This post was written in collaboration with Kids Book Club
It’s no secret that I’m passionate about kids and reading! And I was a big fan of the Kids Book Club a few years ago when they first started up – I’m all for getting kids excited about reading, especially when the books are sent straight to your door, removing the inconvenience of having to go to the shops (I’m becoming more and more allergic;). The other thing about choosing books is that it’s hard to know what’s right in terms of age range and reading ability (and I spent years working in book publishing, so I should know a tiny bit more than most!).
So the Kids Book Club is awesome in that regard, as they recommend reads for your kids in different age categories, from tiny toddlers up to 13 years, plus you also get discounts if you have more than 1 child. I also really LOVE their new look – the illustrations are just beautiful, and are all done by a talented Durban designer (how cute is that hedgehog, and those foxes?!).
There are a variety of monthly “subscription” options to choose from, depending on what your kids like: whether it’s picture books, activity/educational books or collectable story books. I love this, as all kids like reading different things, so it’s great that you can customise the books they receive. You also get all sorts of other goodies in your pack, which felt a bit like Christmas when Ben unwrapped his a while ago!
The subscription rolls over from month to month, but you can cancel any time (but you probably won’t). Each monthly bag gives you activity packs with crayons, a craft bag that you can colour in and then reuse, and then we also received this very cute little collector’s mountain (I mean!) that stands up all 3D-like. You then get sent a new accessory to colour in and hang on your mountain every month – which is totally the kind of thing I used to love as a kid myself.
Ben especially loved his matching book from the pack we were sent to review, and it’s kept him busy for many hours while we are doing Grade 2 homework with my eldest (he gets out his ‘homework’ too). And then I love the illustrations in the “Messy Book” – we’re about to read it together tonight before bed. There are also titles available from all the well known authors we know and love, from Dr Seuss to Roald Dahl and more.
Belonging to the KidsBookClub.co.za costs from R159 p.m upwards, all depending on which option you go for – and with the prices of books these days, you’re getting good value out of the goodies you receive (all the retail prices and savings are on their website). Kids Book Club can buy books in bulk, which is why they can offer books at better prices than if you were to wander into a retailer and pick up the same thing yourself.
If you’re wanting to encourage a love of reading among your own kids, as a parent, aunty, grandfather or friend – this is a really great gift. And if you already have any of the books you receive, you can simply regift to some other lucky people as birthday pressies.
Thanks for the awesome books Kids Book Club, and for encouraging a love of reading in the service you’re providing.
P.S. I was sent one month’s bag of books in order to review the service.