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Felicity Brooks was born in Guildford in 1961. She studied English and Drama at Exeter University and worked in Theatre-in-Education and as a freelance lexicographer and teacher of trainee pilots before starting a career in children's publishing nearly 20 years ago.
As well as devising numerous novelty books for babies and toddlers, she has retold myths and legends and worked on encyclopedias, dictionaries, history, geography, languages, poetry, picture books, science, maths and nature.
Her books have won the Practical Pre-school gold and silver medals, the Right Start gold award, The TES Senior Information Book award, La Science se Livre award and been short-listed for the Aventis prizes for science books.
Felicity lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and their seven-year old daughter, Olivia.
author photo © Usborne Publishing
Families come in all shapes and sizes and from all sorts of backgrounds. They speak various languages, eat different sorts of food, live in different kinds of homes and celebrate special occasions in a variety of ways. A celebration of family differences, this is a busy book full of all-embracing illustrations of every kind of family imaginable that are fun to look at time and time again. Beyond just giving pleasure, All About Family is also designed to ensure every child feels that their kind of family is just one of many and not anything unusual. The short accompanying words to each picture briefly and helpfully explain technical terms such a as adoption and fostering.
Starting school is a big thing for little children and their parents and this excellent book offers masses of useful advice and bags of reassurance for all. Five little animal characters have just started school and are there to tell readers all about it; they describe a typical day’s timetable, from register through playtime, lunchtime and storytime, through to going home time. They also gently advise children on what they’ll need to know, e.g. colours, numbers, the seasons, letters of the alphabet. It’s bright and inviting to look at and the information is presented in a really friendly and accessible way. A lovely introduction to the Early Years curriculum and school life. ~ Andrea Reece
Bright, attractive pages and friendly text scattered with questions and invitations make this book a great way to start children thinking about who they are and how they fit into our world. One double page spread follows Anisha throughout her day, from getting up to school, playtime and home life, concluding, ‘Can you draw some pictures of your day?’; there are pages on feelings, on clothes and food – what’s good to eat and why; and a page to show how what we can do changes as we grow up. Children are encouraged to complete scenes with colourful stickers of both words and images. An excellent and inclusive first book. ~ Andrea Reece
Use your imagination and creativity with transfers and crayons to create eleven exquisite gardens from a cottage garden to a summer meadow. Each garden has a delicate line drawing to colour in and a colourful picture to fill with beautiful rub-down transfers of flowers, butterflies, birds, frogs and fish. The transfers are stored in a wallet inside the front cover. Lovereading Review will follow.
Very attractive to look at, clearly laid out and including lots of questions for readers and suggestions for things they can do after reading, this is a very good first information book. It begins with a definition of nature and goes on to look at plants and trees, then animals, insects, birds and fish explaining such things as food chains and life cycles and how all creatures from tiny bugs to huge whales are classified into groups. The illustrations are very appealing, particularly those of the flowers and trees, and it’s a book to encourage children to look at the world around them. ~ Andrea Reece
A beautiful, sumptuous gift edition perfect for a Christening, naming ceremony or first birthday. Beautifully illustrated with the charming artwork of Richard Johnson packaged in a sturdy slipcase protecting the cover, makes this a gift to treasure for many years.
A charmingly illustrated word book, filled with familiar animals for little children to spot and name. Perfect for sharing with babies and toddlers or for children to enjoy by themselves. Provides lots for children to look at and talk about, encouraging vocabulary building and word recognition.
Quack! Quack! goes the duck every time you press the button and the very youngest readers will press the button many, many times over. And they can also stroke duck’s fluffy feathers and feel his shiny beak and slippery webbed feet in this charming story introduction to a baby duck. If you’re looking for other great books for this age range then go to our Babies and Toddlers category.
Being able to make and maintain friendships is an important life skill and one that paves the way for meaningful relationships throughout life. This fun, friendly and reassuring introduction is designed to help young children recognize what a good friend is and learn to develop the emotional and social skills that allow them to make and keep friends.
