Thank you for a brilliant service! We're stopping as my daughter has outgrown the book bands now... All the books were in great condition, a fantastic selection oven the years, much enjoyed. Recommended to all parents!!!
Submitted by Kati Debretzeni, Wednesday 15th March 2017
I subscribed to the reading chest after my daughter was struggling with reading. It has been invaluable and her progress has been amazing. I am only stopping it now as she no longer needs them. The service has been fast and efficient. The books she received were always in excellent condition. Thankyou so much.
Submitted by H Preece, Friday 20th January 2017
Thank you for everything Reading Chest, my daughter is flying with her reading and doing well at school. I highly recommend Reading Chest.
Submitted by Vicky Smith, Sunday 15th January 2017
It would be great if there was a way to stop receiving books that my daughter has read from school, so if we could tick from a list of books to stop them being sent out that would be great. Many thanks
Reading Chest Response:
Thank you for your feedback. If you send us a list of books that your daughter has read from school, we can easily add this to her history which would prevent Reading Chest from sending the books out. We are undergoing some website changes at the moment which will allow you to tick off books you don't want to receive, but we don't yet have a date when this will be going live.
Submitted by Emma Blackman, Friday 6th January 2017
Dear Reading Chest,
Although I have cancelled my son's membership as he is now ready to move on to longer chapter books, I would just like to express my appreciation of this service.
There is no doubt that the Reading Chest is responsible for both my son's love of reading and his progression to becoming an enthusiastic and proficient reader.
We started subscribing in the Spring term of Reception and now in the Autumn Term of year 2, we are sad to leave.
There is nothing else like the Reading Chest and as a parent I would like to thank you for providing a range of interesting and engaging books.
We may yet be back, but if not, thank you!!! I would not hesitate to recommend this service to any parent who considers giving a child the love of reading, a gift.
Submitted by Mum of James, Thursday 8th December 2016
Thank you for providing an excellent service over the last five years. My children are now enthusiastic, fluent readers. Reading Chest has met a very specific need perfectly. You have been efficient and provided a wide variety of reading scheme books to borrow at a reasonable price. Terrific!
Submitted by Jenny Trusty, Wednesday 9th November 2016
I have used the Reading Chest service for two of my children and only wish I had been aware of it for the first. The service has been fantastic, never a cause for complaint and I could not recommend it more highly. All children are different and my youngest took to reading like a duck to water, thanks to Reading Chest I could access brilliant books at the right stage for her and she now has a keen love of books and reading for such a young child. Thank you.
Submitted by Vicki McIntyre, Wednesday 26th October 2016
Reading Chest has been BRILLIANT over the summer to keep my son's reading progressing. It has been so easy to choose books, send back and change levels. Thank you so much - it's a fantastic idea!
Submitted by Kate Jackson, Tuesday 6th September 2016
Just wanted to say thank you again to the great people at Reading Chest for the service you provide. And also to encourage any parents of children with special needs or who are struggling or reluctant readers to give it a go. My son has a learning disability and we started 7 yrs ago on red level. Together we have slowly and patiently worked our way up to Gold level and are aiming for level 12/13. He loves getting his envelope and certificates and I love the variety of books- which we desperately need given that he stays on the same level for up to a year. School just couldn't give us enough books and enough variety at the same level so Reading Chest has filled that gap. Brilliant!
Submitted by Libby , Monday 29th February 2016
We've just cancelled our membership of Reading Chest because our little girl is about to be made a 'free(ish) reader' at school. We joined about 9 months ago when she was still on red books at school, because her reception teacher had a policy of having to read all the books in each band before moving up. We found this a bit restricting, and joined Reading Chest so that we could access books that were more appropriate to our little girl's reading level. We have been so pleased with the service. I joined one afternoon, and the first set of books arrived the next morning - addressed to our daughter who was thrilled to be receiving her own parcel. She whipped through the bands (at home at least) and when she entered year one, with a more flexible teacher, she shot through them there too. She is now on Gold band and reading really independently. Thank you Reading Chest. I have been recommending you all over the place!
Submitted by sam, Tuesday 2nd February 2016
I am overjoyed with Reading Chest. I am a Deputy head teacher of a large primary school, however I have a reluctant summer born boy of my own, who is 5! Your books have helped him to become an independent reader! I think you have a great scheme, with a broad tailored choice!
Submitted by Nazlee Sinclair, Sunday 31st January 2016
My children attend an outstanding school. It does have limited resources though. Reading Chest was an inexpensive way of engaging them in reading they enjoyed. It launched them into reading independently.
Submitted by Jill, Thursday 19th November 2015
Thank you so much for the service you have provided us up to now. A fantastic company and a great idea, my daughter loved all the books!
Submitted by Polly Smith, Wednesday 11th November 2015
Reading Chest has provided a great resource of books for my children which has helped them develop their reading skills over the past 3 years.Prompt exchange within 48hrs, great quality and condition. A big thank you to the team.
Submitted by Jacqueline Simon, Thursday 22nd October 2015
The service has been great and has been instrumental in giving Miles and Sophia a great start to reading (Sophia isn’t yet 6 and is reading Gold easily, Miles is just 7 and flying through Lime books). Many thanks
Submitted by Steve, Wednesday 30th September 2015
So grateful to the reading chest as Sorcha is now a fab reader following a tricky start. Thanks so much.
Submitted by Val, Tuesday 29th September 2015
We love Reading Chest books. My son is 6 and picked up reading very quickly at school. He moved up quickly through the bands in Reception but in Year 1 stayed on one band for a long time - school wanted him to get the "breadth" of reading (even though he was reading everything he could get his hands on at home, both fiction and non-fiction and the band was too easy). He has more or less read his way through the "reading scheme" books in the public library for younger readers and has usually read his school reading book in class before he has brought it home. Reading Chest is bridging the gap between "reading scheme" books in the public library and the public library children's paperback fiction books (which are a too long for him or are for a bit older children) and gives us a supply of books at home to enjoy. I have moved him up the reading bands a couple of places and he is really enjoying the level and now school have moved him up a bit too. A great service. Thank you.
Submitted by Jane , Monday 27th July 2015
Just want to say thank you. My daughter has gone from stage 1 to stage 14 in just over a year, and is now a voracious reader who cannot get her head out of any book she manages to get hold of! Reading Chest has helped us support her progress even when her class teacher didn't seem to recognise it, and my little girl is now a confident, independent reader at only 5 years old. (Also: your customer service has always been great and the whole process of signing up and now closing the account couldn't have been easier!). Thoroughly recommended!
