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!)


Credit: Minette Riordan

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.











The Story Explorers Club’s

Online Launch Schedule

2nd Oct – 4th Oct 2015


6.00pm – Welcome 🙂

6.30pm – You’ll be able to view the online Catalogue. This will allow you to view at your own leisure throughout the weekend.

7.00pm – Why have I set-up ‘The Book Explorer Club’?

7.30pm – Competition Time! Who can come up with the best name for ‘That’s Not My ….’ This will end next weekend! Get your thinking caps on!

8.00pm – New titles for October

8.30pm – Reading to your child at bedtime, plus Usborne’s Range of Bedtime Stories & Special Offers


8.00am – Get that weekend lie-in with Usborne’s activity books!

8.30am – Can babies only see in black and white? Books to stimulate your baby!

9.00am – Why you should choose Usborne Books!

9.30am – Usborne’s Reading Programme

10.00am – Squares competition – Enter for £1. Drawn at 6pm tomorrow. The winner to spend the funds on Usborne Books!

10.05am – Technology prevailing … you’ll be able to download some colouring activities for your kids. Print them off, colour them in, take a photo and send them to me with their name and age. Their picture will be posted on the event page. Each child will receive a certificate by email.

10.05-6PM BREAK! Don’t worry I’ll be back! But I think we all know how busy Saturday’s can be, so … I’ll leave you to browse through your catalogue, the blog posts and give your children chance to do some colouring in! You can still send me a message if you want to enter ‘That’s Not My …’ or pick a number! Or ask me a question about the books!

6.00pm – Spot the Duck Competition

6.30pm – One of my favourite Usborne Collections – The interactive books!

7.00pm – Foreign Languages

7.30pm – Creative Writing – Help your child write their own story

8.00pm – Young Adult Fiction

8.30pm – Growing up books


10.00am – Yes, Sunday morning will be starting with Christmas! Usborne’s colouring advent calendar and other advent calendar ideas!

11.00am – Pop up colour-in Christmas cards, we will also look at the birthday colour-in cards.

12.00pm – Christmas books for babies

1.00pm – I know, it’s only October, so I won’t bombard you too much with Christmas. So, we’ll be taking a look at another of my favourites from the Usborne Collection – Look Inside books

2.00pm – Sunday afternoon hobbies – Crafts / Baking / Sports … so much choice!

3.00pm – The Usborne’s awesome slot together collections – make your own house or castle!

4.00pm – Nursery Rhymes / Music – special offers!

5.00pm – Usborne collection of books with CDs

6.00pm – Fairy Tales – Special offers on book sets

7.30 pm – Fancy becoming an Usborne organiser?

8.00pm – Fancy hosting a party?

8.30pm – Are you a teacher or do you know someone who works in a school/nursery or someone who works with children and would like some FREE books? I can help!



So I’ve decided to make the plunge into a new and exciting venture!

I’m not leaving my own writing behind, but this opportunity still allows me to work with my passion … stories, stories and more stories!

Using my MA in Creative Writing, I’m hoping to bring you a world full of fun. I can’t wait to develop things further, from storytelling to writing courses, I’m hoping to bring it all to you! I’ll keep you posted on future developments.

So, you’re probably asking yourself,

‘But … how do I get my hands on some FREE books?’

Well, here’s a few options below, but if you’d like to talk to me further about ordering any Usborne books,

please feel free to email me on 🙂

(You can view the catalogue here)


Credit: Usborne at Home


The good thing about these parties is they can include children! So there’s no worrying about childcare! Whether you’d like to have a coffee morning or afternoon get together, I’m happy to come along. The party would include going through a few books, talking about the different books and their benefits, plus I love to interact with the little ones. I’m happy to read along with them, look at the pictures and discuss (chat about) the books with them or do some story-telling.

However, if you’d prefer an evening without the children … that’s fine too.

I can work to your preferences and deliver the book party you’d prefer!

(If you’re based outside of Teesside, UK, and you’re interested, please let me know and we’ll do our best to find an Usborne Organiser in your area (or part of the world 🙂 )



You would love to see the collection but you just don’t have the time to think about a party, let alone hold one? But you know you and your friends love the books! Well, just send me an email, I’ll be happy to send you details online/in the post and you and your friends can look through the collection in your own time.

So what’s the benefit if I do one of the above?


If you place a party (or group) order with me on or before the 26th September 2015, that is £100 or more, you will receive 20% of your sales price. Therefore, if your party (group order) sales comes to £100, you would have £20 to spend on books … you would also receive a choice of 1 in 3 books (and a little thank-you gift from me 🙂 ).

Being a new organiser I have limited time to offer the 20%, as it is usually 10%, so it’s a great time to host a party or ask around your friends and see if you can get some orders together. £100 is not hard to achieve when it comes to educational and fun books 🙂

I know it’s September, but there are only 106 sleeps until Christmas!!! Scary thought, but it’s a great time to do some Christmas shopping!

How else can I get FREE books?

Become an Usborne Organiser like me!

It was a no-brainer for me. I love reading, writing and telling stories.

Plus, me and my girls absolutely love the Usborne collection, not just reading the books, but the interactive sticker books too (the dolls sticker books are one of their favs!!!)

But they offer so much more!!!

The FREE ‘stuff’ as an organiser, is an absolute bonus!

If you want to know more about becoming an organiser, just send me an email on

Send me an email with any questions or to book a party, I’ll be happy to help!

Happy Reading Guys

Love Vicky


View catalogue here