Many of you may have heard of Usborne Books without even realizing it. I know that was the case for me. When I participated in my first Usborne book party, I realized that we already had two Usborne books on the “favorite” shelf. At that particular party, I only ordered one book, but I also booked my own party, after which I ordered quite the assortment of books. My book buying habit is your gain! Here’s your chance for a sneak peek inside the world of Usborne Books (a.k.a: Is my kid REALLY going to like these, or will they be relegated to the “colored on, torn up, and shoved in a corner” pile within the first week?).
First, let’s do a little bit of an introduction to Usborne Books & More. I generally try to be a bit more original, but since they do such a great job introducing themselves, I’ll borrow a bit from the company website:
I’m just going to touch on some highlights from each age group of books, especially those that my kiddos love because, obviously, those are the ones I’m familiar with from reading with Thing 1 and Thing 2 (over, and over, and over…)
One of the things I love the most about Usborne books is that they are so incredibly interactive, and you see this, to varying degrees, in books throughout the age categories. The baby books, especially, are filled with a variety of auditory, tactile, and visual stimulants to encourage development and interest. As I said earlier, the That’s Not My series has long been a favorite in our house. Here’s Thing 2 chillaxin’ with That’s Not My Mermaid, as well as a photo of her with Baby’s Very First Touchy Feely Lift the Flap Book (It’s a universal truth in the world of Thing 2 that books are only truly enjoyed while lying down).
If you’re one of those parents who hates noise making toys and books, just skip this paragraph, because it will only annoy you. One of our new favorites (and I’ve not yet managed to capture a photo of it in the wild) is Baby’s Very First Noisy Nursery Rhymes. Although it plays music to go with each page, it’s actually quite nice and not at all obnoxious, as children’s music can sometimes be. Each page has a nursery rhyme, and there is a button with a picture to match the nursery rhyme that, when pushed, plays the nursery rhyme for you to sing along. Even Thing 1 enjoys this one (though, because he’s apparently 3 going on 13, he scowls if you catch him singing).
I don’t have direct experience with many of the Middle School and High School books yet, but I’ve heard nothing but good reviews. I do have a graphic to show the best selling books in each age group.
If you’d like some of these books in your home, just go to www.roomontheshelf.com!