Book review: Get ready for school with Usborne Books

Sssh… don’t tell the kids but the summer holidays are almost over and it’s time to get ready for a new school term.

Get ready for school with Usborne Books
Get ready for school with Usborne Books

Usborne, the leading UK independent children’s publishing company, is ready to take the sting out of the dreaded back-to-school blues with some exciting and educational books.

Age 3 plus:

Big Get Ready for School Sticker Book by Jessica Greenwell and Hannah Wood

Big is certainly the word for this brilliant, bumper sticker extravaganza which includes four separate books in one.

Alphabet, First Numbers, Colours and Shapes offer new learners a comprehensive introduction to a range of early years skills which are essential for children who are about to start school. And to reinforce the educational elements and make learning more fun and interactive, there are over 1,000 stickers to complete the exercises.

Each of the activities features friendly animal characters to help out with an assortment of absorbing activities. Children can count hot air balloons, add blue stickers to a blue seaside scene, spot triangles and rectangles on a train journey and find missing letters.

With pages to colour, games to play, puzzles to solve and plenty of easy-to-peel, colourful stickers, this is the perfect practice book for school starters and the sure-fire way to help your children enjoy learning.

(Usborne, paperback, £12.99)

Age 8 plus:

Human Body Sticker Book by Alex Frith and Adam Larkum

‘What a piece of work is a man,’ wrote Shakespeare and the proof is right here in this fact-packed sticker book which takes an inside look at the amazing human body.

From antibodies and antigens to viruses and X-rays, the Human Body Sticker Book takes youngsters on a journey through the workings of our bodies.

Discover what blood is for, what muscles look like, how many bones there are in the skeleton, how nerves sends signals from the brain to every part of the body and how lungs take in oxygen from the air.

Each page covers a different topic such as the skeleton, muscles, circulation, the digestive system and cells, with anatomical-style illustrations, X-rays, scans and colour photographs helping to build up a complete picture of the human body and how it works.

And there are over 130 stickers to help children gain greater understanding of each body part and answer their key questions about human biology.

A fascinating, fun and interactive science lesson…

(Usborne, paperback, £7.99)

Age 2 plus:

Listen and Le arn First English Words bySam Taplin and Rosalinde Bonnet

In a word, here is learning at the touch of your fingertip!

This ingenious word book allows children to listen to 120 frequently used English words to learn and understand how they are correctly pronounced.

In a flap envelope at the front of the book are four cards, featuring 16 words on each side. Simply slot a card in the accompanying frame, press ‘go’ and then press each of the pictures to hear how the word is pronounced.

Children will have hours of fun selecting a card with colour illustrations of items like clothes, food or animals, slotting it into the special frame and pressing an illustration to hear the word read aloud.

There are over 120 words on the cards to provide a fun and exciting way for little children to learn English as either a first or second language.

A sound investment for any child’s future learning…

(Usborne, hardback, £9.99)