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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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19 December 2018 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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14 December 2018 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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7 November 2018 National Non-Fiction November

While children’s fiction is enjoying a boom, non-fiction for curious children is quietly inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, writers and much more...

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30 October 2018 Orla's story: how books help her make sense of the world

Orla (age 2) has Down’s syndrome and moderate hearing loss – but the discovery of Usborne’s Baby’s Very First Black and White Books is helping her to build her language skills. To celebrate International Down Syndrome Awareness month, her mother Mariam tells her story:

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16 October 2018 Tips on applying for an editorial job at Usborne

Managing Editor Mairi Mackinnon offers an inside view of Usborne’s recruitment process for new writers and editors, with some helpful tips for candidates.

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3 October 2018 Problem-solving and thinking skills – how chess can help your children

With the 2018 World Chess Championship taking place in London in November 2018, former British Ladies Chess Champion and Director of the UK Chess Challenge, Sarah Hegarty, explains the merits of introducing children to the game at an early age.

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2 October 2018 Rewriting Jane Austen for younger readers

Usborne editor Anna Milbourne explains her approach to adapting Jane Austen's novels in one complete collection, and reflects on the similarities and differences of Austen's characters to young people growing up today.

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31 August 2018 What we learned from the Usborne Academy week

This August, we held our first Usborne Academy week, an opportunity for people currently under-represented in publishing to spend a week at Usborne. 

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