My kids love to read. They have both been consuming books from a young age. Now that we are homeschooling, I incorporate 30 minutes of reading time into their day, at the end of the school day; most times they end up going over, but I do not mind one bit!
However, since they read a lot, we go through all the popular/well-known series pretty quickly. I remember a conversation with the children’s book specialist at Barnes and Noble where this was extremely evident. I asked her for recommendations for my daughter. Everything she recommended, my daughter had already read. She had to go far down in her bag of tricks to find something that my daughter hadn’t read and would possibly like.
Recently, we haven’t been able to go the bookstore like we used to, so getting books has been more of a challenge. We have been getting books delivered from the library for my son or borrowing them on kindle for my daughter. But both of them believe that nothing is the same as a nice, new, crisp book that’s all yours. (My daughter prefers holding a physical book in her hand vs. using the kindle and they both say that it’s different when the book is theirs and they don’t have to return it; I don’t get this, but both of them feel the same way).
“Why don’t you just use Amazon,” you are probably asking. We definitely do, but with Amazon you need to know what you want before going to the site. I don’t usually know in advance what I am looking for unless I get a recommendation elsewhere. For the most part, I am trying to find new books that the kids might like.
Recently, I discovered Bookroo and this has solved all my problems finding recommendations and buying books for my kids.
What is Bookroo?
Bookroo is a monthly subscription box that kids receive in the mail with age-appropriate books. You specify the age of your child when you sign up for Bookroo. They offer books in three age ranges: 0-3, 3-6 and 7-10. For the littlest of the bunch, they receive 3 board books. The middle age group receive 2 picture books and the oldest group receive 2 chapter books.
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What was in a Bookroo box?
I ordered a chapter book box for my son. In the box, there was one paperback book and one hardcover book. Neither are books that I have heard of or have been recommended to me in the store, but they both seem interesting. Both books come gift-wrapped (books are awesome presents), which is a nice touch. My son loved unwrapping them to see what was inside.
The first book he received was The Royal Rabbits of London. It is about a rabbit that goes on an Arthurian quest to foil the horrible Ratzis who are plotting against the Queen. The second book, The Collectors, is about a group that protects the world’s wishes from being stolen and being used for nefarious purposes. Are they truly good or are they really evil? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
Will he like both books? Maybe he will, maybe he won’t, but I like that he is trying something different from the usual Dog Man and Captain Underpants books that he typically reads (and that most people recommend when I ask for a recommendation). Not that there is anything wrong with those books, I just like that he is trying something new.
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How much does a Bookroo box cost?
Bookroo boxes start at $23.95 per month for a 3-month subscription and goes down to $21.95 per month for a one-year subscription. Books are discounted from the normal price you would pay in the store.
Discounts are up to 50% and depend on the books you receive each month. For example, the books we received would have cost a total of $25 in the store, so on this particular box, you would have saved $1 to $3 depending on your subscription.
Would I recommend Bookroo?
I would definitely recommend Bookroo as a way to add new books to your children’s library and to add different books than the ones they traditionally read, as well as ones that you may not have thought of yourself.
I was provided with a free Bookroo box to facilitate this review, but all opinions are my own.