Friday, June 22, 2018

Books, Books, Baby!


 The following post was originally written 4 years ago for Summer 2014 Campaign.  It's worth repeating. 


I am excited to include information about Usborne Books & More, courtesy of Samantha Boyd
Teacher and Usborne Books & More Consultant! 

Hope you enjoy your Summer of Reading!

(Sometimes I took my baby to work with me and kept her entertained with lots of books while she had tummy time. 
 This is my baby now reading to a family friend.)

Copyright 2018 World of Writer Mom

Happy Baby! Happy Summer!
 Happy Reading!

By: M.B.Varville-Rodriguez

Samantha Boyd, Usborne Books & More Independent Consultant

I am so happy to know that several of my facebook friends have recently given birth to new babies to cuddle, love, nurture, and share family traditions. Some are experienced teachers and others come from families where books were a part of their lives.  But even if you were not exposed to literature as a child, you have a perfect opportunity to introduce this wonderful tradition to your babies! 

Books encourage a love for words.  Literature facilitates how we learn new concepts, increases vocabulary, and  exposes us to differing viewpoints.  As a child, reading allowed me to fantasize about travel, relationships, and my future adventures.  I learned about different cultures and value systems outside of my circle of knowledge.  Books helped me grow and explore.

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Samantha recently attended an 
Usborne Books & More Conference! 
Ask her about the amazing opportunities available for
 Usborne Consultants including TRAVEL and other fabulous ADVENTURES!

I have fond memories of story times. My parents took turns reading an assortment of Golden Books, Classical Treasures, and an assortment of short stories and poems from the Children's World Book Encyclopedias.  Summer Times were glorious opportunities to check out a tower of books from the library.  I looked forward to my dad's weekly library visits with me and my five siblings.

I devoured all genres and pushed myself to see how many pages I could turn over each day before I had no choice but to close my eyes from exhaustion.  Summer Times were my personal challenge and I could easily deplete my selections for the week in record time.  I took my books in the car, to the park, and while I sat outside basking in the warmth of the Virginia Beach sun.

Books hold a special place in my heart, so naturally I decided to include my favorite activity in an effort to share this love.  I signed on to be a Partner for "Read Aloud 15 Minutes" because I believe this campaign has value. 

I remember taking my daughter to work with me when she was four months old and I had some office work to accomplish.  I placed a blanket on the floor near my desk and placed her on her tummy with books fanned out around her.  She loved looking at the books as she practiced lifting her head.  Her smiles and coos indicated that she was captivated by the illustrations.  That was her introduction to books in addition to her nightly story time.  My Administrative Assistant walked in and remarked, "Gee, you're starting early with her."

Try out a few hard back books from Usborne Books & More to get you started with your baby's "tummy time" on a blanket.  When baby gets fussy, try turning the pages or rearranging the books.  You can add a few soft toys for reaching too.  When you notice baby getting tired or looking away, then it's time to pack up until next time.

Summer Time is a great time to add books to your baby bag, backpack, or picnic basket.  Books are pretty portable.  Take a couple to baby's doctor's appointments, church, grocery store, or car ride.  Don't be surprise if baby falls asleep with her/his favorite book while seated in baby bouncy chair or car seat.  It can be relaxing!


Check out Samantha Boyd's VIP page!

"Welcome to Smitten with Reading, my VIP page for Usborne Books & More! Be sure to interact on the page for prizes, literacy tips, and new book information! Check out the Birthday Club album under photos. Find the month of your child's birthday & comment with the date and his/her name. You'll get a special deal during his/her birthday month!" ~ Samantha Boyd
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A Note from World of Writer Mom

Samantha is an amazing advocate for reading and one of the best resources for finding just the right book for your child!  I purchased Usborne Books & More workbooks for my son this year that we used for home schooling.  There are so many selections for all ages!  Samantha hosts fabulous book parties and her enthusiasm is incredibly contagious.  She is the perfect consultant to partner with if you are interested in becoming an Usborne Books & More team member.  With so many exciting adventures planned for the coming year, you won't want to miss being a part of this adventure.   Contact her today to arrange a Summer of 2018 Book Party!

 Wishing all of you a week of adventures, solutions to your challenges, answers to your prayers, and

Copyright 2018 World of Writer Mom

Kindest Wishes,


  1. Oh gosh, I love reading, and I really hope my nieces and nephew will love it too. The girls definitely love books (the oldest can actually read) so *fingers crossed* it sticks as they grow. :)


    1. Hi Lauren! Reading has been such an integral part of my life too. I love hearing about the types of books my nieces and nephews enjoy reading. I know my children read, but sometimes I wish they were still at the age when they talked to me more about the kind of books they enjoy. Thanks for your comments.

  2. Our little boy LOVES books. We read all day long and I hope that stays with him forever!


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