I admit that I have no idea what my daughter is reading this week since I am half the world away on a business trip. I do know that she is reading a lot as usual. And I bet that she is pulling out at least one of many Usborne books that we have in our home library. I am not an Usborne consultant (I barely have enough time for this blog!), but my friend Lynn from Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile is and you can visit her store and perhaps pick some of the books that became our favorites over years.
I got Usborne The Complete Book of First Experiences for Smarty when she was 3 and we were going on the airplane journey to her grandparents. We have read the book for what feels like a million times since then, and I wrote about it on my blog several times before. It’s still a solid hit, especially the doctor-related stories. I highly recommend this non-fiction book for early preschool age children.
I wrote about Usborne First Encyclopedia of the Human Body lately on my blog. It says 8+, but my 5 year old and I are using it as our current “science book” since she is interested in learning more how our bodies work. She loves checking out Internet resources linked to each page and do experiments. We also have several other books from these series including First Encyclopedia of Science and First Encyclopedia of Our World. I love these books because they are brightly illustrated and give enough information without being completely over the top.
Usborne publishes a lot of activity books of every possible kind. We got Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do as a generous present from Jen at Chestnut Grove Academy, and I gave the second copy of it in a giveaway. Jen is an Usborne consultant as well, and you can visit her store here. To be honest, I am saving this book “for later” since I want Smarty to be able to do these activities more independently than she would be able to do at the moment. The book is rated for 6+ kids.
We also love Usborne Lift-the-flap science books. Luckily, our library has a wide variety of them, and Usborne flap books are sturdy enough to survive library treatment. We do have one in our own collection – Lift-the-flap Picture Atlas. As all Usborne books, it’s beautifully illustrated and chock-full of facts. From time to time Smarty pulls it from the shelf for her “pretend” games and travels to different destinations around the globe.