How it works

1The right reading level

Our expert 'get started' process suggests a reading level for children aged 2-9.

If, however, you know the book band level your child is reading in school, and you want to select an alternate starting point, you can adjust their reading level after you checkout (see how to find your child's school reading level).

Alternatively, you can make changes to your child's reading level at any time during your membership.

2Personalised deliveries

Subscribers receive regular, monthly deliveries of books and activities. We curate and commission the latest (and greatest) reading materials for each age and stage so you can offer the best reading support at home. We also shadow schools, so your child's reading journey is a seamless transition between home and classroom.

3Targeted practise

Each delivery is tailored to what your child is learning or will learn next in the school curriculum.

For example, if your child is learning to read, their delivery will focus on all important letters and sounds with games and activity sheets for reinforcement, and advice for parents about how to be helpful. Each box also boosts critical words like ‘the’, ‘do’ and ‘go’ – the words that children can’t sound out using phonics. Month by month, your child builds confidence.

4Making progress

As per National Curriculum expectations, children move up reading levels regularly and automatically (we’ll nudge you when a move is coming).

Our guide: what does too easy, too hard and just right look like is helpful if you are unsure about whether your child's reading level is providing the right amount of challenge.

5Prep for key checks

The Bear Can Read offers help and support as children approach key check and test points, such as boosting the literacy skills for 3-4 year olds hoping to get into selective private schools, explaining the Phonics Screening Check in year 1 or sending expert tips for taking English tests towards the end of Primary. And don’t worry, we make all of this fun!

6Little and often

The Bear Can Read brings fun and focus to children's reading – 10 to 15 minutes every day makes all the difference.