How to foster a love of reading

I have always wanted to foster a love of reading in the boys. We started reading to Monkey at a very young age and it is now firmly part of our bedtime routine. The only thing that differs is whether he can get two or three books out of us. It provides the perfect bonding time between parent an child, it also allows us to relive some of the classic stories we were told ourselves as kids. It will not be long now until we start to move onto chapter books with him as he is now reading independently. I am totally amazed by how quickly he has learnt to read since starting school in September, progressing through the reading colours.

How to foster a love of reading

I am sure some of this is to do with the things we have done at home to encourage reading and a love of books where ever possible.

  • Book Nook – we had a little area in our playroom set up with books which he could access easily. This has now been moved into his bedroom. We have done the same with Kipper who at the moment just likes to pull them of the shelf and try to open them. It doesnt need to be fancy. A little corner somewhere free from techology to allow some quiet time.
  • Boxes of Books – I also have a little wicker storage basket which I put a variety of books in, and rotate them this is always around so that they are accessible whenever the need takes them
  • Story Sacks – I have made a few in my time, not all of them have made it onto here but Monkeys favourites have been The Room on Broom, Gruafflo, Going on a Bear Hunt. A story sack will include all sorts of activities linked to the book in question. If you don’t have time to make your own then check out your local toy library as they normally have some you can borrow.
  • Provide Story Props – for favourite stories so that we can act out the stories in our own words. These tend to take on lives of their own and not resemble the original story but we have loads of fun and telling your own stories is the first step in learning to read
  • Link Play and Sensory Activities – to books and themes which use to help Monkey associate things with the story or books we were reading at the time
  • Visiting the Library – Monkey loves to check out books and I am eternally grateful for the fact that there are no late return charges on kids books!

How to foster a love of reading

I intend on doing all these things with Kipper as well. However now back at work with two children and all the that entails I do not have as much time to spend on invitations to play and sourcing exciting reading material. So when the Baby Book Club got in contact and asked if I would like to try out their new concept I of course said yes. The thing I really liked about it was that each month we would receive three books all tied to a theme. Which means I don’t need to think up a theme myself and then find books to match. I hardly ever get time to look around book shops, which use to be a guilty pleasure of mine while on maternity leave. But with Baby Book Club I don’t need to.

Baby Book Club send out their packages on the 30th of each month although you can sign up at any point. I received a lovely welcome note explaining when to expect my first delivery. The books arrived packaged in a large white box and covered in tissue paper to match the company’s branding. Its the attention to detail that makes all the difference with a service like this. The theme for March was Under The Sea.

How to foster a love of reading

The three books we received were:

  • In The Ocean – which is a Really Decent Flip Flap Book – made with chunky flap pages, with bright illustrations any rhyming text. It is a fun introduction to ocean animals that will aid imagination and development. The pages are cut in half to allow Kipper to mix and match the six sea creatures.
  • Gilbert The Great – from the time Gilbert the Great White Shark was a tiny pup Ray,on Remora was stuck to him like glue. But then one day, Gilbert wakes up to fond that Raymond has gone… This touching tale about love and loss will warm the hearts of adults and children alike. We love this book and such an important life lesson.
  • Bright Stanley and the Cave Monster – Stanley and his friends are exploring a mysterious cave. Its such fun! But then they see lots of strange shadows….Oh no! It must be a cave monster. The illustrations in this book are beautiful and again I really like the morale of the story.

The books have inspired me to get out the Sensory Underwater Play Mat which I made for Monkey some time ago and I have even put together an Underwater Treasure Basket for Kipper. Baby Book Club is a great idea and would make the prefect present for a grandchild or close friend after all giving the gift of reading to a child is so special.

There are three price plans to choose from, so the chances are you will find something to suit your budget. A three month subscription costs just £30 (9 books), bearing in mind the books which we received in our first month had a RRP of £26 thats fantastic value. There is also a six month at £60 and twelve months at £120. No matter which option you choose its only just over £3 a book. I would totally recommend this service to all new parents and intend on buying some as gifts.