This delightful book allows little children to take a fingertip journey through the alphabet, following a trail from acrobatic anteaters to zebras on zipwires. Charming illustrations, novelty die-cut elements and quirky themes combine to make this an engaging, interactive abc, introducing children to the shapes and sounds of the alphabet.
Brimming with fluffy chicks, bouncing bunnies and leaping lambs, this charming sticker book is a perfect activity book for Easter; little children will love adding stickers to all the lively scenes and bringing them to life. Themes include decorating eggs, an Easter egg hunt, Spring flowers, Easter baking, an Easter party and an Easter parade.
Wipe-clean pages and stylish illustrations combine to provide endless opportunities for children to practise reading and writing over 130 useful words to do with farms. Formations for all the lower-case letters are shown, and there is advice about helping children learn to read and write at the Usborne Quicklinks website.
Sophia Touliatou's lively illustrations and some quirky touches combine to bring 20 well-loved nursery rhymes to life. This gorgeous book includes favourites such as Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo-Beep, Baa Baa Black Sheep and Little Miss Muffet. With an introduction by the editor about the benefits of sharing rhymes with little children.
Help young children improve their language and writing skills with this fun book all about food. There are lots of easy words to practise reading and writing, including types of food, meals and kitchen things. With durable, wipe-clean pages for endless practice and links to websites with advice and more activities.
Bring the Christmas story to life with this delightful colouring book. Scenes to colour include Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus and the arrival of the shepherds and the Three Wise Men. The backgrounds are already coloured in, so little children can focus on the key parts of the story.
This fun book is a perfect way for young children to improve their language and writing skills. Trace over 120 everyday words, each accompanied by an image, including clothes, food and daily activities. With durable, wipe-clean pages for endless practice and links to websites with advice and more reading and writing activities.
With over 120 nature and outdoor words to trace, this book is a perfect way for young children to improve their language and writing skills. Each word has an accompanying image and themes include by the river and on the farm, while the wipe-clean pages provide endless practice. Includes links to websites with advice and more reading and writing activities.
This fun book is a perfect way for young children to improve their language and writing skills. Trace over 130 transport-themed words, each accompanied by an image, including a car, ambulance, helicopter and tractor. With durable, wipe-clean pages for endless practice and links to websites with advice and more reading and writing activities.
This fun book is a perfect way for young children to improve their language and writing skills. Trace over 130 school-themed words, from classroom objects to PE activities and colours, shapes and numbers. With durable, wipe-clean pages for endless practice and links to websites with advice and more reading and writing activities.
How are you feeling today? This lively and engaging exploration of emotions helps young children learn to answer this important question. Topics covered include learning to describe feelings, how your feelings can change, and being kind to yourself. There are helpful notes for grown-ups at the back too and links to websites for more advice.
This delightful book is the perfect way for little ones to improve spoken language skills before they start school. Each page is filled with words to learn, covering everything from shapes, colours and numbers to animals, weather and classroom objects. A friendly book for adults and children to share, read and talk about together.
Take a whistle-stop tour through the alphabet from amazing aardvarks, big brown bears and crazy cats to dancing ducks, naughty narwhals and sleeping sloths. With gorgeous illustrations by Sophia Touliatou, simple facts and capital and little letters on every page, this is a lovely book to share with a young child.
A sticker book that helps parents experience the joy of watching their child perform in The Nativity Play. It features over 160 stickers to complete the scenes. It follows one of the most famous stories every told, as enacted by little children in their school play.
Bring the Christmas story to life in this charming sticker book, from Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay in Bethlehem, to the birth of Baby Jesus and the arrival of the shepherds and three kings. With over 190 reusable stickers of costumes, decorations and accessories, and a fold-out back cover to store stickers when not in use.
Discover 100 everyday words in Irish in this wonderfully illustrated book. Colourful scenes, labelled in Irish, include a jungle bursting with wildlife, a cosy bedroom and a bustling city street, all beautifully illustrated by Sophie Touliatou. Children can listen to the pronunciation of all the words at the Usborne Quicklinks website.
Sophia Touliatou's joyous, dynamic illustrations and some quirky themes combine to make this a first French word book like no other. Through busy, labelled scenes, children are introduced to exactly 100 everyday French words in an engaging and entertaining way. They can also hear all the French words on the Usborne Quicklinks website.
