The Story Box Board Book Review + Coupon – April 2017
The Story Box is a monthly subscription box that sends children’s books. Every month they send out two books that have been curated by a speech-language pathologist.
They have packages appropriate for ages 0-2.5 (which comes with a monthly tip card for parents) and 2.5 -6 (which comes with a parent guide), or a family package for families with kids in both age groups (and comes with a tip card and parent guide).
The Story Box also has a charitable giving program:
A portion of each subscription fee is used to purchase and donate materials to benefit children with disabilities and children from low-income families. Usually, donations consist of books. Occasionally, we also donate toys and other education items that can be used to facilitate communication and literacy skills. Materials are donated to nonprofit organizations, charitable organizations, and professionals that serve our target recipients.
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This review is of the Board Books, $14.99 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: The Story Box
The Cost: $14.99/month for the Board Books package, $19.99/month for the Picture Books package, and $17.99/month for the Family Package. Discounts available for longer term subscription commitments.
COUPON: Use code READ to save $5 off your first box!
The Products: The Board Books package sends 2 board books for ages 0-2.5, the Picture Books package sends out 2 books for ages 2.5-6, and the Family package sends 2 board book ad 1 picture book.
Ship to: U.S.
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The Story Box always sends an info card with a reading challenge to help guide parents in reading activities with their kids. This month is all about simple questions like who, what, where, and why.
We’ve been doing this kind of activity naturally for ages, so my 2-year-old is really familiar with “where” and “what”. I’m not sure I want him to learn “why” yet because I’m sure the inevitable stream of “why? why? why?” would never stop. (We’re currently in the “no” phase.)
Rabbit Pie by Penny Ives – Value $6.59 on Amazon
Our first book this month is a cute story of a momma rabbit getting her six baby bunnies ready for bed.
There were lots of opportunities to count in this book!
The illustrations aren’t my favorite style, but they were cute either way. They’re so detailed, so we had a lot of fun picking out different things: Where’s the duck? Where’s the boat?
I honestly didn’t think my son would like this book, but he must have enjoyed it because we read it about four times in a row before bed last night. I think all the details really kept him engaged!
My Blankie by Alice Beauvisage – Value $6.95 on Amazon
I loved the illustrations in this book! The simple patterns and muted colors are more my style.
This book is perfect for the prompt this month – lots of opportunities to talk about “where” and “what”. It’s a pretty short book, but you can really stretch it out by talking about each page.
My son isn’t super attached to his blankie, but he LOVES playing hide-and-seek with it and spreading it out on the floor like a playmat. So he was surprisingly into this book!
There were lots of fun details to explore in this one, too.
Verdict: The April The Story Box board box was a sweet little package that we both enjoyed. I really enjoy that the books seem to be chosen specifically for each month’s challenge.
This is the first month that I can’t find these specific books online for less than their MSRP, so the total retail value is just shy of the $14.99 monthly price. I like having books on autopilot because we like to read and are constantly in need of new books to explore! Plus the challenges really are thoughtful and help me think about how to engage with my son’s growing language skills. I still think this would be a really thoughtful baby shower gift that would help baby and parent bond in their first years.
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