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Treasure Hunt Sale!

So I’m feeling really guilty about not posting here in a long while… Life has been busy and good! I’ve been a little focused on my local business, not to mention family life and my day job!

To celebrate back-to-school, I will be highlighting some books that are on sale on my website, but these are not necessarily advertised so it’s a bit of a treasure hunt!

I’ve already started sharing some of these on my Facebook page and will be sharing them there first so be sure to like my page, if you don’t already.

First up is…. drum roll, please…

Asia Box Set for ONLY $14.99!

(That’s less than the regular price for ONE book!)

This set includes 4 hardcover books that retail for $15.99 each for a total value of $63.80, plus a cute gift box! The set normally retails for $24.99 (already a bargain!), but I think we are closing these out so get yours before they’re gone forever!

I will highlight more books over the coming days/weeks on Facebook, but if you can’t wait or if you want to order all at once to save on shipping, you can view the back-to-school flyer here.

Also, be sure to click on the Internet Only Specials to get even more books on sale.

If you purchase $40 or more, you will be eligible for Customer Specials too!

I know. So many RULES and things to remember! But isn’t that what back-to-school is all about??

Happy reading!! Enjoy the savings…

PS: While We Were Out (included in this set) is one of our favorite books! It’s about a bunny that has adventures inside the house while everyone is away, but there’s a surprising little twist at the end…

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Fun and Games on the Go: Usborne Activity Cards!

Summer is here! Vacation plans, anyone?

My 3 year-old and I recently traveled to my sister’s wedding and Usborne activity cards saved my sanity more than once during the trip!

Before we left, I looked through my stash of Usborne activity cards and decided to start with 100 Things for Little Children to do on a Trip. I selected about 20 of the easier cards that I thought might engage my 3 year-old (suggested age is 6+). Then I punched holes in the corner of each card and put them on a binder ring so that they’d stay together.

The cards were my daughter’s first choice whenever we needed a distraction.

She used the dry erase marker included with the cards to draw lines between animals and their favorite foods, match shadows with the appropriate dog, find and count hidden butterflies and frogs, draw legs on a boy so he could run away from a monster, and most of all – she loved turning the large cat into a leopard (by adding spots) and a tiger (by adding stripes).

The cards easily kept her engaged for an hour at a time and although the first time through I had to tell her the instructions for each one (because she is not able to read them herself yet), the second time through she knew what to do and was able to entertain herself.

And she made up her own games with some of the cards. I think at times she had more fun erasing the marks with a tissue than drawing the marks in the first place. (Hint: Attach a small piece of felt with a hole punched in it to the binder ring for an eraser.)

I am embarrassed to admit that it took me this long to actually put these cards to use – one of my customers mentioned that the activity cards she bought were a bigger hit with her preschooler than the books so I figured I would give them a try. I am now convinced that they are a winner!

I plan to keep them with me for impromptu entertainment at restaurants, in the car, and while waiting in line.

There are several activity card sets to choose from – see the Usborne site for more details. Enjoy!

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Kids Want to Go to Space Camp? Try Smarty Pants!

Do your kids want to go to space camp, but you can’t fit it into your schedule or budget??

Are you worried about summer brain drain??

Smarty Pants Space Camps to the rescue!

Studies show that kids can lose up to 30% of their school skills over summer vacation, but Usborne’s new Space Explorer Camps will keep kids actively reading, writing and exploring up until the new school year begins and they will have FUN doing it!

These standards based programs are scaled for different age groups (pre-K through 6th grade) and include a series of challenges, missions and hands-on experiments for children to explore and solve collaboratively with friends and family.

Each camp kit includes a student lab notebook (see an excerpt) and a set of fiction and non-fiction books for reference, reading and exploration. Get the neighborhood kids together – the kits work with groups of all sizes.

It is hands-on-literacy fun that is perfect for the summer or for enrichment anytime. It is all the FUN of camp at your house!

Junior Astronaut Kit Junior Astronaut Kit (Pre K – 1st Grade) How High is the Sky?, On the Moon, Pelly and Mr. Harrison Visit the Moon, First Encyclopedia of Space, Living in Space, 100 Science Experiments, Junior Astronaut Official Camp Notebook  order now »
Discovery Astronaut Camp Kit Discovery Astronaut Camp Kit (2nd – 3rd Grade) How High is the Sky?, Pelly and Mr. Harrison Visit the Moon, Space, Living in Space, What’s Physics All About?, 100 Science Experiments, Discovery Astronaut Official Camp Notebook  order now »
Apollo Astronaut Camp Kit Apollo Astronaut Camp Kit (4th – 6th Grade) Science Encyclopedia, Story of Astronomy and Space, 100 Things to Spot in the Night Sky, What’s Physics All About?, 100 Science Experiments, Apollo Astronaut Official Camp Notebook  order now »
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