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27 June 2018 The Travels of Ermine: a stoatily brilliant adventure

The Travels of Ermine: a stoatily brilliant adventure

Jennifer Gray, author of The Travels of Ermine series featured in the Tom Fletcher Book Club 2018, explains the thinking behind her stoatily brilliant new animal adventure for 5-7 year olds.

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Tags: Children's fiction writing


31 May 2018 Why I wrote All about Families

Why I wrote All about Families

Felicity Brooks, author of All about Families, explains why it is important to showcase families in all their shapes and sizes.

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29 May 2018 What to do when kids are bored?

What to do when kids are bored?

These days, it’s all too easy for children to find entertainment on a screen –  watching YouTube, playing games or chatting with friends – but they may need a bit of help discovering other things to do.

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4 May 2018 Why is hand hygiene important for my child?

Why is hand hygiene important for my child?

Top tips on keeping children safe, from Diane Ashiru-Oredope and Karen Shaw at Public Health England, who advised us on our book What are germs?

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27 April 2018 Why manners are so important today

Why manners are so important today

James Maclaine, author of Miss Molly's School of Manners, explains why he felt it was so important to write a book about why manners matter.

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20 March 2018 All aboard the Train to Impossible Places!

All aboard the Train to Impossible Places!

P.G. Bell, author of the upcoming The Train to Impossible Places series, visits a forgotten underground railway for an atmospheric photo shoot. Only this one doesn't have trolls...

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Tags: Children's fiction


13 March 2018 Why I love being an engineer

Why I love being an engineer

Lucy Ackland, one of The Daily Telegraph's top 50 UK female engineers, explains how she got into engineering and why she loves her job so much. 

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Tags: science stem year of engineering


5 March 2018 Curiosity, problem-solving and engineering a better future

Curiosity, problem-solving and engineering a better future

Usborne are proud partners of the 2018 Year of Engineering. Jo Parry, Head of Year of Engineering Communications, explains why it is so important to inspire the next generation of engineers.

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26 February 2018 How to write a history of the world – in 160 pages

How to write a history of the world – in 160 pages

Ruth Brocklehurst, co-author of A Short History of the World, reveals how they condensed such an enormous subject – and why advice from an expert was invaluable.

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Tags: history around the world inside usborne


22 February 2018 Why Frankenstein is so relevant today

Why Frankenstein is so relevant today

Mary Sebag-Montefiore, who adapted Frankenstein for the Usborne Reading Programme, explains how this classic story was written in turbulent times, and why the message is still relevant today. 

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