We love books in our household, as evident by our overflowing bookshelves. We also appreciate how difficult it can be to find time to go to the bookstore when you have young children, which is why we started our Book Subscription program for Ages 1 to 5 years (toddlers to preschoolers).
Choose between a monthly (recurring) or fixed term/gift 3-month subscription. We will then mail two or three books (dependent upon subscription type) once a month to yourself or your loved one. The selected books will be a mix of learning (eg. alphabet and counting books), activity, and fiction books; with a mix format of picturebook, paperback, hardback or boardbooks. Most of the selected fiction books are aimed at shared reading. Postage is included in the subscription price.
Please note: this subscription program is only valid for delivery within Australia.
On-going Monthly Recurring Subscription
|Min Number of Books Sent Each Month|| |
$40 per month*
|2 books with min total RRP of $29.90 |
$50 per month*
|3 books with min total RRP of $39.90 |
Fixed-term Subscription (Ideal as a gift)
|Min Number of Books Sent Each Month|| |
2 Books/mth for 3 Months
|2 books with min total RRP of $29.90 ||Subscribe|
3 Books/mth for 3 Months
|3 books with min total RRP of $39.90 ||Subscribe|
How does it work?
- Choose a book subscription category
- Choose a monthly (recurring) subscription, or a fixed term - 1, 3, 6 or 12 months
- Complete payment
- You will receive a confirmation email will be sent the following business day, with the received delivery address and selected subscription option
- Sit back and wait to be pleasantly surprised with a new book each month
Can I purchase a book subscription for someone?
Yes, a fixed-term subscription makes an ideal gift. Once payment is completed, a confirmation email will be sent the following business day. If you wish to add a message to the first book dispatch: a) upfront payment - add the message in the comment field, b) installment payments - the confirmation email will advise you how to do so.
Am I locked into a contract with a recurring subscription?
No, there are no contracts and you can cancel your on-going recurring subscription at any time.
When will my subscription commence?
Books will be dispatched middle of the month for any subscriptions received by end of the previous month. For example, if you subscribe on 10 April, your first books will be dispatched mid-May. You should also receive an email from AustPost with the tracking details.
What happens if I already own the book you’ve sent me?
Before the books are dispatched, we will email you with the titles of the books we plan to send. You have one week from the date the email was sent, to advise if you wish a replacement book to be sent instead.
How much is postage?
Regular postage to Australia is included in the monthly cost of all subscriptions, so there is nothing extra to pay.
How do I cancel my subscription?
How do I pay for a subscription?
1. Monthly (recurring) or fixed-term installment payments - When you sign up for a monthly (recurring) subscription, the cost of your subscription will be debited from your card on a recurring monthly basis via PayPal. There are no obligations for recurring subscriptions, and you can cancel at any time. Your card will be debited on the same day each month, starting from the day on which you subscribe. Please note, PayPal subscription payment method requires you to have a PayPal account. If you have selected to go with a fixed-term installment payment plan, the recurring charges will automatically terminate at the end of the fixed-term.
2. Pay up-front for fixed-term subscription - You can also choose to pay for your subscription (or gift subscription) up-front. When paying for a subscription up-front, you will be charged the total subscription amount in one transaction. Upfront payment can be made using PayPal or credit card (via SecurePay, a business subsidiary of Australia Post). Please note, there is no cancellation option for fixed-term upfront subscriptions.
I still haven’t received my book – what can I do?
I’ve changed address, can I amend my subscription?
Benefits of Shared Reading
It is commonly known that reading is highly beneficial to childhood development, and a good practice to start reading to children from an early age.
Research has typically found that shared reading experiences are highly beneficial for children. Reading and sharing stories can:
- help children become familiar with sounds, words, language and the value of books
- help children with reading comprehension and increase vocabulary
- help children develop early literacy skills, such as the ability to listen to and understand words
- spark children's imagination and stimulate curiosity
- help learn the difference between ‘real’ and ‘make-believe’
- help children understand change and new or frightening events, and also the strong emotions that can go along with them
Reading stories with children has benefits for the grown-ups too, the special time spent reading together promote bonding. This is important for developing a child's social and communication skills.
Tips for sharing books with babies and young children from raisingchildren.net.au
- Make a routine and try to share at least one book every day. A reading chair where you’re both comfortable can become part of your reading routine.
- Turn off the TV or radio, and find a quiet place to read so your child can hear your voice.
- Hold your child close or on your knee while you read, so she can see your face and the book.
- Try out funny noises and sounds – play and have fun!
- Involve your child by encouraging talk about the pictures, and by repeating familiar words and phrases.
- Let your toddler choose the books when he’s old enough to start asking – and be prepared to read his favourite books over and over again!
- If you have older children, they can share books with your younger children, or you can all read together. Taking turns, asking questions and listening to the answers are all important skills that will help your child when she starts learning to read.