I’m like the crazy cat lady. Only with books. I collect stray books. Well-loved old books. Shiny, sharp-edged new books. And I swear my books have litters of baby books while we’re sleeping. I simply cannot relegate most books to the donate pile… I LOVE BOOKS!!
I’ve definitely had a lifelong love of reading… the delight of words painting pictures in my mind’s eye… the way a story can reel you in, fly you away to new lands… the ability of stories to help us grapple with challenging concepts. Picture books introduce children to characters, conflicts, gorgeous artwork…
I love how books give me the words to explain life’s sadder elements to our children… when I can’t find the words to say it myself, I often rely on a well-told story to help my children understand our complicated world.
Books are indeed a treasure in our home.
Literacy Tips for Young Readers
As a book publisher, Usborne Books has lots to share about encouraging literacy for our young readers. Here’s one of my favorite literacy tips from Usborne Books to help you engage your reluctant or early readers to build that love of reading:
Other tips for encouraging literacy for young readers include:
- Read-aloud daily. Kids are NEVER too old to be read aloud to. It helps their listening skills, and can be a great communication tool between parent and child.
- Read-aloud books above their reading level – it helps them gain vocabulary, hear your clear diction / pronunciation, understand fluency and proper tempo of reading.
- Use vocal inflection to show emotions of the story.
- Ask questions before, during, and after reading to encourage mental engagement and check for their understanding.
Join the conversation at Happy Strong Readers!
I’ve started a small Facebook group called Happy Strong Readers JUST to talk about books and reading with our kids. Please join us as we promote literacy and a love of reading!
Learn About Usborne Books
So… funny story… I buy books pretty much everywhere, and along the way, I noticed I kept buying this same brand of books: Usborne Books! I didn’t realize how much I gravitated to this brand until recently… when I hosted a party myself, I realized all my favorite titles were from this publisher! WOW! So… I didn’t intend to start a book party business, but as I found myself loving to talk about the books, literacy tips, and more, I thought how fun would it be to do this more often!
I’m just getting started with Usborne Book Parties, but I’m already excited at what’s to come – I think it’s going to be a very rewarding “job” and empower me to help other families raise their own little readers too!
What’s a Facebook Party and How Does It Work?
Hosting a party on Facebook is super easy – basically I set up the event, and you simply message friends to check if they want to come, then add them to the invite list inside the event. I’ll begin posting tidbits about reading and books to get to know your guest a few days before the party starts.
At the set party time, I’ll post a video or infographic about every 5 minutes. Party-goers can follow along at their own speed and comment along the way or ask questions. You are free to enjoy the party with your guests, ask your own questions, or reply to friends.
The party lasts about 45 minutes, after which guests are invited to shop Usborne books. I usually leave the party open for about 48 hours, and then see how many free books YOU have earned!
The more your guests buy, the more you earn. If your guests decide to host a party with me, you and them both get more rewards! Email Me to discuss hosting a party!
What kind of books are you looking to include in your child’s home library?