I don’t know about you but books are quite a big part of our lives. From when the girls were babies we read to them every night. Even though their favourite thing to do was to grab the book out of our hands and start to suck on it. Over the years we have made what feels like a trillion visits to the library. But more often than not because of time restrictions we have missed a few return dates!
Just before Christmas the lovely people from Bookabees got in contact and asked if we would like to review their monthly subscription book service. Bookabees’ mission is to make it easier for busy mums to help encourage our children to see the fun in reading within the comfort of our own home.
Bookabees is a completely unique service that brings more books into children’s hands to create a magical and educational experience. Neatly packaged in a personalised box, one, three or five books can be chosen and dispatched to your home each month for our children to read and enjoy. Subscriptions start at £4.99 for 3 books and up to £10.99 for five books a month.
After two months, we pop the books back in their box to return for other children to enjoy. But if you enjoyed them you can keep your favourite books forever at a 50% discounted retail price. If you want to return them you can write your name on the card on the back with a review. This is so the next child who receives the book can see who has had it. Children between 0-11 can benefit from a selection of handpicked books. They are specially curated from 1,000s of titles to best cater for age, gender and personal interest. Along with this, bespoke games and crafts are included to keep things creative and bring the fun back into reading.
I choose to get a pack for my 6 year old. We sat down together and perused the long list of books that were available on the Bookabees website. Between us we selected three books. We could also choose books we would like to receive in future packages. These could be changed before we received the next box. The website was easy to use and after entering some details, date of birth of child etc., age appropriate books were made available for selection.
All the way through the process we were kept informed about when we would receive our books via email. And when the package arrived I didn’t even get a look in, little one was off ripping open the packing discovering the hidden delights. The arts and crafts went down a treat, before I knew it things were being cut out, coloured in and stuck to the walls. We also enjoyed spending many a bedtime reading the books. So much so, we have chosen to keep one of them.
Returning the other two was easy. Everything is explained well on the box and after leaving our mark in the back of the other two books we sent them off on their next journey entertaining other little ones.
Would I use a monthly subscription like this again? I’m not sure. It was fun, and the arts and crafts included is a lovely touch. I just feel little one missed out on visiting the library, even if we struggled to get there, and touching and reading some other books before selecting what she wanted to bring home. I do like the idea of this though. It is certainly a time saver and something you can do together. A monthly subscription or two would make for a good present to a young, or keen reader in the family.
If you would like to give this book subscription a go then make sure you use my exclusive discount code ORGANISED50. This will get you a 2 month subscription for half price.