Review and giveaway – Storytime magazine

My girls love stories. Sometimes though, it feels we can get stuck in a little rut of bedtime stories. The same old favourites being read over and over again. As lovely as it is to enjoy a favourite story, it’s also good to discover new ones too. We’ve been discovering some new stories recently after I was sent a couple of issues of Storytime magazine to review.

 

Two issues of Storytime magazine - one with the story of twelve dancing princesses on the front and the other with an alphabet zoo on the front

 

Storytime magazine helps to bring stories to children who are reluctant to pick up a book, but will happily pick up a magazine, whilst also appealing to children who love books and stories. It’s a subscription magazine, published monthly, and unlike most other children’s magazines, there are no plastic toys or adverts.

 

A double page from Storytime magazine showing the end of one story and the start of the next

 

The lack of plastic toys didn’t go unnoticed by my girls though. I have to admit their first reaction was disappointment at the lack of toys and stickers. It just goes to show that the appeal is usually not the magazine at all! Sophie, at three, is too young for the magazine to be of interest in itself. She liked the illustrations but the stories were a little long to hold her attention and the activities were too difficult for her.

 

Jessica wearing a princess dress and looking at an issue of Storytime

 

Jessica, at just turned six, was more interested in looking at the magazine. She’s not yet at a reading level to be able to read the stories by herself, but she was interested in the activities. A couple of them were a little tricky for her, but most she could do herself. She enjoyed listening to the stories and asking questions about them.

 

A double page spread from Storytime magazine showing some of the puzzles and activities

 

I loved the mix of stories in the magazine, ranging from well-known fairy tales to myths and fables, stories from across the world, poems and extracts from classic children’s stories. The mix of stories means that most children should hopefully find at least one story they enjoy in each magazine – even if they don’t like certain genres.

 

As well as helping to bring a variety of different stories to children, Storytime is also a social enterprise. Profits generated from the magazine are reinvested to help encourage more parents to read with their children and to help schools, charities and councils improve literacy in UK families.

 

Jessica and Sophie sitting back to back and looking at an issue of Storytime each

 

If you would be interested in subscribing to Storytime magazine, you can receive up to 35% off a subscription by visiting this link. Alternatively you can visit the Storytime magazine site at www.storytimemagazine.com and type in the code LITTLEHEARTS at the checkout.

The Storytime team have offered three of my readers the chance to win a bundle of Storytime magazines each. Each of the bundles contains four issues of Storytime. To be in with a chance to win one, please enter through the Gleam form below. The competition is open to entrants from the UK only. The winners will be chosen at random after the competition closes at 23.59pm on 30th September 2017. For full terms and conditions, please click the link on the Gleam widget. Good luck!

 

I was sent a couple of Storytime magazines to review for the purposes of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Storytime magazine bundle giveaway

 

Rachel Bustin
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20 Comments

  1. Margaret GALLAGHER
    September 12, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    Rather a strange book for a child but my 3 year old nephew loves Mr Bean BOOKS !!! He’s also partial to SPOT BOOKS

  2. laura banks
    September 12, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    i loved a book my mum read to me called mervyn the mouse

  3. Amanda Baggott
    September 13, 2017 / 8:48 am

    The Hungry Caterpillar 🙂

  4. September 13, 2017 / 10:31 am

    My son loves the “The dinosaur who pooped…” series and my daughter loves Tom Gates #luckylinky

  5. Solange
    September 13, 2017 / 11:42 am

    The Gruffalo

  6. LARA Latchem
    September 14, 2017 / 8:18 am

    We love James and the giant peach

  7. cheryl hadfield
    September 15, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Charlie and the chocolate factory

  8. sarah m
    September 18, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    The Hungry Caterpillar is a family fav!

  9. Craig AUstin
    September 27, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Youngest would love these. Although it already takes an hour to get out of room.

  10. Craig AUstin
    September 27, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Youngest would love these.

  11. Lynn Neal
    September 27, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    My granddaughter loves goldilocks and the three bears

  12. paula cheadle
    September 28, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    loves the little mr men and little miss books

  13. Katie Skeoch
    September 28, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    We love the old fairy tales & one of our favourites is the little red hen

  14. Sam parkes
    September 29, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    The gruffalo and Matilda

  15. Simone Griffin
    September 30, 2017 / 7:44 am

    My son loves Stick Man x

  16. Michaela Hannah
    September 30, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    My children love the tiger who came to tea

  17. Kate Davies
    September 30, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    My son loves the supertato stories.

  18. Gemma Cook
    September 30, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    The Hungry Caterpillar

  19. Tracy Gladman
    September 30, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  20. Natalie Crossan
    September 30, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Room on the Broom xxx

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