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Our reading schemes

Books available to rent from the reading schemes below...

How it works

Reading Chest is a through-the-post book rental service for children. After an initial delivery of 4 or 6 reading books depending on your package, simply return the books in the pre-paid envelope and wait for some more to arrive in the post.

How it works

Step 1: Choose your subscription package

Our packages are designed to meet different needs, depending on how many times you think you would like to swap your books and how many children are sharing the account. (It is only our silver and gold packages that can be shared between siblings as they allow more than one book list to be created).

Bronze package

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Initial delivery of 4 books

2 swaps a month.

Based on returning 3 books at a time, this will give you up to 6 books each month.

Can make 1 book list*

*A good supply for 1 reader. All books selected will be at the same reading level.

£9.95

per month

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Silver package

Silver ribbon

Initial delivery of 4 books

4 swaps a month.

Based on returning 3 books at a time, this will give you up to 12 books each month.

Can make 1 or 2 book lists*

*If desired, the allocation of 4 books can be shared between 2 siblings at different reading levels.

£13.95

per month

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Gold package

Gold ribbon

Initial delivery of 6 books

Unlimited swaps!

You can return up to 3 books at a time as often as you like giving you unlimited books!

Can make 1, 2 or 3 book lists*

*If desired, the allocation of 6 books can be shared between 2 or 3 siblings at different reading levels.

£17.95

per month

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Step 2: Choose your child’s books

Our books are sorted into reading levels known as book bands. You may be familiar with book bands as they are used in many schools. When you know your child’s book band, you will be able to select books from different reading schemes with confidence, knowing that they are the right level for your child.

Once you have done this, there is no need to make any more choices. We will simply send you a selection of books from your chosen band. However, if you would like to be more specific about the books you receive, then you can login to your account later and edit your preferences.

You can choose to receive just fiction or non-fiction, or particular reading schemes. If there are any individual titles that you don’t want to receive, you can add these to your ‘book bin.’

If you would like to take it a step further, you can also create a ‘favourites list.’ We will do our best to send you books from your favourites list first. It can include books from your chosen book band or from other bands. So, if for example you are on red book band, but would like to find books about Romans for a school topic, you can add these to your ‘favourites’ list.

Don’t worry about all these choices, as you can amend your book list an any time. For more help on choosing books, see Tips on choosing books or What are book bands.

Step 3: Wait for your first delivery of books to arrive in the post!

If you sign up before 2:30pm on Monday to Friday, we will post your books out by first class post the same day.

Bronze and silver members will get 4 books initially. Gold members will get 6 books initially. You will also receive other goodies such as a cool bag to keep your books in, a reward chart, stickers and a bookmark.

Step 4: After your child has read the books, send them back in the pre-paid envelope and wait for some more to arrive.

You can return up to 3 books at a time in 1 envelope. This is what Reading Chest calls ‘a swap’. (Bronze members get 2 new swap credits each month. Silver members get 4 new swap credits each month and gold members get unlimited swap credits.) On the first day of each calendar month, your account will be credited with new swaps.

If you don’t use them all in 1 month, they will be stored in your account until the next month or when you need them. Swaps cannot be used unless you are a paying member. (A maximum of 8 swaps can be carried over each month - perfect if you want to read more during the school holidays.)

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Other great features

Download certificates for your child after reading 20 books or moving up a book band. Reward charts and stickers are given out when you join. Just get in touch later if you would like more, or download a reward chart from our website. View a personal record of books your child has read. Go to ‘Our books’ to read other children’s book reviews or write your own.


Plus!

You can keep the books for as long as you like. There are no dues dates or late fees. There is no minimum membership period. To cancel, simply click ‘End my membership’ and return all books to Reading Chest.

Enjoy!

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