Submitted by Elena, Saturday 27th June 2015
Reading Chest has been brilliant for my son especially over the summer holidays. He loves the wide selection of books which he does not get at school. Deliveries are quick and staff have been great. Thank you.
Submitted by Zoe, Saturday 23rd May 2015
Just wanted to thank you for your fantastic service. And thank you for turning my son from a reluctant reader to enthusiastic bookworm! Reading Chest - the best investment I have made in a while.
Submitted by Nisa Isa, Monday 18th May 2015
Thanks for your support over the last year or so. My son has progressed from band 2 to band 11 while on reading chest so it has been a great journey (and he's still only 5!)
Submitted by Mrs S, Wednesday 22nd April 2015
Hi, I have just cancelled my account (I'll be sending the books we have at home back today). I am only cancelling because me eldest has moved on to being a free Reader, and my youngest isn't quite old enough yet. We will be back as soon as he is ready to start on the reading scheme - just taking a short break! The service has been fantastic for us - we are brits living abroad and without the weekly delivery of books there is no way my 7-year old would be reading and loving it! My 4 year can't wait to be like his big brother so we will be back soon! We also love the functionality of your website and have always had great customer service from you.
Submitted by Anna Acland, Monday 13th April 2015
Thank you so much, I was really worried that my daughter was so hard to get engaged in reading & was often not interested in her school books, she is still not overly keen but reading is less of a chore & she loves the variety of books you provide, could not recommend Reading Chest enough !!
Submitted by Rachel Perry, Wednesday 25th March 2015
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the fantastic service you have provided since we joined. The only reason for cancelling our membership is because since moving house, the school that my son now attends runs it's own book club as well as it's usual class books and library and therefore we no longer need to top up his reading as before. I shall be returning the books we still have tomorrow. Many thanks again and we will definitely return to Reading Chest in the future should we need to.
Submitted by Karen from Hampshire, Wednesday 25th February 2015
It is with mixed feelings that I have just closed our account with you. Both my children have really enjoyed being part of reading chest. I have no doubt that the speed in which they have whizzed through the different colours and their love of books has been helped hugely by having plenty to read. We have never had to worry about how many books the children have brought home from school as we have always had a good supply from you. Oliver has now been moved up to Brown books from Lime and so we feel we have plenty of books he can read at home. Thanks so much, you have a unique and great service and we are very grateful for the part you have played in helping our children learn to read.
Submitted by Katie Lonsdale, Monday 26th January 2015
I am sorry to say we are leaving you, as my son has recently become a free reader who loves books. This process has been helped considerably by all the lovely books you have provided so promptly to us over the last year and a half. He has gone up from Blue level to free reader in that time. Again many thanks.
Submitted by Kate, Tuesday 20th January 2015
May I tell you how much we are loving Reading Chest and the never-ending supply of stimulating books. Marcus particularly enjoys non-fiction and the range of subjects to which you have given him access, is fantastic. The balance between fiction and non-fiction has always been beautifully handled too. Finally I must tell you that it is uncanny how often the books we have received, have been completely apt to something we have just done or something Marcus has just begun to cover at school. All in all, an excellent service - thank you.
Submitted by Jo Greenidge, Tuesday 20th January 2015
Thank you Reading Chest, you have empowered me to fully support my 6 year old son to become a proficient reader who can read anything he likes. He is now enjoying loads of books and takes time to read silently by himself especially after bath and stories with us, before he goes to sleep. I was told by his old school by his year 1 teacher that she 'couldn't keep up with us and the books we required to support him at that stage, so we turned to Reading Chest and used the bronze package successfully to fill the gap - we moved him up book bands usually months before the school did and I fully believe that this was crucial to retain his interest in reading, stimulate his learning and allow him to progress at a speed that was right for him and avoid frustration. He is on ruby band at his new school but is free reading so we no longer require the books but a massive thank you to Reading Chest for your service over the last year and all the amazing books.
Submitted by Zoe Bolt, Tuesday 13th January 2015
I just wanted to say thank you for a terrific service. My son Christian has been using reading chest for a year. He is not quite six but has gone up 6 levels and is now on "stripey" (for 8-9 year olds). We will carry on until we run out of books!
Submitted by Marsha Edinburgh, Tuesday 13th January 2015
i home educate both my children my son has autisum and is very much still behind in reading its very hard to get him to read even still with your books but my daughter loves them especialy the fact books
Submitted by mum of 2 1 with autisum , Monday 12th January 2015
Love your site and what it provides. Daniel would never be the reader he is today with out it. Thank you, Gael.
Submitted by Gael, Thursday 23rd October 2014
My daughter was behind with reading and since joining Reading Chest she is now 13 months ahead of the expected national requirement. Thank you so much.
Submitted by Joanne, Thursday 23rd October 2014
The Reading Chest is great! Cameron actually looks forward to bedtime now when the books come out!
Submitted by Joanne, Wednesday 22nd October 2014
I just wanted to say thank you for the great service. I placed the order one evening and 36 hours later the whole gift package was on the doormat. I can't tell you how excited the children are about the books and getting post. Thank you, Jenni.
Submitted by Jenni, Tuesday 21st October 2014
Thank you, reading chest, you have been a great support to us as we have thoroughly enjoyed all your books. we are using your books as most children at school are reading already. My son is now catching up to his classmates because of your help.
Submitted by Elena, Saturday 20th September 2014
My son absolutely loves the Reading Chest and so do I. It allowed him to continue reading over the summer holidays. Unlike the antiquated books we get sent home from school the books from the Reading Chest are lively, often funny and capture my son's interest. They really are a delight to read with him.
Submitted by Gabrielle Joseph, Thursday 18th September 2014
I would like to thank you and The Reading Chest for the fantastic service you provide. Every summer my sons really benefit from being able to read books from your high quality reading schemes at their own individual reading level. The summer has come to an end and we are heading back to Dubai. I will return all the books.
Thank you once again for a first class service.
Submitted by Paula Stewart, Tuesday 2nd September 2014
I would just like to add I think Reading Chest is fantastic and it has really helped move Arabella on through the reading bands. Arabella loves looking for the envelopes in the post and reading the books to me, herself and her little brother. Some certainly get read more than once.
