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 for $22.95 per month + $2.95 flat rate shipping. 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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Little Feminist Book Club items come in a distinctive cardboard holder with drawings on it. In addition to the book(s), Little Feminist includes an introduction to the book (which has an activity on the reverse side – see below) and a bookmark with thought-provoking questions.
What's Inside The Box
We Move Together by Kelly Fritsch, Anne McGuire, Eduardo Trejos - Retail Value $16
We Move Together is a lovely and vibrant book full of diversity. There is so much on each page that my daughter searched every one like it was a Where's Waldo book. That allowed for a lot of conversation about how everyone is different in some ways, but similar in many more. Over the years, she has asked me questions when she saw handicapped spaces, sign language, and similar things. I relished each opportunity to help her understand and this book provided many, many, many of those opportunities. It shows how we move differently yet together by doing things like building ramps to make stores wheelchair accessible, a blind person using a cane or dog to get around, or creating spaces all can enjoy. In the back of the book is closer look at the many messages in the book, with explanations. I really liked having this information, because I am still learning, too.
From AK Press:
A bold and colorful exploration of all the ways that people navigate through the spaces around them and a celebration of the relationships we build along the way. We Move Together follows a mixed-ability group of kids as they creatively negotiate everyday barriers and find joy and connection in disability culture and community. A perfect tool for families, schools, and libraries to facilitate conversations about disability, accessibility, social justice and community building. Includes a kid-friendly glossary (for ages 6–9).
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. They are nice in the way they help you ask direct questions– something that might actually get a real answer rather than "It was good" or "I liked it."
Little Feminist In Action
This month's "Little Feminist In Action" page asks your little one to make their own sign for something that matters to them. It also encourages the parents to discuss how even a well-meaning idea may have negative effects not originally considered. For example: plastic straws are bad for the environment, but are necessary for some people who need them to drink. I will admit that I originally didn't think this was going to be a hit, but I was wrong. The idea of making a sign to express yourself really resonated with my daughter—she draws a lot. I wouldn't be surprised if she uses this newfound idea to protest dinner or bedtime.
We really enjoyed this installment from Little Feminist Book Club. It was full of things to find on each page and we found a lot to talk about. Even as an adult, I am learning more about the world I am bring my children up in. I, of course, want to set a good example and teach my children to be helpful, accepting, and loving. While this book was a wonderful introduction for my child, it was also a lesson for me as a parent. I would say that about a lot of the books we get from Little Feminist Book Club. This subscription has brought up more conversations than other books we read. Plus, she gets on a kick where she doesn't want to read the same old books. So getting new ones every month is a bonus. This was another enjoyable, informative, thoughtful installment. The kind of book I've come to expect from this subscription.
Value - Was This Box Worth It?
Subscribers – current or future – will have to be understanding of the fact that Little Feminist Book Club is not a subscription that saves you money. The cost of the sub will always be a little more than the book itself. This subscription's true value is the quality of the books and the complementary paperwork, which is carefully chosen and sent to your front door. If you are focused on dollar amounts, this subscription may not be for you.
The monthly subscription costs $26 (with shipping). This book retails for $16, and can be found for a few dollars cheaper on Amazon. Even at full price, that is a $10 difference in value. The content is always good, but I would understand if some parents were dissuaded by the cost difference some months. Especially after several installments.
One thing of note: Little Feminist offers four ways to purchase: monthly, three months, six months, and 12 months. They cost $22.95, $21.95, $19.95, and $18.95, respectively. Shipping is always $2.95. So if you were certain you'd like this subscription for a year, it would be $4 cheaper per month and much closer to the book's retail value.
To Wrap Up
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. You have to order before the 25th to receive that month’s selection. So at this point, you will get next month's. 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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