We were so excited to review our new subscription box from Bookroo this week. Subscription boxes are such a fun way to add a little extra magic into your child’s regular routine. While I love subscription boxes, sometimes the ones for kids are filled with toys which we certainly have our fair share of already. Bookroo is different in that it provides your child(ren) with two or three new books each month. If your child is ages birth-two, they suggest the three pack of board books. If your child is ages 2-6, they suggest the two pack picture book option.
How many of you are frustrated with the amount of gifts your child receives for their birthday or holidays? Our playroom looks like a toy store. We are so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends that love to spoil our boys. But sometimes, the toys become a little too much. Bookroo is the perfect gift solution for Grandparents, Aunts/Uncles, and friends. Instead of giving a toy, gift-givers can provide a subscription box to your child. They can choose to provide a one month, 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month plan. By choosing one of the multi-month plans, gift-givers will be granting a gift that keeps on giving.
There are so many reasons to incorporate reading to your children every day. One reason is that reading before bed and nap can be a valuable part of your routine. It can calm your child down after a busy day of moving and playing. In addition, it provides you with some genuine, device free time with your child(ren). Lastly, reading is good for your child’s brain development and education. Here are some facts from the NEA website (shared from the National Center for Education Statistics).
When our Bookroo box arrived, my children were instantly excited. My oldest wanted to know what was in the Kangaroo box (my youngest was excited to see what as in the kitty box, which made me realize we haven’t really taught him much about kangaroos yet). The aqua box is eye-catching and the addition of the adorable kangaroo as part of the logo made my son instantly excited.
When you open your box, we were happily surprised to find that the books were individually wrapped. Since my boys are two and four, we selected the picture book option. This means that each boy had their own book to open up (we plan to share the books, but not having to fight over who got to open the books was a huge plus).
As a former teacher, my house is filled with children’s books. Books have been an important part of my children’s lives from day one. I read to them while they were in my belly and we started reading to them as soon as they were born. Carl was an instant reader, he will happily waste away a day sitting in my lap reading books. Jack took a little more convincing to sit still once he became active. But we found if we gave him a book to hold, he was much more eager to sit and listen. Now they both love books and it makes this teacher Mama super happy.
The boys already love books but getting to unwrap them like a present made the subscription box even more exciting. Packing is always an added bonus for me. While getting anything in the mail is fun, it can be boring to always receive things in a plain brown box. The gift wrap is a little added touch that adds to the experience.
We received Mother Goose’s Pajama Party by Danna Smith and A Dog is a Dog by Stephen Shaskan. As far as value goes, the total of the two books and shipping were less than that of a popular online retailer. If you get more than a one month subscription, the value becomes even larger (as the cost per month goes down).
Both books were new to me. I love to discover wonderful new children’s books and authors. It’s much better than receiving the classics in a subscription box because most likely you’ve already received those at your baby shower or as a gift. And no fear, these are not low quality or boring books. Both books are written well, engaging, and colorful. You will not be disappointed in the quality of the books.
My oldest was so excited to see the dog on the outside of A Dog is a Dog. He waited no time in showing the book to our dog, Little B. He took a picture walk and explained to her what he was seeing in the pictures. As you can see, it was the perfect book for nap-time because it made her sleepy.
These books now have a permanent home in our beloved library (this is one of our three children’s bookcases, like I said, we love kid’s books over here). So the next time you’re trying to think of some gift ideas for young kids, give Bookaroo a try. Your kids will love it!
Bookroo Coupon for Mom Envy Readers
I have some great news for my Mom Envy Readers. (That’s you!) Bookroo has been generous enough to offer a special coupon code for my readers. If you use the coupon code, MOMENVY, at checkout, you will receive 15% off your order. Click here to purchase your Bookroo Subscription and nurture a child’s love of reading .
Free Book Tracker Printables
You all know how much I love my planner. My boys watch me use it constantly. They’ve even taken to writing in Mommy’s planner themselves (no surprise there). Recently, I made myself a book tracker to remind myself to take the time to read. Before kids, finding time to get lost in a good book was easy. Now thanks to life as a mom, I escape the real world as a little blue truck or a pokey little puppy. As I listened to my friends rattle off about the last great book they read, I knew I to make a change. My book tracker is a log to write down the books I wan to read. Once I have read them, I get the gratification of coloring in the book on my bookshelf.
To encourage my children to expand their book selection, I decided to make one for my kids as well. To be honest, my youngest may not really understand the concept but if I don’t give him his own, he’ll just color all over his big brothers (or mine). For the child’s tracker, simply fill in each new book they read. Then grab some crayons and let them color in their book. They will watch their bookshelf fill up just like Mommy’s (or Daddy’s).
As a parent, it can be hard to convince my kids to read different books. They tend to want to read their old favorites. While this is an important aspect of reading (reading old favorites builds a child’s confidence in reading), I try to encourage them to pick out one new (or less frequently read) book for every favorite they select. By giving them a page to track their new books, it will encourage them to try new books. Plus, it will provide them with a sense of accomplishment as they watch the page fill up with all of the books they’ve read. Making reading fun and exciting will help build life-long readers.
Book Tracker File Information
- Files are for personal use only. Files may not be sold or distributed without Mom Envy’s permission. This includes within Facebook planner groups.
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- There are three files. One adult bookcase with adult knick-knacks. A child’s bookshelf with knick-knacks. And a blank bookshelf (so that adults/children can add their own touch).
Tips and Tricks for Printing/Cutting
- Colors may vary. Printers print differently depending on many factors. (The printer I use is a more expensive unit that uses pigment ink).
- Print on cardstock for added durability. (this is my favorite from Amazon)
- Files are available in: standard letter size, Happy Planner classic, and A5. The file may be printed at a smaller or larger percentage as needed.
- For the Classic size, simply print and cut just inside of the black rectangle outline. Do not print it to scale – it is already scaled correctly.
- For the A5 size, you can print it on regular letter paper. Select the file A5 on Letter size. Do not print it to scale – it is already scaled correctly. If you want to print on A5 Paper, then select the one meant for A5 Paper.
- Simply download the files below, unzip, and print the files you need. Files are in three different sizes so pick the one that works with your planner.
- If you’d like to print the page in another size, adjust the size percentage on your printer options page.
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- Click on the image below (only appears Facebook Like).
- Unzip folder (right click the folder and unzip/extract).
- Print files or send somewhere to be printed!
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