{CLOSED} Let’s Raise Little Readers! + {52 Book set Giveaway}

When my daughter was in Grade 1, I was BEYOND CLUELESS. The kids had to read x amount of books for the year and they’d attain a reading badge. I found out about this at the end of the 3rd term, when I noticed a lot of kids walking around with these badges! #TrueStory. I am THAT mom. My poor child managed to read about 90 books in the last term, but sadly did not qualify for the badge. In Gr 2 and 3 though, she killed it and got it within the first term. Around 120 books I think? She even did an extra 30 and got a certificate beyond her badge. So when Joshua started Gr. 1, mama was ready! I knew about the list, and I was going to make sure we motored our way through them, at record speed! lol.

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Reading badge aside though, kids need to read! They need to get off their tablets and X-Box games and they need to read. They will do better in spelling tests, and believe me, they do A LOT of spelling tests. Reading helps them when they get to the higher grades, they are better able to grasp test and exam papers.  They’re finding out that children cannot comprehend what they’re reading, because they aren’t reading! Makes sense right?

Joshua, fortunately is an excellent reader. I was lucky that a friend lent me 2 fantastic book sets, progressive readers that start out easy and get harder as the child progresses. I love that they push him to learn new sounds and words with every book. However, said friend, got these books in the UK, and I was desperate to find similar sets in SA. I was ecstatic when I saw that Pan Macmillan actually has book sets like this! I found one that has a whopping 52 books!

This collection contains 52 books that will help children on their way to becoming confident readers. Each book has been Book Banded (the system used in primary schools) and is suitable for children aged between 4 and 7. The books will help children gain confidence and enjoy reading for pleasure. From castle mysteries to superhero exploits, the stories are illustrated and progress gradually as children become more fluent in reading. Compiled in consultation with a literacy expert, these books will help children at the earliest reading levels.

I love that these books are colour coded, to show you which age group each set is for. I find that, the reading is prescribed according to UK standards, because I don’t know any 4yr olds who can read (well except me, according to my Maybe your child can though?? That being said, you can progress to the next band if your child is ready, irrespective of their age.

We have enjoyed these books, and to ensure we are not just racing to the end, I love that there are questions at the end of each book. So you can actually test their comprehension of what they’ve read. I always spend the extra time, going back, asking the questions, quizzing him. We’re 60 books down to the reading badge, and we have 60 to go! This set is going to take us to just before the finish line. This will be great to even keep for Gr. 2 and my younger son will also be going through this set once he can read as well. Any day now, right Adam?

Before we get to the fun part of this post, if you’d like to read some of the other book reviews I’ve done, check out the posts here and here.

If you’d like a set like this for your child/children, you can find it, currently on special, on Takealot, OR you can enter right here to win one of these sets for your own kids!! Yes….Pan Macmillan had very kindly sponsored a set for one of my readers to win!!! Even if you’re not a parent yourself, this will make a great gift. I honestly am so passionate about raising little readers…I encourage you to enter for your nieces, nephews or even to donate to a school!

HOW TO ENTER:  I’m going to make it as easy as I can. All you have to do is comment below. Anything…your child’s name, who you want to win for, even what you ate for breakfast. 😉 Make sure you enter your email address (only I can see it), so I can contact you if you win.

BONUS ENTRY: For an additional entry, tag somebody on the Facebook post that you think would love to enter this giveaway <3

Also, check out Pan Macmillan’s Facebook page, where they share new book releases and other fun giveaways!


  1. This competition is only open to readers residing in South Africa.
  2. The giveaway will run until Friday, 18th May 2018, with 1 winner being selected at random shortly afterwards.  I will announce the winners of my giveaway on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so make sure you follow me on all 3 social media platforms so you don’t miss the announcement.
  3. If no reply to my email has been received within 48hrs, a new winner will be selected.
  4. Ensure you complete the necessary steps to validate your entries. I have no choice but to disqualify incorrect entries.
  5. Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for delivery.
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I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife, chocoholic and makeup lover! This is my little spot to talk about anything and everything I’m obsessed with.


  • Suria Whitefield

    Hi Simone! I am a Mom of two who works full time and LOVES reading! I really want to raise readers but my son Alex (Grade 4 at Sunridge) couldn’t be bothered but I still harbour hope! Lara (Grade 1 at Sunridge) on the other hand enjoys it and I encourage reading and we try to go to the Library (when time permits) together. This book set will help us on our way with her very own reading badge! She is determined to get it too!

