Page Spread

Books that can be opened anywhere onto a double page spread, allowing the reader to delve straight in. “Dip in & out” is good for developing confidence and reluctant readers.

ESL Suitability

Books which could be suitable for the “English as a Second Language” customers.

Fine Motor Skills Development

Books that encourage the coordination of small muscle movements – usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers – with the eyes. Fine motor skills aid in the growth of intelligence.

High Interest/Low Ability

Books with high picture to word ratio. Short, accessible sections of text on appealing and relevant subjects.

Learning by Stealth

Books where children are learning through and fun and engaging ways.

Mixed Font/Text

Books with a mix of font/text (e.g. a comic strip). Invaluable for readers uninterested in conventional fiction.

side imageMulti-Sensory Approach

Books that enable children to use more than one sense to learn (sight/hearing/ touch/movement).

Non-Verbal Reasoning

Books with problem solving concepts not framed in words e.g. spot the difference.

Pre-Reading Skill Development

Books with pre-reading skills development. These are the skills children need in order to help them to become a reader, such as vocabulary development, matching, rhyming and letter skills.

Reluctant Readers

Books which could be suitable for children who may feel less confident or are “turned” off by books.

SEN Suitability

Books which could be suitable for children with Special Educational Needs.

Verbal Reasoning

Books which support problem solving using concepts framed in words.

So hopefully you can see from this information why I’m so excited about Usborne Books!

Remember, if there’s something you’re looking for and not quite sure which book to choose …

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Usborne’s Reading Programme

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If you’re anything like me, and many other mums I know sometimes Biff, Chip & Kipper and their magic key can become a little boring! That is nothing against the Oxford Reading Tree, as their books are excellent for developing children’s reading skills & have obviously been designed to build on children’s vocabulary. However, admittedly, reading about other children and their adventures is fun … for both children and parents!

So if you fancy adding to your reading collection but sticking with the curriculum, Usborne has developed a reading programme that will do just that!

Many schools band books by colour to help children choose the right books for their reading ability. For example, the simplest books are Band 1, which is pink, and the top level is Band 11, which is lime.

Find out more about the Book Banks, Guided Reading, Usborne Beginners and much more!

There is also a great offer on Usborne’s First Reading Library (perfect for little ones who are just starting to read)

(Only available until stock last!)

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If you need any help understanding the reading programme or would like help on understand which books would suit your child’s age, please just get in touch 🙂

Do babies only see black and white?

At birth, your baby sees only in black and white and shades of gray.

taken from: http://www.allaboutvision.com/parents/infants.htm

Click on the link above to find out more about how a baby’s sight develops.

Usborne publishing have developed a range of baby books that will help to stimulate their tiny minds.

Here’s two of my favourite box sets for babies:

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  • A stylishly designed gift set of four books from the popular Baby’s Very First Black and White series: Animals, Going Out, Babies and Faces.
  • Each book features high-contrast black and white illustrations, specially designed for babies to focus on.
  • With thick board pages, these books are perfect for sharing or can be propped up for babies to look at.
  • An attractive and longlasting gift for a new baby that will help in their development.

 

 

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Baby’s very first black and white little library – £4.99

  • A delightful mini boxed set containing four titles from the popular Baby’s Very First Black & White series: Animals, Going Out, Babies and Faces.
  • Each book features high-contrast black and white illustrations specially designed for babies to focus on.
  • With thick board pages, the books are perfect for sharing or can be propped up for babies to see by themselves.
  • A lovely little library of first books which makes an ideal gift.

 

 

 

If you look on pages 9-11 of the catalogue you’ll find a range of books for babies; a collection of black & white books, touchy-feeling books, noisy books and so much more …

Usborne have definitely got it right when it comes to designing books for birth +

Get in touch if you’re interested in any of the baby books 🙂

Did you get a lie-in this morning?

So it’s Saturday morning and if you’re still in bed by 8am, you’re lucky 🙂

Parents across the country have had their kids poking their eyes, picking their noses or twisting their lips. Kids have pleaded, begged, shouted, bounced on beds to shoehorn their parents out of bed! Mine this morning was, ‘I’m hhhhuuunnnngggggrrryyyy’. If my 6 year-old didn’t get fed at 6.32am, she would starve to death!!!

Gone are the days when our Saturday mornings were about chilling until the sunrise had reached its peak!

No … if your weekends are like mine, they usually consist of my girls attempting to make breakfast which ends with the kitchen looking like it’s been ramsacked. Then there are the sounds of what could be the start of a World War as they tackle whose turn it is to hold the remote & whose turn it is to watch their favourite programme … and if that’s not enough to start your day, it’s usually a rushed job to get everyone out of the house for activites, clubs or parties!!

Sound familiar?

Well, I’m not saying the below could stop the above … but where there’s a will, there’s a way! (Although after this morning, it’s pity the activity books are not edible 🙂 )

Usborne has a wide range of activity books for kids of all ages …

From page 104 of the catalogue, you’ll find a range of activity, puzzle & sticker books.

My girls absolutely love the Sticker Dolly Books, there’s a special offer on one of their mini packs …

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Four Mini Sticker Dolly Dressing books, including Best Friends, Dream Jobs, Ice Skaters and Shopping, all in a stylish, colourful carry case only £7.99 (usually £12.99). Perfect for birthday presents, stocking fillers or as a reward for good behaviour!

