I was pretty excited when I was contacted by Owl Readers Club to do a review for them. As a kid, I was a bookworm. I read anything and everything, including shampoo labels (no kidding). My favourites were books by Enid Blyton and I would lose myself in her stories about toys coming alive, as well as the adventures of Noddy and Big Ears.
As I got older, I was really into Archie comics and would devour a double digest in one sitting. I read everywhere, including meal times. As a teenager, I poured over the Straits Times, reading the various local news about crime, murder and all things local. I skipped the political section though. So yes, I was pretty much a bookworm. The husband also read a lot as a kid because his mum would only buy him books and newspapers, not toys. #truestory.
We want to cultivate a reading habit with our kids and have been reading nightly to Elliott before bed. We have amassed quite a lot of books and each night, we let him choose a book of his choice and we’d read it together. Now that Elliott is older, he asks questions (oh, the questions!) about the stories or characters and even though it gets tiring answering his 10,526th question, I try and remind myself that one day, we won’t be doing bedtime stories anymore. Sniff.
What is the Owl Readers Club?
The Owl Readers Club is specially designed to encourage families to cultivate good reading habits. With these beliefs in mind, they have created an array of features to allow families to embark on an engaging and exciting reading journey.
Apart from curating quality children’s titles at competitive prices (important!), organising interesting reading-related events, providing opportunities to meet with fellow book-loving families and rewarding active club members, the Owl Readers Club is also constantly working to tie up with merchants to provide added benefits for their members.
Membership System and Rewards Programme
The Owl Readers Club also has a membership system where basic and paid members earn reward points which can be redeemed for purchases. At a glance:
- 5 points are awarded for every $1 spent;
- Redemption begins at 500 points which can be exchanged for $5 credit.
You can sign up as a basic member for free to start earning reward points (e.g. 200 points for sign up, 50 points for writing book review, 200 points for attending book club events and writing reviews).
Thereafter, you can always upgrade to a paid 6 or 12 months Owl Star Membership to enjoy benefits (e.g. discounts off HUA language centre, BYKIDO, Annie+Alex, Liliewoods, Little Llama, bouncy castle rental, to name a few). Best of all, upgrading to a paid 6 or 12 months Owl Star Membership allows you to earn double reward points for every dollar spent, as well as double reward points for writing book reviews, attending book club events etc. More details here.
A mobile app!
The Owl Readers Club also has a mobile app ready and available on Android Play store and IOS App store! Apart from the sale of books through the apps, Owl Star members would be able to use the apps to connect with other members to exchange books or organize book related activities together.
I checked out their mobile app and I must say that I wished it had a “Search” or “Sort” function so that I can find books that I want easily (just like their website). Then again, it is currently in beta version so I’m sure in time to come, the mobile app will get even better.
Our experience with Owl Readers Club
We selected the following books from their website:
- The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers (link)
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (link)
- If I Had a Dinosaur by Gabby Dawnay & Alex Barrow (link)
- The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton (link) <– for the twins!
I placed the order on Thursday and received a notification the next day that the shipment is on its way. Woohoo! They also kindly gifted us two books for the twins, Peek-a-boo farm and Peek-a-boo zoo, as well as an additional book, Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, for Elliott. (Thank you!)
They actually left out one of the books in the first shipment but it was personally delivered the next day once I told them about it. What lovely, thoughtful service. I guess this is the personal touch from a home-based, local business.
Elliott has been enjoying the books I picked for him, especially We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and asks to read it every, single night. His teacher reads it to them at school so I guess he can relate to the story. Every night, we go ‘swishy swashing’ and splash sploshing’ on the bed during our pre-bedtime reading sessions. As he is in his dinosaur phase, he also asks to read If I Had a Dinosaur.
Check out this precious clip of Elliott “reading”:
As the Owl Readers Club is a small, home-based business, some of the more popular titles get sold out pretty quickly so one fat tip I have for you is, if you see a title you like, BUY IT IMMEDIATELY. Their books are shipped from the USA so a restock may take a while.
Yes, there are tons of bookstores out there (both online and brick-and-mortar) but what we love about Owl Readers Club is their competitive pricing and the fact that they are local and run by parents themselves.
Support and buy local, yo!
Note: miss ene received shopping credits in return for this sponsored post. All views and opinions expressed are her own.