I just wish I could work out a system that we had a constant supply at home during the summer holidays. Reading Chest makes that extra reading at home so easy with peace of mind that your child is reading at the right level. This is something I have always found very tricky when using the library, particularly in the earlier stages.
I tell everyone I can about reading chest. Thank you.
Submitted by Jacqui Lanning , Friday 1st August 2014
I just wanted to say thank you so much for such great customer service. I'm deeply grateful that you are able to accomodate or holiday periods and can supply us with enough excellent reading material to keep my daughter occupied during that time. She loves the sticker charts, and is desperate for her first certificate. Thanks so much.
Submitted by Alison Brolly, Friday 25th July 2014
Dear Reading Chest, many many thanks for your service which I have been using for my reception child since November. I started using Reading Chest after having it suggested to me on Mumsnet and have not regretted it for a moment. My child's school would not give her books she could decode and she was becoming very confused. We read Reading Chest Phonics books at her level to begin with but now she has the knowledge to read anything. To go from pink in November to Turquoise/purple in July is amazing and we could not have done it without your help. I recognise some of the other parents who have made comments on this page, so it seems as if a lot of us are subsidising various local schools! Many thanks Phonics
Submitted by Phonics, Wednesday 16th July 2014
Hi Reading chest has been wonderful for my two children. The selection of books and the timely delivery are excellent. I am cancelling my membership after a 18 months or so as both children bring home so many reading books from school and we don't have time to read them all now. Thank you very much for a fabulous service. Zarina Lyner
Submitted by zarina lyner, Thursday 29th May 2014
Reading chest was a wonderful discovery and my daughters reading ( she is six) has gone from strength to strength since joining. She does not like reading the same book and so I was spending a fortune on new books and found our library choice limited. The sticker charts, receiving her books in the post have all added to the enjoyment and deepened her engagement with reading. I cannot thank you enough and recommend your service to many friends. Thank you.
Submitted by Lily smith, Friday 23rd May 2014
My son started reading chest in reception last October. I found the school had a limited selection of books and with a daily change of books he soon exhausted the reading material within a month or so. Further I find( personal opinion entirely) Oxford reading tree books which are available in our school don't seem to offer the same level of challenging new words compared to other reading schemes. Reading chest have a big selection of books in each book band and my son has progressed through several bands very quickly and his vocabulary has really improved. He likes opening the envelopes personally addressed to him and looking at his new books when they arrive.What a brilliant idea. We will definitely stay with reading chest till he exhausts the book bands and then no doubt back again when my second child starts reading. Thank you Reading chest!!
Submitted by RK, Tuesday 20th May 2014
I cannot fault Reading Chest. Their service is impressively efficient and the books they are provide are great - an excellent range and in immaculate condition. So nice to be able to get so many non-fiction titles and books that appeal to boys. The idea of getting books sent to him through the post really appealed to my son and he went up 4 reading bands in a very short space of time after we signed up with Reading Chest. It was just the extra help we needed for him to make that leap.
Submitted by Katrina, Sunday 27th April 2014
My son who is 4 absolutely loves your books and receiving them through the post. We have only had membership for 3 weeks but he has already been moved up a reading level at school. I do wonder if it would be possible for gold members to have more than 6 books at one time if necessary? Because my son is so keen, he has been reading between 1-4 books every day. This makes the (impressively quick) postal turnaround service seem a little slow when we only have 3 books to read for three days - we repeat them, but with weekends we could just do we having 2 or 3 books more each week to tide him over. He just loves all the stories so much!
Submitted by Mary Breen, Saturday 26th April 2014
Daniel is 8 and has struggled to read as he is dyslexic. Reading Chest has been a great support providing interesting material for him.We ve been members for nearly 2 years and are on white level now.With RCs help Daniel will become a free reader in the next year.This is a great resource at a good price. We are very happy with the service :))
Submitted by Gael Carroll, Tuesday 22nd April 2014
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful selection of books, particularly non-fiction. Daisy's reading age was assessed at school last week and it turns out she's 2 years ahead of herself! We couldn't believe it and it is in large part due to the motivation and interest she's gained from reading your books. Thank you.
Submitted by Liz Bentley-Pattison, Tuesday 1st April 2014
Many thanks for your service! My son is now a fluent reader, with help from the books from Reading Chest, but far more importantly he loves reading because of the range of interesting titles that have made him really want to read. I can't say how glad I am that we subscribed.
Submitted by Deb Swinney, Sunday 16th March 2014
Many thanks for the service. Finally Maddy has reading material at her level with an unlimited supply of books. She's come on leaps and bounds and loves it.
Submitted by Fiona Cairns, Tuesday 11th March 2014
Reading Chest is absolutely fabulous. Although both my children get plenty of books from their schools, they don't get the huge selection that Reading Chest provide. The topics are interesting and a great mix of fiction and non-fiction. The books are in perfect condition and always come very quickly by return post. Thank you!
Submitted by Zarina, Thursday 27th February 2014
We joined Reading Chest nearly 2 years ago and now all 3 of our children are using it and still ask excitedly each morning if some new Reading Chest books will come today. The books always come by return post and are always in immaculate condition. I cannot recommend Reading Chest highly enough - it is especially great during the school holidays when the children don't get books from school. The website is very well designed and easy to use.Thank you Reading Chest for enhancing our children's love of reading.
Submitted by Katie Hattersley, Saturday 22nd February 2014
I have been enlisted with Reading Chest since my daughter started reading in reception (roughly 2 years). It is now with much regret that I am stopping my Reading Chest Membership, purely on the basis that my daughter has now gone onto Library books (32 - 64 pages)in school (Y2 age 6) and we are struggling to fit in all her reading, together with her vast collection of personal books. Her enthusiasm and love of reading I am convinced is purely from the fact of the variety of books and ability to have furthered her reading age so quickly with the benefit of Reading Chest. The service is fabulous and I have never had any reason to not promote your services to other friends. Thank you so much for all the beautiful hours we have spent together reading!. BRILLLIANT SERVICE !!!!! WELL DONE!!!
Submitted by Debbie Kirkpatrick, Friday 7th February 2014
Amazing! My 5 year old daughter loves reading so I signed up to give her more variety and so she had enough books to keep her going in the holidays. In 8 months she has gone up 6 book bands and is reading 2 school years above her recommended reading level! Has even got my 'uninterested in reading' 7 year old son reading more and making good progress!
