My First Reading Club Review + Coupon – April 2018
My First Reading Club is a monthly subscription box that delivers three age-appropriate books specifically for you and your child!
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This is a review of the Just Starting Out, $21.99 a month, box for kids under 2 years old.
About My First Reading Club
The Subscription Box: My First Reading Club
The Cost: $21.99 a month + shipping. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions.
The Products: Three age-appropriate books curated specifically for you and your child. Sometimes, a free surprise is also included in addition to the book.
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My First Reading Club April 2018 Review
Each box arrives with an info sheet. It features a quote from a respected author, a note from the My First Reading Club co-founder, and some additional information about each month’s “mommy gift.”
Onto the books:
What Can I Taste? Annie Kubler – Retail Value $3.18
The first of three Small Senses board books from Annie Kubler, What Can I Taste? features short phrases and vivid illustrations of small children. I love that so many different ethnicities are represented! This holds true for all 3 Small Senses books that I received. This book is particularly relevant in our house right now because my 6 month old has just really started to get into eating solids. Though he can’t fully process the words and drawings on the pages, this book provides a really adorable introduction to different kinds of foods – from spaghetti, to a crumbly cake, to crunchy veggies.
What Can I Smell? Annie Kubler – Retail Value $3.99
All about our sense of smell, this sturdy little board book features short, kid-friendly phrases in the same style of the first. In fact, all three of these Senses books follow the exact same format. I love that this one touches on different smells like soaps, flowers, and food, but even the short length didn’t really hold my baby’s attention. Maybe he’ll be more into it in a couple months!
What Can I Feel? Annie Kubler – Retail Value $3.20
Ah, the cute illustrations of babies are the best part of these books (for me – not sure that my own baby is that into them!). What Can I Feel? ends on “snuggly bedtime cuddles” and serves as a great bedtime book option.
Julius Jr Eureka – Retail Value $12.50
This activity book is meant for children ages 2 to 5. Nice to hold onto for the future, but my 6 month old is obviously too young to enjoy it now – a little disappointing. It features Julius Jr., Worry Bear, Clancy, Ping, and Sheree, Paul Frank characters on Nick Jr’s Julius Jr. With 48 pages of scenes to color, four chunky crayons, and a sheet of more than 50 colorful stickers, this activity book is a great way to occupy a small child for an hour or two.
ESA Lavender Bath Crystals, 1.65 oz – Retail Value $0.52 (buy a case of 200 for $104.00)
There’s nothing quite like the luxury of taking the time for a hot bath when you’re a busy mom. The relaxing lavender fragrance and rejuvenating properties of this sea salt blend made for a really uplifting and relaxing experience. This one container was perfect for one bath.
Verdict: My First Reading Club has been stepping up their game. I love the variety that I’ve been receiving lately, and the Small Senses books are a nice addition to our library. I’ve been an over abundance of Disney books in the past, so it’s a pleasant surprise to receive selections that are not about movies.
The value of this month’s books comes in at $23.39. With a subscription cost of $21.99 + $7 shipping, the value really isn’t there overall. I would like to see a few more books adding to bring the overall value up. However, for avid young readers who want to build their library on a monthly basis, I really enjoyed the curated selection this month.
To Wrap Up:
Coupon –Use code MSAREADS to save $7 off your first box!
Value Breakdown: This box cost me $28.99 ($21.99 + $7.00 shipping), which means you are paying approximately:
- What Can I Taste?: $3.94
- What Can I Smell?: $4.95
- What Can I Feel?: $3.97
- Eureka!: $15.49
- Bath Crystals: $0.64
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Which My First Reading Club book was your favorite this month?