A few weeks ago I came across some Usborne books in my feed and I had heard of them again and again and I finally caved. We have a mini homeschool curriculum going on over here. Campbell was born 8 days after the school year cut off so she really could be heading to pre school this fall and even though she has to wait another year we wanted to pretend as if she was.
I have been all over pinterest. I have tons of wonderful resources pinned. I use a lot of free printables, I use a binder with page protectors so that she can use a dry erase marker on them and make them “wipe clean”.
And I went through book list after book list. And I ordered about $200 of books off of amazon. Some are amazing, some are so so, and some, will just stay in the library until we no longer have little readers and donate it. If we were staying with non usborne books I would definitely start going to the local book store so I can check them all out before buying them. But our favorites from here have been: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, all the llama llama books, anything with Skippy Jon Jones, and an old scholastic set we bought years and years ago when Ev was learning to read.
Now with Brody turning 2 and being ready to start with some basic learning, I needed even more learning tools. And sure, there is the library. But I’m a hermit. Currently I am suffering from iron and red blood cell issues and am utterly exhausted. Basic tasks are tough. And the idea of taking these two, soon to be three children to the public library terrifies/horrifies me, not necessarily to go get books, but to make sure that I can actually return them in a timely manner without late fees, lol!
I have zero intentions to “sell” usborne books. I will not be throwing parties. I will not be posting to my Facebook non stop, but I just wanted to share, because I am really happy with these. There are some links to use, if you are interested great, if not, this won’t be something I post about often. If you’re interested in checking them out, start HERE
We paid the $125 to sign up and receive 20 Usborne books. I actually counted the total value of them when they arrived because I was curious. To buy all these books would have cost just over $203. The books ranged from baby to teen, but the teen books could be picture books until the kids are ready to read them.
The kids were obsessed with just the box, so when we started opening it and started pouring through the books it got even better. I was so impressed. I loved them all. The early education books are out of this world. The quality is great. The illustrations are great. The planning that went into them is literally awesome, so many of them using rhyming, repetition, or alliteration to help with the early reading. And, one of the coolest parts, if my kids destroy a book, I can get it replaced for partial cost. Which is good, because we destroy everything in this house.
Here is our list of Usborne Books we got in our sign up kit (I imagine this may vary slightly from kit to kit):
Llamas in Pajamas, Very first book of things to spot out and about, Baby’s very first slide and see farm, Muddle and Match Adventure, On the space station, Illustrated stories from Shakespeare, Encyclopedia of World History, Deadly Animals, Jonathan James and the What if Monster, The beautiful haircut, Vintage fashion coloring book, Owls, Travel pocket puzzle book, Sticker Dolly Dressing Around the World, See inside famous Palaces, 100 paper dragons to fold and fly, That’s not my elephant, First sticker book Building Sites, Wipe Clean beginning pen control, I’m a dirty dinosaur.