Submitted by Becki, Wednesday 29th January 2014
My son has only been on the Reading Chest scheme for two weeks and has moved up two levels already! He has moved from turquoise to gold. I would most definitely recommend this scheme.
Submitted by Mrs H.Barnard, Tuesday 7th January 2014
I would like to say how fantastic the Reading Chest is and I highly recommend to friends with young children learning to read.
Submitted by Mrs D., Monday 30th December 2013
This scheme is fantasic! My 5 year old joined on the red book band - just 8 months later, she is on turquoise. I am certain her progress is down to all the extra practice. It's such a great boost to have books at just the right level, to supplement the twice weekly school readers. And thankfully, she loves Biff, Chip and Floppy!
Submitted by Jane, Tuesday 26th November 2013
I would like to thank you all for the wonderful service and for the love of books my daughter has developed. It has been worth every penny.
Submitted by Jackie, Monday 18th November 2013
This was a great Christmas present for my grand daughter last year. She loved getting the books in the post and has now reached a level where she is well catered for at the local library. I will certainly return when my next grand daughter is ready to enjoy this experience.
Submitted by Sally Rollo, Wednesday 30th October 2013
Just to say that we have found Reading Chest to be a great resource and I'm so glad we found you! School does not give out a particularly high number of books to read at home and so we quickly got bored and it's hard to find exactly the right level ones at the library. Getting some in the post definitely increased the range of books we tried and meant that reading didn't get forgotten in the holidays either! We are cancelling our subscription now having started it halfway through Reception and now, at the beginning of Year 2, my daughter has finished the reading scheme and is happily reading 'chapter books'. Great prompt service, good quality books and great choice of books. Have recommended to several friends. I'm sure we'll be back when my son is ready for the Reading Challenge!
Submitted by Catherine Marke, Saturday 26th October 2013
Just a quick note to say how fantastic Reading Chest is. Our daughter is only half way through her Autumn term in Year 2, has moved up 2 reading levels after the Summer break and is now in the top reader's group in her class. Great books from Reading Chest, speedy delivery and a fabulous range of both fiction and non-fiction books. Can't thank you enough!!
Submitted by Saima, Tuesday 22nd October 2013
I just wanted to say how wonderful reading chest is. I cannot recommend you enough, and indeed recommend you any opportunity I can to all my friends. Your book selection is absolutely wonderful, and spot on for my daughter's reading level. We have been with reading chest for nearly 18 months and it has made a huge difference to my daughter's reading - she is now one of the best readers in her class. The books always arrive very promptly, often within a couple of days of returning the old ones, and are in perfect condition. The customer service is absolutely brilliant too. If you are considering whether to join up, please do! We only originally signed up for 1 month, and here we are 18 months later..
Submitted by Armelle Bailey, Sunday 22nd September 2013
The service we received was excellent with a good variety of books coming quickly through the post.My 5 year old boy has gone up 4 book bands from when we started with reading chest in a very short time. Would definitely recommend , especially if like us you only get a couple of books a week from school.
Submitted by Nikki, Saturday 31st August 2013
It is with great sadness that we are cancelling our subscription with Reading Chest. Everything has been clear and straight forward and deliveries / swaps have been speedily delivered. We have loved receiving books from your vast range and we have read some brilliant stories that we would, otherwise, have not known about. My daughter was aged 5 when we joined and within only a couple of months her passion for reading grew so strong that she went from average in her class to one of the first free readers in her class. £9.95 a month is a drop in the ocean considering the joy we have both had reading together. I will always treasure the memories of her excitement when new books were posted. Thanks once again
Submitted by Mrs H., Tuesday 13th August 2013
Reading Chest is excellent. The first books arrived quickly and the swaps did too. My son loves the fact that the envelope is addressed to him and is really motivated by the reward chart and stickers provided, to read and re- read the books sent. The non fiction selection is excellent and great for getting a boy interested in reading. Of the books we have had so far he has loved all but one - he especially likes the Rigby Star ones. Thank you - I have already recommended Reading Chest to friends.
Submitted by Lucie, Monday 5th August 2013
Reading Chest has been fantastic for my daughter, who was 'not reading at the expected level' (whatever that means) a year ago. We were very unsatisfied with the frequency of book changes at school and our local rural library has a poor selection. Reading Chest ignited my daughter's love of books, the service and selection is first class. We are just about to move onto the final level and we will be sorry to outgrow it. 11 months after joining my daughter has just read the first Harry Potter book and almost all of the Famous Five books at nearly seven years old. Thank you Reading Chest
Submitted by Paula, Thursday 1st August 2013
The service is brilliant the turnaround very quick, good selection of books, Grace has moved up 2 book bands in school teachers really pleased thank you.
Submitted by mummy to 3, Monday 15th July 2013
Reading Chest deliver an amazing service with fantastic communication, I would highly recommend them.
Submitted by Amanda hall, Saturday 15th June 2013
When we started home educating I was worried I wouldn't be able to obtain the right level reading books for my two boys. Finding Reading Chest has been a joy. The wide choice of books, the excellent service, and the happiness that is two boys reading confidently at their levels. Thanks for a great service.
Submitted by Ellie - Edventures in Homeschooling, Monday 22nd April 2013
I have 6 year old twins who are both on gold level - I originally joined Reading Chest during the school holidays so we could get some extra practice in. But I have been so impressed with the broad range of interesting books we are sent (especially the non-fiction) that I have continued the twin's membership to Reading Chest for me! My children are allowed to take a book home each day from their school....so in theory they could bring 10 books home a week for free. But I am so bored of the range of books their school offers - while in comparison I now look forward to practising reading with my children each night. And in just three weeks their teachers have noticed the twins are reading more confidently. Reading Chest also sends out new books the same day they receive the returned books, so there is an excellent turnaround of books. I highly recommend Reading Chest.
Submitted by Twin Mummy, Sunday 21st April 2013
Your books have been enjoyed so much and we are reaching the end, any chance of you getting books to go up to year 6 and covering comprehension? I would never have managed to get such appropriately banded books. Thank you
Submitted by Jackie and Kathryn, Tuesday 26th February 2013
My daughter had been using Reading Chest for about a year now and the difference it has made is amazing. Just signed my boy up - he starts Reception in September. He loves that he now gets books in the post like his big sister. Wouldn't be without Reading Chest now until both children are fluent, especially over school holidays!! My daughter went up a reading band over the Summer - rather than summer sliding. Thanks Reading Chest!