Help little ones learn to count and write numbers up to 100 with this friendly activity book. Durable, wipe-clean pages mean children can practise again and again and there are links to websites with advice and more activities to help children learn to read and write.
Help little ones learn the alphabet with this fun wipe-clean book. There are letters and words to trace and copy on every page, accompanied by matching illustrations. Durable, wipe-clean pages mean children can practise again and again and there are links to websites with advice on helping children learn to read and write.
What do families look like? Who's in your family? And how can families change? With delightful illustrations, this glorious celebration of family diversity talks about lone-parent families, adoptive, foster, divorced, remarried, and mixed race families, and lots, lots more, showing little children that families come in all shapes and sizes.
This fun book is a perfect way for young children to learn their first words. There are lots of easy three-letter words to practise reading and writing and a guide to writing big letters too. With durable, wipe-clean pages for endless practice and links to websites with advice and more activities to help children learn to read and write.
There are hundreds of fascinating facts to discover in this journey through the wonderful world of numbers. How many hearts does an octopus have? Why is the number 9 lucky in China and how many people have walked on the moon? With delightful illustrations and a page of facts for each number, this is a lovely book to share with a young child.
Little children can discover 100 everyday words in this wonderfully illustrated book, full of busy buzzing bees, pattering raindrops, chattering children and noisy little lambs. Colourful, labelled scenes include a jungle bursting with wildlife, a cosy bedroom and a bustling city street, all beautifully illustrated by Sophie Touliatou.
This charmingly illustrated rub-down transfer book contains eleven gorgeous scenes to colour in and complete with transfers. Bring a gingerbread village, a frozen lake, snowy trees and even some skiing penguins to life with fun festive transfers. With over 1000 transfers to embellish the intricately illustrated pages. Illustrations:Full colour throughout
This colourful and imaginative addition to the delightful Look and Say series of board books has been designed to introduce the magic and excitement of Christmas to very young children. 25 Christmas words and images are arranged thematically - scenes include tree decoration, a snowy day, hanging Christmas stockings and Santa in his sleigh. Illustrations: Full colour throughout
A charming collection of traditional Christmas carols with delightful illustrations for little children. Contains nine well-loved carols, including 'Away in a Manger', 'Silent Night', 'We Three Kings', 'While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night' and 'We Wish you a Merry Christmas'. Illustrations: Full colour throughout
Follow the bears as they take a trip to Paris, go skiing in the snowy mountains and don't forget the camera for their adventurous African safari. Like a mini travel guide in sticker book format, children will feel as though they're travelling the world with every page they turn. Illustrations: Full colour throughout WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking Hazard.
A practical box of wipe-clean cards which children can practise writing first words on. Includes a card for 27 simple words such as 'bed', 'bag,' box', 'car', 'cat', 'sun' on each card children can trace the dotted words provided and label the picture shown. Includes a wipe-clean pen, so children can rub out any mistakes and start again. Illustrations: Full colour throughout WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking hazard. Ink from pen may not be washable.
This book follows five animal friends who have just started school to provide a gentle and humorous introduction to the school day, from getting dressed in the morning to home time. This is all carefully interspersed with early years educational concepts such as shapes, colours, opposites, numbers, weather and seasons, senses, nature words and letter recognition. Illustrations: Full colour throughout
This brightly colored information book is a fun and interactive way for children to learn about themselves and the world around them. Learn about human diversity (skin color, hair color, eyes, tastes etc), about different emotions a person can feel, about daily routines, about different types of families and loved ones and about their body.
A practical box of wipe-clean cards children can practise writing numbers on. Includes a wipe-clean pen, so children can rub out any mistakes and practise over and over again. Illustrations: Full colour throughout WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking hazard. Ink from pen may not be washable.
There are a whole host of animals, trees, bugs, birds and flowers to colour in this simple yet stylish activity book. The big areas are already coloured in, allowing little children to focus on the fun parts - the foxes, ladybirds, squirrels, bumble bees and beautiful blooms, among other things. Two pages of stickers encourage further customisation and creativity.
