The Story Box Picture Book Review + Coupon – September 2016
The Story Box is a monthly children’s book subscription. They offer three subscription options: Board Books Package (children ages 0 – 2 1/2 years), Picture Book Package (children ages 2 1/2 – 6 years), and the Family Package (for multiple children in various age ranges).
What I find unique about The Story Box is that the boxes are curated by a speech pathologist and the included parent guide (or tip card for board books) give language activities and hands-on activities that go along with each story. The picture book parent guide is divided into three age ranges (toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary) so you can pick which language concepts best match your child’s age and ability.
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This review is of the Picture Book, $19.99 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: The Story Box
The Cost: $14.99 a month for board books, and $19.99 a month for picture books and $17.99 a month for the Family Package (board and picture books) + free shipping
COUPON: Use code READ to save $5 off your first box!
The Products: 2 board books, 2 picture books or 1 board book and 1 picture book with the Family Package and a parent guide or tip card
Ships to: US
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Itsy Bitsy Baby Mouse by Michelle Meadows – $15.99 on Amazon
Michelle Meadows has written an adorable story about a tiny mouse who ventures out on his own. When he realizes he’s gone a little too far for comfort he has to find a way back home. I’m a sucker for rhyming stories and this one had a nice beat to it. Matthew Cordell’s illustrations are always on point. Great book! After reading this book my daughter and I played hide-and-seek around our house as the parent guide suggested. She had a lot of fun and has asked for more readings of the book as well.
All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep by Crescent Dragonwagon – $12.79 on Amazon (retail price $16.99)
Oh, David McPhail, your illustrations slay me! The lilting and lyrical good night story is about a mother tucking her son into bed. She is trying to help him get to sleep by telling him about all the sleepy animals A-Z. I found this book to be enchanting. My daughter had fun using her finger to trace over the letters of the alphabet on each page as per the parent guide suggestion. With my son (he’s in kindergarten) we decided to try to name other animals for each letter. This book has many story-stretching possibilities but is certainly beautiful as a simple nighttime read-aloud too.
Verdict: Though I review numerous children’s book subscriptions and we have been enjoying them all, I especially like how The Story Box includes the parent guide. The ideas in the guide are so approachable and help build vital language skills. The value of this box was more than $28 which I am happy with and I thought the books themselves were so much better than last month. Nothing beats well written and illustrated quality literature.
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