Last week we were gifted a children’s book box from a subscription box company called 'Bring a Book to Life' - and it was such a delight to receive that we want to shout about it from the rooftops!
Every month Bring a Book to Life produces a new reading for pleasure book box for each of three age groups: 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Each box contains the chosen book of the month for its age group and a selection of additional gifts that match the text. All of the goodies are in some way connected to the story - and part of the fun is reading the story to find out the links! The boxes also contain signed postcards and author letters.
Box themes change each month and previous themes have included the sea, magic, tigers and dragons. The box we received was an age 6-8 box from the tiger themed month. We were over the moon when we opened the box and saw all of the lovely contents, with ‘ooh’s and ‘aah’ from myself and my 7-year-old bookworm. This is the kind of gift that is an absolute dream for booklovers - but also one that is likely to hook in reluctant readers too, through the excitement and intrigue of the thoughtfully linked gifts and the carefully chosen quality texts.
Our box contained:
A paperback copy of Mr Tiger, Betsy and The Blue Moon by Sally Gardner
A signed postcard and letter from the author
A ‘cuddly’ tiger soft toy (promoted to a bedtime toy here - a role of upmost importance in our house!)
A red balloon
An ice cream eraser
Some stretchy frogs
5 moon balls
A hot chocolate sachet
Founder Kate Andrews, from a primary teaching background, explains “My children can read. But they didn't always LOVE reading. As a primary school teacher of 15 years I decided to try and find a tangible way in which to engage my children in books. This came about by providing small trinkets and facts to compliment books that we were reading together. I realised that this method captivated their interest and immersed them more deeply in the stories. As they got older and were reading independently I carried this idea forward by leaving small items on their beds that were linked with the themes their books were offering. Having recently left education it occurred to me that other families may enjoy this concept too and so my business, 'Bring A Book To Life' was born.”
Another great feature of these boxes is that you do not have to subscribe to every month but you can also purchase on a pay-as-you-go basis, which gives smaller budgets the option of choosing the most appealing themes as occasional gifts or dipping into the other age groups sometimes too.
The enjoyment of this month’s box is likely to last a while in our house - as the toys and gifts will no doubt remind the children of the story and the well-chosen book may well be re-read over time. I’d highly recommend these lovely book boxes and I’m sure I’ll be back to buy gifts from this company in the future.
To find out more, visit https://www.bringabooktolife.com or follow @bringabooktolife on Instagram or @BringBook on Twitter.
Many thanks to Bring a Book to Life for our gifted box.
Where next? > Visit our Reading for Pleasure Hub
> Browse our Topic Booklists
> View our printable year group booklists.
> See our Books of the Month.