I’m so excited to bring this giveaway to you! These are great books that my daughter and the daycare kids have LOVED reading! I was not familiar with Usborne books prior to being contacted by Kimberly with Usborne Books & More about doing this review and giveaway, so I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. The books that arrived for us to read and enjoy far surpassed any expectations that I had.
Usborne Books began in 1973 by Peter Usborne who wanted to create educational non-fiction books for children that could compete with other popular media like TV & comics. He hired educational consultants to help create books that not only spoke to a child’s interests but also sparked it. Today Usborne is a major award-winning independent publishing company and was named Children’s Publisher of the Year 2012-2013. They publish over 1,500 titles of children’s books for infants to young adults. The offer a wide variety of fun and educational books to meet your needs, things like board books for infants, early and emergent reading books, art activity books, homework helpers, internet linked/referenced books, story time apps and much more!
“Usborne Books are fascinating, lavishly illustrated books written with humor, surprise and drama. They incorporate activities and puzzles to challenge a child’s observation and intelligence. Their superb printing quality and exceptionally well-produced graphics, high ratio of pictures to text, short magazine-like format and unique detail set Usborne Books apart from anything yet produced. There is a wide range of subjects covering hobbies, history, science, nature, foreign language, parent’s guides and more. Usborne Books truly appeal to all ages, infants to adults, with prices to suit everyone. The books are printed on acid free paper, so the pages will last forever if taken care of properly.”
We dug right into the books, MB was the only one awake when the package arrived and I think she really appreciated that because she got them all to herself The first book she fell in love with was “There’s a Mouse About the House” by Richard Fowler. This book has multiple interactive elements. There are flaps to lift and a small mouse that you use to follow the arrows and put though the slot in each page as you read along. MB thought the mouse was so “silly” and kept saying “hurry, hurry mouse!”
The books are simple and fun. They engage the kids in ways that allow them to interact and explore though simple activities and great illustrations. I didn’t feel like the kids were getting bored or loosing interest in them as we read them (over and over again) because they are short and relevant. They have questions that engage the kids, encouraging them to participate while reading book.
The activity books are a great way to engross a child, I can totally see taking these along to restaurants, on road trips, or on long flights. They have bright, bold designs and a variety of engaging activities that can entertain your child for quite awhile. My toddlers were a bit too young for this but the preschooler in my care LOVE it, especially the page with fairy activities!
My favorite was the Touchy-Feely Farmyard book! I loved that each page had multiple animals to touch and feel. Some touch/feel books tend to come apart easily and only have one small sensory area every page or so but this one had multiple different textures on the same page and the pages (and page seams) were well made and strong. It also had flaps for the kids to lift and discover! We currently love lift the flap books.
Enter for a chance to WIN $25 in FREE Usborne books!!!!!!
Kimberly has generously offered to give one lucky reader $25 to spend on any Usborne books you’d like from her store! To enter please use the giveaway widget below!
Disclosure: I received the items mentioned in this post for free in exchange for my honest review. Regardless of that fact, all my reviews are my honest and personal opinion. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”.
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Lisette is the blogging mom behind Where Imagination Grows. She has a toddler daughter and operates a small daycare from her home. Each day is full of hands on learning and lots of play. Pop over to Facebook or Google+ and say "Hi!"