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KATE Morris-Double, who lives in Melksham, has launched a new book subscription box and podcast for adventurous readers aged 8-12.
Tales by Mail (www.talesbymail.com) will deliver two brilliant books, author letters, signed bookplates, activity sheets and surprises to bookworms around the world.
Kate launched the business on April 2nd (in prime lockdown time) and along with her business partner, Libby Harris, she has been preparing their first boxes to go out in the post in June. Each box will have a fun theme, with the June boxes being Mansion House Mysteries!
Kate says: “Both Libby and I have been obsessed with reading since we were children. Our love of books has allowed us to explore new worlds, sparked our imaginations, widened our vocabulary and introduced us to characters we would never meet in real life. Through Tales by Mail, I hope we can help instil the same sense of curiosity and wonder into the next generation of book-lovers.”
“Launching a business during lockdown has not been without challenges, but things are starting to come together now and we’re excited to get the first boxes in the post. On the plus side I think lockdown has also given people more time for online shopping and parents searching for ways to entertain their children at home, so in that sense Tales by Mail has arrived at a perfect time.”
Libby says: “Our boxes bring surprises straight to the homes of young book-lovers every other month and combine the appeal of the digital age with the good old-fashioned book (without kids having to stare at a screen!). We’re particularly excited to partner with schools for the podcast and to hear what the children think about the books that we’ve selected.”
Kate and Libby also run successful young-adult-focused book subscription, Book Box Club (www.bookboxclub.com), which has been named as one of the best book subscription services by The Independent, The Evening Standard and Red Magazine.
Tales by Mail is open for new subscribers now. Membership options are available for 1-6 boxes and prices start from £19.50 per box.
“I especially like getting books outside of my usual reading range as it has exposed me to some wonderful new experiences and emotions” – Tom Carr, UK
“The creativity in the curations speaks to my bookish soul. As a customer for over a year, it is clear that Libby and Kate take the time to ensure every box and every customer is handled like family.”
– Jessica Lorentz Smith, USA
“I purchase the book club box for my daughter, Milly is 15 and has the most infectious passion for reading. The boxes come so beautifully, the items inside are well thought out and unique. As a teacher I see how reading is so undervalued, so I thank you for providing such an amazing reading experience. I honestly wish you could see her face each month when her box arrives. It’s the best £28 I spend and worth every penny” – Gemma Maxwell, UK