Being first time parents we did a lot of reading and regularly came across articles about boys being behind girls academically and as a result were determined that our little Bug, as he was affectionately know would have access to lots of books and reading time…
But then we went into the book shop. “How much?” My partner shrieked- my ever growing list of titles to buy was going to have to be heavily edited if all books were that price, something I just wasn’t prepared to do!
So I set about finding great books at more affordable prices. This did mean scouring the internet for hours, but thankfully Mr Bug LOVED story time so it all felt worthwhile.
2 Years on and we celebrated the arrival of our second son, Fenn- who is generally referred to as Didi Bug!
Reading the same stories again and again was great for the Bugs but Mummy and Daddy were reciting the popular titles without even looking at the pages we needed something new!
Eventually we struck gold and got a large selection of brand new books at a great price. There were simply too many for us alone and we did have some duplicates so we took what was left to our local toddler group, playgroup and round to friends and family where they were quickly snapped up. Surprisingly we didn’t have enough for everyone and ended up ordering more!
Seeing that there were lots of other Mums and Dads who wanted these books for their little Bugs, at an affordable price, with no catches or clubs to join we started thinking, ‘maybe this could work as a little business’ we could run in between toddler groups, feeding times, nappy changes, you know the drill!
Well, that was a few of years ago now and we haven’t looked back.. We now have lots more books and a few more boys! Ceph ‘Mr Bug’ is now 11, Fenn, ‘Didi Bug’ is 9, Oren, ‘Wormy’ is 7.5 and Reux ‘Baby Bug’ has just turned 4. Bringing up 4 wonderful boys hasn’t been our only success over the last few years. Books for Bugs is growing every day now offering affordable books direct to schools, nurseries, preschools, teachers, childminders and of course parents and grandparents.
The online store is now sending out parcels daily across the UK and beyond, and our School Book Fairs have been so popular we now book up 6 months in advance!
What does 2020 hold for Books for Bugs
- We now have a dedicated website warehouse, showroom and £1 warehouse
- We have regular warehouse open days, so you can come and pick books straight from the shelves.
- A wider range of books for 0-11 year olds in our online store and a new teen range coming soon!
- And to complement our Local School Book Fairs and Virtual Book Fairs we will be launching something very exciting later this year to encourage children to get involved with Books for Bugs and sharing their book knowledge.
And of course there will be lots of brand new books coming in every few weeks, all for sale at just £2.50 each no matter what the RRP, so do keep an eye on our website or Facebook page for our latest news and products.
I’m pleased to also report that all the Bugs are still 100% book worms and Baby Bug is following in his big brothers footsteps!
Sally, Andy and the Bugs x