Hey, welcome to my site for the love of all things Usborne!

I am an Independent Consultant for Usborne Books & More. I joined at the very first party I ever attended. I had a HUGE wishlist, and truly wanted just about every book in the catalog and joined just for the discount! I love these books even more than I thought I would.

I started this blog because the books are gorgeous, and fantastic, but without being able to see and touch the books, it’s hard to appreciate them. This blog is to share a peek inside view of Usborne Books & More titles.

Why “Surprise” Usborne Books?

You might be wondering, why the name Surprise is in my domain? I love getting surprises in the mail, there’s nothing quite as fun as being surprised with a letter, a box, an invite, or anything that comes in the mail.

I also love giving back! At the beginning of each month, I tally up all the orders (5 entries each) from the previous month and all registered customers on my e-commerce site (1 entry each) and randomly select one person to receive a FREE surprise in the mail! You won’t know it’s coming but watch your mailbox because it just might be you. It’s just my way of saying thanks to my customers!

About Me & My Crew

If we haven’t met yet, let me introduce me and my family.

My name is Janel and I have been married to my sweetheart for 10 years. We met on a cruise! (True story!)

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We have 5 beautiful boys ages 9 to 1 including our sweet little Eric who is watching over us from heaven.

We have lived in Phoenix, Arizona for 10 years and enjoy bragging about the awesome weather all fall through spring.

We love to play games, hike, ride roller coasters, watch movies, and travel the world. We’ve taken two long summer road trips across the 11 western US states including stops at Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, and Four Corners (to name a few). We’re hoping to make our next cross-country trip to make it to the east coast and back.

My kids love to read!

All of my boys love to read (including my youngest who’s just a year). I contribute their love of reading to a few things, that make all the difference in raising readers:

1. They see me read. I don’t hide out or only read late at night, I love getting lost in a good book, when I can make time for one, and while I don’t read daily my boys still know I love to read. Whether that’s a young adult novel (my favorites!) or just a bedtime story to my crew.

2. Keeping lots of books around the home. I have an overflowing bookshelf, and books take up a good portion of our space. With all these books around, they are regularly looked through and my kids know that books and reading are both important.

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3. Awesome books that make reading fun! I love when my kids pick up a book for a school assignment on reading and hours later I find them still reading that same book. Most of the time, my boys won’t put down a book until they have to or until they’ve read it all the way through. When you have books that are engaging your children in reading, they will WANT to read!

With this love of books, I was thrilled to become an Usborne consultant and even more ecstatic to be able to share a love of books and reading with all those who I get the opportunity to connect with through this business. Let me help your family learn to love reading (or if you’re already there, I’ll help you find the BEST books around!)