Favorite Fall Books from Usborne Books & More

Pumpkin spice and everything nice. Between the weather, the sweaters, apple treats, it’s become my favorite season! My kids are also ready for a book refresh this time of year as we’ve used up all our stickers books and boredom busters all summer. We’re ready for something new! Love fall too, grab this FREE fall-themed bucket list!

Here are my favorite books for Fall:

A Tale of Two Beasts

A Tale of Two Beasts is an adorable book all about perspective, set in the wood during fall. This picture book shows a little girl rescuing a little beast and bringing him home, but the beast wants to live. Then it switches and shows the account from the eyes of the squirrel. 

Secrets of the Vegetable Garden

This title, from our Shine-A-Light series, is a fantastic non-fiction book that takes you through a vegetable garden. What makes it so fantastic? Flashlights of course! What kid doesn’t love a flashlight? Shine your flashlight from the page behind the one you are reading to see a secret hidden image!

I also love Secrets of the Apple Tree for all those #teamapple people out there!

Cut & Color Playbook Seasons

Make layered dioramas out of paper with this artbook. Draw, coloring, scissor work are all combined to make amazing seasonal scenes! Here is a quick YouTube video on it!

Woodland Magic Painting Book

From our Magic Painting series, those beautiful book is packed with woodland scenes and creatures! It’s relatively mess-free, and provides an artistic outlet without a big mess!

Pop-Up Seasons

This gorgeous pop-up book covers all four seasons with 5 beautiful spreads. From colorful autumn leaves to wintery white branches and more, this is book shows a visual representation to show children the beauty of all for seasons. 

What’s your favorite fall tradition? Come share it with me over in The Magical Library Where you’ll find more fabulous titles, a customized wishlist for your family, mom hacks, a free printable and more! 

Happy Reading,


5 Fun Activities for Your Superhero!

My kids are ALL into superheroes right now. I have on that alternates between Superman and Spiderman pajamas and if both are unavailable…watch out! We’re chugging along in the school year and most weeks have some sort of unit or theme idea, but I’m all for doing what they are interested in learning about!

Here are some fun ways we’ve found to incorporate superheroes!

Superhero arts and crafts

We did this one around Father’s Day and it was a hit. They asked to do it again so we made some cards to send over to our friends! Check out the original craft article I found here! Check out some other fun preschool superhero crafts!

These cards are also fantastic for early writing!  Your child can practice writing his name, or writing a simple message to whoever the card is going to!

Ten frame Superhero counting

Grab this ten frame printable here. You can either print multiple, laminate it or put it in a plastic sleeve and use dry-erase markers so you can reuse it. Put a number in the box under the mistake and have your preschooler fill-up the frame with the correct number. Check out this quick video of me using this with one of my boys!

Additionally, you can have your child work backward, by putting an assortment of markers on the ten frame. Have them count, and write the correct number in the box below the mask. You can use any small object for the ten frames. We used some manipulatives we found on Amazon. 

Superhero Baby

Lately, the kids have been begging for me to read Superhero Baby multiple times a day! This book is way too cute and so much fun! If your kiddos love superheroes as much as mine, check out these fantastic books

Superhero capes 

This was a fun one and involves minimal prep. I quickly drew (and I am a terrible artist) a cape on a piece of paper and told them to decorate their own cape. You could give them markers, stickers, daubers, whatever you want.

Want to spice it up? This takes a bit more prep but you can draw shapes on the cape. And either have some shapes pre-cut out for them, have them cut out, find items around the house, etc and have them match the item to the cape shape!

Superhero X-Ray vision:

Grab some lunch bags, lunch box or anything closed and not see-through. Fill it with some of your kids’ favorite foods, apples, bananas, fruit snacks, etc. Then have them use their X-Ray vision to guess what’s inside of it!

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I hope you and your little superheroes have a blast with these fun superhero activities! Head over to my Facebook group and let us know which one was your favorite, and share your art!

Happy Playing,


Favorite Family Outdoor Fall Activities

I’m looking forward to nicer weather soon, so we’re going to be getting outside as much as we can! Here are some great ideas of things you can do for fun outside!

1. Picnic: Take some of your favorite snacks, portable fruit, and some sandwiches. This can totally make a normal at-home lunch or dinner super extra special! Heading out to some open area, park, or on a nature walk? You can also grab some easy-to-pack games, sports balls, and bubbles and enjoy some extra fun in the sun to go with your picnic!

2. Obstacle Course: Grab some chalk and create an obstacle course on the sidewalk or driveway (be safe of course!). We added hopscotch, places to spin, run, jump, frog jumps and so much more snaking through our driveway!

3. Take a Walk: Do you have a local trail near you? Check it out and find someplace to head or just meander (again be safe near cars!) down your own street. My kids are the slowest walkers ever because they’re too busy checking out different trees, bushes, fire hydrants and everything they come across.

4. Pumpkin patches, apple picking and more family fairs; These are so fun – there are so many different places open this time of year. With lovely weather, a unique and seasonal activity, it’s the perfect combo!

