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12 June 2019 Usborne books to celebrate Empathy Day

To celebrate UK Empathy Day on June 11th, we invited Usborne authors and editors to share books that they believe particularly help readers develop empathy and understanding.

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29 May 2019 Why the Moon changes shape

For the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, we published The Usborne Book of the Moon – a celebration of the beauty and mystery of the Moon, as well as the Space Race and stories from around the world.  

Author Laura Cowan reveals one of her favourite stories from Hindu mythology about how the Moon got its shape.

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15 May 2019 Understanding your child's emotions and how to deal with them

Holly Doherty, parent, Primary School Teacher and Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator, gives her expert advice on helping children manage their emotions.

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7 May 2019 Mental health in children and young people

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.

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3 April 2019 Farmyard Tales Poppy and Sam – a series loved by parents and children

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.

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19 March 2019 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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14 March 2019 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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1 March 2019 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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8 January 2019 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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4 January 2019 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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