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Little Feminist Book Club Ages 2-4 September 2022 Review

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoSep 23, 2022 | 0 comments

Little Feminist Ages 2-4 September 2022

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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 US shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.

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 our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Opening The Box

 

Little Feminist sends their books in an envelope-style box. Packed snugly inside are the book(s) 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

 

This month's theme is food. The books included help kids draw the connection between food and nature, showing how taking care of the environment is a symbiotic relationship. One of the books is a book by the team at Little Feminist, so we're sent an additional info card about that. The other book is part of a series of board books called "Big Ideas for Little Environmentalists," which gives an introductory version of Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai. The activity this month is inspired by this second board book, giving directions for how to take scraps from green onions and lettuce to regrow them.

How We Eat by Shuli de la Fuente-Lau (Author) — Retail Value $9.99

 

Little Feminist sometimes sends pre-releases of their self-published books that are set to launch the following month. They're always radically inclusive of cultures, abilities, and family structures, offering beautiful representation to little ones. They also always use photographs rather than illustrations, which some studies claim to increase children's vocabulary and letter recognition. Showing different ways babies feed, different food children and grown-ups eat, various utensils, and more, this simple board book really covers it all and is unlike anything else we have on our shelf. I will say that my four-year-old didn't connect with it as much as my 16-month-old did. I think that being at the upper end of the 2-4 age group, my older daughter is looking for more compelling storylines than simple pictures and words. But the "baby" is loving it!

Restoration with Wangari Maathai by Maureen McQuerry (Author), Robin Rosenthal (Illustrator) — Retail Value $8.79

 

I hadn't heard of Wangari Maathai, so this children's book was a great introduction for me, too. I'm now enamored by her and have been researching her activism! I love that her story here starts from the things she noticed about her environment and community when she was a child—it offers a great point of access for kids, serving almost as an invitation to do amazing things as opposed to just sitting and applauding an adult who has made achievements.

Additional features of this book that our family appreciates are the questions posed throughout (sort of "breaking the fourth wall"), and the full pages of text that are designed with colorful, shaped-filled fonts. My four-year-old is really intrigued by letters and is showing great interest in learning to read, so she's really intrigued by these pages full of words she can start to try and sound out.

Honestly, this book is really inspiring, and it reminded us of some friends of ours who recently cleared out an abandoned lot near their home to great a flower garden, complete with a seed library that invites community participation in the spirit of a Little Free Library. So, naturally, we bought a copy for this friend—but my daughter made sure we weren't giving our copy away, because she is enjoying it at bedtime night after night. I hope Little Feminist sends us more books from the Big Ideas for Little Environmentalists series down the line—the one featuring Rachel Carson caught our eye, as she was from our hometown, Pittsburgh.

Discussion Questions

 

Little Feminist always provides a bookmark filled with discussion questions for each book included in the box. Some are conceptual, and others ask the child to recall themes or events from the book. They're always comical to explore together!

Value - Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $22.95 per month + $2.95 US shipping. Save with longer subscriptions. 

Value Breakdown: Little Feminist Book Club costs $25.90 per month, which includes the cost of shipping. The two books we were sent for September add up to $18.79. This has never been a discount subscription; rather, it's one that I find to be a worthwhile investment to fill our book shelf up with books for to help raise a good citizen and humanitarian. I always appreciate the welcome letter, activity idea, and discussion questions to help me guide my kid's attention toward what's so positive about these books, too. As I said above, I've already purchased another copy of the Wangari Maathai book for a friend, so needless to say, we love the books we are introduced to through this subscription.

Key Takeaways

As summer winds down and I find myself spending more time in the kitchen making warming meals, I love that Little Feminist supplied us with children's books to start a conversation around food. They've approached it from two angles this month: one that acknowledges and celebrates many ways that meals can look, and the other that spotlights how being a steward of the environment is beneficial. We loved both!

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Little Feminist is a children’s book and activity subscription that focuses on diversity and gender equality, teaching 0-9 year old girls and boys (yes, boys can be feminists too!) empathy and perseverance. Books-of-the-month are selected by a team of educators, librarians, and parents, who then cre... read more.
Christen Russo
Christen Russo

Hi there, I'm Christen! I've been writing with MSA since 2017. I am all sorts of things: a writer, a mother, an outdoors-lover, a low-maintenance self-carer, and general hungry person.

You'll find me collecting stationery and squirreling away stickers, riding bikes and swimming with my family, creating outfits in earth tones and flowy silhouettes that make me feel amazing, wearing big earrings, drinking beer and asking my husband to feed me harmonies to sing, taking my vitamins, living for live music, roping everyone into a craft, being human and vulnerable, and celebrating the phenomenon of being alive.


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