Through all the ins and outs of homeschooling, the good days, the bad days, the long days and the occasional “never leave your jammies” days it’s interesting to see how there is a consistent core that centers around Usborne Books.
We are HUGE fans of Usborne Books at our house because… oh man, there are so many reasons! The colorful illustrations, the quality of the writing, even the type of paper they are printed on. And of course, the wide range of really cool topics they cover. Usborne Books seem like a homeschooling family’s best friend because they complement curriculum choices so well.
We make ample use of the local library, but the Usborne books are the ones we buy so that we never have to give them back!
Open a page and dive into a conversation with your kids.
The pictures just make you want to drool.
The quality of the content? Top Drawer. No commercial tie-ins or movie characters, just lots of interesting facts, analysis, observations and info.
And there aren’t too many other books that consistently compete so well against the siren song of “technology.”
So what are my current favorites?
Illustrated Greek Myths – Actually, I can’t say this is my current favorite, because it’s honestly my ALL TIME favorite. It’s the first Usborne Book that we bought and it’s still top of my list. I love the idea of introducing our kids to classic literature at an age appropriate level so that as they grow older the information will become more and more accessible.
Illustrated Greek Myths does that for our six-year-old son… He talks about Odysseus and Perseus like they are Super Man and Captain America. He knows (an age appropriate) version of the plot lines and he’s enthralled by the pictures. On a play date last month, he even sat down to “read” the book to his buddy so that they could re-enact one of the stories. Total Win.
Book of Famous Paintings – I can safely argue that homeschooling is a great way to redeem Mommy’s education. I took an Art History class in college, crammed for the test and then proceeded to forget everything I learned. This beautiful book of famous paintings is my attempt to make sure that our kids don’t suffer from the same fate.
Once a week we focus on one of the paintings – I ask them what colors the artist use, what the subject is, and I read the content on that artist or painting. We keep the book near the couch and I see the kids flipping through the pages to see “what comes next.”
I especially love the little “factoid snippets” that highlight information about the painting – it’s like the audio tour at an art museum that helps to unlock the image. I totally love those!
Secrets of the Apple Tree – Maybe because it’s fall, maybe because we’re studying ecology, maybe because I’m craving Apple Butter, but probably because this book is really, really creative. It’s part of the Shine-A-Light series where the first page tells information about the story…
…And then if you hold a flashlight to the back of the page it “reveals” an entire new set of information.
It’s like a secret decoder ring and every. single. time. my kids think it’s SO COOL. Usborne has one for Rain Forests and the Sea Shore as well – we’ll probably see those under the Christmas Tree at our house this year!
How about you? What are your favorite Usborne titles?
Interested in learning more about Usborne Books? You’re invited to join Crystal & Co for a Facebook Party on October 21. You can learn more about Usborne Books, ask questions about what books might be the best fit for your family, plus you’ll have the chance to win a $50 Gift Card to buy your favorites! The party will last 30 minutes and there will be two time options – October 21 at 12:00 PM EST and October 21 at 10:00 PM EST. Simply fill out this form to receive an invite for the time that works best for you!