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My First Reading Club, Ages 3-5 Review + Coupon – October 2018


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My First Reading Club is a monthly subscription that delivers 3-4 age-appropriate books, an activity book, and a gift for mom. This box was founded on a love for reading and improving literacy. This company is passionate about using books to build a child’s confidence, imagination, and education.

The subscriptions available are:

This is a review of the “Pre-readers and Fledgling Readers” box which is curated for 3-5 year olds.

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.)

About My First Reading Club

The Subscription Box: My First Reading Club

The Cost: $26.99/month + free shipping. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions.

Coupon: Save $5 off your first box with coupon code NEWREADERS

The Products: 3-4 advanced picture books and early chapter books for readers who are in early and middle elementary school who are beginning to feel comfortable reading on their own, an activity book, and a gift for mom.

Ships to: United States, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, and Sweden

Our Review

This is the first time I have received this subscription, and upon review of past boxes, an information sheet was provided, but this month I received no information card, 3 books, an activity book, and a gift for mom:

Amazing Animals by Cherie Zamazing – Listed Value $9.99 (retail value based off of the back of the book, unable to find it online to purchase)

This squishy covered board book was the first book my 3-year-old reached for! It has very inviting animal illustrations on the cover and a very sweet story inside. It is about a boy who paints different animals on different shaped rocks and they come alive. It is very imaginative and fun. Amazing Animals is 24 pages long and is an easy read book for a late night to bed. The illustrations are bright and engaging, and both of my kids (ages 3 and 5) really enjoyed it. Of course, now our art project for tomorrow is to paint rocks to see if they will come alive!

Step 2 into Reading “Back to Dog-Gone School” by Amy Schmidt – Listed Value $12.99 (found here for $4.53)

This Step 2 reading book is a hardcover book and is one of many “step into reading” books. Step 2 is a series that helps children learn to read, in 5 steps. In step 2, children are recognizing familiar words on sight and sounding out new words with help. It is a recommended for preschool-grade 1. In this particular book, it shows real-life photographs of adorable dogs in school settings. It is a fun book that shows how a dogs first day of school would go. My 5-year-old kindergartener loves this book since he is fairly new at the whole school process. He is starting to read the step 2 books on his own, and the puppy pictures combined with the easy starter text keeps him engaged while my 3-year-old loves to listen! And to be honest, where can you go wrong with a picture of a puppy!?!

Halloween ABC Board Book by Sarah Albee – Listed Value $7.99 (found here for $4.99)

I am a sucker for a board book, and a themed board book makes me even happier. We are only a few days away from Halloween and my kids are in full swing! They want everything to be Halloween themed! This book was a very welcome addition to our collection. The bright colors and the upper and lower case alphabet letters were very useful for my boys. My 3-year-old is working on letter recognition, and my 5-year-old is mastering letter sounds, so this was a fun, educational book for both. Of course, it doesn’t hurt all of the illustrations show adorable costumes ideas for next Halloween, and even feature the very costume my 3-year-old will be wearing this year! (a jack-o-lantern, see photo of him in it below) While I don’t personally enjoy reading Christmas/Halloween/Thanksgiving/4th of July books throughout the year, my kids do, so this book will be read over and over again, no matter how far off the holiday is!

PJ Masks Ready For Action Activity Book – Retail Value $4.99

The last book I received in this shipment was the PJ Masks Ready for Action activity book. While we personally only have Local TV channels, my kids know all about PJ Masks and happen to be obsessed with them. We opened it up, and he was excited. On the first page, there were 6 different cardstock press out: pencil toppers, which of course we had to utilize at that very second! We just couldn’t complete the activities without a Catboy themed pencil! The age range for this book is 3-6 and I completely agree. My 3-year-old was able to complete the mazes, draw the pictures, and connect the dots, while my 5-year-old enjoyed the missing word activities, word finds, and coding activities. My boys also enjoyed the reward stickers that were included to put on finished pages, making this activity book a definite hit!

Le Naturel white tea body lotion 40 mL

Last but not least, is the “Mom” item of the box. This month I received a 40 mL vial of “Le Naturel white tea body lotion.” On the back of the vial, it states that it is made of environmentally friendly contents and packaging. It also states more information on this product can be found at www.hotelemporium.com, but I was unable to find a value. The lotion itself is a thin, white lotion that has a subtle earthy tea scent. It rubs in nicely without leaving my hands looking greasy, and the vial is the perfect size to fit in my small crossbody purse! A nice addition just for me!

And of course, I had to share a photo of my 3-year-old in his Jack O Lantern costume that was also in the Halloween ABCs book:

Verdict: Although this is my first month reviewing My First Reading Club, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, I must say I am thoroughly impressed! Reading and child education are 2 things I am truly passionate about, and the books I received were all high quality and age appropriate. 3 out of the 4 books were hardcover, and 2 were board books. This means a lot to a mom with a rough and tough 3-year-old! The activity book pertained to both of my children, and the Halloween themed book really put the icing on the cake so close to the holiday! As you can see by the above pictures we were pleasantly surprised, and can’t wait to see what we get next month!

The value of this month’s books come in at $35.96 (not including the mom gift)! This surpasses the $26.99 cost, and is really great considering all of the books are truly appropriate for the given age group. Not only that, but the “Amazing Animals” book was copyrighted in 2018, while PJ Masks are still very much “in.” The thought that went into this curation was great, and I really feel this company is passionate about kids and literacy. The only thing I felt was missing is the information card which past months had included.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first MFRC box will ship within 48 hours of ordering, but subsequent boxes will ship the first week of each month. You receive tracking information the day your box ships, and birthdays and special occasions can be accommodated for an extra special surprise!

Coupon: Save $5 off your first box with coupon code NEWREADERS

Value Breakdown: This box costs $26.99 + free shipping, which means that each of the 5 items in the box has an average cost of $5.40.

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Written by Becca Peterson

Becca Peterson

While I am taking a time-out from being a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, I am currently staying at home with my 2 sweet boys! My first subscription was Julep thanks to happening upon the MSA website, and it all went downhill from there! I have subscribed to Ipsy, Boxycharm, Degustabox, Julep, Graze, Bluum, Walmart, and more because I love a good surprise! I truly am a subscription addict!

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8 Comments

  1. I’ll try this again. I went on the link and it went to cratejoy. The MSAREADS coupon code doesn’t work. There are some pretty bad reviews on there. I’m a little sketched lol

    • Sorry about that! NEWREADERS code will get you $5 off your first box if you want to give it a try. I have only receieved one month of this box, but my kids and I were really pleased.

  2. The Coupon code doesn’t work 🙁

    • Sorry about that! NEWREADERS will get you $5 off your first box if you want to give that a try. Thanks!

  3. My daughter is five and I’ve been looking into Step 1-2 books but I don’t want her to get bored or memorize the books I get her. This seems like a great idea! Cute Pumpcat lol

    • My 5 year old loved this box. This was a perfect fit for his reading level, and it’s nice to get something you might not normally pick out. And of course getting it in the mail always makes it so much more fun! I like pumpcat- He can’t resist free face painting!! 🙂

  4. I love this!! I’ve been looking into getting some kind of subscription for my son and this seems absolutely perfect! He’ll be 3 in March so I think this particular tier will be exactly what I’m looking for. Thank you for this review!!!!

    • This really is perfect! My 3 year old asks if his “special book box” is here everyday now!

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