Friday, 8 September 2017

Storytime Magazine - Perfect for Discovering New Stories


Summer holiday is finally over (although the 6 weeks went by pretty quickly!) and the kids have settled back into their school routine. One of our goal this year is to read more for leisure and fun at times when the kids aren't reading a school book, because reading shouldn't be just for school and learning.

While we were sorting the kids' library cards out and looking for places that sell cheap books (sometimes I just feel like buying them...), I was introduced to a monthly magazine - Storytime Magazine, which is filled with illustrated stories without adverts slotted in between.

I love the idea of having a selection of stories sent through our door monthly, introducing us to some that we might not pick up ourselves, so I've gratefully accepted the opportunity to review a couple of their issues.


Storytime Magazine, stories for children, children monthly subscription magazine

Storytime Magazine, stories for children, children monthly subscription magazine

Storytime Magazine, stories for children, children monthly subscription magazine

The Storytime Magazine is a free delivery monthly subscription children magazine full of fun and beautifully illustrated stories. The cover price for each issue is £3.99, and you can buy any back issue individually without subscribing for £4.99 each. You can save however through the following subscription plans:

Trial - 50% off for the first 4 issues, ie just under £2 each month
Direct Debit Subscription
- every 3 issues at £3.33 each month
- every 6 issues at approx. £3.17 each month
- every 12 issues at approx. £2.84 each month
- every 24 issues at approx. £2.71 each month

There are also deals for when you pay by credit/ debit cards or PayPal.

The first thing I noticed when we received the magazines was how thick they were! The fact that none of it is adverts really make me feel that my money will be well spent on them. The high quality paper also means that they will be more durable, so you can keep them for as long as you can keep story books. Everything is printed beautifully too.


Storytime Magazine, stories for children, children monthly subscription magazine

Storytime Magazine, stories for children, children monthly subscription magazine

Each Storytime Magazine comes with a selection of different stories - fairy tales, modern tales, myths and legends, around the world tales, poems and rhymes, etc, and are illustrated by different illustrators.

I love the variety of stories and writing styles, so that they can have fun reading, but also improve their own writing skill and expand their vocabulary without them even knowing (so it feels much less like homework). I also love the different ways illustrator illustrates the stories, which can certainly inspire children.


Storytime Magazine, stories for children, children monthly subscription magazine

Storytime Magazine, stories for children, children monthly subscription magazine

Storytime Magazine, stories for children, children monthly subscription magazine

Another thing I really like about Storytime Magazine, is how they kept majority of the games and activities right at the end of the magazine, instead of slotting them in between stories. On the other hand, they will also put a small note on some pages with smaller activities, like colouring butterflies or counting monkeys on the page. We had a giggle when we tried singing "Tom, Tom the Piper's Son" with the tune of "Over the Hills and Far Away"!

Some of the stories also comes with facts and knowledge too.


Storytime Magazine, stories for children, children monthly subscription magazine

Storytime Magazine doesn't end with the activities however. To my surprise, the have a Books of the Month page. recommending other story books for children to read, which I think is brilliant as sometimes we do struggle to pick a book from the shelf, so the monthly short reviews and recommendations really help.

There is a monthly competition to win the recommended books, and sometimes plus more too.

And for children who likes their free gifts that comes with magazines, they can find them (printable masks and finger puppets, activities sheets, fact sheets, invitations and cake toppers, recipes, etc) on Storytime Magazine's website under the "Free" section, which is updated each month and related to each month's issue. There is plenty of fun for the children to have!


Storytime Magazine, stories for children, children monthly subscription magazine

When I first flipped through the magazines, I thought that, although the target age is "any children", children in KS2 and above might find them a bit too easy or "kiddy" to read. But then, Storytime Magazine is about fun reading, why set an age limit to have some fun? Even I enjoy reading young children story books with beautiful illustrations, so why should young children be the only ones entitled to read Storytime Magazine?

On the day I received them, I read a story out loud during snack time, and it has certainly caught both kids' attention (more from Abby because Clay was trying hard to focus on the TV haha)! The stories were well written and some are quite funny too, which is right up Abby's street. The illustration are attractive, which definitely help making us want to read them.

The magazines will also make great bedtime stories for parents to read to their children. I haven't read to the kids before bed for a long time now, since Clay can read himself, but I know they'd still enjoy listening to a bedtime story, and I actually enjoyed reading to them too. I think I'll start again!


If you like what you see so far of Storytime Magazine, but still not sure whether it suits you and your child(ren), why not buy an issue to try, or take up their first 4 months for half price offer?