Book review: Back to school with Usborne books

It’s good to talk… especially when school is a whole new adventure.

By Pam Norfolk
Friday, 12th September 2014, 10:00 am
Back to school with Usborne books
Back to school with Usborne books

The autumn term is here and with it, the excitement and early anxieties of settling in to the swing of life in the classroom.

Usborne Publishing know all about school starter nerves and have a fun and informative collection of books to share with little ones and help ease them into the mysteries of ‘big’ school.

Age 3 plus:

Lots of things to spot at school by Katie Daynes and Sigrid Martinez

The school year is hectic from start to finish and this colourful activity book is packed with entertaining games and reassuring information on everyday life.

The busy pages show scenes from the school year, including playtime, in the classroom, the school show, a museum trip and sports day.

Each double page is bursting with things to spot and talk about, simple games and puzzles, and over 300 stickers to complete the activities.

Little children can look out for a gallery of friendly animal teachers, and the cute assortment of baby bears, rabbits, penguins and zebras all experiencing their first day at school and getting to know familiar items around the classroom and playground.

There are trails to follow, characters to dress for the school show, sports day events to identify, pictures to colour and differences to spot… all with the added fun of matching stickers.

The perfect way to make starting school an exciting adventure…

(Usborne, paperback, £5.99)

Wipe-clean first numbers

And you can count on this refreshingly simple and fun book to turn maths into a hands-on numbers game.

There is a whole host of friendly, all-action monsters just waiting to be helped with their counting. Children will love being able to complete the lively and colourful activities as many times as they want using a special wipe-clean pen.

Join the monsters as they go shopping, head out into the garden, drive into town, zoom off into space and visit a monster fairground.

Every activity helps children to practise their counting and improve number recognition skills.

From nought to ten… over and over again!

(Usborne, paperback, £4.99)