Up until a few weeks ago I was a school librarian so as you can well imagine books are my thing! When Bookabees got in touch I was thrilled. Bookabees are a subscription book company and I just love what they do. Every month your child has a new box of books delivered, it’s handpicked for them so it’s a great way of engaging them and encouraging them to read.. You then hold onto the books for up to 2 months and either return them or purchase them for a 50% discount. It’s like a subscription box book shop and library all mashed into one. I love it!
Bookabees gave me the opportunity to try their service. It is easy to set up an account and then you can go ahead and choose your box. You have a choice of 1 book, 3 books or 5 books. I went for the 5 books option as Little Man loves books. Bookabees then ask you a little bit about your child; name, age and gender to help them to personalise your box.
And then to help a little more they give you some example titles and you can say if you have already read it or if it’s a big no no for example. They then start to build up your book list. You get shown what books will be coming in your box and the next few boxes after that. You can move them around if you fancy one of them coming a bit quicker for example. There is also a function to be able to look through Bookabees whole catalogue and put things into your queue so you know at some point you will receive that book. You can keep going back onto your account to move things around or add things to your queue. I found the website super easy to use and couldn’t wait to surprise Little Man with the box of books when they arrived.
I had an email on the day that the books were arriving and when they did arrive they were packaged up in a really lovely way. Not only were there the books but also a fact sheet all about Bookabees, an activity to do (in our box it was a crown making activity), a door hanger, a bookmark and some stickers.
Little Man thought the box was super exciting and got stuck into the books straight away. I let Bookabees handpick the books for Little Man based on the information I had given them to see what their selection was like and we were not disappointed. We had two non fiction books about sea animals and transport which have been a huge hit with him. We then had three fiction titles. One longer book about monsters, a short stories dinosaur book and a picture book called Bob & Rob which is by far Little Man’s favourite.
We were really happy with our selection of books and they were in great condition too. At a 50% discount to buy them I would definitely do that. However, I really think that what makes Bookabees great; you can send them back if your child wasn’t very keen and then try some others. It is a great way to determine what sort of books your child likes to read without the cost of buying something which gets read once and then sits on a bookshelf never being looked at. They are all about matching the right book to the right child and with my librarian background I really do agree with them. A child can easily say they don’t like reading but it is often more about the fact that they haven’t found the right book for them. They haven’t found the book that ignites their passion for reading and it is such an important passion to have.
So as you can see, I loved Bookabees and I would hugely recommend them especially for value for money. Their box subscription prices range from £4.99-£10.99 a month and as I mentioned before if you decide to keep the books then you are only charged 50% of the price. You can also cancel your subscription any time you like; you are not tied in.
If you would like to try Bookabees for yourself they have very kindly offered my reader two months at half price which is a bargain! Just enter the code TRAINING10 at the checkout.
I was sent a month month subscription in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.