The premise of the personalised photo book by love2read is to help your child develop a love of reading. It does this by presenting photographs which reflect your child’s world and relating them to simple words. Research shows that if your child loves books they will learn to read much faster and you will be encouraging a lifelong love of reading. The key words in each book are known as “high frequency ” words, which are some of the first words your child will be taught to recognise when they start school.
All you have to do is upload ten suitable photographs into a virtual book at www.love2read.co.uk and add some simple text. Your book will be printed and sent to your home address within 10 days. There are over 80 titles to choose from or you can create your own titles from the website.
The books are themed around National Curriculum keywords and are designed to stimulate the child’s interest in books so that they really want to read. No software is needed, the website is easy to use and you can even save your book as you go along if you need to come back to it later. There is a demo video on each title.
I created a “2012 My year” book for Mr K as his 5th birthday gift. It was very easy to upload the photos. My tip is to select all 10 photos with high quality resolution and place them into a new folder in your computer.
Once you upload the photo, you are unable to zoom or crop but you are able to rotate or move the photo around the frame.On each page, there are 3 icons above the photo. These are for you to rotate, change the border colour and change your photo. At the bottom of the page is for you to insert your text.
I love the idea of it sending you an email using a story letter to tell you that your book had been dispatched. I was quite surprise when I saw the email. It was so interesting.
I received the book very quickly. My first impression was excellent. The print quality was great and the text is big and easy to read. The front and back covers are glossy and each page is made from thick paper. The book itself measures about 17 x 17 cm.
This is Mr K’s review video: https://youtu.be/ik9V67iF1dM
These are the few questions I asked him in the video:
- Do you like the book?
- What do you like about the book?
- Is that your favourite photo/memory from the book?
How does it make you feel? I rated love2read 4 stars out of 5 for the educational purpose and it is a book that you can keep in their keepsake box. Each book costs £14.99 to print.
Disclosure: We received the sample for the purposes of writing this review, however, all thoughts and opinions remain our own.