I was pretty excited when the big white box came in the mail this week. The one with the little sticker in the middle that had a sweet little bear on it. You see, I had read recently about a website that offered a monthly book club for littles and since, you know, I am All About books for littles, I Had To Check It Out.
The folks over at Lil’ Bear Book Club were kind enough to send me a box pronto. And they did not let me down. I think my very favorite thing about this particular club was the packaging. Because there are many book clubs out there, right? But this one is special. I mean, really special. Because your little, if you sign up, will receive a box in the mail every month that contains from 2-4 books in it. And those books will be individually wrapped, then wrapped together in tissue paper. I’m not going to lie, I haven’t been a little for at least 30 years, and my heart still pounded when I saw those rectangular presents sitting there in the box. My Littles, who claim to be big now, stopped in their tracks when they saw the box of gifts.
“What is That?” they asked.
I couldn’t contain my grin. “Books. There are books in there.”
And my teen and tween boys lit up. “Let’s see ’em!”
So we opened our presents. This particular box had board books in it. Lil’ Bear Book club has two options: board books and picture books. The board books option is a little cheaper than the picture books option, but they are both quite reasonably priced. You can sign up for month-to-month books, which will run $16.99 a month plus $5 shipping and handling. Or you can sign up and pay for a whole year at once, and you save $1.99, paying $180.00 for 12 months of books. At 3-4 books a month, that’s $5 or less a book. You can also choose a 3 month or 6 month option, both of which also save you a little cash. And you’re not just getting books here. You’re getting a service. You’re getting a monthly Christmas morning for your littles, who will not only enjoy getting their own mail, but will have the added bonus of that mail being comprised of wrapped gifts. Every month. It’s like having a year-long birthday. I’m not breathing right, I’m so excited.
Listen, I really didn’t know what to expect book-wise from this club. Some book clubs just aren’t worth it, right? But I was pleased to open my presents and find quality, relevant books inside. And yeah, they’re board books, but Littlest jumped all over the Dinosaur Train book, because when they were small, my Littles Loved That Show.
Middle’s favorite was Jack and the Beanstalk. Because everyone loves fairy tales and the illustrations in this one were hilarious.
Me? I was a big fan of the third book. Because this a book club and sometimes you get what you pay for and sometimes you don’t. In this case, you totally do. If you have a preschooler or a little just learning to read, imagine how much she would love this book:
Um, I love that! No cheesy, cheap board books here. Lil’ Bear provides the good stuff.
I think it is probably the best thing in the world that a book can transcend age and expectations, that if we see one that draws our interest, we can read it without worrying about grade level, a rating, or some other censorship. That my Littles devoured these board books just like they would a Jim Butcher novel or a Walking Dead comic.
You want your littles to be that way, too, right? I can’t think of a book club that would be better to join. I highly recommend checking Lil’ Bear out. Even if you only join for a month or two, you’re going to make your littles feel so special.
Anything you can do to keep them reading, you should do. Creating these kinds of memories to associate with reading? Yeah yeah, Mama. That’s the stuff.