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Little Feminist Book Club Ages 2-4 Review + Coupon – March 2021

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoApr 11, 2021 | 0 comments

My Best Friend hardback picture book from Little Feminist 2-4 March 2021

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Little Feminist Book Club is a monthly book subscription box for kids ages newborn to 9 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 children's book subscription sends books that highlight lesser-represented characters and teaches important life lessons with beauty and nuance.

This review is of the Book Club for ages 2-4 years.

Unboxing Little Feminist 2-4 March 2021

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Book from Little Feminist 2-4 March 2021

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. 

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 2-4 March 2021 Review

Little Feminist recently made a change to their age range offerings, which included the addition of a new club for children ages 2-4. On their website it says that some months they'll send a single picture book; others, they'll send two board books. This month my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Lorelai, received one picture book.

 

The book arrived in a slim cardboard box, with this sheet of cardstock that's printed with a March welcome note. The note introduces the book of the month, My Best Friend by Julie Fogliano & Jillian Tamaki. Featuring two young girls who just met and already feel like best friends, this book is lighthearted with a simple message: celebrating the joys of friendship. The pink-and-green-themed illustrations are also really beautiful. The opposite side of this page offers an activity idea: making "friendship soup" with a big pot and random ingredients from the kitchen. Some of my strongest memories from childhood are doing exactly this with my next-door neighbor, and it's already something my daughter loves doing. Little Feminist takes it a step further by suggesting some ideas for a thoughtful conversation with your kid while you're making your stew. "What is the best part of a friend?" and "How do they show they care?" are some sample questions they give.

 

My Best Friend by Julie Fogliano & Jillian Tamaki - Retail value $17.99 (found on sale here for $9.29)

Oh, how sweet My Best Friend is! First of all, as I already mentioned, the illustrations are just stunning. It's especially artful to see how the limited color palette of pinks and browns and greens can lead to such imaginative depictions. They perfectly capture the sweet childlike features and movements of the two girls that the storyline follows. There's also a touch of the absurdist in there, which I've learned children love, and it's done in a way that's very intriguing to my two-year-old. The text is also quite lovely—the words are written from the perspective of one of the girls, and the writing strikes a really nice balance between kid-like and poetic. The themes that run throughout this story of friendship are laughter, embracing differences, and sticking together through energetic times and quiet moments alike. In the end, there's a bit of a twist that's very sweet!

 

Discussion Question Cards

Little Feminist always includes discussion questions in their monthly shipments, printed on a  bookmark. This month's series of questions encourage asking your kid about their own friendships, and how they can be a kind friend. They also provide critical thinking questions about the book itself, calling attention to a moment when the girls have differing preferences, and how they remain friends.

Verdict: The Little Feminist Book Club doesn't shy away from addressing really big social issues in their children's book offerings, which I appreciate and value—but this month the theme of friendship felt perfectly light and sweet to go with the beginnings of spring. After a long winter spent largely away from other families, the warming weather has brought more neighborhood interactions with it, so it's especially good timing to read and think and talk with my kid about all the many things friendship can be. 

Value-wise, this subscription costs $25.90 ($22.95 per month + $2.95 shipping). This book, purchased full-price, costs $17.99. On Amazon, it costs $9.29. Depending on which place you're more likely to buy a new book from, that's a $7.91-$16.61 difference. Like last month, were I to buy this book from my local neighborhood bookstore, I'd be paying the full $17.99—that means I'd be paying $7.91 for the activity idea, the discussion questions, and the convenience of not having to leave my home. Some months feel more worthwhile than others, like the months where Little Feminist is teaching me how to mindfully educate my toddler about big social issues. This month, it feels a little steep, because I already feel equipped to teach my child about the intricacies of relationships and friendships. If you're someone who uses Amazon to buy all your books, I could see you wanting to skip this month of Little Feminist and go that route.

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you'll likely receive the April 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.

Check out all of our Little Feminist reviews and our list of the best book clubs for kids!

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Little Feminist is a children’s book and activity subscription that focuses on diversity and gender equality, teaching 0-9 year old girls and boys (yes, boys can be feminists too!) empathy and perseverance. Books-of-the-month are selected by a team of educators, librarians, and parents, who then cre... read more.
Christen Russo
Christen Russo

Hi there, I'm Christen! I've been writing with MSA since 2017. I am all sorts of things: a writer, a mother, an outdoors-lover, a low-maintenance self-carer, and general hungry person.

You'll find me collecting stationery and squirreling away stickers, riding bikes and swimming with my family, creating outfits in colors and silhouettes that make me feel amazing, wearing big earrings, drinking beer and asking my husband to feed me harmonies to sing, taking my vitamins, living for live music, roping everyone into a craft, being human and vulnerable, and celebrating the phenomenon of being alive.


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