Baby Book Club have very kindly given me a to giveaway to my readers. For a chance to win please enter via the Gleam application below and note the Ts&Cs

Enter Competition

  • Competition is open to residents of UK aged 18 or over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random and receive a three month subscription to Baby Book Club
  • The competition will close on 19th May at 11.59pm, the winner will be notified through Twitter
  • The Winner will be asked to provide an email address and full postal address

I have some other giveaways running at the moment so please check them out in the Blog Giveaways Page . Good Luck! Signature

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We were given a months subscription from Baby Book Club for the purpose of this review all opinions are my own



  1. Margaret gallagher
    April 19, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Perfect to encourage a love of reading to last a lifetime

  2. Ursula Hunt
    April 20, 2017 / 8:35 am

    So important to encourage children to read and look at books from such an early age

  3. melanie stirling
    April 20, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    I love this idea,books are so important. I can’t tweet the comp. tweet,it says it’s 90 characters too many.

  4. Lorna Ledger
    April 20, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    what a sweet lovely giveaway, babies would really engage with this and it’s a lovely bonding thing to do x

  5. Ruth Harwood
    April 21, 2017 / 11:48 am

    fantastic prize! my little one would love it xx

  6. Lynn Neal
    April 21, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    What a great present to give!

  7. Harline Parkin
    April 22, 2017 / 4:07 am

    Would be great for my grandson

  8. April 22, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Such a lovely prize! I read to my 6 month old everyday and have done since he was born, he smiles every time i get a book out! this would be lovely

  9. jo liddement
    April 22, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Great idea to encourage children to sart reading early and have a love of books. The tweet button on the giveaway won’t let me tweet.It says there are 67 words to many!

    April 25, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    This is great especially to show children from a young age how much joy you can receive from reading a book.

  11. jodie beaumont
    May 5, 2017 / 8:10 am

    great idea and such good value too

  12. LondonREC
    May 6, 2017 / 11:27 am

    What a great idea – would love this for our little one!

  13. Karen Barrett
    May 8, 2017 / 10:15 am

    Great prize, thank you

  14. Emma Louise Elliott
    May 8, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    I would love to win this for my daughter who already loves books xxx

  15. Solange
    May 9, 2017 / 2:41 am

    What a great idea.

  16. Keri Jones
    May 9, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    I think this is a brilliant idea, would love to win for my son xx

  17. May 10, 2017 / 5:41 am

    Great prize my grandson would love these he’s a little bookworm!

  18. Andrea Fletcher
    May 10, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    Lovely prize. This would be perfect for my grandson as he loves books.

  19. May 12, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    I loved reading as a child and hope that I can share that love of books with my child.

  20. May 12, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    I also meant to add that like posters above I cannot use the daily tweet function on the Gleam app 🙁

  21. Rich Tyler
    May 15, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    Sounds great, count me in 🙂

  22. May 15, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    We adore reading in our house. This subscription is a fantastic idea for getting your children to read more books and maybe books that you wouldn’t normally choose. I love it. Hugs Lucy xxxx

  23. Petra Hora
    May 17, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    Amazing prize. I would love to win for my son’s nursery.

  24. Sheri Darby
    May 17, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    An excellent idea – you’re never too young for books

  25. Rebecca Powell
    May 18, 2017 / 10:28 am

    This is a great giveaway, thank you

  26. dawn f
    May 19, 2017 / 9:22 am

    this is a great prize, my eldest 3 have all loved to read, my youngest is just not interested I would love to get her more into story time

  27. Victoria Allum
    May 19, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    I would like to win for my eight month old baby, Grace. Thanks x

  28. Adrian Bold
    May 19, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    I would love to win this for my niece who has started enjoying stories being read to her.

  29. Fiona huntington
    May 19, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    I love the idea of books coming every month as a surprise!

  30. Lia Burns
    May 19, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I love the sound of this x

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