"You may have tangible wealth untold:
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be --
I had a mother who read to me."
- Strickland Gillilan
Amy of Usborne Books recently sent me The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. I am completely enamored. If I didn't have a million things on my plate (Seriously. I have so many big projects on my plate this week that my husband actually told me, "Don't worry about the house or the laundry or anything like that."), I'm certain I would have read it all in one sitting.
The book essentially "explains how reading aloud awakens children's imaginations and improves their language skills." It also includes a listing of 1,000 books that are great for reading aloud by age/grade and theme.
Anyway, the small snippets that I have managed to inhale so far, have reminded me - inspired me - to be even more diligent about reading aloud.
If you're looking for wonderful, captivating, interactive books to share with your kids, you need to check out Usborne. The books are educational, but not boring-educational. They're educational the way books should be - colorful, engaging, fun. I recently spent some time looking through the catalog and I think I want all of them.
But if I had to narrow it down, I think I'd add these 6 books to my "Usborne wishlist":
Usborne Books make great gifts too because almost all of them have a "hands-on" component (stick stickers, lift flaps, touch textures, use magnets, cook recipes, etc.). Any kid is sure to be delighted by the wonder of learning with these books around the house.
Another cool thing about buying Usborne Books through this eShow is that you're buying from another mom. Amy Meyer is the seller behind that particular site and she is the proud mama of two kids. She resides in the Twin Cities area and is passionate about literacy. She is also able to help get you started if YOU want to start an Usborne Books business of your own.
YOUR TURN: Check out the Usborne catalog. Which books spark your interest?
WIN IT! One winner will receive a copy of The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, plus $25 to spend on Usborne Books. To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Tuesday, September 8th at 11:59 p.m. (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
*UPDATE* The winner is #25 Kerrie Mayans. Congratulations!