Usborne Publishing

  • The House of One Hundred Clocks by A. M. Howell

    The House of One Hundred Clocks by A. M. Howell

    The House of One Hundred Clocks is an atmospheric mystery set in Cambridge in 1905. It’s a real page turner which weaves 19th century clockwork and engineering, women’s equality and dealing with grief into the story. Heartache, family secrets and an intriguing cast of characters, including a parrot, become more intertwined throughout the book and […]


  • Activity books for the School Holidays

    Activity books for the School Holidays

    The summer holidays are very nearly here and we’ve been looking at Activity Books to keep children busy over the summer. While I would definitely advocate a break from formal learning during a school holiday I do like the fact that many of the activities in these books introduce children to new ideas and concepts…


  • The 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards (Lollies) shortlist
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    The 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards (Lollies) shortlist

    Huge congratulations to all of the authors and illustrators on the Lollies shortlist! The shortlist for the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards (Lollies) has been published and you can start voting for your favourite funny books now!!


  • Story Snug’s 2016 top ten most viewed posts!
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    Story Snug’s 2016 top ten most viewed posts!

    Happy New Year to you all! Before we start a new year of blogging curiosity led us to take a quick look back at the top ten most viewed blogposts of 2016. Only one is a blogpost that was written this year and several are our learning activities posts where we have linked arts, crafts, science and other activities…


  • Happy 10th Birthday Sticker Dolly Dressing
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    Happy 10th Birthday Sticker Dolly Dressing

    Happy 10th Birthday to the Sticker Dolly Dressing Books! The first Sticker Dolly Dressing Books were published in 2006 and we are huge fans! The books have always been brilliant at keeping our daughter busy, especially when travelling. However, even when the sticking is finished they have stimulated discussions and kept her entertained. We went through a phase when…


  • Are you going on a farm holiday? Pack a story set on a farm!
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    Are you going on a farm holiday? Pack a story set on a farm!

    Holidays on a farm are a lot of fun and if you are lucky enough to stay on a working farm your child can meet different kinds of animals and gain many new experiences. We were amazed how many farmyard stories we have on our bookcase, these are some of our favourites. The Complete Book of…


  • Advent Calendars for Little Bookworms
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    Advent Calendars for Little Bookworms

    I’ve been looking at different Advent Calendars for little bookworms in preparation for Advent. My daughter loved Christmas and Snowy’s Advent Calendar last year and although I was hoping to do something a bit different she is expecting them to come back again this year!


  • Audio books for long journeys
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    Audio books for long journeys

    Audio books are a great way of passing the time on a long journey. Lots of our favourite picture books have great accompanying CDs so if you are looking for in car or in flight entertainment here are some that we really like. There are so many more that we could have included, we’d love to hear which…


  • National Nursery Rhyme Week – what will you be reading?

    National Nursery Rhyme Week – what will you be reading?

    How are you celebrating National Nursery Rhyme week? Will you be singing and reading stories? Do you have any favourite picture books with nursery rhyme characters in them? Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg: We’ll be looking carefully for the nursery rhyme characters hiding in the illustrations. The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan…


  • Celebrating Usborne Day
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    Celebrating Usborne Day

    October 5th is Usborne Day – a day of activities to celebrate 40 years of Usborne Books. Started by Peter Usborne in 1973, Usborne books (and the little yellow duck) are known and loved worldwide. We’d like to share some of our favourites. My daughter has grown up with the stories about Mrs Boot and…