Party with Usborne Books– Earn free books as a Hostess
I loved books as a child and my mom still has many of them in the garage ready to pass on to the next generation. Now that I have my own little one, I love the quiet moments when she snuggles up on my lap to read. We have been doing this since the first couple months of her life. The books we enjoy together have gotten a little longer, and I don’t have to worry about her trying to eat the pages anymore. But, the truth is books are expensive – hence why my mom saved many of the unique and special ones for her future grandchildren. Enter the party with Usborne Books. As I wrote about in my previous article interviewing an Usborne consultant here; Usborne Books was founded in 1973 by Peter Usborne the company has made its mission to, “deliver educational excellence one book at a time. Provide economic opportunity while fostering strong family values. And touch the lives of children for a lifetime.”1 Similar to the Tupperware parties your mom used to host, you can host a party with Usborne Books.
Why host a party
Reading with your child from an early age has been proven to have great benefits for their future literacy skills and overall learning. Here are just a few statistics:
Children growing up in homes with at least 20 books get 3 more years of schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents’ education, occupation, and class. Evans, M. D., Kelley, J., Sikora, J., & Treiman, D. J. (2010). Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 28(2), 171-197.
By the age of 2, children who are read to regularly display greater language comprehension, larger vocabularies, and higher cognitive skills than their peers. Raikes, H., Pan, B.A., Luze, G.J., Tamis-LeMonda, C.S.,Brooks-Gunn, J., Constantine, J., Tarullo, L.B., Raikes, H.A., Rodriguez, E. (2006). “Mother-child bookreading in low-income families: Correlates and outcomes during the first three years of life.” Child Development, 77(4).
Children who were read to at least three times a week by a family member were almost twice as likely to score in the top 25% in reading compared to children who were read to less than 3 times a week. Denton, Kristen and Gerry West, Children’s Reading and Mathematics Achievement in Kindergarten and First Grade (PDF file), U.S. Department of Education, NCES, Washington, DC, 2002.
By hosting a party with Usborne Books you can share the gift of literacy with your friends and family. Trust me they’ll thank you, especially if they have never experienced Usborne Books. Their books are very engaging, high quality, and they have a great variety for all readers and interests. Hosting also has its perks, check out this chart on how you benefit from hosting a party!
For more wonderful reasons and tips to engage your child in reading early click here.
How to get started
You may already know someone who is a consultant, or you can ask around by posting to your social media network. You can also find an Usborne consultant here.
After you’ve contacted a consultant and set a date and time for your party, next it’s time to invite your guests. Send a personal invite message to family and friends on Facebook or give them a heads up by text to see if they want to be added to the party. The party itself will run on Facebook, but if they don’t have an account they can create one or simply just shop themselves through your personal shopping link. Everything is virtual so your consultant and attendees don’t have to be nearby! It was great to invite family and friends from other states. If you are having trouble thinking of who to invite ask your consultant for tips.
You can choose a theme for your party too; like the season, new releases, or Disney! This just makes it a little more personal to you, but you will still see books for all ages. In the pre-party guests can also comment in with books they would like to see to customize the party to their child’s interests.
Before the party
Your consultant will create a private Facebook group for your party. As you hear back from your guests, add them to the party. If you have friends that don’t have a Facebook account remember you can still invite them. They can create an account to join the party or just shop through your personal link on their own.
Your consultant will share a series of interactive posts where your guests can win entries into the prize drawing at the end of the party. You can be as involved with the pre-party posts as you want. It’s always more fun if you, as the hostess, participate along with your guests. You and your guests will also be encouraged to share your child’s age and interests so you can get custom recommendations from your consultant.
During the party
Your consultant will post a few party reminders including one to open the party. They will then start a video on Facebook Live for the private group page. All your guests have to do is be signed in to Facebook and go to the party group page to watch. They can even write in their comments as the party goes along. Your consultant will share books live that fit the interests of your guests. They will also share a few new releases and books for all ages. Your consultant is busy with the Facebook Live, so it’s helpful to interact with your guests through the chat.
During the live video, there will also be scheduled posts being shared to the group page. Interacting with these posts is another way your guests can earn entries to the prize drawing when the party closes. I found it helpful to encourage my guests to open two windows, so they could have the live video open in one and see the page with the party posts in another. If that is too much multi-tasking, let your guests know they can always go back to the posts after the party to comment. Your consultant will keep the party open for a few days to allow guests to make their orders.
After the party
The hard part will be making decisions about what to order from your wish list! Your consultant will keep the party open a few days to give guests a chance to place their orders. Then in a second Facebook Live hold the raffle for the prize drawing winners. When all your guests that plan to place an order have you will found out how much you have earned in FREE books. If you have guests who missed the party they can comment on all the posts and watch the Facebook Live videos later, so nobody has to miss out.
You also will get a certain amount of books you can purchase at half price! It really is an amazing deal as so many of Usborne Books are priced around $10-$15 you stand to earn a lot of books. For my party I contacted about 10 friends and family, I posted on my personal Facebook page, and texted a few friends without Facebook. I ended up with 5 guests, including one invited by one of my friends. They all loved the books and I ended up earning $130 in FREE books! I was pleasantly surprised by what a success it was. All that was left to do was send my order list to my consultant, pay for any half price books, and pay for shipping which at $2 plus 8% of your order is very reasonable. Don’t wait and schedule your party with Usborne Books today. I know you’ll enjoy it and so will your friends.