Submitted by Helen, Friday 15th February 2013
I have just closed my account after 3 years, Henry is now a confident reader, way above his reading years. Your service enable us to achieve this through choosing books geared at his level and using the star charts for confidence building and of course rewards. I would just like to say a big thank you as I could not have done this without your service, as I struggled to find 'banded' books. My proudest moment came when he sat and read a very complex sentance out to me and diddnot struggle once, even with the word 'conscientious', (aged 7). Many many thanks... Debbie, Brighton
Submitted by Debbie M, Friday 15th February 2013
Thank you for providing this service. I have just cancelled our account as my daughter is now a fluent reader, but we wouldn't think twice about signing up again if either of my two younger children need some more assistance with their reading. I have found you to be easy to use, easy to contact and very friendly. Also the turnaround of the books has always been extremely quick. Thank you
Submitted by Rebecca, Tuesday 29th January 2013
My son Daniel was struggling with his reading and has loved receiving books in the post that are engaging and interesting. He is now progressing well :)A very happy customer with a son who loves to read and sees books as a challenge he wants to take .
Submitted by gael carroll, Tuesday 29th January 2013
My dyslexic daughter has really benefitted from having access to books that are at the right level. I have just cancelled my membership because she is now able to read a large range of real books with huge enjoyment. There was a time I didn't think it would ever happen. Reading Chest played a significant role in the process. Many Thanks.
Submitted by Karen, Wednesday 23rd January 2013
Just wanted to give some feedback - over the Christmas holidays my daughter moved up two reading bands by the time she went back to school - a great motivator and its been so enjoyable - onwards and upwards with Reading Chest.
Submitted by Will, Monday 14th January 2013
We have just cancelled our membership as our son is now a free reader. We have had our membership for just under a year and in that time, have found the service to be fantastic! The superb supply of varied books has enable us to provide the pace our son needed and he has flown through the reading levels. Many thanks!
Submitted by M McDonald, Saturday 12th January 2013
I would like to say a big thankyou to reading chest for providing an excellent service both in terms of speedy turn around of books being sent and offering fabulous selection. Having been a member since june 2012,it is with regret we have to cancel so near to completing our bookband levels. The Reading Chest has allieviated my daughters frustration at being given books home from school that were all to easily read and remained unchallenging. It also has enabled my daughter to progress at her own individual pace, with access to a superb variety of suitable books, and not be pigeon holed to the pace of her reading group in class. This in turn has stimulated her interest in reading and made it a far more enjoyable experience for both of us. Highly recommended.
Submitted by K. Fleming , Friday 11th January 2013
Just to say that we are cancelling the account because we feel it is no longer needed. Thanks to your service Elizabeth can now read really well. Thanks to your wonderful company. Good luck
Submitted by John, Thursday 10th January 2013
My 4-year-old daughter's reading has improved really quickly with Reading Chest - I am absolutley delighted and have recommended it to all of my friends! Addressing the envelopes to children is a genius idea and she gets really excited when each new envelope arrives! I just have one suggestion, and that is that the first, pink, band is broken down into 2 sections, maybe Pink A and Pink B. Very first books are really really simple, BUT we have been sent all sorts of combinations - eg very simple (Kipper.... Mum..... Dad.... Chip.... Floppy..... Oh no!) at the same time as quite complex Stage 1+ books. For the first few weeks children really do need the very very simple books.... and not being sent with Stage 1+ books. Conversely, now that she has read around 100 books she is handling Stage 1+ very easily..... yet every so often a really basic book arrives which is now a waste of time for her. It hasn't particularly been a problem as she is bright and I'm a teacher so able to help her easily. But not all children just starting to read will cope with first word-type books along with complex ones all being sent at the same time. Anyway, that aside, THANK YOU for providing a terrific service. I wish I had known about you last year when I was frustrated beyond with my son having 2 stage 1 books a week from his school (which he read in the first evening)- and I couldn't find any stage 1 books anywhere to 'top up' his reading. My daughter definitely has had a head start - she's almost finished all of the pink books now and LOVES reading, which I am just thrilled about! Many thanks.
Submitted by susan , Thursday 27th December 2012
Reading Chest has been excellent in every way. The service very speedy with a wide range of books at each level. My daughter has now become a confident reader and that is why we are cancelling our membership. I shall definitely be returning in the near future with my younger son. Many thanks.
Submitted by Ellie Knight, Wednesday 17th October 2012
I wanted to thank you for providing an excellent service. You were recommended by a friend when I mentioned to her how frustrated I was that school were not sending home enough easy books for my daughter to practise with. Your company has provided a first rate service, with new books arriving promptly with out fail. The website is easy to use, and I would recommend you to anyone. I have only cancelled my account because my daughter has reached a level of reading competence that means she no longer needs the extra books, but if we need it again in the future I would certainly use you again. Many thanks!
Submitted by Katherine Fulton, Wednesday 26th September 2012
As a family we have been most impressed by the range of books on offer and by your prompt service and would recommend you to our friends. Thank you, Ann Howarth
Submitted by Ann Howarth, Tuesday 25th September 2012
This system is brilliant! With an everchanging supply of books I managed to keep my 6 year old son reading all over the summer holidays and he has now moved up a reading band in his first week back at school. I can't recommend this system enough...
Submitted by Caroline, Wednesday 19th September 2012
I just wanted to say what a great service you are providing. Our son loves getting his books addressed to him and the books arrive really promptly. He has gained increased confidence in his reading and since going back to School following the summer holiday he has moved up X 2 book bands in class. Thank you.
Submitted by Maria, Wednesday 12th September 2012
Brilliant customer service. Great to have a supply of correct band reading books over the holidays. My daughter has been really excited to receive her own post and loves opening the envelope with her new books inside. She also loves the stickers and has proudly been putting them on her chart each day. She has also enjoyed submitting some book reviews for the competition. Thank you very much!
Submitted by Joanne Latham, Tuesday 31st July 2012
Hi. I just wanted to say how brilliant Reading Chest has been for us. As homeschoolers, finding enough reading material to keep our son satisfied was really difficult until we found your site. Thanks a lot.
Submitted by Sally Day, Tuesday 24th July 2012
I wanted to thank the Reading Chest for all the books that have come on time. We joined last summer when my son was below is reading age in Year 1. We have just got his SATs grades and he is now 2A - reading above average for his age and school have said he is a fluent reader. Thank you for all the amazing books which keep his interest and reading. Looking forward to the summer and the books to come!
