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 + $3.95 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
Shubh Diwali by Chitra Soundar - Retail Value $9.99
This quick, sweet story shows the preparation, celebration, and meaning of Diwali. The author uses a nice rhyming scheme to keep your kids attention, while cute illustrations will have your little one looking for fun and colorful details. My daughter was mostly interested in the snacks and buying new things, but she liked the book a lot. We've already read it a few times.
Diwali has arrived. Rangoli art decorates the floor and strings of flowers hang around the doors. Now it’s time to ring the bells, light the lamps, and welcome the new year with family and friends. A sweet introduction to the Hindu festival of lights.
Zaire's Blessing: A Ramadan Story by Sharon Shamsi - Retail Value $6.59
Zahra's Blessing is a sweet story about a Muslim girl who wishes for a sister. Whatever she does, she thinking of how having a sister would make it better. During Ramadan, her family donates their clothes to a shelter where she meets Haleema. They find they have many things in common, and spend a lot of time together while Zahra's family volunteers. The family eventually adopts Haleema and it's a dream come true for both girls.
We found this book incredibly sweet. My daughter was both flabbergasted and excited that you could just adopt someone into your family. So she made a list of all her friends that could be her brothers and sisters. I think this is a book that will stay around for a while.
From Barefoot Books:
Zahra hugs her cherished teddy bear and prays that Ramadan will bring her a longed-for sister. When her bear subsequently goes missing, Zahra finds herself grappling with intense feelings of loss. Over the next few weeks, as she volunteers with her mother at a local shelter for asylum seekers, Zahra befriends a displaced child, resulting in a newfound sense of gratitude and an unexpected Ramadan blessing.
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. I like the way they help you ask direct, thoughtful 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 activity asks your little one to complete random acts of kindness. My girl did all these things immediately and hilariously. She treated it more as a to-do list than thinking of other ways to be kind, but I'll take what I can get.
As the holiday season ramps up, it's important to learn about celebrations in other parts of the world. These two books from Little Feminist Book Club were both a hit in our house. Sweet, colorful, fun, and informative. Zahra's Blessing was a stand out; not just of these two, but of the last several installments. It's funny what your kids will take an interest in. What will spark their curiosity? It's so cute, but I'm going to have to break it to her that we're not adopting her entire classroom.
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 (including shipping). These books retail for about $17 together. That is a $9 difference.
One thing to 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 $3.95. 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? You have to order before the 25th to receive that month’s selection. 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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