One of the most important things we can do as parents is instill a love of reading and books in our children as early as possible. The most articulate, verbose and well spoken people I know, are all avid book readers and give their parents credit for starting this love at an early age. I’m doing my best with Whistler and I think we’ve got him on the right track :)
His first true bout of laughing hysterically was while Ben was reading a book to him at 4 months old. Since, I have taken every opportunity possible to surround him with age appropriate, fun, engaging books. Now, at 9 months old he loves to turn the pages and will bring me books to read to him. I love it!
A couple months ago I told you about the My Baby Can Talk Baby Sign Language Program. There is a part of the DVD that teaches the sign for “book”. During this section, the book “That’s Not My Puppy” by Fiona Watt is read and Whistler just squeals with delight each time this part comes on. I knew I just had to get that book for him in real life and after doing so, it’s easily one of his favorites.
I was just delighted when Independent Consultant Christine contacted me about doing a review and giveaway for Usborne Books, because they are the publishers of this cute book! Usborne specializes in providing high quality, affordable childrens books and have over 1,300 titles to choose from! Usborne Books & More’s Mission Statement is “The future of our world depends on the education of our children. UBAM delivers educational excellence one book at a time. We provide economic opportunity while fostering strong family values. We touch the lives of children for a lifetime.”
After browsing through Christine’s Usborne shop, I discovered that Ms. Watt has a whole bunch of “That’s Not My…” books and that Usborne offers a Touchy-Feely Set for $35.99 that includes 5 titles – That’s Not My Dragon, That’s Not My Mermaid, That’s Not My Lion, That’s Not My Bunny and That’s Not My Monster.
While I think they could have branched out a little more on the textures and descriptions, I overall love all these books and would recommend them to anyone who has a little one just starting out. They are short (only 5 pages) books with thick board pages that are easy to grasp and turn for uncoordinated little hands. They are very well made and feel like they will withstand some serious usage (unlike many of his other board books which already look like mice have eaten off the corners…)
Not only was Christine kind enough to send me this set to review, but she also wanted to give you guys a shot at winning a $50 Gift Certificate to her Usborne Books & More shop so that you can pick out some wonderful books for your children!
Christine also does fundraisers for individuals, schools, church and youth groups. And if you want to find out more about earning some extra money and becoming a Usborne Consultant, she can help you out with that too!
How do I enter?
PLEASE follow directions!! Entering the giveaway is not hard – but if you do not complete the MANDATORY entry FIRST, your comments/entries will be deleted. If you have any questions about how to enter, please contact me…or just look at the comments above you and you will get the idea!
Just complete each of the following tasks and leave a comment for your entry(s)! Please leave one comment per task completed. (ie, if you do three of the following, you should leave three SEPARATE comments) Must be over 18 to enter. US residents only.
MANDATORY ENTRY – You MUST do this FIRST. If you do not do this, none of the other entries below will count and they WILL BE DELETED.
- Visit Usborne Books & More and then come back here and leave a comment letting me what you would buy if you won the $50 Gift Certificate!
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***IMPORTANT*** You need to leave a separate comment for each of the above that you complete. Each comment acts as one entry, so if you only leave one comment saying “I did 1-3 above” then you’ll only get ONE entry instead of the 3 you deserve!
Contest will end 10/2/2010 at 11:59pm PST. The winner will be chosen randomly via computer using “And the Winner is…” WordPress Plugin or Random.org. Winner will be notified by a blog post (so be sure to subscribe to my newsletter so that you don’t miss the winner announcement!). Winner must respond within 48 hours or another random winner will be chosen.
Many thanks to Christine and Usborne Books who provided a sample for me to review and also sponsored this giveaway. I was not required to write a positive review and no other type of compensation was received. My reviews are always 100% honest and 100% my own.