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.
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.
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 May 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. My daughter, Lorelai, is approaching 3. This month she received one picture book.
The book arrived in a slim cardboard box, with this sheet of cardstock that's printed with May's welcome note. The month's theme is about remembering that young ones sometimes experience fear as they navigate life experiences that don't phase adults—and how important it is to validate and work with that fear. The book we were sent uses a nighttime storm as an example and finding music in the various sounds of the city. The activity that was sent this month goes with the rhythmic theme of the story, showing us how to make a rainstick out of items that can be found around the house.
In this lively story, a young boy notices the many sounds around him. Some come from his family—laughter, and clinks of dishes—while others are noises from outside his window. A common tool for kids to confront the fear of the unknown (be it shadows or sounds or other sensory experiences) is to find rhythm and pattern, and that's exactly what the melodic text of this book points to. The illustrations range from representative to imaginative and really invite readers to let their minds come alive as they explore the boy's night.
There is a strong male presence in this book, depicting uncles and a grandfather who are such positive figures in this boy's life. I think these men could beautifully represent all sorts of family layouts—maybe for one kid reading this book they're main caretakers, while for others they serve a different role. Either way, it's a beautiful depiction of a family being present.
Verdict: Music is immensely important in my family, and is already such a strong theme in our daughter's life. We use it to celebrate and to cope, to learn to spell, and to get our bodies moving. So, needless to say, we loved that aspect of this book! While we live in the city, it's more of a neighborhood setting, so we talked a lot about what sounds the boy hears that we, too, might hear, versus ones that are unique to his setting. We also had fun talking about the male role models in our daughter's life with her through the relationships mentioned in this story.
We missed the discussion questions this month. While there was plenty to discuss even without the suggestions from Little Feminist, I find that that offering adds value to an otherwise expensive subscription. It costs $25.90 ($22.95 per month + $2.95 shipping). This book, purchased full-price, costs $17.99. On Amazon, it costs $10.99. While the activity is a great, age-appropriate idea, I can't say it has a $14.91 value for those who might rather just grab this book for $10.99 on Amazon. I believe in Little Feminist's cause and mission, and so some months I'm OK with their value not quite breaking even, but this month I would've loved to have seen another book included.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you'll likely receive the June 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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