Submitted by Michelle Stephens, Wednesday 18th July 2012
Thank you for such a wonderful service.My daughter is in reception class and does not have regular reading at school and gets sent a book home when they remember.Thanks to you I can get school reading books and hear her read them every night.
Submitted by JULIE THOMPSON, Sunday 1st July 2012
Kathryn has developed from a reluctant reader to an avid reader in a few months. It gives me great joy to hear such fluent reading. Thank you reading chest geat service.
Submitted by Jackie and Kathryn, Tuesday 29th May 2012
Dear Sir or Madam,
May I say first how pleased I am with Reading Chest. My son adores the books and they are pitched exactly at his level, bringing his confidence on in leaps and bounds. My son has autistic spectrum disorder and for the first time today, showed off a skill he has learned by reading to his cousin and grandparents. He is also responding to praise and loves the star charts. However, he wants to place a star on the map with every book he reads, not just the "special" ones, so would it be possible to buy extra ones? We are delighted to have found your company and are extremely pleased with the entire service. Thank you!
Kind regards, Liza
Submitted by Liza, Tuesday 22nd May 2012
We moved from the UK to Italy and are so happy to have found this amazingly easy way to have constant access to early reading books in English for my Primary 2 daughter. It's a fantastic service. Highly recommended.
Submitted by Denise Muir, Wednesday 28th March 2012
I just wanted to say what a brilliant service you are providing. Our son loves getting a package addressed to him and the books arrive really promptly.
Submitted by Michelle, Wednesday 14th March 2012
Hello, I wanted to say a big thank you for your wonderful service. My daughter loved reading the books, and zoomed up the levels, without us having to pay a large amount. The books were varied, and you had enough from each reading scheme to ensure she read plenty from each level. Your customer service was unbelievably good, and I would like to think you for sending those extra star charts, and for being so helpful when I asked daft questions. Molly is now reading books, so now we use our local library, but I look forward to reactivating my account when her little sister starts reading in a few years time. Best wishes to all involved in the Reading Chest. I hope your venture continues to be a success, and again, thank you. Liz
Submitted by Liz Williams, Tuesday 31st January 2012
I have just cancelled my membership as the boys have now progressed on, but i wanted to say how fantastic the service has been, i have used 65 swaps with no problems and my youngest (age 5) has benefited the most and is now reading the same books as his older brother. Many thanks!!
Submitted by Andrea Brown, Friday 23rd December 2011
Having access to these levelled reading books has given my daughter the confidence to take on harder and longer texts without being phased or giving up. She has gone from being a very reluctant reader to being a keen reader. She loves the envelope arriving, and she loves the non-fiction books, which can be difficult to get at the right reading level enabling her to read learn and enjoy them.
Submitted by Jackie, Saturday 26th November 2011
My Son started your reading program with myself a few months ago - at that time his reading was quite poor. Now after a little encouragement and assistance from myself (a 20 minute session twice daily on a Sunday) he is the best reader in his class and now manages to finish all 4 books with myself every week. He looks forward to opening his Envelope to see what new books are waiting for him (Smiles all round) Thanks for a precious opportunity to assist him in learning.
Submitted by Simon and Alexander, Wednesday 2nd November 2011
I'm writing to let you know your company has been FAB. We have loved being part of it, and will likely return at some point. For now though, where we live finally has an access road into town so we can access the free library and my son has moved into year 1 and can now also access the school resource centre. I will continue to recommend you to everyone I can, this is a great idea and a fantastic scheme. My little boys reading has come on so much since starting. Thanks again, and I will probably see you again in the new year sometime.
Submitted by Andrea, Thursday 27th October 2011
I'm writing to let you know your company has been FAB. We have loved being part of it, and will likely return at some point. For now though, where we live finally has an access road into town so we can access the free library and my son has moved into year 1 and can now also access the school resource centre. I will continue to recommend you to everyone I can, this is a great idea and a fantastic scheme. My little boys reading has come on so much since starting. Thanks again, and I will probably see you again in the new year sometime.
Submitted by Andrea, Thursday 27th October 2011
Hi there I have just cancelled my account as my daughter now gets enough books from school. I just wanted to say Reading Chest has been really useful for us, especially over the summer holidays. The website is fantastic and so user freindly and the service has been amazing. I have recommended you to friends and at least one other has joined. Thanks again, I shall definitely be using you again!
Submitted by Caroline, Monday 17th October 2011
Thank you so much for the books, bag, chart and stickers which arrived so promptly today. My daughter is thrilled and has already had a go at all of the books. The stickers are a fantastic idea - she couldn't wait to get started to 'earn' her first gold star.
I am already thinking of upgrading to the Gold package to make use of your fantastic service.
Submitted by Sara Glazebrook, Monday 17th October 2011
Can I just take this oppurtunity to say what a wonderful service you provide and that this has really helped my eldest son with his reading in the last few weeks he has gone up several groups as the teachers tried to ascertain his level at the start of the new school year... we are very pleased. The twins start school next year but have started phonics and we are now starting the reading chest with them.
thanks for a wonderful service we have recommended you to many people and will continue to do so.
Submitted by Eloise, Friday 14th October 2011
My daughter has absolutely loved Reading Chest and it was such a godsend during her Reception year, when she was reading 4 levels below her real level at school. She has progressed so fast, partly thanks to your wonderful service, that at not quite six she is close to reading herself off the top of the reading scheme!
Submitted by Mrs Jackson, Friday 14th October 2011
What a fantastic idea.My Daughter was so excited when our first parcel arrived last week,the selection of books were great and she has already read two of the four...the sticker chart really helps. thank you and the books arrived really quickly
Submitted by Daniella, Monday 10th October 2011
Reluctantly, we have cancelled our account as Hannah is now receiving lots of books from her school. Thanks so much for providing such a worthwhile, efficient and motivational service. The availabilty of such lovely books in excellent condition has enabled Hannah to make excellent progress during the time we have subscribed. We'll miss reading chest. Thanks so much,Liz Greening
Submitted by Liz, Thursday 6th October 2011
I have just cancelled my account purely because we are now reading fewer, longer books and are able to get the books we need from library/school.
I want to say a BIG thank you for the brilliant service you have provided and the enormous help you have been in getting my son to love reading. I've been really impressed and recommended you to lots of people.
