You all know how passionate I am about books and the journey I’ve been on with my 7 year old son as he’s learned to read. It’s not been an easy journey and even now, my son is very much happier when he’s being read to, rather than having to put the effort in himself. But we’re getting there slowly but surely and over the holidays I’ve been encouraging reading with Bookabees and their subscription book service.
I know that my son’s reading has improved no end over the last year, and he’s far more receptive of chapter books than he was back in September. He also seems to have taken on my love of history, so I’ve been tapping into that interest lately, and using books to guide his thirst for knowledge.
Bookabees offer a tailor-made book subscription service applicable to babies right through to 11 year olds. You can select three different packages, based on the number of books you want to receive each month. It works a little like a postal library service, you get to keep the books for up to two months, then either return them in the packaging provided (postage included), or buy them for 50% of their RRP value. If you want to buy a brand new copy of a particular book you just make a note of it on the order form and your order will be placed with a 30% discount on the RRP.
When placing your order you select the relevant age and sex of the child, and a suggested list of books is provided. You can highlight books that have already been read, and make a note of books that your child doesn’t like too. You can manually select the books you want to receive each month which works for us, as we have so many, or let Bookabees surprise you with a different selection each month.
We opted for the Bigger book selection which offers 5 books per month. The first month is £5.49 and £10.99 thereafter. There’s no contract, so you can change your subscription plan at any time. I really liked the option to be able to pick and mix the books we would receive, tailored exactly to what I know my son would find of interest. He could get involved with the process too, which also helps encouraging reading with Bookabees.
I don’t know about your kids, but my son loves receiving post, so there was quite a lot of excitement when his personally addressed parcel arrived from Bookabees recently.
Not only did he receive the five books we’d selected, but he also received stickers, book marks, a door hanger and activity sheets, all part of the monthly subscription with Bookabees.
So which books did we select? Well I’m a big fan of Usborne books, so I knew the titles we’d selected would work for us now and in the next couple of years ahead. My son is learning all about boats this half term, so it seemed the perfect time to learn about Titanic in more detail. He’s been fascinated with The Great Fire of London for a year or two now, so now he can read up on this subject too, with this Series Two Early Reader.
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas is a story I know well, but is new for my son, it’s a Series Three Early Reader and a book we’ll read together for the time being. I’ve shared my love of all things Egyptian with him, since he was very small, so a book about Tutankhamun was always going to go down well with both of us. The classic tale of King Solomon’s Mines is going to be a hit too, I’m sure.
At the back of each book is a book card where children can leave their rating on the book once they’ve read it, which is a nice touch and something for future readers to add to.
I certainly like encouraging reading with Bookabees, and it was lovely to see my son get straight into the books as soon as he opened his parcel. Result.
We’ve certainly been impressed with the selection of books we’ve received and looking at the books for future months, I think they’d have gone down well too. The Bookabees service offers a different way to introduce children to a range of books. I’m pleased to be able to offer my readers a 3 month half price subscription offer with Bookabees for half price – use code over40blog.
disclosure: we were given one month’s free subscription in return for an honest review of the service.
I’ve teamed up with Bookabees to offer one reader the chance to win a 3 book subscription package for 3 months worth £22.47. Complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win. Good luck!
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