FAQs

Just pick the right age group, and click on the link to take you to the payment page. Make sure you put in the name and address of the recipient if you’re buying a gift!

A monthly subscription means that you pay by direct debit on a monthly basis. This will continue to be collected until you cancel it (you can cancel at any time).

A gift subscription means you choose how many months the recipient will receive a Bumblebee parcel. You can choose 2, 3, 6, or 12 months. You don’t need to remember to cancel it! You pay the total price in one go.

Gift cards and E Gift cards are available for 3, 6 or 12 months only. Gift cards include info about how Bumblebee works and a code to redeem on the website. E Gifts arrive in the recipient’s inbox. You can choose the date it arrives. 

For children’s subscriptions (Mini Bee for under 8s or Busy Bee for 9-12 years) each month you’ll receive a new book, and activity card of things to write, make, do, or cook inspired by the book. Each activity card will have at least 4 different activities on it.

For subscriptions for grown ups (Big Bee) you’ll receive a book of poetry or short stories, and a card of creative prompts. These will primarily be creative writing prompts but may also include suggestions of things to draw, cook or do. 

In the first month you’ll also receive a new note book or sketch book for you to use for your creative writing and makes. The parcel will arrive beautifully wrapped in our branded packaging, making sure it arrives in great condition. 

We work with small, independent publishers to track down beautiful books that aren’t widely available. This means that usually only a small number of the book have been printed and you won’t find them in a high street book shop. We think you’re unlikely to already have the book on your shelves. We hope this means you’ll discover writers new to you, who are from a wide variety of different cultures and backgrounds. Some of the Publishers we work with are: The Emma Press https://theemmapress.com and Tiny Owl https://tinyowl.co.uk who are committed to publishing books by diverse writers – that’s something that we think is very important!

Yes! Just include your message on the additional info on the billing page. We’ll hand write your message on one of our lovely Bumblebee cards.

Yes! All Big Bees parcels will fit through the letterbox.

For Mini Bees (5-8 years) sometimes we might send out a larger story book to younger age groups, in which case we’ll email recipients to say it won’t fit through a standard letter box so you know to look out for the card from the post office. We promise that the trip to the sorting office will be worth it!

It’s all included in the price! There are no additional costs.

At the moment we can only deliver to the UK. If you’d like us to deliver outside of the UK, email us and we’ll see what we can do to help – an extra shipping cost may be needed.

Parcels are sent by 2nd class mail at the start of each month, should arrive by 12th of the month at the latest. If it’s beyond this date, and there’s no sign of yours, just email us here. We’ll check your address and send out a new one right away!

When ordering your first month, we will always aim to send out within a few days of your payment. If it’s for a gift and you’d like it to arrive by a certain date, just let us know by emailing us and we’ll try our best to help. In the event that the month’s books are sold out, we will let you know that the first delivery will be at the start of the next month.

Yes! We’d love to see what Bumblebee books have inspired, so you can either upload a photo of your creations here, which means you give us permission to share it on our Instagram, or you can share it on your own social media account and tag us using these tags: #bumblebeebooksonline

We will only share creations that you either tag us in, or that you upload to our website. However, we understand that you might change your mind! Just email us here and we’ll delete it from our social media right away, no problem!

Yes! Please do recycle it, we’re worried about planet earth!

We hope you’ll love the books we send you and that you’ll want to keep them, but we understand that space can be an issue! Why not ask at your local library or school first, or look for a local book swap event.

If you join on a monthly subscription, we will take a monthly payment from your bank account, which is £16 per month. You can cancel at any time.

If you buy a gift subscription, then you pay a single, one off payment at the time of purchase which covers the whole cost for the number of months you choose. Gift subscriptions do not auto-renew, so you don’t need to remember to cancel it! It doesn’t have to be a gift – it can be a gift to yourself! It just means that the number of months is pre-set.

It’s easy! Just go to your account and click ‘Cancel’ under your subscription plan.

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