Here’s a 5-minute video of a variety of our picture books and chapter books including some of the ones just released this month. Keep in mind this is only a sampling of our entire line. Contact me with questions or to schedule a shopping day to see these and others for yourself. No obligation and you’re welcome to have friends and/or children join us. Or not. 🙂
I can also help with book fairs, read-a-thons, fundraisers, you name it. If you can dream it, we can do it. Let’s talk!
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!
Children 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!
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.
One 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.
If 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.
Our Shine-a-Light books are a great big hit with kids from ages 4-8. As you read the story they get to shine a flashlight behind every right-side page to reveal the hidden secrets of nature. What fun!
Let your kids guess what they’ll find hiding in each illustration. They won’t easily forget what they learn about habitats, tide pools, and tree trunks. Pair these titles with a small flashlight for a delightful birthday gift or a special treat for overnights at a grandparent’s house. Purchase one or purchase several in the Shine-a-Light series.
My kids are teenagers now so this no longer applies to me though my kids are often up at all hours of the night too. Thankfully that doesn’t mean I have to be awake with them. But if you’re in the throws of toddler hood and your child’s nights are still challenging, here’s a tip you may not have tried from Becky at Your Modern Family. (See original post at http://www.yourmodernfamily.com/waking-at-night-advice/)
A few years ago, when our child was still waking up at night, I went into our Doctor’s office with this complaint… “My 2 year old is still waking up at night .” Her advice changed our nights!
I wanted to share this with you, because our son was the BEST sleeper. He came home from the hospital and slept through the night.
At one year of age, he continued to sleep all night long. He did this until he was about two years of age and then it started. He started waking up at night and it was happening every night. He was waking up not feeling rested… even, might I say… “Crabby”?
Once we started watching his patterns more often, we realized that it was around the same time every night. He was going to bed around 7:00 every night (6:00 if he didn’t nap at all) and waking up in the morning around 7:00 or 8:00. If he goes to bed at 6:00, he wakes up between 6:50 & 7:30 – he always gets at least 12 hours, sometimes 13, which is about what he needs.
He started waking up at midnight, too. He would wake up and cry. We would just go in, cover him up and he would go back to sleep. Sometimes he wanted a drink or different pajamas (not sure about this one, he just liked to change his pajamas – haha!) It was impacting his mornings. He just wasn’t acting like himself because he was waking up and not getting his much-needed rest. After a few weeks of this, I was exhausted (We have three other kids and one was a baby at the time.) He was exhausted, too.
I wish I could say that it was a short phase, but it kept going. A few months later, I was even more exhausted. When his 3 year well-check came around, this was brought up and we received great advice!
THIS ADVICE CHANGED HIS SLEEP PATTERNS AND HE BEGAN TO SLEEP ALL NIGHT LONG…
She told us that when WE go to bed, go into his room first, hug him, kiss him, lay with them, cover him up…. all things to rouse him just a bit. Wake him just enough to break him out of his sleep a little. What this does is that it breaks up his sleep cycle. He was waking when he was switching from his REM sleep. I studied child development in college, so this makes complete sense to me, once she said it.
I wish I would have thought of it sooner! It worked PERFECTLY! He no longer woke up at night and he sleeps the full night. I was so excited the first night and I have been happy ever since! So the key is just to ‘stir him a bit’ before you go to bed. That was it for us! I hope that it works for you, too!
I’ve highlighted some of these new picture books already but it’s nice to hear when others shower praise on them. Pick on the book picture for detailed info about notable features of these titles. Pick on the title of the book to purchase, or contact me today to find out how to get these books for free.
Briony Stewart * 978-1-61067-348-8 * $11.99 * Ages 4-8
“A gentle story about the cycle of nature and dealing with loss.” – School Library Journal
“Stewart beautifully allows the book to speak to anyone who has experienced loss.” –Waking Brain Cells
Carron Brown and Alyssa Nassner
978-1-61067-352-5 * $12.99 * Ages 4-8
Named a BANK STREET COLLEGE
BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
“A diverting interactive introduction to several coastal species, from otters to oystercatchers.” – Publishers Weekly
This playful read aloud for preschoolers sports thick, coated pages to stand up to your toddler’s abuse. Kids who pick up on the rhyming, sing-song text will soon be joining along in the fun. Enjoy this video of a kindergarten teacher reading the book, then add I’m a Dirty Dinosaur to your library.