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10 October 2017 How to turn a book into a drum kit

How to turn a book into a drum kit

Sam Taplin, author of My First Drumming Book, reveals how he created a book with an interactive drum kit – and why it needed a last minute overhaul before production.

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19 September 2017 From London to Brighton: an Usborne fundraising ride

From London to Brighton: an Usborne fundraising ride

We don't just make books at Usborne – we also do several events for charity, including this cycle ride from London to Brighton in aid of Amnesty International.

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Charity Amnesty


11 September 2017 Starting school – some tips from Usborne mums

Starting school –  some tips from Usborne mums

We've got lots of mums on the Usborne staff so we asked some of them to share their top tips for starting school. Kate, Nancy and Carla tell us more.

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Get ready for school Reception Starting school


8 September 2017 Meet some of the elements of the Periodic Table

Meet some of the elements of the Periodic Table

Everything in the universe is made up of just 118 chemical elements. Alice James, author of Lift-the-Flap Periodic Table, explains how she created characters of the elements, and introduces a few of her favourite elements.  

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science back to school


5 September 2017 My publishing journey: A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan

My publishing journey: A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan

Helena Duggan, author of A Place Called Perfect, reveals her journey from numerous rejections to writing a Waterstones Book of the Month.

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Children's fiction Waterstones


4 September 2017 Origami: the magic of fortune tellers

Origami: the magic of fortune tellers

Lucy Bowman, author of our new Origami Fortune Tellers tear-out pad, writes about the history of origami and paper fortune tellers.

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Art and craft Origami


21 August 2017 Graphic novels: bringing classic tales to life

Graphic novels: bringing classic tales to life

As Usborne enters the world of graphic novels for the first time, author Russell Punter reveals how he transformed classic stories to this new format.

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graphic novels classic stories


28 July 2017 Breaking news: Neptune named as 18th planet in the Solar System!

Breaking news: Neptune named as 18th planet in the Solar System!

Following the nomination of 100 Things to Know About Space for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2017, author Alex Frith reveals some of the amazing facts he learnt while writing the book.

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space science


27 July 2017 Raising an international chess star

Raising an international chess star

How one Usborne author was inspired by her own chess star son to write a new chess book for children.

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chess


28 June 2017 The story behind That's not my...

The story behind That's not my...

Eighteen years since the first That's not my... book was released, the 50th title in the bestselling series, That's not my unicorn... is out in July 2017. But what goes in to an international bestseller?

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That's not my


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