  • Natasha

    Would love to win these for my son who is struggling a bit with his reading. I am sure this will help him. Grade 1

  • Tyler

    Tyler will love this and mom to! Thanks for this opportunity to enter Simone, lets hold thumbs! Will be a great set to share with the rest of the grade 1’s.

  • Melanie Pretorius

    I help my CEO’s daughter daily after school with her homework and she’s been reading every book she can get her hands on to add to her list. I’ve known her since birth (yes, I’ve been working here for quite some time) and to see her progress is a proud moment. She’s in “big school” this year and loves every second of it though complaints like “school makes me tired” comes out once a month. I’d love to win this for her as it’s so much fun reading with her.

  • yoliswa

    This will be very helpful for my son in Grade 1 as our current financial status doesn’t allow us to buy books for him to read. We rely on the school books which is not enough.

  • nasika baijnath

    this is the best giveaway of the year. and perfect for mothers day. i can gift it to my grade 1 daughter who is reading at her own pace and would love love love her to have these.

  • Marjorie

    I would love these for Emily Gr R..would be a great start to Gr 1 next year…I was also that mom with my older daughter…

  • Debbie

    Ah, Would love love LOVE to win this set for my Grade 1 daughter, but also to share with my Grade 1 class that struggle to find enough books that are the correct level for early readers! Readers are leaders xoxoxo

  • Lizene

    WOW this giveaway is mommy-awesome (high pitch musical ending). Would love to win this for my son going to grade 1 next year. My nerves are already shot as my girls before him were self starters (as we girls usually are) and such eager readers.

  • Chinky Deonarian

    I would really appreciate if I could win this for my two beautiful and amazing baby girls Zianne and Sianne age 3 and 5. Both are learning to read🤗❣❣❣📚📚📚📚

  • Abbygail Van Rooyen

    My boys Austin & Keeran are in Grade R & Grade 2 this would be perfect for the two of them fingers crossed.

  • Andrea bester

    Lol for the entry requirements made me laugh! I would love to win this for my daughter Mikayla she is starting to get in treated in reading.

  • Anusha Naidoo

    A absolutely wonderful giveaway thank you
    Will be well used and greatly appreciated for a little girl in Grade 1′

    Loved this post it was interesting thank you

  • Diana

    This is such an awesome prize. My son has autism and battles to read and write, this will be such an encouragement to read these books as they are fun and easy to use. Im holding thumbs very tight to win this for him🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

  • Terri Cawood

    Oh this is just what I’ve been looking for! I love and follow Pan Macmillan SA Kids & YA (and that’s where I found you and will be following you too now). I’m a mama to two boys aged 4 (Gd.RR) and 6 (Gr.1) and I have been reading to them and buying books since they were born. They LOVE books! I never have to ask if they’d LIKE me to read them a story, I literally just have to say “in the beginning” or “once upon a time..” loud and they drop whatever they’re doing and come running to curl up next to me for a story. We have reached that wonderful milestone where my eldest son is bringing books home to read as part of his homework (this nerdy mom’s favourite time of the day), however it is also the outgrowing of the current little library I have built up for my two boys. It is still great for Conner (4yrs) but Jordy (6rs) needs something more, something like this!

    PS I had yogurt for breakfast (2 little Paw Patrol full cream yogurt pots.)
    Signed up and sharing! Great blog post!

  • Felicity

    I’d love to win this for my little boy who is on Grade R.
    Been stuck at the airport for a few hours….books would have helped 😉

  • Andrea Thomas

    My daughters would love these! They are bookworm lovers! My eldest is in grade 1 and reads 3 books daily! The youngest is 3 years old and adores her little library!

  • Lorraine

    I would love to win this for my daughter Skyla, she’s actually a little reading whizz so I know she’d absolutely adore this! They would also be a great hand me down for baba number two who is due in December 😍 also I had a Rusk and some rooibos tea for breakfast, it wasn’t very interesting so I followed that up with some bread and stew and then an apple…. all in all it was an ok meal day 😝😂 thanks for the great comp, fingers crossed ❤👏

  • Della-Anne Amey

    I would so love this for my granddaughter Kay’lee she is turning 5 on the 19th May and she lost her precious mommy two days after her 4th birthday last year suddenly and unexpectedly and she was with me and her sister when I found my daughter, She has had so many changes in this last year, being taken out of her school put in a new one with no friends moved far away from her granny (me) who she used to live with by her father and his girlfriend so I don’t get to see her as often as I used too so would love to have some books for her to read when she comes to spend a weekend with me.

