FingerprintHeartCanvasSmThere’s just nothing like the love we have for our kids but are you sometimes at a loss for creative ways to express that so that they know, without a doubt, that they are loved to the moon and back? I happened upon today’s post at and loved this reminder to be intentional in showing and telling kids just that. Here are just a few of the ideas you’ll find in the post.
1. I’m grateful for you.
6. You don’t have to be perfect to be great.
11. I believe in you.
12. This family wouldn’t be the same without you.
33. What you did was awesome.
55. You can try again tomorrow.
Don’t these take you to a happy, secure place just by reading them?! Read more at the link below and help your kids face the difficult things life throws at them.
( See 66 Positive Things You Should Be Saying to Your Child for the complete post)

Clean it, kiss it and put a bandage on it!


0008690_all_better_300Your preschooler will delight in the animal friends’ misadventures and be eager to help make things “all better” with the five reusable bandages, which match the animal they are used on. Nicknamed the Boo Boo book, this title will forever change how you handle all those little scrapes and cuts.

Great new series for girls

EJ12: Girl Hero is an exciting new series for 7-10 year old girls. Normal, fun-loving, everyday girl Emma Jacks moonlights as a special agent working to save the world from evil. She can do anything. So why are things like bullies and going to her best friend’s slumber party so hard? 

I remember as a kid being so excited to get each new book from the monthly book club. I’m sure that was one of the key factors that turned me into an avid reader. I eagerly dived into each book to see what adventures awaited me.
At Usborne Books & More that’s exactly the feeling we want your kids to have about reading. One way you can encourage that is by giving them the gift of brand new, thrilling books to read each and every month for a year.
This is a really easy gift because I do all the work. I pick out age-appropriate books for each child, you can say yay or nay or leave the gifting up to me. Each child will be delighted to receive fun, new books all through the year. If that doesn’t make an avid reader out of them, I don’t know what will! Ask if you’d like more info about Usborne Books & More’s monthly book club.

Have you seen our Shine-a-Light series yet?

Pair these with a small flashlight and these make fantastic gifts. Each right-hand page has hidden secrets that can be discovered by shining your flashlight behind the page. What fun you’ll have gathering round at bedtime to discover the hidden pictures!
12208694_1181254538556140_2372607589844695684_nChildren love learning about the habitats hidden in the foliage, a tree trunk, or underground. Train lovers and fans of construction vehicles get to see the inner workings normally hidden from sight. Get one or invest in several. Your kids are going to love these!

Help! I need you!

I have a busy schedule barreling my way and I need your help.  Would you please consider giving this literacy thing (teeheehee) a try?  It’s really fun to get kids excited about books! I’ll help you, I promise.  Do you live in central Ohio?  Call or email me pronto and let’s talk!  Do you live somewhere besides central Ohio?  Fantastic!  Wherever you live, kids need to LOVE reading and you could have just the books that will do it.  
Does running your own business scare you?  Yeah, I get that.  It did me too.  Guess what!  Every event that I do, someone will tell me how much they love books or how much their kids love books.  It’s the best thing ever to get to be a part of that.  And that.  That is amazing and it makes that little bit of scary okay.  I get to do something wonderful for a living and you’re going to love it as much as I do.
Do you have questions?  Call me, email me, message me, PLEASE.  There are so many kids who need amazing, hilarious, fun, interactive, educational books and I really need your help to reach them.  Besides, I’m double-booked and I can’t be two places at once.  Eeek!

Children learning to read? Try the Very First Reading Set.

Check out the Very First Reading Set or get in touch to find out how you can earn it for free by hosting a Home Show or Facebook party.  Become a consultant to receive a Lifetime Discount on this and all Usborne purchases.  No minimum sales requirements.  Try it for 6-12 weeks. The worst thing that can happen is your kids will get some great new books.

Here’s your new favorite Halloween book. Don’t believe me? Take a look!

See, I told you!  Get this book here or host a Facebook party and get it for free, just in time for the holiday. It’s fun and easy and your friends will love you for introducing them to Usborne Books & More! Contact me for more info.

Special Event for your kids!

0002493_jonathan_james_and_the_whatif_monster_300One of our favorite author/illustrators, Michelle Nelson-Schmidt provides an online live story hour every Wednesday evening for anyone who wants to come.  She does this as a free service to the many children nationwide who have connected with her via school visits, but guess what? She LOVES spending time with kids and it makes her so happy to “see” lots of kids during these events. She doesn’t care how you found her. She just wants to love on the kids.
0008680_dog_and_mouse_300If you have preschool and elementary-aged children, you’re welcome to join her every Wednesday as she reads her books live and delights in the wonderful world of children. Share this with other families too. Be early to Story Time so you don’t miss anything. You might even win something extra special for attending! Here’s the link for Story Time and here’s the link for Michelle’s current titles that we offer. Once you meet her, whether “live” at Story Time or in person for a school visit, you’ll be excited to find out what she’s coming out with next. Maybe she’ll share during Story Time.