As a parent of two toddlers who mean more to me than anything in the world, I beg you to not send children any more plastic! This includes little toys with small parts that hurt and implant themselves in parental feet and create choking hazards for infants. Please avoid loud squawky “instruments” that reek havoc during dinner and quiet time and require the use of excessive Excedrin and/or wine to speed recovery! Do NOT send anymore movies, cartoons or DVDs that result in more time in front of a screen.
please, please consider gifting children with something that helps them grow, stimulates imagination, and builds a foundation for years of self-reliance and independence. Give them a book! Let them know the value of reading and make it their very own.
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bookroo, a monthly book subscription service for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers makes giving books as gifts a doable and enjoyable experience for parents, relatives, and friends. The service allows for the subscription of board books and/or picture books directly to the child’s home each month. The books are handpicked by the family inspired and family run company members.
Pray Species was granted a chance to try bookroo for three months at a discounted rate in exchange for this post. All opinions and comments are honest and we greatly enjoyed working with this company.
A recent article in Parent Child Magazine (Aug/Sept 2015) published by Scholastic cited several ways to raise a reader, none of which toted memorizing letters or sounds. Instead, the article entitled “Our Stress Free Guide to Reading,” by Erin Zammett Ruddy focused on allowing children to explore with their minds, enjoy good books, and learn how to enjoy and appreciate engaging stories. Four of the key points listed (read books everyday, choose quality books, use “juicy” words, and get interactive) are directly addressed through a children’s book subscription service such as “bookroo.”
Reading books everyday is how children learn how to appropriately handle books. Repeating the same books over and over, made much easier when the book belongs to you, is a key ingredient for kids beginning to understand that all those letters on the page actually mean something. Rhyming books often featured in bookroo selections are also especially helpful for encouraging children to develop an ear for the sounds of language.
Choosing quality books is made much simpler with bookroo. Consistent with the qualifications for a quality book listed in the aforementioned article, bookroo‘s selections routinely encourage child engagement, utilize some repetition, have a strong story line, and are illustrated in a child friendly manner. Overall, the books we have received have been selections that got our children excited about reading and for that we are grateful.
The books also routinely use what the article refers to as “juicy” words, offering variety and complexity as opposed to just simple language. For instance, one of our recent selections, “Hernando Fandango The Great Dancing Dog” uses the word, “collided.” Ladybug has effectively added this term to her vocabulary and uses it frequently and appropriately in her daily conversations.
The story lines and characters make it easy to get interactive with the books. The characters change and have emotions that help children further engage with the story. The choices aid in reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and historically have been excellent conversation starters for discussion. The number/counting books have also been interactive through the use of flaps, known entities to count, and bright, colorful pictures.
As a mom of a preschooler, toddler, and soon to be infant I had several questions before subscribing to bookroo. I have been a member for four months now and have been very pleased with the overall experience. Here is a list of some of my questions/concerns at the beginning and how they have been addressed by the company and through my last four months of experience.
I have one child ready for picture books, one child ready for board books, and one who likes both. How do I choose what to order?
- bookroo will allow you to alternate receiving picture books and board books each month. Each month you order board books the child/children will receive three books. Each month you order picture books the child/children will receive two books.
We have a ton of books and access to a library! Am I really going to benefit from ordering more books?
- Yes! The kid’s love having books delivered directly to them in the mail. Each book comes individually gift wrapped just for them. The surprise and joy of having their very own books makes bookroo so worth it.
How much does it cost?
- $19.99 for one month
- $55.99 for 3 months ($18.66 per month)
- $104.99 for 6 months ($17.50 per month)
- Get an extra $4.00 off by clicking here: bookroo.com/ac/
Does bookroo send an email reminding the user about the autorenewal prior to the subscriber being charged?
- bookroo sends an email once your subscription has renewed, but not before renewal. At that point, if you didn’t want to renew you can cancel and they will issue a refund.
We love books and have a collection started already. What happens if the kids get a book we already own?
- No worries! If you get a book that you already own, just snap a quick picture of you giving the book to a friend and bookroo will give you $5 off your next order! We have an extensive library and after four months, we have not received a single book that we already owned. We have; however, received several books that have become new family favorites!
If you have more questions check out the bookroo FAQs Page or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also an online chat option through their website.
Ready to order or give a gift subscription? Head to bookroo.com/ac/