Tidy Books Book Box (Review & Giveaway)

Books are an essential aspect of our home, and as I was sorting out The Boy's books after Christmas time I realised that he has very distinctly moved into a new phase of story books. Hardback books are long gone, the amount of text on a page has increased and the font is smaller, and the subject matter is more detailed.

We've also had to find space on his book shelves for his own reading books, those which I've bought him to practise and develop his reading skills. I have in the past tried to keep his books constrained to just the dining room, but when I was sent a new book box to review, it was the perfect excuse to gather all of his reading books together in one place and bring them into the living room.

With an advertised space for up to 40 books and four sections of two different heights, it's the perfect size to sit in the corner of our living room and appeal to The Boy to sit down and flick through a book and have a go at reading it by himself. In reality we actually have a lot more books in the book caddy than that, with over 120 small reading scheme style books in there, we've definitely got something to suit The Boy's moods and improving reading ability.

I set the book caddy up for The Boy one afternoon to explore after school and he found it really enticing. The fact that the books are forward facing is incredibly useful, because actually children do judge a book by its cover, especially if they can't read the title!

Tidy Books Book Box

The Tidy Books' book box measures 34 cm (h) x  54 cm (w) x 28cm (d) and had a lovely play clock which can be attached at one end (although it can also be removed when children are older) with moving hands for The Boy to practise reading the time on. Assembly was simple, the book box arrives flat-packed in a carry box, and it took me less than five minutes to put it together with the provided alan key. Made from sustainable wood, not MDF, the book box is also finished in a water-based lacquer which is a safe, virtually odour free lacquer which is better for the environment and is ideal for children and allergy sufferers.

I find it very reassuring that the product has been made in a very responsible manner with sustainable resources and harmless paints. The finish and quality of the product is amazing, there are no sharp edges or splinters of wood on the screw holes, and it's the type of book box which will be used for longer than a few years; I can see it being passed down through the family.

The Tidy Books Book Box is available in a dark petrol blue, white or natural finish, and is priced at £69.00. While that may seem a little more expensive than some cheap high-street alternatives, the comparative quality is indisputable and this is one of those cases where it's worth spending a little more for something that will last years.

However, I am very fortunate to be able to offer a Tidy Books Book Box to one lucky reader of TheBoyandMe. Simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below for the chance to win one.

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I was sent this product for the purpose of this review, my opinion is honest and unbiased.

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  1. Claire Farmer says

    My little one is at nursery and is simply racing through The Oxford Reading scheme. The Kipper, Biff and Chip stories are so fab

  2. says

    (The very retro) Monster Can't Sleep by Virginia Mueller is the current favourite here…And a storage solution for the pile of books that live at the side of the bed is sorely needed!

  3. says

    Mine loves this one particular board book called Mia Ballerina – it has about 12 words, and I have to read it at least three times every night! lol #killmenow

  4. says

    My Son's is anything Thomas related, there really isn't a favourite with Thomas Tank Engine! My daughter loves Cinderella and more recently, Hairy maclary from Donaldson's Dairy! x

  5. says

    My 6 year old is really enjoying Enid Blyton at the moment. He's just finished Adventures of the Wishing Chair and he's moved onto the Faraway Tree series. I used to love those books when I was younger too so it's great to see him enjoying them so much.

  6. Kate Marsden says

    My grandson loves ZOG at the moment but he does stick to a few repeatedly for a few weeks then have a whole new wardrobe as such

  7. Jo welsh says

    My daughter is now learning to read and will try and read any book but she likes me to read The Perfect Hug to her at night

  8. Louise says

    Well at the moment my 2yro will have any book read to him that becomes handy,but his favourites are "Peepo" by the Ahlbergs or the "Tail of the Flopsy Bunnies" which was mine when I was little.

  9. jess fritzges says

    I guess curious George because I read it recently. He's too young for favorites, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a huge collection already.

  10. Somethingblue_2 says

    He is a real bookworm (like his Mummy!) and gets very excited by new books. He does love Thomas The Tank Engine stories and The Gruffalo certainly holds a special place in his heart.

  11. says

    It changes all the time! His current favourites are the Gruffalo and 'Mummy laid an egg' (Babette Cole). My friend has just had a baby so we read it a lot while she was pregnant and it answered all of Mushroom's awkward questions! I love this box, looks gorgeous

  12. Keri Jones says

    My son loves anything with Dinosaurs in at the moment. I couldn't pick a favourite- he reads 7 different Dinosaur books at least 10 times each everyday. As well as Dinosaur books he loves anything by Julia Donaldson- his current favourite being Tabby McTat. Would love one of these for all his books. Thanks for hosting this giveaway :) x

  13. TracyJo says

    One called "Whos my mummy?" Little puppy, its got things to do inside it, lift, pull etc, its hardback so even better x

  14. Lorenne Amphlett says

    My eldest daughter LOVES 'We're Going on A Bear Hunt' despite the fact it scares her when the bear is chasing them, bless!

  15. Tracy Alder-Ashwin says

    My 3 year old has a Disney Princess book with all the classic stories in such as Cinderella and Snow White. She absolutely loves reading this every night.

  16. Gemma Matthews says

    A firm favourite of my sons is dear zoo, he loves anything to do with animals, he also recently discovered Q pootle 5 which he loved but its a tongue twister for mummy xx

  17. Gemma Matthews says

    He loves dear zoo and he has just found a q pootle 5 book which he loves, such a tongue twister for mummy to read though :)

  18. stef williams says

    Dear Zoo – we have the lift the flap version and the touch version, we have to read them both at the same time

  19. Leigh Larkin says

    My 2 year old tends to love whatever her current library books are. But for a guaranteed classic probably Room on the Broom


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