Welcome to the Reading Chest

Today is International book giving day, so here is my gift to you, Reading Chest is a great and convenient way to encourage children aged 4-9 to enjoy a variety of books from the comfort of your own home.

The book rental service specialising in reading scheme books for children aged 4 to 9 years. Sign up, choose your books and wait for them to be delivered to your door. No due dates, no late fees, no hassle.

I was thrilled at the chance to try out Reading Chest, as the main focus for the boy at school is to improve his and the whole years reading levels. I found it very easy to set up my account with Reading Chest, you simply choose the monthly plan which suits you.

Bronze package – up to 6 books a month

Silver package – up to 12 books a month and multiple books lists

Gold package – unlimited supply of books and multiple book lists*

This means that you can get books for brothers and sisters learning to read who are at different reading levels or with different book preferences.

With the flexibility to suit your family whether you have one child or more, I think there is a package to suit all. Simple to set up an account, you enter your child’s name, and your delivery details as well as package choice and payment details. This was very easy and straight forward to do. I found it tricky to know which reading level the boy was on, so chose one based on his age. But don’t worry, if you do get this slightly wrong it is very easy to move up the colours.

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You have the flexibility with Reading Chest to choose the books schemes to match so if there is a particular scheme like Oxford Reading Tree that your school or nursery use then you can choose this. I opted for a selection as I didn’t mind which books we received. There are sections on the website to help and explain the book bands and give you information on how to choose the right one. with lots of helpful reading tips the site is very clear to understand and I have found it very useful.

After we had registered it was only a day before we received the first parcel. The personalised envelope (a lovely touch as the boy loves parcels addressed to him) arrived and contained four mixed fiction and non fiction books, and a drawstring bag to store them in. There is also a footprint chart to measure your progress as well as stickers, information leaflet for parents and a return envelope.

The boy was immediately taken with the book Weird Weather and sat down to read, the books were in great condition and we had no problems with any missing or damaged pages, but if you do have a problem with any of the books sent then you just get in touch with the Reading Chest and they will sort it out!

I have been very impressed with the whole package and had I found the reading Chest when the boy was younger, can see it would have been a great advantage not having to make a mad dash back to the library each week for late books. I also like that you can see clearly as your child progresses in their reading through the coloured bands. I have also found out that the Reading Chest is compatible with the boys new school reading scheme, so each book he reads will count in his points for school. I think this will spur him onto completing the books we have and we will be getting some more.

We returned two of our books last week and within 48 our new books had arrived, I had also changed the reading level. The scheme is easy, simply return the books in the envelope provided (if you lose it another can be requested online or by phone) and once received back at Reading Chest a new selection will be sent out.

There is no minimum contract with the Reading Chest so you can start and stop as it suits, starting from just £9.95 a month for the bronze package I think this is great value for money. For all my readers I have a discount code allowing you to receive £5.00 off your first month, why not try it and see how it fits in with your family!

Discount Code HAPPY2014 £5 off your first month (you can try for just one month as there is no minimum length of contract)

I have also been given one prize of three months Silver Membership for one lucky reader, and as today is International Book Giving Day this will be my gift to you!

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Disclaimer: I was given a code to access the Reading Chest as a trial, the opinions remain my own and have not been altered.

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  1. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, it’s an odd but brilliant book & I’m always recommending it!

  2. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume – It was my favourite childhood book and I think everyone should read it 🙂

  3. When I was young, I absolutely loved a funny book called “Happy Jack” – so I’d want other people to enjoy it too!

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