A simple sticker book which will allow little children to build their own countryside scenes. As they fix hundreds of stickers of animals, plants, bugs, birds and flowers to add to a range of habitats, children will be learning about the natural world - as well as practising vital motor skills that are essential for learning to write.
Little children need lots of practice with pen control, and this book provides plenty of opportunities for that - they can complete the dot-to-dot puzzles as many times as they like using the special wipe-clean pen provided. All puzzles contain ten dots or less, so children will also be learning and their numbers as they watch the dinosaurs emerge.
A colourful lift-the-flap board book to help children learn about numbers in a fun way. Each page has lots to spot and talk about, even for pre-readers, as children are asked to count, spot and match different numbers. The answers can be found by lifting the 80+ flaps.
An informative sticker book that helps young children learn about the fundamentals of geography, including a range of different habitats and the animals that live there, the weather system and how it works, and the basic geography of continents, land and water.
Simple dot-to-dot designs which allow preschool children to practice their pen control - essential for writing - and their counting skills. By joining ten numbered dots, in order, with the special wipe-clean pen provided, children will be able to see a whole pirate crew emerging on the pages. Wipe-clean and repeat for plenty of practice.
Pen control is an essential skill which children need to master before they can learn to write. This wipe-clean book provide plenty of opportunities to practice this and their counting skills, as children move the special pen from one dot to the next to reveal a variety of vehicles.
With a focus on staying happy and confident, this book covers all the topics that girls want to find out about: moods and feelings, periods, what happens to boys as they grow up, diet, eating disorders, exercise, body image, sex and relationships, self-confidence, drink and drugs, exam stress, cyberbullying, and staying safe - both on and offline.
A very simple, illustrated vocabularly book with over 270 French words for children to spot and learn. Each word is brought to life with a friendly illustration, and grouped into themes including 'Animals', 'At home', 'My body', 'Bedtime' and lots more. With sturdy board pages designed to withstand being read time and time again.
A very simple, illustrated vocabularly book with over 270 Spanish words for children to spot and learn. Each word is brought to life with a friendly illustration, and grouped into themes including 'Animals', 'At home', 'My body', 'Bedtime' and lots more. With sturdy board pages designed to withstand being read time and time again.
A vivid introduction to colour, from primary colours and the colour wheel, through to the moods and meanings of different colours. Pages dedicated to each colour are packed full of shades and tones, and an acetate page shows the effects of mixing colours. Introduces the basics of art theory, and specialist words to enrich children's vocabulary.
An accessible, informative first reference book that helps young children learn about trees, plants and funghi - what each of these things is, how to tell them apart, what each needs to survive and thrive, and their life cycles, including information about how they reproduce.
An accessible, informative first reference book that helps young children learn about the food we eat and where it comes from. Answers questions such as What is pasta? , Where does milk come from? and How do vegetables grow? ; explores concepts such as going shopping, life on a farm and cooking healthy meals.
Dress the teddy bears - Milly, Benjamin, Oscar and Izzy - in clothes appropriate for their various shopping outings, with the 200 plus stickers provided. There are lots of things to spot and talk about; selecting the stickers will help develop little children's sorting and matching skills and placing them correctly helps develop manual dexterity.
Learning about opposites is a vital pre-school skill, and this interactive book is an engaging introduction to the idea that helps enrich a young person's vocabulary.
Little children need to learn a huge amount of vocabularly before they start to read, and one of the best ways in which to do that is to share books with them. This book is a perfect vocabularly-builder, with over 100 farm-themed words, each with a picture. Simply point to a picture and say the word and your child will soon be picking up new words.
An interactive way for preschool children to learn about different geometric shapes and what they are called.
A simple sticker book to introduce little children to the concepts of time.
There are over 270 familiar words for children to spot and learn in this delightfully illustrated book. Each word is brought to life with a friendly illustration, and grouped into themes including 'Animals', 'At home', 'My body', 'Bedtime' and lots more.
This chunky board book follows the progress of a busy nursery class throughout the day. Ages 1+.