5. Scavenger Hunt: There are all kinds of fun printables online!

What are some of your favorite outdoor activities to do with kids? I’d love to hear about it! Come share them in our online community where you’ll find tons of fun ideas to do at home, and outdoors with your family!

Happy playtime,


Holla, holla $5 sale from Usborne Books & More

I have never seen a sale like this before, and we’re here for it!

For a limited time only, grab a bunch of titles for $5!

You can see all the available titles HERE.

And want to hear something really wild? Right now you can join Usborne Books & More for just $5! Become a consultant for $5, and then you can take extra joy out of this amazing sale!

Questions, shoot me a message and I can tell you all about it!

Happy Reading,


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Halloween Books from Usborne Books & More

I love fall! And I love the Halloween books from Usborne Books & More! My kids adore them and they are so much fun. From baby books, activity books, vampire chapter books and more, you’ll find the perfect Halloween title for any kid in your life! Also, grab a FREE Halloween activity pack here!

Want to enjoy some amazing titles and spookylicious fun? Sign up for one of our Halloween bundles to grab some great titles for your little ghouls, picked out and mailed right to your door! Check them out, HERE!


What’s new? Usborne Books & More has lots of brand new Halloween titles this year!

New titles from Usborne Books & More for Halloween

Check out some great returning fun Halloween titles below!

Re-released last year, was Pop-Up Haunted House! This enchanting title is full of huge pop-ups and spooky scenes that will delight your children!

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This title will be back soon! Want to be notified immediately when it arrives? You can pre-order from me here (limited time only)!
Here are 2 ways:

1) Join my VIP community where I’ll announce new titles, new releases, and hot items that are back in stock.

2) Head to our website and look at any title. If it’s out of stock you’ll see a green button that says “notify me….” click that and pop in your email address. When the title in question becomes available, you’ll automatically get an email letting you know it’s available!

Chapter books Polly and Buster (ages 7-10) and Vlad, the World’s Worst Vampire (ages 6-9) Billy and the Mini Monsters Halloween Party (6+) are perfect chapter books for this time of year (OK, really any time of the year!). 

Dracula is one of our graphic novel books, recommended for our readers 10+.

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For some fantastic activity books to keep hands busy. If your kiddo loves sticker books, check out Build Your Own MonsterLittle Sticker Dolly Dressing Halloween and Sticker Dolly Dressing Halloween.

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From the inside of Build You Own Monster where you can Build 18 of the biggest, baddest, most terrifying monsters from the land of Ravenhold. Find the right stickers and fit them in place to complete your collection. 

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Little Children’s Halloween Activity Book full of mazes, matching, counting, search and finds and more! (Ages 4+) This title is scheduled to be in stock in mid-August. Click here to be notified of its return

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Color & Pop-Up Monsters where kids can cut out and color pages to make their own pop-up book.

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Halloween Magic Painting is a no-mess water-based painting book. With fun scenes, adorable pumpkins and witches and more, this book provides tons of fun to little painters! Give them just a bit of water and let them go! This year, for your younger pumpkins, check out First Magic Painting Halloween! These images are simpler, have great contrast and are great for 2+ to practice some early motor skills with fun cute themed pictures.

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From touch and feel baby books, to activity books for young children all the way up to chapter books and mysteries for older readers, our Halloween titles have you covered!

The Usborne phonics series are full of fun and silly stories, rhyming words and help work on phonetics and building reading skills for new and developing readers. Trick or Treat Parakeet and Spider Queen’s Halloween are great Halloween phonics readers!

For our littlest readers, That’s Not My BatThat’s Not My Witch and That’s Not My Monster are from our touch and feel series, That’s Not My books! These beloved books are awesome for young children and have a little mouse to point out on each page, plus areas of texture to talk about! 

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Are You There Little Bat is an adorable book with finger trails and die-cuts to look for the little bat! Poppy and Sam’s Halloween Party is another adorable book for our little readers! This peek through book takes readers along Poppy and Sam getting ready for Halloween and looking for their dog Rusy! With other animals to look for, fingertrails and more it’s just too cute! 

Wipe-Clean Halloween Activities and Little Coloring Halloween are adorable and perfect for the 3+ crowd! 

Another interactive book is Muddle and Match Monsters! This mix and match book lets you create funny stories and faces for these monsters!

School of Monsters is a brand new adorable series perfect for early readers!

Billy and the Mini Monsters

These are great for any time, but Billy is a boy who finds 5 mini monsters living in his sock drawer! This 11 book series follows Billy and his monsters through tons of adventures. This series is amazing because Billy is often fearful but finds his bravery. 

Halloween titles usually go out of stock quickly, so get yours today!

Want it all? Host your own party to get these, and more fantastic books from Usborne Books & More for free and discounted!

***Not all of these titles have been released yet, but will be available soon!  Want a reminder of when they are out? Click here to get a reminder from me!

For updates on availability, fun Halloween and other seasonal activities, join our online community in the Bookworms Magical Library!

Holiday collections sell quickly! To stay up to date, connect with me on Facebook!  Don’t forget to grab your Halloween bundle by Sept 7th!

Happy Reading,