The Story Box Picture Book Review + Coupon – April 2017
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: U.S.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
The Nose that Knows by Malachy Doyle – Value $9.99
Mil is a dog that follows his nose to wherever he smells delicious food. This leads him on some crazy adventures, even to our space. However, he always ends up back home with his loving owner, Molly.
The parent guide concept we used with this title was the language concept for early elementary students with my kindergartener son. We talked about homophones (words that sound the same but have different meanings such as “nose” and “knows”). I thought this was a great introduction to a difficult concept.
Puddle Jumpers by Anne Margaret Lewis – Value $10.06 on Amazon (retail price $16.99)
Puddle jumpers is a brightly illustrated book about a boy who longs to jump in puddles but his mother tells him no. He imagines being many different animals he’d rather be who could have fun in the water. The ending has a fun surprise and mom is holding a visit your library tote bag on the last page which I thought was wonderful, being a librarian myself.
The Parent Guide concept I used this month with my daughter was for preschoolers and focused on identifying the rhyming words throughout the story. My son joined in the fun coming up with some new rhymes that weren’t in the book but had the same ending sounds as those my daughter located.
Verdict: The Story Box’s value this month was over $20 (using Amazon prices) which is equal to the cost of the box (and free shipping). We liked both books this month and we also enjoyed the extension activities from our Parent Guide and found them to be very beneficial. The Story Box consistently finds lesser known titles I haven’t read before.
What do you think of this month’s The Story Box?