I’m hosting a Facebook Usborne party of April 26 and wanted to introduce some of the books. We have been using Usborne books since Baloo was little. Their “That’s Not My…” series hooked us. Since then we’ve discovered their non-fiction books which are simply amazing. We use them for everything we study.
If you’re interested in joining the party on Tuesday night, it’s at 8:30 PST. We’re going to have fun, I swear to that! The first 25 people to RSVP get additional entries to the raffle for a free book! I have to invite you to the party so if you’re not my friend, leave a comment or e-mail me with your email address, and I’ll invite you (my email is erin (at) royalbaloo.com)
But I know that’s way way too late for a lot of you east coasters. If you’re interested in the books, feel free to check them out and order on YOUR schedule.
Usborne books! In case you’ve never heard of them, they’re a publisher that puts out some incredible books. We’ve been snatching up Usborne books for years and have yet to find a title that we don’t like. For homeschoolers, they’re non-fiction section is simply essential. Their books have a great layout and wonderful information presented in a very ascetically pleasing way. The boys all love our Usborne books!
The catch with Usborne is that you can’t get them at most book stores. They are sold using a multi-level marketing technique. This means that you’ll see a lot of Usborne in Facebook parties, but not so much in Barnes and Noble. This of course has it’s benefits and disadvantages.
First I’d like to show some examples from books we actually own already.
This is from the Usborne Internet-inked First Encyclopedia of the Human Body. It gives a good amount of detail but it’s still geared for the younger crowd.
And here is The Usborne First Encyclopedia of Animals. It doesn’t go into detail on specific animals, but instead finds commonalities among animals. It goes into animals that are nocturnal, how animals escape predators, baby animals, etc.
And we have The Usborne Book of the Ancient World. Our version is rater old, but it’s still great. There is simple SO much information in these books! Every time we look through them we find out more and more.
Now onto some of the different types of non-fiction books that Usborne carries.
There are a few different topics for the illustrated dictionaries and they’re all great.
Usborne has two types of encyclopedias, the “first” series and the regular series. The first series is for a younger group. We use these with Logi-Bear (just turned 5) as a starting point. The website lists it at age 8, but with adult help, they can use this MUCH younger.
Then there is the regular encyclopedias. These are intended for 9 and up which I think is appropriate. There is a lot more information in these books than the “first” series.
We haven’t checked this out yet but it piqued my interest. I have yet to find an Usborne book that I don’t love so I’m sure this will also be a great book!
Look Inside Your Body! With our human body study coming up, I know this will be an awesome book. These books are a bit interactive with the flaps but still chock full of interesting information.
Life the flap times tables? Yes please! This is on our wish list.
Usborne also has a set of early readers that we are buying for Logi-Bear. From what I’ve been told, they are beautiful books that are perfect for beginning readers!
So I realize at this point, you know you can’t live a moment longer without some of these books. I highly encourage you to at least check out what they offer. I’m in love with the non-fiction but they have plenty of other books to offer!
You can join the party here
Or just, Check out the Usborne Books here!