Submitted by Sarah, Monday 3rd October 2011
I cancelled my account as, now that my daughter is back at school, there just isn't enough time to get through all the books. She thoroughly enjoyed the books and they kept her reading fresh over the summer months. She continues to excel at her reading and is 18 months ahead of her classmates. Thank you Reading Chest!
Submitted by Judy Man, Tuesday 27th September 2011
I have just submitted a request to cancel my account. This is because, after many months of happy reading, Nicholas and Sophie have reached the point where they are not using their Reading Chest books to their best advantage... We have all enjoyed receiving and reading our Reading Chest Books. Nicholas particularly liked the Ginn Pocket Reads and the Project X non fiction books. Sophie particularly liked the Rigby star and Alphakids books. I liked the experience of discovering amazing reading scheme books, about which we might never have known had we stuck with school books alone. Thank you very much indeed!
Submitted by Anna, Monday 19th September 2011
I just wanted to say I think Reading Chest is brilliant and would recommend it to others. Thanks!
Submitted by Jenie, Monday 19th September 2011
Many thank for all of your help and the Reading Chest, this is a wonderful idea and a brilliant way to keep my son reading all summer – thank you.
Submitted by Michelle, Tuesday 13th September 2011
I cannot recommend Reading Chest highly enough. The books arrive promptly and they are always in great condition. My son loves the star chart. I appreciate being able to choose which schemes we receive. The rare times I had queries and contacted customer service their replies were made quickly and I felt as though you were dealing with real people rather than computers. I think it is excellent value for money.
Submitted by Paula Stewart, Tuesday 30th August 2011
We are very pleased with your impeccable service and great selection. Reading chest kept my daughter reading and interested in books throughout the summer holidays. She is always looking forward to receiving her envelope and the reward chart keeps her motivated. Highly recommended! August 2011
Submitted by Julie, north London , Wednesday 17th August 2011
Hi! Thank you for your wonderful service and fast delivery! Your company is an answer to many parents', including mine, prayers!
Submitted by Zubaira Tahir, Wednesday 13th July 2011
I am really pleased with the scheme. My son's reading has really taken off as a consequence! Love the star chart - please may we have another one with the stickers - it is a real incentive as he gets a treat at each milestone.
Submitted by Karen Hodgson, Wednesday 13th July 2011
hello, I would like to thank Reading Chest for making my daughter's first year of reading both successful and enjoyable. Molly is in reception, and I joined in April when she was on level 4 at school. We used your star charts, and aimed to read part of, or a whole book each night. She was determined to gain her 35 stars, and most nights she has been happy to read. As a result, her teacher described her reading as fantastic, and she is now on Oxford level 9, which I see as an amazing progression. Thank you for providing the books for such an inexpensive cost. All books have been in excellent condition, and the turnaround is consistently reliable. Thank you again from a very happy parent.
Submitted by Liz , Friday 1st July 2011
My son has moved up two book bands since joining the Reading chest a few weeks ago.A huge improvement has been noticed with his reading in school and he is now much more confident.He was aware that he was only on yellow level books and his friends were moving up book bands very quickly.My son is one of the youngest in his year and has a few advanced readers, reading "junior Books" in the same class.I wanted to help with my sons reading, without confusing him with the wrong type of books.Joining the Reading Chest has really helped me understand the way children learn to read.I just wish i discovered it sooner!
Submitted by lynne rowlands, Friday 1st July 2011
My son is excited every time he gets a new envelope of books and it saves us a fortune! I have just moved him up a level- quite an achievment for him. He is at each level for much longer than other kids so we needs lots of books at each level to keep him interested. We have almost exhausted the loacl library supply at his level. Plus he's a boy and its harder to find a good variety of "boy" books. Reading Chest has helped a lot and I am telling friends who have children with special needs about it.
Submitted by Mum of 8yr old with special needs, Saturday 7th May 2011
I have just received the latest batch of books. They are always promptly delivered in great condition. Despite my son going to an 'outstanding' school, your books invariably engage him more. As a family, they give us the option of reading more as the books are so inviting. Its value for money compared to so many other options for spending your money on children!
Submitted by Pete Goodman, Tuesday 26th April 2011
I just wanted to say thanks. I signed up on Friday and the books arroved on Saturday - I hadn't even had time to tell Freya they were on their way!!! Great service, great start.
Submitted by Rachel, West Midlands., Monday 4th April 2011
Great great source of books for children learning to read! They are in a FANTASTIC condition, seeing is believing, makes a change to torn books with pages coming out! It is also wonderful for my daughter, madison, to have books which are new and inspire her to read!! As a result she has moved up a level already!!! I also cannot praise you more for the speed in which you turnaround sending out new books!! I can highly recommend you and have done so to all the mums at my daughters school!
Submitted by Sarah & Madison Marks, Monday 28th March 2011
Just wanted to say, what a good idea Reading Chest is, it is so needed. Otherwise we get 2 books from school a week which my son does not want to read every day as he's already read them and he just memorises them so it's not beneficial. His reading has come on loads since doing this and he is becoming a lot more familiar with new words. He really enjoys choosing which one to read first!
Submitted by Claire, Tuesday 22nd March 2011
The Reading Chest envelope when it drops on the door makes my children squeal with delight. They rip the envelope open and discuss the books they have received with each other. This innovative idea has increased both of my children's reading age considerably and encourages them to read different texts along with those provided by school. It's an incredible service. Thankyou.
Submitted by Mum of two, London, Wednesday 2nd February 2011
We really appreciate having books which are not only up to date but also in immaculate condition. A new book is always something special and Reading Chest replicates this feeling. Leo can't be the only child bringing home books from school which are shabby, dirty and frequently mended, containing material that is out of date.
Submitted by Jackie, Wednesday 2nd February 2011
I love getting books from the post box. I check after school and can't wait for more new books. My favourite is Project X. Tiger has a magic watch and I would like one. I love reading chest and can't wait til I read all the levels. I like my sticker chart and certificates.
Submitted by Hannah Courtney, Saturday 29th January 2011
I love reading chest because the books are sent to my house. I love reading books and my reading is getting better. I love ripping the envelope open and doing book reviews with mummy. I love seeing my book reviews on the website and I love love love being star of the week with my sister.
