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"By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge
the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches." ~Proverbs 24:3-4

Usborne Books

Usborne Books Make Great Gifts

Homeschoolers like gifts that are not only enjoyable but also educational. This means books are the perfect present for homeschool families! Usborne is an award-winning publisher of high quality children’s books that make reading and learning fun. So why not avoid the traffic, long lines, and stress this year – instead of giving a plastic toy that’s eventually going to break, give the gift of knowledge that will last a lifetime! Usborne has baby board books, preschool books, puzzle and activity books, art and craft books, internet-linked reference books, and many more – with over 1500 titles, they have something for everyone! The only problem is deciding which ones to get! To make it easier for you, on this page I've listed some favorite Usborne books that I recommend. These are books that any child will be happy to find under the Christmas tree, and which will keep them busy for hours.

Christmas Books

Usborne Christmas Books
Christmas Books

Choose from a wide selection of Christmas-themed books of activities, crafts, recipes, songs, stories, and more!

Baby's First Books

For babies and toddlers, you will find an array of Usborne books with imaginative and colorful illustrations, designed to capture the attention of these little ones.

That's Not My Penguin
Recommended for ages 9 months and up, this book will delight little ones who are just discovering the world of books. They will love feeling all of the textures while trying to find their penguin.

Animal Hide-And-Seek
Recommended for ages 9 months and up, this book has lots of flaps to lift, furry and fluffy textures to feel, and a fun game of hide-and-seek.

Baby and Toddler Treasury
This enchantingly illustrated treasury is perfect for parents to enjoy with little children. There are rhymes, stories and activities to share, and a baby scrapbook to record special events too.

Preschool Books

Choose interactive books like the Wind Up Tractor Book, Mouse About the House, and
A Squirrel's Tale – all of which are perfect for holding the attention of a preschooler.

Wind-up Tractor Book
This book contains three stories about a tractor, with wonderful illustrations by Stephen Cartwright. Each story includes the characters that you can pop out to act out the scenes, and each story has its own track that the tractor rides around on. Best of all, the tractor winds up so you don’t have to bother with batteries! For ages 3-8.

Mouse About the House
This book is a cute classic! Push the durable, laminated mouse with a yarn tail through the slot holes in each page, run it along the dotted trail, push it out the back cover, and store in the clear holder at the front of the book. This book encourages fine motor skills and will make even the most active preschooler sit still. They will want to keep doing it again and again! For ages 3-8.

A Squirrel's Tale
Kids will have lots of fun pushing the squirrel through a slot on each page as he searches for nuts. This book encourages fine motor skills and will make even the most active preschooler sit still. When you're not using the squirrel, store it in the see-through pouch on the cover. Ages 3-8.

How Big is a Million
A million is a very big number. But exactly how big? This adorable story actually shows a child how big a million is. The book even comes with a 54" x 36" poster covered in a million stars! Ages 3-8.

Read-Aloud Books

Myths and Legends
This wonderful treasury is filled with classic tales of magic and adventure, from brave heroes battling fierce dragons to myths of how things came to be. Long ago, stories weren't written down but were told aloud from one generation to the next. These lively retellings are perfect for reading aloud.

Aesop's Fables
Have you ever heard the story of the mouse who saved a lion’s life? How about the tortoise who won a race? Or the camel who tried to dance? These wonderful stories, told by an ancient Greek named Aesop over two thousand years ago, are beautifully retold in this book.

Stories for Bedtime
This delightful treasury of bedtime stories can be enjoyed again and again. Its pages are filled with charming stories, both new and traditional, which have been especially written for reading aloud. Stephen Cartwright's beautiful illustrations will enchant children and adults alike.

Books for Boys

Pirate Books
pirate books
Usborne has lots of books about pirates, and even a pirate treasure chest kit!

Illustrated Stories for Boys
Want to sail the high seas? Or battle dragons to the death? Dive into this collection of thrilling stores and choose your adventure. Pirates, monsters, robots, knights and ghosts are all waiting to excite you – or send shivers down your spine. As well as funny, scary and action-packed original tales. Boys will love to read these stories on their own or have mom or dad read to them. For ages 7-12.

Cowboy Things to Make and Do
This book contains 18 rootin' tootin' activities straight from the range, including a line dancing paper-chain, a showdown collage, a cowboy hat, a saloon door card and dancing cowboys. Every activity is clearly and vividly illustrated in an appealing and colorful style, with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. Over 350 colorful stickers make the activities even more decorative. For ages 6-12.