This book prepares girls for what to expect from puberty and offers advice on what they can do to cope with the emotional, psychological and physical changes and stay happy and confident as they go through their early teens. It covers all the topics that girls want to find out about, including moods and feelings, periods and how to survive them, what happens to boys, diet, eating disorders, exercise, body image, sex and relationships, contraception, sexual health, self-confidence, drink and drugs, exam stress, cyberbullying, and staying safe - both out and about and online. It guides young teenagers through this exciting and sometimes daunting stage as they start taking full responsibility for many aspects of their own lives for the first time.
With more than 100 stickers to play with, young car enthusiasts will have hours of fun adding all of the busy cars and drivers to finish the pictures in this colourful sticker book. The big, friendly stickers are easy for little hands to handle, and children can have fun adding stickers to the scenes in whatever combination they like to create the perfect picture. There are busy roads to fill with whizzing cars, fuel stations to stop at for petrol, a ferry to populate before it sets off and even a carwash to take the vehicles through - just wait for the green light!
An attractive first word book, with lots of familiar things to spot and talk about. Helps to build young children's vocabularly and the essential acquisition of language skills. Part of a great-value collection of essential books - which every child should have.
This is a wonderfully entertaining activity book for young vehicle enthusiasts, with over 300 stickers of wheels, cabs, carriages, tracks, trailers, animals and drivers that can be put together on the page to create attractive scenes. Large, colourful stickers, many interchangeable, provide a wealth of picture-making possibilities. Vehicles include trucks, trains and tractors of all different kinds, from old-fashioned steam trains to monster racing trucks.
With over 150 big stickers, this delightful sticker book offers little children the opportunity to dress boy and girl characters in the clothes and uniforms of various different jobs and professions. It features stickers for 15 costumes including a firefighter, astronaut, diver, scientist, hairdresser, artist, dancer, police officer, doctor, vet, chef, builder and racing drive. It is a fun way to find out about different jobs and what people need to wear to do them.
Helps young children create their own tractor pictures using the big, colourful stickers, specially designed for little fingers. This title includes stickers of wheels, lights, cabs, tracks, trailers and animals that offer children countless picture-making possibilities.
A charmingly illustrated first number book, perfect for introducing the very young to counting up to five. With vibrant colours and things to talk about and count on every page, providing a fun aid to counting and vocabulary building.
A charmingly illustrated first alphabet book for the very young. It includes a picture for each letter and carefully controlled vocabulary and phonically regular words. It features pictures that provide lots to talk about for pre-readers and will aid vocabulary building.
Introducing the concept of shapes to very young children, this book shows them how to identify squares, circles, triangles, rectangles and stars, as each of the scenes shows objects made of these shapes.
An illustrated picture word book featuring over 150 stickers that offers a fun way to encourage vocabulary building for children who are learning about the human body. It includes themes such as parts of your body, your head, your clothes, things you can do, your senses and things your body needs.
A set of 30 colourful flashcards perfect for helping children learn basic number skills, featuring mathematical symbols as well as numbers, and suggestions for how to use the cards. Charming and durable, these cards are perfect for using over and over again.
Children will love learning letters with this set of 30 charmingly illustrated flashcards. Includes a card for each letter of the alphabet, along with two full alphabet cards and suggestions for how to use the cards. Colourful and durable, these cards are perfect for using over and over again.
This is an illustrated introduction to an important and popular subject for the very young. It includes names for parts of the body, the senses, clothes, things we can do, and what our bodies need to stay healthy.
This is a new series for the very young, with large colourful stickers of wheels, vehicle parts and drivers that can be put together on the page to create big, chunky trucks and attractive scenes. Interchangeable stickers provide a wealth of picture-making possibilities. Themes and scenes include a motorway, a truck race, a building site, removal trucks, farm trucks and a fire truck.
This is a charmingly illustrated bedtime board book for babies and toddlers, that is perfect for sharing or for children to enjoy by themselves. Talking about the familiar scenes encourages vocabulary building and speech development. It includes scenes such as teatime, tidying away toys, bathtime and storytime, with labels to promote word recognition.
