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 July 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, will be 3 in August. This month she received two board books—the first time since we began receiving this box in December 2020.
July's welcome note acknowledges the chaotic way that toddlers learn through experimentation. There were some very validating moments in this note! It also introduces the two board books we were sent this month: one that shows us children exploring planting and growing sunflowers, and the other which is full of questions asked by a child as she accompanies the adults in her life as they shop for, make, and enjoy dinner.
The activity this month gives directions on how to conduct a "sink or float?" experiment with your kid, complete with photo examples. It also includes a little log so your child can indicate their findings. I remember loving filling out special forms like this when I was a kid, with a slot or a space for everything, and Lorelai is showing that she loves it too (through these logs provided in LF boxes!). Within recent months, Lorelai has begun to burst with curiosity over what she calls, "mixperiments," commonly known as "experiments," so as the parent who is researching and organizing age-appropriate experiments, I was excited to have this idea find its way to me.
Rosa's Big Sunflower Experiment by Jessica Spaynol - Retail value $6.99
The first book was a really exciting one for us. Lorelai is familiar with Rosa from author Jessica Spaynol's series of children's books, and this was her first time encountering the joy of a new storyline with a familiar character. Spaynol does an amazing job of highlighting inclusivity and challenging gender norms in her books, all while offering really cute ideas for play. In this book, Rosa and her friends work together to plant sunflower seeds, teaching others what they know as they go, getting curious and looking for answers together, and observing what happens when the unexpected occurs. We're looking forward to doing our own sunflower-growing experiment next year, inspired by this book.
Cook It! by Georgie Birkett - Retail value $5.99
This book is a new favorite for us. The story walks us through helping to plan, cook, and eat a meal through the eyes of a child, and the text is made up of mostly questions. Some of the questions seem to be what the girl is asking as she goes about the steps of the process, while others make more sense for my daughter to answer. I love that it gives examples of questions she could ask day to day in her regular life. We also have a lot of fun pointing out the details on the pages—one of our favorites is seeing the little girl wearing her helmet and riding in a bike seat similar to Lorelai's.
I recently had a conversation with a neighbor about how embarking on cooking or baking projects with a young child is really challenging—slow going, potentially hazardous, a guaranteed mess—but if you can muster the gusto to do it sometimes, it really pays off. That neighbor has a thirteen-year-old daughter who loves to make meals for the whole family. Maybe that won't be in every kid's future, but at the very least it makes children feel loved and included when they can partake in kitchen endeavors. Plus, it makes them more likely to eat the food on their plate!
A happy reader!
This box provided its usual bookmarker with discussion questions on each side. There are three questions per book, asking things like "Water and light help sunflowers grow. What helps you grow?" for the Rosa book, and "The kids shopped, cooked, and set the table. What are all the things you do to help others?" It's always comical working through Little Feminist discussion questions with my kid, and a beautiful peek into the way her mind works.
Verdict: July's Little Feminist 2-4 age range box included two instant favorites for our family! As we look toward the home stretch of summer, I'm constantly on the lookout for new activities to do with my daughter so that our days feel full and meaningful, while also giving her the opportunity to learn. Each book sent this month gave us ideas for activities to enjoy together (planting and cooking), prompting my kid's curiosity through the playful characters and giving her a jumping off point for ways she can offer to help.
This subscription costs $25.90 ($22.95 per month + $2.95 shipping). These two books cost $5.99 and $6.99, adding up to $12.98 total. It's not uncommon for Little Feminist to send books that don't break even to the cost of the subscription. I personally think that the curation, activity, and discussion questions add value—plus it's really fun for my child to receive new books in the mail each month—but $12.92 is a pretty big cost gap. I would've loved to have seen one more book, or even another activity, included in this delivery.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you'll receive the August 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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