Advantages Offers a wide range of books for each age group
Disadvantages You are tied to buying 6 further books after your initial purchase
I was a real book worm when I was a little girl, even reading extra special books like 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith at least 5 times. My love for reading continued right up until I had my children, but my concentration span has lessened since then, the big tomb like books I used to read within a week, now collect dust for the rest of eternity.My two boys aged 16 and 9, love me to buy the books but I know for a fact half of them haven't been read, still, I keep trying and will continue to do so. So finding either book clubs or cheap bargain book shops that saves me money on the things that may or may not be read is advantageous.
Books for children is one book club that I have used, my first requisition was a Lets Speak Spanish which included a sticker activity book, a sing-along CD, Spanish book, board game and model-making kit, I chose this as eventually we are hoping to move to Spain. I only had to pay for postage and packing at £1.49, I'm still trying to pin my youngest down for more than 10 minutes to see if its any good, he likes the model making kit, but that's not going to get him anywhere with speaking the language!Books for children usually offer for first timers 5 books from just 50p each as an introduction. Their website: WWW.booksforchildren.co.uk.
An example of the sort of books on offer on the website: Fantasy Phonics - RRP £24.00, joining price £2.50, Julia Donaldson's Gruffalos Child Jigsaw Book for 3 + RRP £10.99, joining price £0.50 or you can choose a mystery gift which is a surprise parcel of children's books.When you join you agree to buy at least a further 6 books in your 1st year of membership, after that you are not obliged to buy any more if you don't want.
Each month you can either buy their recommendation or your own choice, or none at all as long as you purchase the additonal 6 throughout the year.There is an incentive to recruit new members - earning £5.00 for each one.
You can order on-line, phone or by post.I've looked on their website, it's easy to navigate, and includes latest book news, reviews, special offers and competitions, you can also view your account and track any on-going orders.
The books offered cover a range for children aged 0-12 years also tapes, toys and cd roms.If you are not satisfied with your purchase you can return it within 10 days.
You receive a monthly letter with your account details and a colour magazine, to give you some idea of what you should expect here is the low down of this month's issue:This month's mag consists of 68 pages also complete with the usual advertising leaflets - one of which is for the mag itself, offering free postage and packing for orders over £15.00 or more, before 12th October 2006, it includes a scratch card where you can win either £5,000 cash or a free mystery book, as you can guess - I won the free mystery book.
The mag starts on the first page with a "Dear Reader" letter saying "Happy Halloween" it then goes on to suggest 4 books - 1 for each of the age group, giving a brief description of each.
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