Submitted by Jayne Courtney, Sunday 2nd January 2011
Since joining the scheme in the summer my 6 year old has made fantastic progress. His school have them in groups for reading so he can only move up when the group does,being able to move on at his own pace on this scheme has been of huge benefit to him. He is reading at a much higher level than if he'd just had school books and his enthusiasm for reading is growing and growing. My 3 year old also loves getting books in an envelope with her name on and is enjoying taking her 1st steps into reading. Even my reluctant 7 year old reads much better with the books that come from you especially as he gets far more non-fiction than he could from school. I will be recommending you to all my friends.
Submitted by Andrea Laity, Monday 29th November 2010
I would just like to say as a newcomer that my two girls love reading chest, they have returned their first batch of books and can't wait for more to arrive in the post. They love the sticker chart and especially love typing book reviews. They are so excited that something they have typed will hopefully appear on the internet.
Submitted by Lynda Courtney, Sunday 21st November 2010
My little boy is really enjoying the reading scheme, and getting his own post, although I have been woke up at 5.30am to have a book read to me .. just to get another star on that chart .. apart from that I cannot recommend your services enough. Many thanks again, Sarah
Submitted by Sarah, Wednesday 6th October 2010
Fantastic idea!! I wish i had found out about the reading chest alot earlier, would have saved me alot of money buying new books. My son loves receiving new books thru the post and loves the variety of books that he recieves. Kaya especially likes finishing a book and putting on the stickers. Fantastic idea and i highly recommend.!!!!
Submitted by Hulya, Sunday 3rd October 2010
What a terrific idea! We got our first delivery yesterday, and the books and stickers were a great success with my 5-year old relactant reader! I wonder if you are planning to add more schemes - Oxford Songbirds would be great, for example. Also, would be nice to be able to prioritize the schemes, or even the books within the schemes - just a suggestion :)
Submitted by Sophia Robertson, Friday 24th September 2010
An excellent and innovative service. I have been really impressed by the speed of book delivery and the wide variety of reading material available.
Submitted by Laura, Friday 10th September 2010
The Reading Chest service has been fanstastic in allowing my son to receive books he doesnt have access to at school, and his reading has really improved in just a couple of months. Great customer service too!
Submitted by Clare Handyside, Wednesday 25th August 2010
I think that Reading Chest is a brilliant idea and my son has benefited a lot from reading each day in the summer holidays. One suggestion - it would be really useful to be able to download a list of the books he has read between certain dates so that I can let his school know which books he has read over the holidays. Best wishes, Jo
Submitted by Jo Godfrey, Thursday 19th August 2010
[Follow on to Jo Godfrey's comments above.]
Thanks for your comments Jo - just to let you know that you can see a list of books read in your account area by clicking on 'view / amend book selections'. Then scroll down to 'books I've read'. Hope this helps,
Submitted by Liz at Reading Chest, Thursday 19th August 2010
Although both my children enjoy looking at books and being read to, they are reluctant readers and easily turned off by books at too hard a reading level. Having spent several hours in libraries trying unsuccessfully to find suitable books, I was delighted to discover Reading Chest.
Submitted by Jane , Wednesday 18th August 2010
The reading chest is such a clever idea ;-) my son is really enjoying receiving the books specially addressed to him, and its a great motivating factor for finishing the next set! We use and love the chart and stickers- thank you!
Submitted by Emily Clarke, Wednesday 4th August 2010
What a good idea I think reading chest is, it's great to keep up my sons reading especially over the 8wks holiday and with books that are within his schools reading scheme. Having been a teacher for years I have seen the difference it makes to keep up the reading practise and I will definitely spread the word to the other mums.’
Submitted by Jane, Tuesday 3rd August 2010
We think the concept is absolutely brilliant and my 5 year old just loves getting his new books in the post!
Submitted by Katy, Friday 16th July 2010
What a fantastic resource this is!! My daughter has been a reluctant reader with school books but is so excited about her reading chest books, she loves that she gets to stick a gold star on the chart when she reads a book, and that she gets her very own envelope through the door with her name on!! Can't wait to see her face when she gets a certificate!! We can't get these books from the library so this is a great way to keep her reading through the school hols, thank you!!
Submitted by S. Lewis, Tuesday 13th July 2010
It really is a great service - Ryan's reading has really improved and his confidence has grown since he started it. It's such a super idea as the children are reading books which they are familiar with at school. Thanks so much! June
Submitted by June, Monday 7th June 2010
Hugo is really motivated with his reward chart. I'm glad I joined Reading Chest. It is nice he can have different type of books at his level through the post. It is always a bit exciting when we open the envelope.
Submitted by Yuka, Wednesday 26th May 2010
I have signed up and got our first delivery of books yesterday much to the delight of my son. I just wanted to let you know I think this is a great idea! It is impossible to find books like this in the library and we only have one book at a time from the school and so when we have time to sit and read a few together - we don't have any. So I think this is great and have told lots of friends too!
Submitted by Carolyn Rich, Monday 17th May 2010
I have been telling everyone about this website! My son is so much keener to read because the books come addressed to him and they dont all involve Biff and Kipper! His reading has very clearly improved in a really short space of time. Lovely friendly service when we were accidently debited twice (not the companies fault but on it straight away and very apologetic) Thank you.
Submitted by Charlotte Naik, Sunday 25th April 2010
Ben and Sophie's books arrived the day after I signed up. They were so excited when the post arrived and absolutely loved the bags. Thank you!
Submitted by Hilary Walcott, Friday 2nd April 2010
Hi, we received our first packs this morning and they are great thanks.It's a great idea.
Submitted by Fiona Hogton, Thursday 1st April 2010
Felix was so chuffed last night to receive his pack, he loved the bag, the sticker chart and best of all was so excited by the oxford tree reading book about Wizard of Oz, he sat in the evening and read it without any prompting - it is the next level up from what he is reading at school and he was so excited to be able to read it.
Just thought you should hear what a fab product you have!
Submitted by Michele Kirby, Wednesday 24th March 2010
I just bought a Reading Chest gift voucher for my niece as a last minute birthday present. What a fantastic idea! She loves the stickers and bag.
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Submitted by Julia, Thursday 18th March 2010
What a fantastic help! Alfie loves choosing non-ficition books as there don't seem to be many of these at his school. The reward chart is also a great boost.
Submitted by Jenny Duncan, Thursday 18th March 2010
My children are taught from home and I have previously really struggled to find books at the right reading level. Your website is so helpful and is making my life easier already.
Submitted by Tracey Peters, Thursday 18th March 2010