When we found out we were pregnant with Baby #2, one of my first thoughts was how to make sure to have special one-on-one time with our toddler. I started combing the Internet to see what activities other parents did to make sure their toddler transitioned well. One of the things that kept coming up was reading books. I’m a fan of children’s books and our toddler Owen has quite the collection already. Many parents had told me that they always did story time with their toddler when they were feeding their baby. I thought that was a fabulous idea!
I ran across Bookroo when I was looking for new books. Bookroo is company that offers Board Book subscriptions for children ages 0-2 and Picture Book subscriptions for children ages 2-6. You can either get 3 board books or 2 picture books each month, depending on which one you sign up for. These subscriptions come in recycled (and recyclable) packaging. I chose the Board Book subscription because I like how durable they are and they will be good to read with Owen and the new Baby.
When our box arrived, Owen was so excited that the mailman brought him a package! He insisted we open it immediately! As soon as we opened the cardboard box, he saw that he had 3 wrapped packages inside tied up with a string. He exclaimed, “Presents!” I helped him pull the string so he could pick up the presents. He took his time opening each one and got excited when he saw that they were books!
Of course, we had to read them right away. The books that came in our box were Tatyana Feeney’s Little Owl’s Orange Scarf, Cocorette’s Snap! Snap! Guess the Animal, and Il Sung Na’s A Book of Babies. Owen is 2.5 years old and he LOVED each of these books! He’s at an age where he likes to repeat the lines of the book back to me and these board books had the perfect amount of narrative so he could do this successfully. One of them was a lift-the-flap book and even though there wasn’t much of a story, he thought it was hilarious to see the animals behind the flaps!
I really appreciated that they were books that we not only didn’t already have, but I hadn’t heard of them before. It’s always fun to be exposed to new authors and titles. In the past, I’ve found a lot of children’s books with really poor story lines. With Bookroo, the stories are good and the pictures are adorable! It’s actually one of their goals to find “hidden gems” that families don’t already own and are not easily found online or in stores. Their books are extensively reviewed by a panel of 12 families attending Stanford University and their combined 22 kids!
This Bookroo subscription is great for families with toddlers/preschoolers because they will understand that they will get a new package each month full of presents. For families with babies, it’s still fun to see what you’ll get because you don’t choose the books. And opening up wrapped gifts is fun for people of all ages!
Bookroo sent us a board book box for review purposes.
If you’d like to try out Bookroo, use my code: MARCHE for $10 off!