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
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 booksthathelp 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 www.victoria-brown.com, but to get your child started on writing their own story, these books are amazing!
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!!
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 …
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:
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!)
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.
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)’
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.’
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
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 🙂 )
NO TIME FOR A PARTY?
BUT KNOW THAT YOU AND SOME OF YOUR FRIENDS WOULD LOVE TO ORDER SOME OF THE BOOKS!
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Send me an email with any questions or to book a party, I’ll be happy to help!