Monday, September 13, 2010

Harvest time reads

Fall Reads -

Fall is my favorite season and I can not wait any longer to post some great fall reads. We have a tradition of apple picking each fall and are currently busy trying to figure out when we can go this year. We go on seasonal picks through out the year and both kids love visiting these u-pick farms. I love Usborne's Stephen Cartwright's Farm Yard Tales series this time of year with all the adventures on Apple Tree Farm. I also love theme reading and Usborne has lots of selection to choose from to pair with learning all about life on a farm. I hope you enjoy these selections.

Reads about the farm-

Top Row: What's Happening on the Farm?, by Heather Amery, Illustrated by Stephen Cartwright. An educational activity book with questions to ask your little one, things to count, what's out of place and of course Cartwright's little yellow duck to spot on each page. Also in this series What's Happening at the Zoo.

Farm Animals Lift and Look, by Jessica Greenwell is part of a collection of other lift the flap series. Who's hiding, who's in the barn, who's in the field, just lift the flap and see. Another title in this series that goes with this theme nicely is Tractors Lift and Look.

Flip Flap Farm, takes readers along as you discover what happens at the farm throughout the year. Comes with lots of lift the flaps for busy fingers and curious minds to explore.

Middle Row: On the Farm, by Anna Milbourne. Yes, even more selections from the picture book series. I've listed more of the available titles in this previous post. Spend a day on the farm and learn all about what goes on.

The Complete Book of Farm Yard Tales, by Stephen Cartwright. You can buy these tales in individual books or get all 20 of them in this one book. Stephen Cartwright is probably the most well known author and illustrator of the Usborne books. Children will love these charming stories of life at Apple Tree Farm as they follow along the many adventures of Poppy and Sam and all the barnyard animals. Don't forget Cartwrigh's signature find the duck hidden on each page to spot.

A Garden for Pig, by Kathryn Thurman. From the good old USA comes the story of Pig who lives on an apple farm and while he likes apples he's tired of eating them all day and longs for some variety.

Bottom Row: Wind -Up Tractor Book, by Heather Amery. This picture book comes with a wind up tractor that travels around the tracks found in the book itself. Its a fun, interactive read to share with your child.

Farm Magnet Book, by Anna Civardi. Even more interactive adventure reading from Apple Tree Farm with this magnetic book that comes with reusable magnet pieces that your child can move around the pages. They can help feed the animals, collect eggs, drive the big red tractor and more!

Stencil Book, by Gillian Doherty and Jenny Tyler. One shown above is of all the fun characters and animals you will be reading up in the Farm Yard Tales series. There is also a Tractor and Trucks stencil book available amont others. Great complimentary activity selection for pairing up with all your on the farm reads.

Due to number of selections covered, I opted not to include other titles available in the various series. Series usually have several different topics and books in them. As always if you would like to order any of these books or have any questions regarding Usborne books and Kane Miller please contact me.


  1. Hi Michelle! Good for you for introducing your blog friends to Usborne. I am retiring from my UBAM business after 4.5 years; just ready for something else.

    Great books and great company!

  2. These sound like wonderful books!

    Thanks for joining in on Mingle Monday. Have a great week.

  3. Those look like great books! Farm books were always very popular at our house – especially since my parents have a farm. I like the idea of theme reading also. Maybe that’s part of the reason we loved unit studies so much!

  4. Those all look like such sweet and fun books!

  5. I love the Fall too! Looks like some good books.

    I just found your blog from one of the Wednesday blog hops. Have a great night!