I grew up with an insatiable love of reading. I would re-read books until the pages were grimy and the covers fell off. I never wanted fancy gifts, the key to my heart were boxes of used books my mom would usually find at yard sales for a dollar. I’m still that way to this day, but it’s a love I’ve struggled to instill in my girls. Even with a house stuffed with bookshelves, I feel like it’s a war to get them to read anything longer than an Instagram post. However, I keep fighting the good fight!
The creators behind Bookroo have my back, especially with the younger ones. They’ve come up with a way to help foster the reading bug in kids with a monthly curated children’s book subscription box. They seek out books beyond the classics most people usually already have and use a panel of 12 families attending Stanford University to help rate and select the books they send each month.
They have options to meet your specific needs. The Picture Book Box, for kids ages 2-6, contains two hardcover picture books. The Board Book Box contains three board books meant for kids ages 0-2. The retail value of the books exceeds the subscription price.
We tested out the Picture Book Box and the experience was lovely! The books arrive individually wrapped in colorful, high-quality wrapping paper, so your child really feels like they’re receiving a special gift.
Mamasaurus by Stephan Lomp was the first book in our box. It features vivid, oversaturated illustrations that practically pop out of the black backgrounds. This is the simple story of a little dino who loses track of his mom. He seeks her out as we meet a new prehistoric friend on each page, until he’s safely back with his mama again. This is a great story to launch a conversation about what your child should do if you ever become separated.
The second book we received was Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato. This one was my favorite, featuring a little polka-dotted elephant who befriends a mouse. They overcome their challenges by working together. And by challenges, I mean snagging cupcakes. Yes. Any story that has a cupcake resolution is fine by me. The illustrations are gorgeous and evocative.
I hadn’t previously heard of either of these books, but they’re both beautiful additions to our bookshelf which will bring us pleasure for years to come. Mission accomplished, Bookroo!
Bookroo is available starting at $15.99, with month-to-month subscription at $17.99 in both US and Canada. Check out www.bookroo.com.
I have received samples to facilitate my review, but all opinions are my own.