For the Love of Reading: Baby Book Club Review

I was given a one month subscription to Baby Book Club for the purpose of this review but all words and opinions are my own.

When you find out you’re pregnant, especially with your first, your imagination conjures up all sorts of scenarios of what parenting will be like. Many of them bear no resemblance to real-life parenting whatsoever – for example we have never frolicked cheerfully with a kite or played snakes and ladders in front of a roaring fire. But one scenario I have managed to achieve is reading together.

Books are incredibly important to me and have played a huge part in my life so I was determined the Child would love them too. Every night before bed the Husband and I read a book each to her, every other week we visit the library (the library’s Rhyme Time was even the first baby group I took the Child too when she was just 5 weeks old) and recently every Sunday afternoon the Child has asked to curl up on the bed with me and read books together. It is lovely, especially for a worn out preggo who needs a good sit down at the end of the weekend.

We’ve covered a lot of books in the last three and bit years and I can’t help but notice the wide range in standard in them. On the surface, children’s books look easy to write – a few words, maybe a rhyme and some good pictures. But there are some truly awful ones – boring stories (*cough* Peppa Pig *cough*), clunky meter (well I am an English graduate) and way too long (I like reading but I’m not looking for War and Peace). The problem is, it’s not always easy to tell on first glance which books are good and which are turds. I usually pick up the Child’s books at NCT sales where they’re packaged in bundles and you’re being elbowed in the ribs by someone wanting a dinosaur puzzle for 50p. And when I have been to a bookshop I’ve been so overwhelmed with choice that I’ve tended to stick to the titles I know rather than spending money on a potential yawn-fest. Baby Book Club Review Postal SubscriptionSo when I was approached by Baby Book Club, a monthly subscription service that delivers three hand chosen books a month for your baby or toddler, for a review I couldn’t resist.

There is a different theme each month, ours was Wishes and Dreams, and you also get a reading tip to get the most out of the books.Baby Book Club Review Packaging The books arrived beautifully packaged in tissue paper which the Child loved unwrapping and really got her excited for what was inside. She wasn’t disappointed.

I was a bit worried that we may already have the books as we have so many but I hadn’t heard of any of them. The Child was instantly drawn to Little Froggie’s Big Wish and we had to read it several times straightaway. We saved the other two for bedtime and enjoyed them all. They were the perfect length, well written and really engaging. In fact the Child loved them so much she insisted on ‘reading’ them to me.Baby Book Club Review Reading

Available as a three, six or twelve month subscription at a cost of £10 a month (which is incredibly reasonable if you think you can pay £6.99 for a new book in a shop) Baby Book Club is a really convenient way of finding new books for your little one. It’s all pre-paid with no auto-renewal so you’re not caught out at the end of the subscription period. You can also buy a subscription as a gift and receive a printable gift certificate to present to the recipient before the first box arrives. I’d certainly be very happy if someone bought this for the Child or Bubba T2.

For more information and to sign up for a Baby Book Club subscription visit www.babybookclub.co.uk.

I was given a one month subscription to Baby Book Club for the purpose of this review but all words and opinions are my own.

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