Advantages Great quality and range of children's books
Disadvantages Some books are a little on the expensive side
As a book addict myself I'm always on the lookout for good quality children's books for my two boys, especially as they seem to be as interested in books as I am.Usborne are an established name in children's publishing having been around for the last 30 years and their range is suitable for the youngest baby with board books that are chew proof up to internet linked factual reference books for those in their early teens. You'd be hard pushed not to find something suitable for any child.
Another popular range by Usborne is the Farmyard Tales series which follow the lives of Poppy and Sam as they help look after the animals on Apple Tree Farm. We've got a lovely Christmas Farmyard Tales book which is a perfect bedtime read on Christmas Eve as it shows the excitement of Christmas through the eyes of two young children as they get ready for Santa's arrival. The stories are well written and well illustrated. Usborne have introduced a whole range of extra items such as jigsaws, lotto games and first words in French, German or Spanish all based on the Farmyard Tales books.As well as learning foreign languages, Usborne also publish books which teach easy piano or recorder skills, football skills, parents guides to teach their child to swim. The range really is extensive.
For those children more reluctant to read, there are jigsaw books where each page is also a jigsaw, sticker books and art and craft activity books. And if your child is more into fact than fiction, they have an impressive array of encyclopedias and reference books aimed at younger and older children, some of which contain links to the internet to find out more.One of Jacob's favourite factual books is the Usborne Beginners selection which includes everything from How Flowers Grow to The Egyptians to Living In Space. They are aimed at children who are just confident enough to read on their own and although the subject matter may be quite complicated the text is short and easy-to-read and separated by lots of illustrations which include photographs and diagrams to help support the text.
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