A fun way to familiarise young children with all the things they will need to know and be able to do when they start school. Following a typical day at school, children will enjoy using the stickers to help the characters in the book get dressed, pack bags, hang up coats, change for PE, and participate in art class, lunchtime, playtime, story time and home time. With over 100 stickers, this is sure to keep little children occupied for hours. WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking Hazard.
A fantastic new title with wipe-clean pages and a special pen, loaded with special activities to help children learn their first ABCs. This title includes each activity that is specially designed to help children learn to read and write either by themselves or with the help of a parent or carer. Activities include tracing the letters to help improve handwriting and doodling to complete the simple letter-themed scenes. It includes each brightly-illustrated page that is wipe-clean so that children can write on them with the special pen over and over again.
This is a fantastic new title with wipe-clean pages and a special pen, loaded with special activities to help children learn their first ABCs. This title includes each activity that is specially designed to help children learn to read and write either by themselves or with the help of a parent or carer. Activities include tracing the letters to help improve handwriting and doodling to complete the simple letter-themed scenes. Each brightly-illustrated page is wipe-clean so that children can write on them with the special pen over and over again.
This is a fantastic new title with wipe-clean pages and a special pen, loaded with special activities to help children learn their first numbers. This title includes each activity that is specially designed to help children learn to count, either by themselves or with the help of a parent or carer. Activities include tracing the numbers to help improve handwriting, doodling to complete the simple number-themed scenes and joining the dots to aid counting skills. It includes each brightly-illustrated page that is wipe-clean so that children can write on them with the special pen over and over again.
This is a fantastic new title with wipe-clean pages and a special pen, loaded with special activities to help children learn their first numbers. It includes each activity that is specially designed to help children learn to count, either by themselves or with the help of a parent or carer. Activities include tracing the numbers to help improve handwriting, doodling to complete the simple number-themed scenes and joining the dots to aid counting skills. It contains each brightly-illustrated page that is is wipe-clean so that children can write on them with the special pen over and over again.
This is a stylish and beautifully illustrated picture word book with flaps to lift to encourage counting skills and number recognition. Each themed page has plenty of flaps to lift with the number of objects or animals underneath. Flaps on the opposite page show the same number with an accompanying, delicately illustrated picture underneath. Themes include at the park, on the farm and in the garden.
It's nearly Christmas and Santa is on his way! Children will love this sound book with sparkly embossed pages to feel. The sound panel brings each scene to life with Santa's jolly laugh, his sleigh speeding through the sky, his boots crunching in the snow, the ticking of clocks and a rendition of Jingle Bells. Simple picture tabs allow children to find their favourite scenes quickly and easily.
Little children will love learning their first Christmas words as they enjoy each delightful festive scene. Scenes include decorating the tree, getting ready for Santa and Santa on the roof, all enchantingly illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet.
This is a stylish picture word book with flaps to lift to encourage word and picture association. Each themed page has plenty of flaps to lift with the word of an object or animal underneath. Smaller flaps at the bottom show the same word with an accompanying, delicately illustrated picture. The themes include the park, on the farm, at the seaside, noisy words and words at home.
This is a brand new set of flashcards for use at home or in the classroom. Flashcards are a great learning resource for young children, helping them master simple vocabulary. The cards can be used to play games, for self-testing, or simply be propped up around the house or classroom as useful reminders. The cards are durable and robust, to survive repeated use by little hands.
This lovely big board book is perfect for sharing with small children, who will love pressing the buttons to make the sounds you hear in the noisy prehistoric times. A perfect book for young dinosaur enthusiasts. The book comes with eight sounds, including a Tyrannosaurus Rex roaring, raptors hissing and a pterodactyl squawking. It is colorfully illustrated by Lee Wildish.
Full of action, adventure and suspense, these fast-moving stories bring the Greek myths to life in a way that is guaranteed to thrill and delight readers of all ages.
A sturdy board book to help young children learn their very first words in Irish. Features pictures of 100 familiar objects thematically arranged in favourite topics such as clothes, toys, food and parts of the body labelled in Irish to encourage word association. Illustrated with the handmade models of Jo Litchfield. Illustrations:Full colour throughout
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