Beanstalk came to us with a book storage challenge: how could we help their reading volunteers find the just right book to encourage a reluctant child to read? We knew it was perfect opportunity to design a practical book storage solution for their tiny office with the help of you, our Tidy Books followers. That’s why we’re offering you the chance to win a Tidy Books’ designer kid's bookcase and help Beanstalk at the same time.
Beanstalk is a national reading charity who train, vet and place volunteers in schools to read one to one with children who have fallen behind with their reading. We’ve been in partnership with Beanstalk since 2014, and with every product we sell online, we donate a portion of that sale to help Beanstalk ensure that every child becomes a reader.
The Beanstalk team wanted to create a reading corner in their offices for the reading volunteers. The reading volunteers come to browse the large collection of books, when they’re looking for the ideal book to interest a child who’s finding books daunting.
Getting the right book builds a rapport with the child. That’s why it's so important to make Beanstalk’s book collection easy to browse. We know that our followers and customers value the opportunities to help others, and that they love a competition! More details on how to enter the competition at the end of the post.
When we visited the Beanstalk office, we realised the scale of the challenge they’d set us! Books are stacked to the ceiling, there are books on the floor, and shelves of games stacked precariously behind the door. Space has to be maximised in their small office.
Beanstalk’s reading helpers meet with a child once a week, away from the classroom to read, play a game and build rapport. For many children this is often the only time during the week when they are given options, asked their opinions, and able to enjoy quality one-to-one time with a consistent adult role model.
Beanstalk aims to reach 18,000 children by 2018 and the volunteers are crucial to opening the door of reading to children.
“It's all about the quality of the volunteers ... they sprinkle our children with their magical reading fairy dust and open up the wonderful world of books to them.” (Beanstalk Schools’ Survey, Christmas 2015)
To help the volunteers connect their children with reading, the Beanstalk team have big ambitious: in a very small space, they want to add a couple of comfy chairs; all the better to browse books in, and to have a space to display themed books e.g. bereavement or holidays or non fiction to help volunteers find just the right book for a particular child.
We created a storage design wishlist for Beanstalk’s office space to create a welcoming library for the reading volunteers. We included:
- A Tidy Books Designer Kid's Bookcase to display themed picture book, which are often hard to store and see.
- A Tidy Books Box to be used next to a coffee table for returning books to.
- Two Tidy Books Sorting Boxes to store Beanstalk’s range of educational games that reading helpers play with children to build rapport.
Sounds good? This is where you come in.
Help Beanstalk create a new reading corner when you enter our exciting competition to win a new Tidy Books designer kid's bookcase. Created with the help of an interior designer, the new colour range is designed to fit perfectly with modern decor.
For every 100 competition entries, we'll donate a Tidy Books kid's bookcase or storage product to kit it out.
You can win one of Tidy Books designer kid's bookcases, created by an interior designer, when you enter the competition on our Facebook page.
Hop on to Tidy Books Facebook page. Follow the 3 simple steps to win yourself a super Tidy Books designer bookcase!
Remember, the more people who enter, the more we can donate to Beanstalk!
Will you help Beanstalk volunteers find just the right book for every child they read with?
Competition to win your own designer kid's bookcase ends 11th June 2017, midnight.