New books are always lovely, and a book sale is an excellent time to stock up for future gifts; grow a home library; or plan for party bags. The Scholastic Book Clubs sale started on 25th December, and has books from as little as 99p. What’s more, 20% of purchases go to the school of your choice.
Our local school sends home Scholastic Book Club catalogues once a term, and they are always packed full of bargains. They also have exclusives, like the paperback version of a something only just out in hardback.
Scholastic Book Clubs asked me to choose a few favourites from the sale to share. I’m not sure if all my choices are sale books, but the prices are pretty great all year round. You can see all the books in the sale on their website.
My first choice is this amazing pack of 20 picture books for only £20. At only £1 per book this would be perfect for party bags, and the quality of the books included is stunning.
The pack includes Marmaduke the very Different Dragon (review), The Pirates Next Door (one of our favourites in 2012), How to Hide a Lion from Grandma and Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion (included in Chaos Castle’s books with single dads). I’d be willing to pay more than £20 just for those four, but there are another 16 included too – something for everyone.
Sticking with early years, who can resist this lovely soft Hugless Douglas? We are huge Hugless Douglas fans, and even though MG and DG are technically a little old for this, it’s still so cute that it gets read and played with regularly. £3.99 is a £7 saving on full price, and a very cheap gift for new babies (or their toddler siblings), or any young child really!
My next choice is the latest in Claire Freedman and Ben Cort’s Underpants series, Aliens Love Dinopants. Currently still only out in hardback, this paperback is even more of a bargain at only £2.99. The Underpants series are wonderful, and each new book is still fresh and inventive (and includes little details relating to other books in the illustrations, which makes reading even more fun.)
My final picture book choice is I’ll Wait, Mr Panda – which isn’t even published in hardback until next week, so this paperback for £3.99 is almost an essential purchase. We haven’t actually read this yet, but Please Mr Panda is amazing and Steve Antony hasn’t had a so-so book published yet. Besides, who could resist that cute face?!
The Phoenix comic is probably the best comic for kids around at the moment, and the collected strips in book form are excellent for reluctant readers, and avid readers alike. Of the three in this pack, we’ve only read The Pirates of Pangaea but are avidly waiting the next installment. This three pack is £14.99, or each can be bought separately for £4.99 each.
Jim Kay’s illustrations for Harry Potter are stunning, and this first illustrated book in the series is stunning and worth the £30 RRP – but it’s only £16.99 here so grab a bargain (and don’t forget the 20% back to your school.)
And if you don’t own any of the Harry Potter series, and have kids approaching the age to enjoy them, the full set of paperbacks (with Jonny Duddle’s gorgeous covers) are only £29.99.
My final choice (and really there are so many more I could point out, but I’m late writing this already!) is the complete set of nine Skulduggery Pleasant books for £39.99. Okay, so it doesn’t include The Maleficent Seven or Armageddon Outta’ Here, but the main nine novels don’t need the extra two unless you get completely addicted (which I did!) The earlier novels are 9+, but later ones are 11+, so I’d recommend this pack for teens and older (up to any age!) The humour, action, twists, and fabulously imagined world of Skulduggery Pleasant is well worth losing yourself in.
I hope that’s given you some good ideas for new books for the new year, and some brilliant bargains. There is so much to browse in the Scholastic Book Clubs sale, and 20p in every £1 spent goes to the school of your choice. Wins all round.
Disclosure: My local school will receive some books in exchange for this post. I’ve been a happy customer with Scholastic Book Clubs for over five years so jumped at the chance to promote them more.