My Year of Books

Hand-picked and personally-selected book parcels sent to a young person’s home over a year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Step 1. Find a young person who might like to receive a regular delivery of fabulous hand-picked new books.

Step 2. Decide which package to go for.  The ‘Barn Owl’ package gives the young person 1 book every other month (6 books in total over 1 year), with the ‘Tawny Owl’ they get 1 book every month (12 books in total over 1 year) and the ‘Eagle Owl’ gives 2 books every month (24 books in total over 1 year).

Step 3. Navigate to the appropriate package and complete your purchase.

Step 4. Look out for your e-mail confirmation.  In this e-mail will be a link to a form to fill in which will give us information about the young person receiving the books.  We’ll need to know their name, age and address, and you’ll also be able to let us know about their reading tastes if you want to and if there’s any particular type of books you think they’d enjoy.  If you think there is someone else better suited to give us this information please do forward it onto them!

Step 5.  You (or the person nominated as responsible for the Year of Books account) will receive an e-mail giving details of your account login.  Here you can keep track of all your book parcels, and see other personalized recommendations.

Step 6. The recipient will get a certificate with the first parcel which explains that you’ve bought them a Year of Books. So all you have to do now is sit back and wait for the proclamations of gratitude to roll in!

First of all we’ll consult the form that you filled in about the recipient.  If you’ve said they are 3 years old and love picture books about dumper trucks and dinosaurs, we’ll try to pick books generally in this genre! (And every now and again we might throw in something a little bit different, just to broaden the horizons!)

We run an independent children’s bookshop and so have thousands of books to browse and pick from in our shop, and a team of staff who really know their children’s books!  We hand-pick every single Year of Books book, in order to make the book parcels we send as enjoyable as possible.

You can check your online account approximately a week before the books are posted out to see what’s on it’s way.  Let us know as soon as possible if you have this one already and we’ll select a replacement.

In the unlikely event that the recipient does receive a book that they already own, please return it to us and we will send out a replacement.

In the form that you fill out after purchase you can choose which month you’d like to start deliveries.  All our book parcels are sent out around the 10th of each month and are delivered by Royal Mail, so will usually arrive with you between the 12th and 15th of each month.

If you haven’t received your delivery by the 18th of the month please get in touch.

Nope.  Nothing at all. The price shown at checkout includes everything – all the books, gift-wrapping, the initial gift certificate and all postage and VAT.

Yes we can.  However the price will be a little more to account for the extra postage.  Contact us and ask for a quote for the country you want to send to.

Yes. If you’d like to purchase A Year of Books, but you aren’t sure of the recipient’s reading tastes, you can buy one of our gift vouchers, which your lucky recipient can use to buy their own books or set up their own Year of Books.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch at anytime with any further questions. Send us an e-mail to bagsofbooks@bags-of-books.co.uk, or give us a call on 01273 479320 and speak to Nika or Anna.

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