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19 March 2019 Enjoying music with your baby

Enjoying music with your baby

Did you know that listening to and making music helps your baby’s development in lots of different ways? 

Read on to find how the award-winning organisation Rhythm Time is working with Usborne to instil and develop a love of reading and music in babies through singing and sensory play...

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Tags: baby books music


14 March 2019 Money advice for young people

Money advice for young people

Managing Your Money authors Jane Bingham and Holly Bathie explain why it was important to write a friendly, accessible guide to money for young people.

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Tags: inside usborne


1 March 2019 Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras and carnival – what's it all about?

Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras and carnival – what's it all about?

Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras ('fat Tuesday') is the last day before the period Christians call Lent. Traditionally, during Lent, Christians are supposed to give up certain foods, including eggs, butter and fat. Pancake Day was a way of using up these ingredients before they were forbidden. At Usborne, we have staff from many different countries and we asked them to tell us about their Lent traditions – many of which also involve exuberant carnivals.

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Tags: around the world carnival pancake day


8 January 2019 Why children should confront what scares them in books

Why children should confront what scares them in books

Samuel J. Halpin, author of The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods, explains why it's so important that children are given the opportunity to confront what scares them, be it real or imagined, within the confines of the written word.

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Tags: Children's fiction


4 January 2019 The story of Josh, our researcher for Look Inside a Hospital

The story of Josh, our researcher for Look Inside a Hospital

For the new Usborne lift-the-flap book Look Inside a Hospital, author Katie Daynes enlisted the help of 5-year-old Josh Hammond – a very brave leukaemia patient. Katie and Josh's mum Katie explain how he eagerly took on the research role.

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Tags: inside usborne


19 December 2018 New Year's Eve around the world

New Year's Eve around the world

New Year's Eve isn't just about fireworks and champagne – countries around the world all have their own traditions, and some are very bizarre indeed! At Usborne, we have staff from many different countries and we asked them to tell us about their New Year's Eve traditions.

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Tags: around the world


18 December 2018 Happy birthday That's not my...!

Happy birthday That's not my...!

Happy birthday That's not my...! The #1 bestselling touchy-feely book series celebrates its 20th birthday in 2019. 

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14 December 2018 Usborne acquires timely middle-grade debut by exciting new literary author

Usborne acquires timely middle-grade debut by exciting new literary author

Usborne has acquired a beautifully poetic and political novel from debut author, Darren Simpson, an exciting new voice in literary children’s middle-grade fiction.

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Tags: Children's fiction acquisitions


14 December 2018 Why we chose the Salvation Army as our Secret Santa

Why we chose the Salvation Army as our Secret Santa

This year, here in the Usborne Oxford office, we wanted to put a twist on the traditional Secret Santa – so we agreed to channel our gift buying powers into donating presents for the Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal. 

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Tags: Charity Christmas


13 December 2018 Usborne Lift-the-Flap books win major Chinese award

Usborne Lift-the-Flap books win major Chinese award

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Tags: Usborne China


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