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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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Owning Books vs. Library Card

This is such a great guest blog post by Read Aloud Dad… I really like how he points out that owning books and owning a library card are so different and don’t really overlap that much – BOTH are important!

Thanks Read Aloud Dad!

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5 Ways to Get Books on the Cheap

The research says that books in the home can be just as important as having college-educated parents when predicting the future education level of a child. I believe that every family should have a library card (and use it often!) – and that children should have their own library cards when they reach an appropriate age. However, there is something special about owning books that you can enjoy over and over and writing your name in them. So how do we get more books in our homes to ensure that our children will develop a life-long love of learning?? Here are five inexpensive ways to build a home library for your children:

  1. Gifts and “hand-me-downs” from friends and family. Hint: Suggest books the next time someone asks what your child wants/needs for his birthday.
  2. Thrift stores and consignment shops often have inexpensive books for purchase.
  3. Used bookstores. Trade your unwanted books for children’s books.
  4. Library sales, rummage sales, and garage sales.
  5. If you want NEW books, consider hosting an Usborne Books & More show (online or in person) and get FREE books as host/hostess incentives! Better yet, join Usborne and get all your books at wholesale prices or less!

If you have other ideas for building a home library, I’d love to hear them!

Disclaimer: Yes, I am an Independent Educational Consultant for Usborne Books & More. And it is so much fun! Imagine what it might be like to earn additional income and vacations for your family plus have access to fabulous books at great prices, while also helping others, promoting literacy and meeting new friends. With Usborne, you can do fundraisers, grant-matching, bookfairs, reading incentive programs, home shows, direct sales, and so much more! Have you ever considered doing something like this? Email me or click here if you’d like more information.

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Value Education? Give Your Child Books!

Here is yet another article mentioning the link between books in the home and  increased education levels and improved socio-economic mobility. This has been a hot topic since May 2010 when an international study was published that showed that books in the home are as important as parents’ education level in determining the education level a child will attain. The research results indicated that as few as 20 books can make a difference, but the magic number is 500 books to be about equivalent to university-educated parents. So let’s see here… Say each book is about $7 on average x 500 books = $3,500. That is much less expensive than the university education I received! Not meaning to be flip here, but seriously… How can we get books in more homes and to the kids that really need them? Please share your ideas… I have some of my own that I’ll share in future posts. 🙂

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