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It’s always more fun (and easier) reading to your kids if you have a fresh pick on the bookshelf!
We recently had the chance to try four new books from Bookroo, a curated children’s book subscription box company, “with a mission to help kids LOVE reading.” They suggest reading for at least 30 minutes a day starting at infancy, and created this chart which reinforces how big a difference reading a few minutes vs. a full 30 minutes can make over the course of just a few years.
According to the chart, reading 30 minutes a day from birth through kindergarten equals “900 hours of brain food compared to the roughly 150 hours of a child read to only 5 minutes a day. Thats 750 more hours of nursery rhymes, fairy tales, stories, laughs, and words. Take a minute and think about it. Which child do you think would have the best vocabulary? The most exposure to new ideas? The greatest confidence in their ability to succeed at school? The greatest love of reading?” Something to keep in mind, for sure!
Back to the review. The subscription box arrived with beautifully gift wrapped books inside, which definitely appealed to my kids (who doesn’t love getting presents in the mail?!).
My son, who is 5 loved tearing the wrapping paper off each book and then we enjoyed reading Edward Built a Rocketship! He was interested in the outer space illustrations wanted to read it again the next night.
I read the two board books with my daughter, 20 months, so there was a nice mix of titles in the package we received. Then she started “reading” all of the books on her own.
Overall the books were nice quality hardcovers. Most of all I appreciated that the books they chose, especially for my older child put strong emphasis on independent thinking. Lily Wool, a story about a lamb that had her own ideas about what a sheep should do but found her own way to fit in by helping others. An interesting story for a boy or girl that encourages creativity.
Bookroo would definitely make a great gift, and I will be sharing this deal with relatives asking what to get my kids for birthdays and the upcoming holidays. The books are all age appropriate, and reviewed and vetted by a panel of Stanford families made up of 22 very discerning kids. This takes a lot of the leg-work and guess-work out of figuring out which books to buy that are age appropriate, and my kids will love. They also claim to find “hidden gems” that aren’t already on most bookshelves, which was the case in this shipment, at least.
The subscription box means they continue to get gifts all year long! Thank you calls to grandma and grandpa can now center around book discussions as well as catching up.