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About us

The Book and Toy Company is a British firm set up in early 2006 by Julie Godfrey and dedicated to promoting learning through play, giving children the best possible start in life.

We carry the widest range of children’s English language books available here in Costa Rica.  All are of excellent quality and carefully chosen to include the best authors and titles from the United Kingdom that make learning fun and help every child realize their potential.

We believe strongly in the power of books as a medium for sharing quality time with and in educating your child. Our range represents the best in the market and includes a significant number of award winning books and highly acclaimed children’s authors.

Due to requests from schools and teachers, as well as stocking a range of fiction books for all ages (babies to teenagers), we offer excellent classroom resources in all subjects. We are especially strong in materials and non fiction for Pre-School and Primary Schools. At High School level, we can provide the textbooks required for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

All books are currently sourced from the United Kingdom.

Reading Systems

We work with three reading systems:

  • Letterland is a phonetic based system with 43 years of experience that uses characters to bring the letters to life. Used as a reading system in the UK, it is also excellent for helping non native English speakers learn correct pronunciation as well as the basics of reading. It is highly audiovisual and is an excellent resource for getting children started with English. Currently it is used to teach English in 111 countries worldwide including Costa Rica. Although developed for ages 3 years and beyond, the initial stages can be used with children as young as 2 years old. Materials for the system include CDs, games, workbooks, picture books, flash cards, basic reading books and very comprehensive teaching guides containing lesson plans, activity ideas and templates. See http://www.letterland.com/what-is-letterland and http://www.letterland.com/teachers for more details. Phone for an appointment if you would like to see samples of the materials.
  • Read Write Inc is a hugely successful phonetics based reading and writing system that is used in UK primary schools. It comes with graded reading books, writing work books, high frequency word flash cards, photocopiable activity sheets, character cards and teaching guides. See http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/ for more details. Phone for an appointment if you would like to see samples of the materials.  
  • Oxford Reading Tree is a graded reading system that uses families of characters that children become accustomed to and thus want to follow their adventures. See http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/oxfordreadingtree/ for more information.

 

Services

If you have not seen us at your kinder/preschool/school, but think that parents would like the opportunity to 'see before they buy' and to take advantage of our expert advice, then please contact us. We will work with you to find a suitable date to run a book Fair. Those who run such an event benefit by receiving free books. Please note that Book Fair activities work best when combined with an activity such as report card day and/or during book week. The school gains a percentage of sales in free books that they may choose from inventory. 

School Wish Lists - Many schools and preschools request that parents donate a book to the library. The Book and Toy Company offers a Booklist Service which allows parents to buy their book with the minimum of effort and the school to receive the range and type of books that it needs.

You can contact us at jgodfrey@thebookandtoycompany.com or telephone 2214 2515 for details on how the scheme works.  

Personal Wish Lists – Any customer can create their own wish list which can then be sent to friends and family. This is particularly good for birthdays and Christmas and other gift occasions. Remember that individuals living overseas can also use this service to send presents to Costa Rica based friends and family. 



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