Love2read Review: Checking out the bookWould we like to review a book which makes a perfect gift for Father’s Day? Oh, yes please! This will save me many moments of pondering and head scratching I thought to myself – what can we get this year that is a little bit different, a surprise, not too much of a cliché?! I have to say though, I wasn’t expecting to be so pleased with the book and I’m really glad of the chance to sing its praises!

What is it?

Love2read is a web based company who make – or rather produce, you do the making yourself – personalised photo books. They have a huge range of templates to use including books about almost every family member you can think of, a special trip, a pet, or simply ‘I like’. Each page has a photo and a short caption and the idea is it helps young children learn to read by developing their sight knowledge of high frequency words.

How does it work?

It is a really simple process; you just need to select and upload a few photos, add the text – short sentences relating to the picture and that is it.

We chose to make a book titled ‘Our Daddy’, so as you would expect the pictures were from lovely family times and Alex, 4, not only enjoyed choosing the photos and seeing them put into the template but helping me choose what to write about each one. Children just a couple of years older would be able to complete the whole thing fairly independently. Once you are happy and have reviewed everything you order the book and hey presto! The ordering process was really simple, with regular emails to let me know how the order was being processed. I particularly enjoyed the dispatch email which was quirky to say the least and made me laugh out loud – but you’ll have to buy your own to find out why!

The result

We received our book really quickly, in just a few days and I was really pleased with the quality. The book was slightly smaller than I had imagined but it is perfect for little hands. I’m sure that both of my boys, and of course their Daddy, will really enjoy reading this book for a long time and I can see how it would help little ones with their desire to read.

Meanwhile I’ll just be sitting back and smugly enjoying the fact that I’m ahead of the game for once and have a present that is different, a surprise and definitely not a cliché – just a lovely, personalised gift that all the family can enjoy!

A big 10/10 from us!


Helen is a mum to two, and social media consultant and website editor. Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts now works with big family brands to help them promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. Helen also helps other organisations with their social media and blogging strategies, including working part-time as a community manager with Truprint. She can often be found hanging about on social media, and trying to avoid stepping on the Lego her kids keep leaving lying around.