There’s full size books available on page 128. But if you want to make learning interesting you can also find sticker books on ‘build your own …’ (pg 22), ‘Information Sticker Books’ (pg 23) and ‘Historical Sticker Books’ (pg 127).

If your children are younger, explore pages 30-35, plenty of fab stickers for the little ones!

 

Here’s a few more activity sets that are on offer:

 

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Get in touch if you have any questions 🙂

Happy Browsing 🙂

Gorgeous Bedtime Stories

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Did you realise that a third of parents never read to their kids before bed?

The article I found this information from also states that child psychologist, Dr. Richard Woolfson stresses that storytime before bed can benefit everyone.

(This was taken from http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/family/reading-your-children-5-top-5145974)

 

You can read more from Dr. Richard Woolfson and his 5 Top Tips for a successful bedtime story here!

So fancy following some Dr. Richard Woolfson’s tips?

Well, there’s some fab special offers on some awesome bedtime books, see below! (Only until stock lasts)

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Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re interested in these collections!

You can also view some other bedtime stories in the online catalogue:

Page 9 – Baby’s very first bedtime book

Page 14 – Baby’s Bedtime Books (Age 1 years+)

Page 28 – Read-aloud Bedtime Collections

Page 71, 74 & 75 – Have some beautiful bedtime story giftsets

If you can’t access the online catalogue, get in touch and I’ll be happy to send it to you.

Email vicky@victoria-brown.com or send a message through ‘The Story Explorers Club’ facebook page 🙂

Hope you find the perfect bedtime read

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Usborne’s New Titles for October!

Usborne Publishing are always searching for innovative and exciting projects and every month they bring out some new titles!

Look at what is going on this month!

If you’d like to know more about any of the books in the pictures below, just send me a message and I’ll send you the details.

There’s too much choice … I love them all!

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Interested in any of the above? Simply send me a message I’ll send you a description of the book 🙂

Thanks lots for reading

Love

Vicky

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The Story Explorers Club’s mission:

To help build awareness of the importance of reading and writing, not just for educational purposes, but for children’s personal development; by encouraging them to express their feelings through creative writing and reading which in turn allows them to build on their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Combining my MA in Creative Writing and being an Independent Usborne Organiser, ‘The Story Explorers Club’ was born.

(A huge thank you to my girlie friends for helping to choose a good name! A huge thank you to Kelly Fairhurst, from Page2Stage Performing Arts/Parties, it has to be said she is a creative genius!)

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The books that have been created by Usborne work perfectly with The Story Explorers Club, not only were they awarded the IPG Children’s Publisher and Independent Publisher of the Year awards, the mission of the company is the reason I’m proud to be part of the Usborne Books at Home and School Team:

The future of our world depends on the education of our children. Usborne Books & More delivers educational excellence one book at a time. We provide economic opportunity while fostering strong family values. We touch the lives of children for a lifetime.[1]

As I’ve stated in my Primary Times editorial (which will be coming out soon): One of the things I love about Usborne is their ability to follow the curriculum but still have a range of books that hold the attention of the reader. However, although it’s important to follow the curriculum, there has been plenty of research on reading and it was found that, ‘Reading enjoyment has been reported as more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status (OECD, 2002)’[2]

Jonathan Douglas, the director of the NLT (National Literacy Trust), also states, ‘The reading for pleasure habit, I firmly believe, can only be built by giving youngsters the sort of books that interest them. So school libraries, for instance, should not only stock books that support the curriculum, but also books that match pupils’ own interests, sparking their enthusiasm for reading and books. If that means car manuals or books about football, then so be it.’[3]

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It is important that the books from school, that do follow the curriculum, are read and discussed, but there is an added advantage of reading other books with your child that will not only widen their knowledge but stimulate their passion for learning.

I’m really hoping ‘The Story Explorers Club’ will bring passion to young people for reading and enable them to find their own inner strength to be as creative as they would like to be. Thank you for reading.

Love

Vicky

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[1] http://www.usbornebooksandmore.com/home/NewConsultant.aspx

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/284286/reading_for_pleasure.pdf

[3] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/10035473/The-importance-of-instilling-a-need-to-read.html

Z is for Zest

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Do you have a zest for life?

If so, that’s wonderful.

Well done! Just keep that zest going … your task is to pass your joy for life onto others.

Not really feeling the zest at the moment?

Ask yourself this question …

What is holding me back?

What was your answer to the above question?

Did it correspond with this answer?

YOU!

You are holding yourself back.

This is life … this is your life … you must take it with all you have and find that zest!

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If you feel there are certain things in your life that are stopping you from feeling joyful and enthusiastic, if you feel you can’t eliminate these things from your life then concentrate on the good things in your life.

Be grateful, be thankful and you’ll suddenly feel the zest entering your life.

Concentrate on the positive, create new positives and live your life focused on the positive!

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Finding your love for life, the things that makes you tick can give you a whole new world to explore.

You should enjoy finding your love, your passion and enjoy travelling along the road towards your dreams.

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Let’s face it Walt Disney couldn’t have said it better …

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Thank you as always for visiting, wishing you lots of love.

Victoria

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