Encouraging a love of reading and books from a very early age is so important to a child’s development. There is nothing like getting absorbed in a story, one which transports you to a different land, sets you into the centre of adventure, and allows you to predict what might happen next. Alternately, it is fascinating and interesting to learn about a true life hero, whether it be an explorer or a sports person, to find out about their lives and their exploits, and to feel inspired by them. But, it has to be said, that books aren’t cheap and for some families they can be a luxury that can be little afforded.
Books2Door is an online supplier of (mainly) children’s books. They specialise in complete box sets that offer huge savings on RRP, and also have many books on offer at discount prices for all ages. Their range runs from well known authors like David Walliams, Anthony Horowitz and JK Rowling, to up and coming names. There are also tie-ins with TV favourites, classic tales from the likes of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, and complete reading schemes if you want to carry on school learning at home.
I’ve chosen a few books for different age groups from their current ranges to show the quality and depth of their offering.
Bing 5 book Collection
My nephew is a huge fan of Bing and I think this 5 book collection, that costs just £6.95, is a real indicator of the value of Books2Door. The collection has lovely children themes, like losing a favourite toy, to starting to use the toilet, so it’s great for parents who are navigating those same steps.
Beautifully illustrated with bright coloured images, these are lovely stories to be enjoyed together.
Childrens Classics Macmillan Collectors Library 4 Books
If your child is interested in the classic titles in children’s fiction, then this is certainly a beautiful collection that would not only look amazing on a bedroom shelf, but would truly be enjoyed, and it costs less than a fiver!
The 4 hardback books in the library are:
- Alices Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Best Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson
The stories are illustrated beautifully, and the stories are timeless and could appeal to either a slightly older, independent reader, or could be shared at bedtime for a younger child.
Tom Gates: Spectacular School Trip (Really.)
If you have a son who you are struggling to get reading, then the Tom Gates books might just be your answer. Written in a sort of cartoon diary style full of Tom’s doodles with lots of humour running throughout, Liz Pichon’s Tom Gates series appeal to boy readers who don’t actually believe reading is cool, but would pick up magazines and comics.
My son loves the Tom Gates books, and as kids are currently having to take their own reading material into school, these are always in his school bag. He particularly loves the Spectacular School Trip as we were lucky enough to see this in the Theatre pre lockdown.
Emma By Jane Austen The Penguin English Library Edition
I love Jane Austen, and with a new version of Emma in cinema’s last year, she seems to be having a revival. Emma is a classic, a tale of a headstrong, clever, but interfering young woman who doesn’t want love for herself (or so she says) but decides to matchmake for those around her, with chaos as a result.
The Penguin English library editions are beautiful paperbacks. The collection is made up of 100 paperbacks of the best fiction written in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.
Football Legends : The top 100 stars of the modern game
Another book that could appeal to reluctant boy readers, although this would be suitable for anyone who loves football, the Football Legends book is a non fiction tome featuring profiles of some of the best players in the modern game.
Packed with facts, information and profiles, along with full colour pictures of the stars, this is another book recommended by my son, who also has this in his school bag currently. This is a softback book, with a glossy look, and will definitely be appreciated by football lovers of all ages.