  • Summer

    My son Jordan would absolutely love this. He is such a bookworm (gets it from his mama) iv always been tAught from young that reading is knowledge and knowledge is power! Holding thumbs fingers Nd toes

  • Laikin

    I would love to win this for my niece and nephew. I love reading so this would be great for them so we can read together when I visit. They in grade 1 and 3.

  • Lynn Botha

    This would be absolutely awesome. My son is in Grade 1 and is battling with reading.. he only turns 7 in November and I am so worried that he will fall behind the more mature kiddies. Thanks for an amazing giveaway.

  • Lynnith

    Thanks for a lovely giveaway, reading is so important and enjoyable. I hope my 3 will enjoy it as much as I did as a child, they are in the early grades so are right at the start of their journey. My eldest is 8, and already loves it!

  • Lynette Strydom

    Alex would LOVE me if I win this – we read books every single night and we always need new books to add to our collection , as a Teacher I can’t agree more – reading is super important for kiddies.

  • Janine

    This is awesome Simone.Micah loves story time, even though not at reading stage yet i have to read to him every single night at bedtime or he refuses to go to sleep. I hope his passion will continue xxx.

  • Ayesha

    Finally got my daughter’s interisted in actually reading.
    Granted they do not on the kindle, but hey baby steps

  • Zayne Khan

    I love this giveaway and the thought behind it..I’m a voracious reader myself and I try to encourage my 6 year old to read as well (that’s our quiet time!) Luckily her school also has set an hour each week for reading and borrowing books which I wholeheartedly support. We need to encourage actual readibg rather than net surfing.

  • Bronwyn Dorfling

    What an incredible give away!! This would be amazing for my son who’s just starting to learn letters.

  • Carly

    Would love to win this for my daughter Emma she is currently doing Grade RR and she loves it when we read to her also she knows all her books word for word page by page without being able to read :-).

  • Maheshni Barbers

    Maheshni here, super mummy to my handsome son Kishaal(6) and beautiful little baby girl Mishika (22 mnths). Both my kids love reading and are obsessed with books especially animals and books about nature. Nothing pleases a mummy more than their kids that love reading.

  • Anitra

    I have a five month old…whose day is not complete without reading…we read a number of 27 books daily and he just can’t get enough. We would love more books to add to our collection as he loves a new book every now and then. This would surely mean the world to us if we did win.

  • Dionne

    Taylor and Thade may be a little old but I’m sure we can still find this set useful. If not this would be a perfect gift for our next birthday party:-)

  • Karen le grange

    This is so amazing. I am currently practising with my 4 yr old daughter and 6 yr old son. They love showing me that they can read the words. So precious. Would adore this xxx

  • Lelani

    From kids that dont read to Zian not putting his book down…all thanks to a book set..diary of a wimpy kid 😉
    Want my nephew’s to also have that from a young age xx

  • Candy

    I would love to win this for my son Luke, he goes to Gr 1 next year, I love to read and he seems to have the same passion for books as myself.

  • Estelle Strydom

    Would love to win a set for my grandson Alex a real bookworm. He reads me a story every Monday night.

  • Samantha Pillay

    Would love to win this for my niece Miah, maybe she will turn out to be a book worm like me. Have been looking for books that come in a set, these are great!

  • Elinor Kgati

    Made Pancakes for my little boy and Husband this afternoon! 🙂 Perfect weather here for this! …just saying.
    This is an incredible competition, wow. My Husband and I treasure daily reading times with our two munchkins. This would be the biggest blessing!

  • Kristi-lee Fraser

    I would love to win this for my 2 little boys, they love to read but books can be expensive. This set looks absolutely fabulous.

  • Lee-Ann Barnes Dowrie

    I have three super readers they have probably read all the books in the bookshelf a couple of 100 times they would love some new reading material. Crossing fingers and toes.

  • Tanya Pitman

    Would LOVE to win for my son Ashton so that we can read together. I’ve always loved reading and hope to instill that love for reading in him too.

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