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Top 10 Books: Family

While I’ve always been a huge reader, it wasn’t until I had my daughter that I realized the importance of reading in creating memories and bonding as a family. Although it was also true that while other moms-to-be carefully planned out their going-home outfits I was busy making our “first books to read together” list, and the library was our first outing as a family that wasn’t going to the pediatrician.

Since reading is such a big part of our experience as a family, finding books that portray the kind of family relationships we hope to encourage is obviously important to me. So I put together this quick top 10 list that includes some of my favorite Usborne and Kane Miller books about family.

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  1. The New Baby – Whether your family is getting a new addition or not, this Usborne First Experience book explains with gentleness and humor some of the changes that a new baby brings to the life of the family. Its focus on taking care and expressing love for one another makes it a great choice for reading together with all young children.
  2. Babies Come From Airports – Learning to celebrate differences and that families are created in all kinds of ways are the twin messages of this book.  This fabulous book showcases adoption and establishing loving relationships of all kinds.
  3. Pink Lion – A book about belonging and being true to yourself with the support of your family and friends.
  4. Love You Hoo – A touching story book about how we show love to our families every day.
  5. Cuddle Bear – Because everyone loves to snuggle together with a good book!
  6. The Children Who Loved Books – Books bring people together. A story book about how this happens in one family.
  7. Here in the Garden – This is a book about change. A lovely book to help children cope with feelings related to changing family and other social relationships.
  8. Luna Loves Library Day – Sometimes our families are made up of people who live in different places. That means they can all  be special in their own ways!
  9. Anne of Green Gables – This beautifully illustrated picture book is for those who can’t wait for their little ones to be ready to read about Anne’s adventures as she finds her family and home.
  10. Little Women – Containing the complete text of the classic novel, this illustrated novel makes it extra-special to read this beloved story about family together.

Which book is the best fit for your family?

The Greatest Gift

passion for readingSpring is quickly turning into summer, and it seems like we’re back to a season of gift giving. From Teacher Appreciation Week to Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, baby showers, and what feels like a birthday party every single week-end, I know that I’m always looking for affordable and meaningful gift ideas .

So I’m going to share my best gift giving secret: Usborne Books and More offers e-gift cards. You choose the amount, include a personal message, and in less time than it takes to read this article, you can share the magic of reading with someone you love.

Pretty cool, right?

Let’s a take a quick look at those present-giving celebrations –

1. Teacher Appreciation Week – There’s almost no one who works harder to be a partner in helping our children develop their full potential than their teachers. And it’s a fact almost all teachers spend their own money on classroom supplies, even in well-funded districts. An Usborne Books and More e-gift card can help a teacher provide some of the extra materials they need for their classrooms – re-usable wipe clean activities that will save them the time and frustration of making photocopies and lessen classroom trash; learning palettes, lift-the-flap books and books full of science experiments to advance hands-on learning. Or maybe just the opportunity to nurture the young readers in their own lives. Teachers give so much of themselves to their students, what better gift can we give than the special power of new books to read together with their own children?

2. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day – Books bring people together. The time that we spend reading as a family does so much for strengthening our relationships and making memories. Of course all parents deserve gifts that are “just for them”. But books that provide opportunities for learning together or just keeping little ones occupied so that mom or dad can go to the bathroom ALONE? We see you parents and we know that you’re always on this job. Usborne Books and More e-gift cards are a great way to make parenting that much easier and more meaningful.

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3. Baby Showers – The clothes are cute. The diapers are essential. And there is no shortage of incredible “why didn’t I think of that” baby products to overwhelm new parents. Which is why Usborne Books and More e-gift cards are my favorite baby shower gifts. When the clothes are outgrown and diapers are no longer necessary, the books will still be there. It’s never too early to start reading with children, and reading is a quiet activity that is incredible for building a bond with your baby. From language development to extra snuggle time, books are an essential part of an infant’s growth. And since the e-gift card let’s the parents choose, they can find the book that best fits their family.

4. Birthday Parties – No glitter, no slime, no millions of small pieces to choke or step on, no screeching noises. Just portable, independent, quiet fun. Usborne Books and More has the books that kids love to read. It’s a gift for birthday children and their families.

To see all the options and purchase your Usborne Books and More e-gift cards today, please visit

Share The Magic of Reading!

Magic Love

While most young children love books, it can be a struggle for them to gain confidence and fluency as independent readers. Having a trusted caregiver to assist them with the mechanics of reading is essential, but parents and teachers aren’t the only ones who can help. Here are 3 other types of book buddies who can share the magic of reading with your child. Who would you add to the list?

  1. Family Pets – Snuggling up with the dog is a great way for young children to practice their reading. Not only does it give the child the chance to practice the familiar loving act of a caregiver, stroking that fur coat can provide some gentle and calming sensory feedback. It can be just enough to help a frustrated little one relax and focus. And an extra bonus? The dog can’t interrupt with corrections or rush in to help sound out a word. The child gets the full satisfaction of “I did it myself!
  2. Long Distance Relatives – Developing a relationship with long-distance relatives can be hard for the whole family. Reading together is a great activity to promote communication and create shared memories that doesn’t require everyone to be in the same physical space. Whether it’s a weekly “story time” with Grandma or a “book club” with cousins, sharing this experience together will make reading time more special, and give everyone more incentive to read!
  3. Favorite Toys – Whether its the lovey they’ve slept with since they were born or a  model of the latest superhero, our children’s bonds with these favorite toys are very real. Young children practice life skills through role-play, and “reading with friends” can open up new adventures even with the books your little ones have memorized. And, just as with pets, no interruptions or corrections will get in the way of the child’s pride in getting the job done!

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