I am sharing the best educational books from Usborne for a Christian homeschool because as a Christian homeschool mom, I want to be sure my kids are reading content that is edifying to our faith. I do not want to blindly hand them media content (books, movies, etc.) just because “everyone else” says they are awesome.
Usborne Books & More is a secular company, so their books are not meant to be “Christian”. However, there are educational books from Usborne that can be used successfully in a Christian homeschool without compromising Christian values.
At first, I was kind of turned off by the secular tone in a lot of the Usborne books, but their nonfiction selection is still worth checking out. I have been using a few in our homeschool and though some touch on non-Christian beliefs, they are still great resources.
Resources For A Christian Homeschool
The Usborne Geography Encyclopedia: With Complete World AtlasUsborne CHILDREN’S ENCYCLOPEDIA New Edition SoftCover w QR & Internet LinksThe Usborne Encyclopedia of World HistoryTapestry of Grace Year One Complete Set (Year 1: The History of Redemption)Christian Family Homeschooling Curriculum: Delight Directed Learning Guide For Ages 7 to 17 The Christian Home School
Before I became an Usborne Books & More Consultant, I was often picking up educational books from Costco for my kids. I wasn’t even paying attention to the brand, just the quality.
After a few years of doing this, I realized that they were Usborne Books and that I’d save myself some money if I became a consultant. So, in 2013, I signed up.
I have been thankful for their nonfiction books, especially the encyclopedias and activity books. They are perfect for STEAM studies and pair well with our Tapestry of Grace history curriculum (Usborne history books are on the book list for ToG).
By the way, these also make awesome gifts. (Grandparents, take note! hehe)
The Best Educational Books From Usborne For A Christian Homeschool
Upper Elementary Books
Most of the Bear Grylls books are pretty good. There are activity books, survival books, and fiction books about surviving that we own and the children enjoy!
Lift The Flap Computers & Coding (Great for Lower Elementary, too!)
Coding For Beginners Using Scratch (Scratch is a free online program that my kids love)
Lower Elementary Books
Toddler & Preschool Books
We also use their learning wrap-ups for math and their activity books for art/creative time (the doodly/activity books are some of our favorite and work great for preschool). You can see all of their educational activity products HERE.
Full Disclaimer Here: I personally do not recommend their fiction series meant for elementary grades or older since they include topics that I am not comfortable with (I only briefly flipped through some of their fiction series and read the summaries, so I can’t claim to know everything about every book). Also, I do not use their art/artist study books, since some have inappropriate images in them.
I highly recommend that you look through the books (even the encyclopedias, etc.) with a black marker in hand to draw more modest clothing on some of the unclothed depictions before giving them to your children. You might not have the same concerns as I do, but better safe than sorry.
Even some of the “silly” toddler books are a little TOO silly for my liking (Everyone Poops was NOT my cup of tea). However, the toddler board books are of very high quality and most are a great teaching tool for preschool ages. The “That’s Not My…” series of board books has been a favorite with my kids since my oldest two were babies.
Some of the books on my book list above do touch on some non-Christian subject matter as well (old-earth, evolution, cultural, and/or other religious beliefs, etc.). The fact that I am intentionally using these as teaching tools, helps me to be prepared and have meaningful conversations with my children.