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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

(WHILE STOCK LASTS!)

-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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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:

babys-very-first-black-whiteBaby’s very first black and white gift tray – £19.99

  • 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 🙂

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Did you get a lie-in this morning?

Family of four on bed, children (6-8) jumping, side view
Credit: House and Home Tidbits

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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starting school activity

phonics activity

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space activity

Get in touch if you have any questions 🙂

Happy Browsing 🙂

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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

xx

 

 

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Why I’ve set-up ‘The Story Explorers Club’!

more books you read
Credit: What’s Rahni’s Reading

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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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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Credit: Pintrest

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

xx

 

 

 

[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