Little Feminist Book Club Ages 7-9 Review + Coupon – December 2020
Little Feminist Book Club is a monthly book subscription box for kids ages newborn to nine years old. Each month you will receive one to two books to help diversify your bookshelf. Plus, you will also receive hands-on activities and tools to help your book come to life. Subscriptions are offered for ages 0-2, 2-4, 4-7, and 7-9. From Little Feminist:
Only 31% of children’s books feature a female character, and only 13% feature a person of color.
This review is of the Book Club for ages 7-9 years.
This box was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Little Feminist Book Club
The Subscription Box: Little Feminist Book Club
The Cost: $22.95 per month + $2.95 shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
COUPON: Use code subaddiction to save 15% off.
The Products: At least one book (sometimes more) and hands-on activities and tools to help bring your book to life.
Ships to: The U.S. for $2.95. Shipping costs may vary for international orders.
Little Feminist Book Club Ages 7-9 December 2020 Review
Little Feminist offers book clubs for all ages, and each of them has a different focus depending on age. This club for older children is geared towards encouraging children to explore the world around them. Each month you’ll receive one hardcover book or 2 paperback books to help with this goal.
We received this card from Little Feminist which explains a little bit about why they chose this month’s book.
On the back, we received this coloring activity highlighting a photographer whose work is similar to the main character in our story this month, but more relevant to today’s world. It looks like we can cut this out and create a banner as we receive more of these boxes!
We also received this sheet of bright colorful stickers.
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford – Retail value $16.99 (found on sale here for $14.15)
His white teacher tells her all-black class, you’ll all wind up porters and waiters. What did she know? Gordon Parks is most famous for being the first black director in Hollywood. But before he made movies and wrote books, he was a poor African American looking for work. When he bought a camera, his life changed forever. He taught himself how to take pictures and before long, people noticed. His success as a fashion photographer landed him a job working for the government. In Washington DC, Gordon went looking for a subject, but what he found was segregation. He and others were treated differently because of the color of their skin. Gordon wanted to take a stand against the racism he observed. With his camera in hand, he found a way. Told through lyrical verse and atmospheric art, this is the story of how, with a single photograph, a self-taught artist got America to take notice.
This story offers a simple summation of Gordon’s life and the direction it took, which offers such a perfect opening for some deeper conversations while still keeping the themes generalized enough for younger children to enjoy. The illustrations throughout this book are great but I can’t help but think what a tremendous impact using his real photographs would have made! Especially as he follows Ella Watson, a cleaning lady where he works, and documents her daily life. I’m sure they were some powerful images! We do get a few of his photos at the back of the book along with a brief biography including some of his accomplishments throughout his life; one of the photos shown is the famous “American Gothic” photo of Ella that was referenced in the story.
Overall, I thought this was an incredible story about an artist I was not familiar with but who has made a lasting impact through his work. Using his talents to shed light on the injustices around him and documenting history so that we can’t forget it. His works were so impactful because of their representation of real, day-to-day life and I enjoyed learning about him. As a former art teacher, I could certainly see using this book and his artwork to build an art project around and I am thankful that I was introduced to him through this subscription.
Discussion Question Cards
One unique thing that they included are these discussion questions. Some were great questions that you could ask any kid, such as asking them what they are good at or if they’ve taught themselves to do something new, while some are a bit heavier such as “who in your community isn’t treated fairly?” These are thought-provoking questions that related to our story and they provide a great jumping-off point for some family discussions.
Verdict: This was our first time receiving Little Feminist Book Club and I love that they highlighted an artist and the importance of his work. Not only that, but this also taught a lesson about how your worth isn’t found in others or what they think about you. Parks carved his own path and serves as a great example of using your talents for good. While I love the idea of adding some diversity to our book collection and especially highlighting an artist that I’m not sure many are familiar with, I’m having a hard time justifying the cost of this sub. This box costs $25.90 ($22.95 + $2.95 shipping) and our book retails for $16.99 ($14.15 with sale prices) and I just don’t know if the extra $11 ($9 if you don’t take into account sale price) is enough to justify the extras which I feel are just that: extras, and not necessarily something that I would pay more for. Even including something simple like a pack of crayons, a fun art tool, or even a postcard of Parks’ work would add to the value for me.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? If you order today, your first box will be the January box. From Little Feminist:
Once you purchase a book subscription your first box will be shipped within a week. From then on, your book box will be sent the first week of every month.
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