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 selected 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 4-7 years.
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About Little Feminist Book Club Box
The Subscription Box: Little Feminist Book Club
The Cost: $22.95 per month + $2.95 flat rate 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 and worldwide for varying rates.
Little Feminist Book Club Box April 2021 Review
I received this welcome card introducing this month's book. They go over a few details about the book and how you can share your thoughts with them after reading the book with your little ones!
Home is in Between by Mitali Perkins - Retail Value $18.99
This book came at a great time because my son Fox is really interested in learning about other countries and even about all of the states in America and what makes all of these places different from the other. He really wants to go to Paris right now and is fascinated by New York City. I found this book to be a great way to bridge the gap in his mind between other places in the world and America. It is also such an important story, not just for the female lead character, but because it shows that not everyone is from where you come from, not everyone speaks the same language, not everyone looks the same, not everyone celebrates in the same way, but we can all bridge together as one. We can each learn from each other.
In this story, we meet Shanti who moves to America from India. The story goes through the struggles to maintain her Indian heritage and what is expected of her at home to learning how to live life in her new town and at her new school. She works to find a balance and how to bridge both of her lives together. My son was so engaged with this book and loved learning all about Shanti. It is always amazing to me that even at his young age of only 5, he understood her feelings of sadness and noticed when a boy said something mean to her and right away said how it wasn't kind. Books like this are such a great way to talk through bullying and simple differences between people, but that we are all equal and that our differences don't make us strange, they make us each special. A melting pot. That was the greatest lesson that I was able to teach my son when reading this book, that our country, our world, is this beautiful melting pot of bright differences that we all bring together.
Shanti misses the warm monsoon rains in India. Now in America, she watches fall leaves fly past her feet.
Still, her family’s apartment feels like a village: Mama cooking luchi, funny stories in Bangla, and Baba’s big laugh. But outside, everything is different – trick-or-treating, ballet class, and English books.
Back and forth, Shanti trudges between her two worlds. She remembers her village and learns her new town. She watches Bollywood movies at home and Hollywood movies with her friends. She is Indian. She is also American. How should she define home?
What Do You Think Card
Each book comes with a 'What Do You Think' card that provides questions that you can ask your little reader about the book. Each side is broken out by age, which I find so helpful. We obviously haven't gone many places in the past year, so I was interested to hear what places he finds feel like home and who feels like home. He said that our house is his home, but that he feels at home when he is with his Numma (the name he gave my Mom). We also talked about how we can connect with people who live far away like Shanti's family and why it is so important to still talk to those people that we love and miss. We also discovered that Shanti was able to learn multiple ways to do things like dancing and reading. Fox explained that there are different ways to do so many things like play games, how to ride a scooter, and so much more. These little cards are a gateway to amazing conversations with Fox and I cherish those moments so much.
Little Feminist In Action: Where is Your Family From?
This month's Little Feminist In Action page is all about where your family is from. I am so connected to my family heritage, I love learning more about my family, and sharing those traditions with my kids. My great grandparents, Charles and Philomena Kukucka, came to America from Czechoslovakia while my other side of my family came from Ireland. My husband's family came from Scotland, and many members of his family even have the middle name Loch. Fox has been very interested in our heritage, especially this past year, and loves seeing pictures of where our distant families came from. He also loves a good Scottish accent! This month's activity was such a great way to get him even more involved in learning about each side of his heritage. He really loved learning about the weather, land, and native animals in these areas. I think understanding your roots is so important, and something that I love passing along to Fox. This was such a great book and activity to have him learn even more about his Kukucka-Lowman heritage!
Verdict: This month's Little Feminist Book Club brought so much joy for myself and Fox! I really love learning about my heritage, and Fox is very interested in learning about new places. This month's book and activities combined all of those interests, making this such a fun box for us to enjoy together. I think that is what I love so much about this subscription, it really benefits all of us, not just Fox. This month's book introduced us to Shanti, a girl that moved to America from India. She is learning how to balance her new life and finding that place in between her new town and her heritage that is still alive and well in her home. It takes her time, but she soon discovers that there are multiple ways of doing things, and sometimes you just have to bridge those two worlds together. I think showing kids at an early age that we all come from different places and there is a whole world outside of our little base is so important. This book really showcased that for my son in a fun story that was also visually beautiful! We were able to talk about our heritage and why it is so important to hold onto the history and traditions of the people before us. We were able to talk about why it is so important to be accepting of different ways to do things, different languages, and so much more. Fox really took to this month's story and loved learning all about Shanti and her life! This subscription is such a great way to sit and connect with Fox one on one while getting lost in a good book month after month!
To Wrap Up:
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