Friday, November 2, 2012

#Happy1stBdayBaby: Usborne Books & More Sponsor Spotlight

The one of the sponsors of the upcoming Happy 1st Birthday, Baby! giveaway event is from Jessica Compton, consultant for Usborne Books & More.  I have to admit that before Jessica contacted me about being part of this event, I had never heard of Usborne.  But after taking just a little time to check out her website, I'm hooked!  As the mom of a little one, I was thrilled to see so many great educational books for all age!  I also found several Spanish books that I would love to have in my Spanish classroom, and let me tell you, finding high-quality Spanish books is difficult!  With the holidays coming up, you would be able to find gifts for children of all ages and interests in one place.  Here is a little more about Jessica and Usborne in her own words:
I am Jessica Compton, and I am a stay-at-home mom of 2 boys - Stephen turns 2 in November and Paul is 5 months old. We live in Littleton, CO. I recently became an Educational Consultant with Usborne Books & More. Usborne and Kane Miller books are the most exciting, engaging, and educational books on the market today. They are high quality, innovative, lavishly-illustrated and, best of all, they are the books kids love to read. You can choose from almost 2000 bright, colorful, and fun titles covering a wide variety of subjects.
I love to show kids how much fun reading can be, and I would love to help you do the same for the children in your life. This can be done in many ways. The easiest way is to shop for books on my website ( If you live in my area, you can host a home show which would allow you to get free books! I can also do book fairs in preschools, daycares, and schools that help them earn cash and books. If you're not in my area, I can help you find a consultant near you. Finally, if you want to build your own home library and help other children as well, you can join my team and become a consultant. I love being able to stay at home with my boys, provide for our family, and have fun all at the same time!
Jessica gave me the opportunity to receive the book of my choice for my sweet pea.  After spending nearly an hour going through all the baby and toddler books Usborne had to offer, I decided to choose a Spanish language book since, as I mentioned before, it's difficult to find great children's books in Spanish.  Most of the Spanish books I have for Lucia are either bilingual or translations of popular English children's books, which makes the unique titles offered by Usborne all the more exciting. 

The title I chose is La cama grande de Sofia by Tina Burke.  It arrived in the mail today and Lucia and I have already read through it several times.  It is an absolutely charming story about a little girl transitioning from her crib to a big girl bed.  Her doll and stuffed animals are scared about the big new bed, but finally Sofia quells their fears and they fall asleep.  I can't wait to use this with Lucia when she's ready to transition into her toddler bed.  

In addition to the story, I also love the quality of the book.  It is not a board book, but the pages are more sturdy than the average paper pages and is made specifically for toddlers.  Lucia can be rough on books so I was surprised that she was playing with it this evening and there is no noticeable wear and tear!  While she's still a baby, I will have to keep an eye on her with it so she doesn't destroy it, but this is the first non-board book that I have felt comfortable with her holding and looking at on her own.  I can't wait to fill Lucia's toddler library with more Usborne books!

 As part of the Happy 1st Birthday, Baby! giveaway event,
 Jessica is offering $25 for the Usborne books of your choice!
Giveaway will be live November 8-15.
Enter the giveaway here. 

I received La cama grande de Sofia in order to facilitate this review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  Opinions are 100% mine.  See Disclosure Policy.  


  1. My kids have TONS of books and I'm always adding to their collection. I love that they love to read as much as I do. These titles look great for little ones!

  2. Love Usborne books!
    Sarah M

  3. We only have one book for Baby Boy so far, so it would be great to get some more before he makes his arrival! :)

  4. I have been a big Usborne fan for years. I like the bright detailed illustrations and the educational quality of their books. I believe every child should have a small library of their own.

  5. We LOOOOVE books. Lucy just stares at the pages while we read. I wish I knew what she was thinking! For my Lu's first birthday we plan on requesting books instead of toys. I think Usborne is going to make that very easy for me!!

  6. We have one of these Usborne books and we LOVe it.

  7. I love Usborne's books! :-) they are a great addition to our homeschool.

  8. I love Usborne books and my local consultants/friends! Great company.

  9. I just heard about Usborn the other day. It seems like such a cool company!

  10. We love love LOVE books! They can take you so many exciting places

  11. We love Usborne - so many great choices.

  12. I have 2 boys (8 and 5) and a little girl (5 months) and there are so many great choices for each of them.


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