Find out about about Reading Chest book rental service for 4-9 year olds and what we thought about it…
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I subscribed to Reading Chest for my 6 year old (in Year 1) a couple of months ago and now feel sufficiently experienced with it to let you know what we think. For anyone wondering what Reading Chest is and what it is like, keep on reading to find out more!
What is Reading Chest?
In a nutshell, Reading Chest (which was founded by a Mum and teacher) is a through-the-post book rental service for children learning to read, specialising in reading scheme books for 4-9 year olds!
Users sign up, choose the books and wait for them to be delivered to their door. There are different tiers of subscription which I will outline below, but basically after an initial delivery of 4 or 6 reading books, all you need to do is simply return the books in the pre-paid envelope and wait for some more to arrive in the post.
Had we heard of Reading Chest before?
A friend had mentioned before the first Lockdown that she had been using Reading Chest with her kids. My child was always forgetting to swap his reading books at school and sometimes we didn’t end up with any, so I really liked the sound of the service.
Also during Lockdown itself, we kept reading the same books over and over again. I looked into buying some more books but they were so expensive! A teacher recommended the Reading Chest service which is when we then started looking into it properly.
What are the Reading Chest packages?
The Bronze Package is £9.99 per month and includes an initial delivery of 4 books with 2 swaps a month. Based on returning 3 books at a time, this will give you up to 6 books each month.
The Silver Package is £14.95 per month and includes an initial delivery of 4 books and 4 swaps a month. Based on returning 3 books at a time, this will give you up to 12 books each month.
Lastly, The Gold Package includes an initial delivery of 6 books with unlimited swaps. You can return up to 3 books at a time as often as you like giving you unlimited books!
The Bronze package includes 1 book list, the silver package has 1-2 book lists and with the gold package, you can have 1,2 or 3 book lists.
With the gold package, the allocation of 6 books can be shared between 2 or 3 siblings at different reading levels.
What did we think of Reading Chest?
We have been really pleased with Reading Chest. The books are so much more interesting for my son (and me!) than the books supplied at school and this has really helped to encourage him with his reading.
The initial pack comes with a bag and a rewards charts which my son really liked. I put a star on the chart each time he finishes the book and he finds it really motivating.
It is really simple to change the book band too. He started off on one level and a few weeks into the process, he moved up and I was able to update this on the Reading Chest site so the next set of books would be in the new band.
It was very easy to edit the book list too. Basically when you log into your child’s list, you can select the books which you don’t want them to receive. This way you are saying that you are happy to receive any of the books that haven’t been removed.
I didn’t remove many from the list, but the ones that I did get rid of were mainly the ones that I know he has at school…
Our final thoughts on Reading Chest…
For me, always knowing that we have engaging books for my son to read is a real plus. We haven’t dramatically increased the time we spend reading together but he definitely is more enthusiastic to sit down and read the books and he enjoys receiving the package in the post with the next books to read. All in all, I think Reading Chest is a great idea and service and am sure I will use it a lot over the coming months and years.
We also have a discount code exclusively for My Tunbridge Wells readers!! Use the code TUN20 to receive £5 off your first month’s subscription.