In recent years the awareness around mental health in children has grown rapidly, and is more important than ever with mental health problems affecting about one in eight children and young people in the UK. Usborne Editorial Director Felicity Brooks explains why there was a need for the children’s book Looking After Your Mental Health, and in particular why it covers the topics of sexual and gender identity.
This year we’re relaunching the Usborne Farmyard Tales Poppy and Sam series. We interviewed Publishing Director Jenny Tyler and Managing Editor Sam Taplin, and they told us how the series began, and their exciting plans for the future.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.