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.
The Cost: $22.95 per month + $2.95 shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
This review is of the Book Club for ages 2-4 years.
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Opening The Box
Little Feminist sends their books in an envelope-style box. Packed snugly inside are the book of the month, a welcome note and activity, and a bookmark with discussion questions listed on the front and back.
Here's What's Inside
Welcome Note & Activity
Little Feminist's January note introduces this month's book as part of the "Little Senses" series, written and illustrated by autistic author Samantha Cotterill. Each addresses situations that those with autism or other heightened sensory needs may find themselves in, and represents finding solutions in a colorful, playful way. You'll read more about how that's addressed in this month's book below! On the flip side, instead of a game-like activity, children are encouraged to collect items and, with the help of an adult, create a safe and peaceful space to reset. An awesome idea for any and every kid!
It Was Supposed to Be Sunny by Samantha Cotterill — Retail Value $17.99 (found here for $12.59)
This month's book, "It Was Supposed to Be Sunny," is all about a child's small birthday party not going as planned due to uncontrollable circumstances: rainy weather. We are shown the party setup filled with anticipation, the initial disappointment of not getting to enjoy the party as planned, the little girl's mother helping her reset and re-plan, and even a moment of needing to seek grounding while her friends are there. The book is simple in that there isn't too much dialogue, but enough to communicate the girl's predicament and disappointment. The illustrations are brightly colored and help show how the little girl came up with her own ideas to make her party feel really special. What I love most is the beautiful example of a supportive parent and understanding friends as our leading gal navigates her special day. I also appreciate children's books that give the parents guidance on how to handle various life scenarios, and this one does that not only in the contents of the story but also more directly on the inside flap of the book jacket.
My three-year-old daughter was really drawn to the visuals in this book immediately, and before I had the chance to read it to her, she flipped through the pages and "read" her own version based on the pictures herself. When I read it to her as written, she clearly related to the girl in the book. A nice touch that she noticed is how when each character is talking, the color and font of the words change.
Little Feminist always includes a bookmark with discussion questions on the front and back. It never fails to be a hoot asking these questions to our toddler! Some questions are about the book itself and some encourage the child to think of situations in their own life that are likened to the storyline of the monthly book. I love watching my daughter's face and seeing her wheels turning as she considers her answers.
Value - Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $22.95 per month + $2.95 US shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
Value Breakdown: This monthly subscription costs $25.90 including shipping. The book itself, when bought from a bookstore or otherwise full-price, is $17.99. It can be found on Amazon for $12.59. That means you're paying $7.91-$13.31 for the book selection, activity, and discussion questions. As is often the case for me with this book subscription, that feels a little steep, but I still feel this subscription exposes my family to absolutely wonderful books and lessons.
If you're looking for a super high-value subscription box, this one might not be it; that said, we are always sent really wonderful children's books: ones that teach about other lifestyles and abilities and cultures. We always learn something, and that was no different with January's book, "It Was Supposed to Be Sunny." We now have some extra tools in our emotional tool belt for when situations don't go as planned, and for that I am grateful!
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Other Things You Should Know
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