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The FINAL space shuttle launch is July 8th!  Let’s help our kids remember this historic event and prevent summer brain-drain at the same time!

Space Explorer Camps promote critical thinking through active reading, effective
writing, and inquiry learning. It’s all the FUN of camp at YOUR HOUSE this summer!

It is estimated that students can lose up to 30% of their skills and knowledge during the summer! Smarty Pants Camps will help keep children reading, writing and problem solving during the summer to help prevent this Summer Brain Drain.

The Space Explorers program includes a series of challenges, missions and hands-on experiments for children to explore and solve collaboratively. Standards based programs are scaled for different age groups.

Each camp kit includes a student lab notebook (view sample pages) and a set of fiction and non-fiction books for reference, reading and exploration. We offer packages that 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 »

What a great list of ideas this is! Here are 20 Indoor Activities for Kids – besides TV! Having good creative fun is great for the mind. Give your kids the most today by turning off the television. 🙂

It takes 1000 hours of “lap-time” for young children to have the readiness skills in place to learn to read.
–National Institute for Children’s Health and Development

“Lap-time” means one-on-one interaction between a parent or caregiver and a child where meaningful language interactions take place. Types of lap-time activities include: talking, singing, rhyming, chanting, and, of course, reading.

If we begin at birth, children who receive one-half hour a day of lap-time will have the developmental skills they need to read when they come to kindergarten.

If we wait until they are two to three years old, it will take an hour a day of lap-time to prepare children with the readiness skills they need to read.

If we wait until they are four years old, it will take two hours a day of lap-time to prepare children with the readiness skills they need to read.

If we wait until children are five years old and entering kindergarten, it will take three hours a day of lap-time to catch these children up with their peers in order to be ready to read.

Read to your children
Twenty minutes a day;
You have the time,
And so do they.
Read while the laundry is in the machine;
Read while dinner cooks;
Tuck a child in the crook of your arm
And reach for the library books.
Hide the remote,
Let the computer games cool,
For one day your child will be off to school;
Make it fun! You have the choice.
Let them hear their first tales,
In the sound of your voice.
Read in the morning,
Read over noon,
Read by the light of
Goodnight Moon.
Turn the pages together,
Sitting close as you’ll fit,
‘Till a small voice beside you says,
“Hey, don’t quit.”

Author Unknown


Give the gift of knowledge…
give Usborne and Kane Miller books to the children you care about. 
It’s easy with these great specials!

Cyber Monday Sale – Click to see all the specials!!


Animal Stencil Bookwas $12.99, today only $6.50Each double page contains a beautifully illustrated scene with two sturdy animal stencils that can be popped out of the book and used again and again. 

Flip Flap Farmwas $15.99, today only $8.00Includes quick and simple stories on how milk gets from the farm to the fridge, how sheep wool becomes cloth, how crops grow and how eggs are sorted. With over 70 flaps! 

Polar Bears Luxury Touchy-Feely Board Bookwas $15.99, today only $6.40
A delightful touchy-feely book filled with simple facts about polar bears, where cubs are born and how they keep warm. The soothing illustrations include touchy-feely patches that highlight the polar bears’ soft tummies.

Wind-up Train Bookwas $29.99, today only $22.99Three delightful Farmyard Tales train stories with a wind-up model train to bring the tales to life. Each story has sturdy tracks embedded in the thick card pages and there’s even a wheel to change the direction of the tracks.
Stories from Around the World - Usborne Books -
Stories from Around the Worldwas $14.99, today only $6.00 A magical collection of traditional stories, filled with brave heroes and heroines, wonderful magic and strange creatures. 
Who's Making that Smell? from Usborne Books -
Who’s Making That Smell?was $9.99, today only $5.99This lift-the-flap book features a young child trying to track down the culprit who is making a smell. It features familiar domestic situations and a simple rhyming text for reading aloud. 


November Customer Specials 

you may purchase up to 4 at this pricing for each $40 in books purchased

 Science Encyclopedia
Regular price $19.99Special $10.00See inside – click here
 Illustrated Dictionary of MathRegular price $12.99Special $7.00A best seller in the USA – spectacular math resource for 4th through 8th grades and on into high school math too!  Conspiracy 365: NovemberRegular price $10.99Special $4.00Don’t miss this exciting eleventh book in hit series Conspiracy 365. 
 Great Animal SearchRegular price $9.99Special $4.00Explore habitats around the world while searching for about 100 animals on each double page.  See inside – click here.   Everyone PoopsRegular Price $7.99Special $4.00Best Seller – over one million copies sold!  First Words Donkey Regular Price $9.99Special $2.00Using animals and characters from the Usborne Farmyard Tales series, this is a simple matching game in which players exchange cards and try not to be left with the “Ears the Donkey” card. There are 52 cards. 


Christmas titles not to be missed!


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Recordable Storybook
1001 Things To Spot At Christmas

50 Christmas Things to Make and Do - Great Christmas books for children
Christmas Doodles
Drawing, Doodling and Coloring for Christmas from Usborne Books -
Christmas Drawing Doodling and Coloring

My First Christmas Coloring Book


See entire catalog online with complete Cyber Monday Specials, Customer Specials, Internet-Only Specials, More New Titles… and Top 50 Sellers!


Pumpkin Carving Tips, also includes jack o lantern revival tips, baked pumpkin seed recipe and more!

Halloween Activities – history of trick or treating, online activities, Halloween printables

Halloween Games and Activities – online games, coloring program with Halloween pics, puzzles, printables

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