I love books and wish I could sit all day in a cozy chair being lost in one good story after another.
In our busy lives, there is simply too little time for us to waste on lousy books. Some books are poorly written, and others have eerie illustrations that will haunt us more than pique their imagination (c.f. undead ghost children)… Indeed, I have come across books that turned out to be a total waste of our precious book reading time!
So if you are looking to buy good books, for your kids or as presents for friends, join the Owl Readers Club, purveyor of well-curated books. Wondering about the name? My guess is that it’s not that folks in this club are solely nocturnal, but that they are wise readers. 🙂
Owl Readers Club – how does it work?
Apart from being an online bookstore, it is also a Club with a membership system and rewards programme.
As a member (you can join as a Basic member for free!), you can earn points which can be redeemed for purchases. 5 points are awarded for every $1 spent, 50 points for writing a book review, 200 points for attending book club events and writing reviews. Redemption begins at 500 points which can be exchanged for $5 credit.
Additional perks for those who upgrade to a Paid 6-month membership (Usual Price $98, current promo price $68, earn 1000 points instantly) or 1-year Owl Star Member (Usual Price $188, current introductory price $98, earn 2500 points instantly):
- Double reward points for every dollar spent, as well as double reward points for writing book reviews
- Benefits such as discounts on strollers and baby accessories, toys, free kids scoop of ice cream and health and wellness services and products
- Exclusive offers with Owl Readers Club’s partners (e.g. Two By Two Schoolhouse, My Gym, Fun @ Giggles, Little Llama)
Beyond the points and perks, what the Owl Readers Club really hopes to build is a community of book-loving children. And what could be more wonderful than that?
In our society, everything seems to be a means to an end. And some people perceive reading or early literacy as yet another means to ace exams or get into the top 5 schools (ugh). But reading, especially reading gorgeous picture books, is really an end in itself.
It is pure enjoyment for the most part, an escape into lands you could never travel to (because they exist only in the imagination), a growing of the soul to embrace kindness, loyalty and all other virtues that come out best through well-written stories that draw deeply from the author’s heart and beliefs.
So I think it’s really cool that there are initiatives like this Club, to organise book club events and encourage children to read good literature.
What was it like ordering from Owl Readers Club?
I had a fun time browsing through the website, writing reviews on good books my kids and I had enjoyed, and then carting out a selection of English and Chinese books.
There is a Club Guide if you need an introduction on where to start. Here’s a tip, if you are browsing by age group, to filter down to “Chinese” books, the category “Chinese” is in alphabetical order (i.e. with all the C category words, between “character” and “choo choo train”), as is the “English” category (comes after “emotion”).
If you are looking for your current Points, click on “Open Rewards Programme” at the top left hand corner after logging in. You’ll find it there instead of under “My Account”.
Here’s a sampling of English and Chinese books that are offered by Owl Readers Club.
There is free island-wide delivery for orders above $60 too.
Just three days from the morning I put in my order, the parcel arrived!
Parcel opening is always a highlight for them. The packaging was really sturdy, so the books were in pristine condition when we unwrapped the final bubble wrap. Some of the books came wrapped in their own clear cling-wrap as well, which makes it great if you’re purchasing these as gifts.
Happy faces on children – one of the best things in life.
Here’s our loot!
The kids already have “My First Book of Hakka Words“, so they eagerly started flipping through “My First Book of Hokkien Words“, and tried to compare whether the same objects had similar pronunciations (e.g. egg and apple).
We were particularly tickled by E-MERGENCY by Tom Lichtenheld, and they were familiar with this author, having enjoyed his “Goodnight Goodnight, Construction Site”.
K burst into laughter when reading “How much is a Million?“, since she was wowed by how long it would take to count to a million! I bought that book specifically because B kept asking me how large is a million, and this was useful in getting them to visualise (and wrap their little heads around) such large quantities a little better.
幼儿双语绘本（7册) is of great value, since you get 7 books for $26.90. They are also suitable for preschoolers and primary 1 kids, since the text is relatively simple.
I usually prefer not to buy bilingual books because it is too tempting for a child to read the English lines instead of the Chinese. But 勇气 is a US award-winning book, and I really liked its theme of listing numerous examples of courage, from a child’s perspective. Encouraging and inspiring!
老虎先生来撒野 was my favourite within this haul, mainly because I loved the storyline! An award-winning title by a Caldecott Honour artist, it’s a tale of bucking the trend and resisting societal pressure to conform. Mr Tiger decides to ‘go back to his wild roots’ (no spoilers here), and realises that leading by example managed to bring about subtle change amongst his erstwhile staid and uptight neighbours too. It came with a little pamphlet with a board game too! Very cute.
Owl Readers Club is in the process of introducing an app (for both Android and iOS users)! Apart from being able to make book purchases through the app, Owl Star members would be able to use the app to connect with other members to exchange books or organize book related activities.
Here’s the next event, held at the Fun@Giggles indoor playground.
Owl Readers Club is offering a complimentary 6-month membership (worth $98) and $25 credit (in the form of points to be redeemed) to spend in their online store to 1 loyal reader of this blog!
To enter, complete all the steps below:
- Join Owl Readers Club as a basic member (free sign up)
- Visit LilBlueBottle’s Facebook Page and Owl Readers Club’s Facebook Page (While you’re there, we’d appreciate it a lot if you could “Like” the pages)
- Leave a comment on this Facebook post with:
a) your email address; and
b) why you’d like to win it.
(It is not required, but we’d appreciate it if you’d share this post on Facebook or Twitter!)
The giveaway ends on 2359 hrs on 11 Nov 2016, and the winners will be contacted via email. The usual terms and conditions apply – the winners’ names will subsequently be announced as an update on this blog post. 🙂
[Congrats Sharon Seow! You are the winner, and we’ve sent you an email!]
Here’s their website and social media platforms, for more information: