For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to read. Whether it’s a trashy novel or the latest crime thriller, there’s nothing more relaxing for me than snuggling in a corner and immersing myself in a new world. It’s that little bit of escapism I need after a long day. That passion for reading is something I’m keen to pass on to my boy, it’s important to me that he shares that love of books and so far, it seems to be working. He’s obsessed. We’re constantly on the look out for new stories because the minute we get to the end of a book, he wants to start it over again. So trust me, changing books frequently is key to sanity. That’s where The Happy Book Club comes in…
The Happy Book Club
The Happy Book Club is a children’s book subscription service set up by two teachers, Matt and Adele, following the birth of their daughter. They wanted to create a culture where books are both cool and a critical part of family life. Like us, reading as a family, is the best part of their day. With that in mind, they decided to set up The Happy Book Club. Each month, a fresh package pops through your letterbox based around a theme and including two carefully selected books and an activities sheet. If you fancy knowing a little more in advance what’s coming, just select one of the one off packages; bedtime or dinosaur themed!
At the start of June, a healthy thud on the doormat told me that our subscription had arrived. Inside the outer packaging was a beautifully wrapped brown paper parcel tied with string; something which gave us almost as much entertainment as what was inside! With a little careful supervision, we eventually managed to get past the allure of wrapping paper and check out our package.
The theme for this month has been discovery and as part of that we’ve received two books; Immi by Karen Littlewood and The Something by Rebecca Cobb. Neither of the books were ones we’d heard of before which was great and we’ve got a couple multiples of the ‘classic’ children’s books already. Our activities sheet came complete with a magnifying glass for exploring creepy crawlies in the garden as well as some top tips for other ways to get our little one discovering new senses, textures and experiences (including Geocaching which I really want to try!).
Would We Buy It?
I actually really enjoyed both of the books. They’re a little old for our son at 13 months but we spent a lot of time pointing out bits in the illustrations which are big and plentiful. Both tales were about holes in some form and what happened down them; Immi covers the tale of a girl fishing through the ice and The Something is about a boy who loses his ball down a hole in the garden. They’re both things I think would capture a slightly older child’s imagination well and aren’t books that we would have otherwise picked.
Packages from The Happy Book Club start at £15.99 for a one off purchase and go up to £159.99 for a twelve month subscription. On their own, these two books would cost £19 so there is a significant saving, especially when you consider free delivery, the activities sheet and the magnifying glass. That said, I do still think it’s a little on the expensive side for most people to have monthly. In my opinion, it’s a perfect gift purchase. I love subscription gifts because they keep going after your birthday/christmas/christening and a three month package at £44.95 fits the bill nicely!
Overall, it’s a great concept and one I hope sticks around for a long time. I couldn’t agree more with The Happy Book Club; books are a critical part of growing up. Oh and of course they’re cool too!
To find out more about The Happy Book Club and the packages they offer, visit their website.