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I was recently approached to provide a review of Bookroo.com, which is a fairly new monthly subscription where you receive what I call a surprise box, because you don’t really know what you’ll get until it arrives. The unique thing about this service is that they only send age appropriate books for your kids. I read over their website, read the pricing and their details, and thought this would be a great fit for our family.
This company was founded by three brothers and their wives, who are “passionate about education as well as reading and have/are accumulating degrees from BYU, Harvard, and Stanford”. Their mission (as stated on their website) is the following:
…to enable and empower parents to build their children’s book collections in an affordable and exciting way through curated monthly book deliveries. We believe in the power and impact of the written word in the life of a child, and believe it’s never too early to start reading to children!
Beyond the educational impact and the love of reading, they also give back to the community. They participate in a program called Reach Out and Read by donating books for children in need. This is a great company that I think will have a very positive impact on the community by providing the necessary tools to children to develop a love of books and reading at an early age.
I decided to sign up for their 3 month subscription, because I love getting books for my Silly Baby and because I (like their mission states) “believe in the power and impact of the written word in the life of a child”. I’ve been building his library since before his birth, and every couple months I purchase more books for him or borrow new ones from the library. Now, with this subscription service, not only do I not have to worry about buying his books, but I am also being introduced to children’s authors I may not be familiar and may not have sought out. That’s why I love these types of subscription services, because beyond the fact that you get a great deal, you’re also introduced to things you might not have found on your own.
So I created a little unpacking video, so you can see exactly what I found when I opened their box.
Here’s a quick rundown on the books I received:
A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na is a great book. My child loves this one for bedtime. All the illustrations in it are very whimsical and the story is about the different ways different animals sleep (alone, together, quietly, etc). It gives an opportunity to practice animal sounds, which we do frequently with this book, and where the eyes are. I showed Silly Baby this book today and he got really excited. He grabbed it and asked me to read it to him.
This book sells for $6.16 on Amazon.
Little Cub by Olivier Dunrea is a new to me book. Here’s a quick description of it:
What’s an Old Bear to do when he finds a Little Cub all alone and afraid of the dark? Adopt him, of course! And help him try to get over his fears. In this book we see the father and son from Old Bear and His Cub meet for the first time–and grow to love one another.
The illustrations in this book are more on the softer side and the story is very sweet. It’s about an orphaned cub and a lonely Old Bear who meet and become each others companion. I like the book, but I think it’s may still be a little advanced for Silly Baby. It’s a little wordy and his attention span doesn’t support wordy books, but give him another year (maybe less) and I think he’ll love it.
This book sells for $6.01 on Amazon.
And finally the Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes. The illustrations in this book is on the brighter, bolder side and this book has received critical praise by Horn Book and Publishers Weekly. It’s about an adventurous little rabbit with a great imagination who wonders what it would be like to be certain things he sees in his environment.
This book sells for $6.96 on Amazon.
I use Amazon for price checks because they usually have the cheaper prices, and even at those cheaper prices, this box would’ve totaled $19.12 before shipping. Bookroo’s month to month service is $19.99, and the more months you buy at a time, the more you save. Since I purchased the 3 month subscription at $55.99, I’m paying $18.66 for the box, and this includes shipping, so there is a savings.
I think this service will definitely be valuable in my house and I am really happy with the books I received. As part of the review, Bookroo provided me with a coupon code for anyone on my blog who would like to sign up for their service. You can get $4 off your subscription by this link. Once you click the link, the discount is automatically applied at checkout.
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