Who doesn’t love stories?!? Liam absolutely looks them. I am always wondering what books out there are good for his development; and I gotta tell ya I think I’ve found them. Usborne Books are wondering, they are fun stories, with beautiful graphics and the help strengthen your child’s development skills. I have Usborne Books expert Tiffany Brenneman here to give you a review of her favorite books.
If you didn’t get your book fix from that video here is a little Q&A about Tiffany, Usborne Books and reading in general.
1. How did you get started with Usborne Books & More?
I was invited to an Usborne Books & More Facebook party by a friend, and I told her I would check it out even though I already had lots of books for the kids. So, like you do when a friend is having a party, I went online thinking I’d watch a few videos and be done with it. After checking out all the videos and adding more and more books to my wish list, I decided that I should throw a party so that I didn’t have to pay full price for all of them. The more I looked into the company and it’s products, the more I liked them. I felt very connected to the company and wanted to join them on their quest to promote literacy. I joined before my party and it became my launch party! The rest is history!
2. What is the first thing I should look for when I’m purchasing a kids book?
There are so many things to look for in a book! Some of it would be dependent upon age and interests of the child. Something that is universal for all books is to look at the quality – high quality books are a must for kids because they read them over and over, and some (like my son) like to stand on them, throw them, make tunnels out of them, spill things on them, etc. Fortunately for me, Usborne Books & More has a ½ price lifetime replacement policy.
3. What are your top three recommended books?
This is such a hard question – I love so many of them! I usually recommend books based on the reader’s ages and interests. My favorite books are Garden Sounds and Nibbles the Book Monster. My son, who’s three is OBSESSED with our Shine-a-Light Books. My daughter, who is one and not very interested in books, LOVES her Slide and See Animals book, Noisy Orchestra, and will often “read” lift the flap books as well.
4. What recommendations would you give to a parent who is just starting to buy kids books and feels overwhelmed by the process?
I would tell them that they can’t really mess it up. Studies have shown that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important indicators of future academic success. One way to get kids interested in reading is to buy books that cover topics that your children are already interested in. My son was already interested in space and bodily functions before we got Look Inside Space and Look Inside the Body – and he talks about stuff in those books all the time! Interactive books are also wonderful. Children want to explore their world, which often means they want to be involved in what is going on. They are great for reluctant readers, and for children who need to be moving, interactive books are a must! If possible they should choose high quality books that can grow with their children. We have a lot of books that are especially designed for that, including our That’s Not My Series and our Dual Readers just to give a few.
5. At what age or developmental stage should I introduce nonfiction?
NOW! Non-Fiction does not mean boring, especially for a child who is trying to learn about the world they live in. The key with non-fiction books is to have the right amount of information – so our 2-year-old non-fiction has a sentence or two for each page and that goes all the way up to full encyclopedias that are filled with lots of information for older readers. Interactive non-fiction is also great – we have lots of lift the flap books as well as our Shine-a-Light books which require a flashlight to see hidden pictures. I haven’t met a kid yet who can resist those!
6. If I want to purchase one of your books how do I find you?
Find me at my shop. I do personalized recommendations, so if you don’t know what you want or you have some type of book in mind, I can help you find the right ones for your readers! You can contact me directly from the website, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. What is an online party? How does it work?
An online party is really fun and easy! I create an event on Facebook for my hostess and she invites her friends and family to come. The party takes place on the event page at the designated time and takes a little over an hour. People interact and there are games and giveaways too. What’s great about a Facebook party is that I can share videos of LOTS of books – so you get to see more than you might see at a home party. Also, I get some information from the guests prior to the actual event (like ages and interests of their readers) so that I can tailor the party to the people who are coming! Every month we have great incentives for hostesses – this month hostesses get an EXTRA $75 worth of free books if they have a party that reaches the average sales of $400 ($145 in free books for their family). I love sharing these books with people, and I especially love giving people free books!!