fThe Happy Book Club is a children’s book subscription service. The family run business was started by husband and wife team Adele and Matt to help promote literacy in young children. The teacher duo realised that when children are exposed to books in early years they grow into book lovers and this tends to help them in all areas of their learning. They decided to use their expertise to encourage children to pick up a new book and see just what wonders can be contained within.
Each month two wonderful titles are packed up with care and posted out to children. The books are chosen to carefully follow that months selected theme. Included in the parcel are activity suggestions, competitions and surprises to help make each and every month special. Recent themes have included sharing, imagination and trees.
We took a closer look at their one month subscription ( £15.99).
When the mysterious brown paper parcel arrived my 7-year-old was extremely excited – it looked just like a package should look with brown string and a lovely little label. As he revealed the contents I could tell he was delighted by his awe-struck silence. The first book was ‘Stuck‘ by Oliver Jeffers. I admit that we already have this book, it is one of our favourites. There is nothing not to like about a story in which a variety of increasingly large and absurd items get stuck in a tree. It is hilarious from start to finish. I suggested passing this book on to a friend but such is his love of the tale he begged to keep it – one for his room and one for the book shelf.
The other book was by another of our favourite children’s picture book authors Britta Teckentrup. The peek-through book simply titled ‘Tree‘ is a delight. Each page reveals new animals inhabiting the tree as the seasons change and is illustrated in Britta’s beautiful, vibrant style. My son was captivated by the owl who can be spied upon through the hole in the front cover.
As well as two quality children’s books the package also contained a packet of seeds and instructions on how to plant them in the hope of growing a tree. There was a sheet of activity ideas which support the tree theme perfectly ranging from origami to creating a family tree. The theme and suggestions could easily keep a young child engaged for a month. Once their imaginations are fired up further ideas happen naturally. For us this meant that we spent longer than usual sitting in our favourite tree as we looked for creepy crawly inhabitants with a magnifying glass. We also tried balancing our shoes on the branches in a rather lame but amusing retelling of ‘Stuck’.
Laughter, enjoyment and curiosity are just some of the marvellous things that can emerge when children are exposed to books. When books are accompanied by ideas, themes and unusual treats then the possibilities are limitless for young minds. A little guidance and encouragement are the only ingredients adults need bring to the Happy Book Club subscription.
The Happy Book Club have a one month package up for grabs for one lucky reader. All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter form below – it only takes a minute. The giveaway will close at midnight on the 20th February and the winner will receive the March parcel to enjoy with their children.
Disclaimer: The books were provided for the purpose of the review. All views and opinions are my own.I was under no obligation to provide a positive review.