Books for Girls

Fairy Princess Books
fairy and princess books
Usborne has a huge selection of books about fairies, princesses, and fairy princesses!

Illustrated Stories for Girls
This beautifully illustrated collection contains fourteen fantastic tales of pretty princesses, determined fairies, brave dolls and clever mermaids. Alongside classics such as Rapunzel, The Little Mermaid and The Princess and the Pea are less well-known tales by master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, plus six funny, original stories that are sure to become equally well loved. Girls will enjoy reading these stories on their own or having mom or dad read to them. For ages 7-12.

Illustrated Fairy Tales
Open these pages and enter an enchanted realm of proud emperors, pretty princesses, helpful fairies and magical animals. This charming collection contains ten classic fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and others. For ages 7-12.

Books for Teens

The Museum of Mary Child
A gothic tale in which a girl named Heloise lives with her strict and forbidding godmother in an isolated cottage. Raised without toys or playmates, Heloise takes refuge in her imagination. Her only book is a much-censored Bible in which her godmother rewrote the Ten Commandments to include forbidding play, pretty clothes, and the possession of a doll. Heloise is not even allowed to know the meaning of love - her Bible has been edited and pages glued together to keep her from anything that speaks of that forbidden subject. Next door is a sinister museum dedicated to the memory of Mary Child, where visitors enter with a smile and depart in horror. One day Heloise finds a mysterious doll that leads her to uncover the devastating secret of her past - as well as to discover the redemptive power of love, with gentle allusions to Christianity and the common humanity that underlies all faiths. Recommended for children, teenagers and adults who enjoy intense and intelligent fantasy fiction like Hans Christian Andersen, Grimm's Fairy Tales, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Tom's Midnight Garden. Ages 12+.

Conspiracy 365
On New Year's Eve, Cal is chased down the street by a staggering, sick man with a deadly warning... “They killed your father. They'll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days.” Hurled into a life on the run, the 15-year-old fugitive is isolated and alone. Hunted by the law and ruthless criminals, Cal must somehow uncover the truth about his father’s mysterious death and a history-changing secret. Who can he turn to, who can he trust, when the whole world seems to want him dead? The clock is ticking. Any second could be his last. There are twelve books in this series, each named after a different month. Age 12+.

Bible Books

Story of the Nativity
The Nativity story comes to life in this timelessly beautiful book. Ages 3 and up.

Children's Bible
A colorfully illustrated collection of the most well-known and well-loved stories from the Old and New Testament, specially selected and carefully written to enable youngsters to gain understanding, and perfect for reading aloud. Ages 4-9.

The Usborne Little Book of Stories from the Old Testament
The best-known and best-loved stories from the Old Testament have been selected for this retelling of the Bible for young children. Staying close to the traditional text, the stories are presented in a way that young listeners and young readers can understand and enjoy.

Activity Books

What Shall I Draw? Art Pack
Pack includes What Shall I Draw? book, four high quality drawing pencils, eight high quality color pencils, one pencil sharpener, one eraser and one felt-tip pen. Ages 7-12.

The Young Naturalist
This book shows how to set about collecting, observing and experimenting in the natural world. There are lots of activities and projects to do. Ages 9-12.

Art Sticker Book
This charmingly illustrated book is packed with stickers from over 100 of the best-loved paintings in the National Gallery's collection. Learn about the lives of the artists and the stories behind the paintings. Ages 9+.

1001 Things to Spot
Kids of all ages love search books! These fun search-and-find books develop eye/hand coordination, teach number recognition, and help teach words. The colorful illustrations are filled with interesting details and other surprises that will keep readers transfixed for hours.

Reference Books

Story of Inventions
Toasters, toilets, televisions, computers, cars, chocolate bars, flying machines, and even jeans! This award-winning book reveals the real-life stories behind dozens of brilliant inventions. For ages 8-12.

Internet-Linked Reference Set
Internet-Linked Reference Set of 3 includes: Encyclopedia of World Geography, Encyclopedia of World History, and Science Encyclopedia. These award-winning resources are packed with information and full-color illustrations. The encyclopedias contain over 400 pages each! Plus they are internet-linked for further research! A great value for these high quality Usborne books!

Usborne offers so many other great books that I can't even begin to fit on this page. If the titles I mentioned above don't spark your fancy, please go to my Usborne affiliate site and take a look around. I'm sure you will be able to find something for everyone on your list!

Merry Christmas!


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