Books, Motherhood

Give the Gift that Gives Back: Bookroo

I am always looking for the perfect gift for the holidays for my kids and I know a lot of other people go through this same crisis. In our family we don’t have a whole lot of money to throw away on some random toy that is going to be loved for a minute then tossed a side the next. When looking for a gift for any occasion I always tend to look for gifts that the person I am gifting to (usually my kids) will get something in return whether that be a new skill or something else they learn from that gift; something learned or rather something useful is the key! What better way to give the gift of knowledge than to actually give knowledge in the form of a book or books. Books for kids don’t need to be filled with history lessons or math problems for them to learn something from them. A book can be filled with stories that bring their imaginations to life and that is a great gift to give. It allows kids to be kids by giving the ability to get their brains working and thinking but in a way that lets their imaginations run wild. They can read it themselves or be read to and no matter how a book is read it opens up so much more for a kid than any old toy would do. My 6 year old is just learning how to read; he loves books and enjoys trying to read all sorts of new words that he finds in his books. He will even read to his younger brother’s who will eventually start reading on their own someday. Books are a great way to teach in a fun way for kids and adults too as I have come to love reading chapter books to my kids. It brings out their imaginations and dusts mine off letting me remember that fun feeling of all of the characters in a story that seemed to disappear as I grew into adulthood.

I would like to introduce you to a great company Bookroo; they are a monthly book box service that sends books in the mail every month. They offer three kinds of books to be mailed depending on which is chosen for your subscription is the one you receive. They have a variety of monthly plans available as far as pricing is concerned. I have recently written some posts explaining the entire how to sign up for Bookroo at the links below. I encourage you to check them out if you are ready to give a great gift to your kids every month. Some great highlights about this company with out going into all of the details which will be linked below are: 1) that they wrap each individual book up in wrapping paper for your kids to unwrap when they are received they are always fun and different wrapping papers which make it all the more fun. I mean who doesn’t enjoy getting gifts to unwrap!? My kids love it and it makes the books we get all the more personal and special. 2) The books are well worth the price you are paying monthly. They don’t just put some cheap book in the box and call it good, NO , these books that are hand chosen by the way are carefully picked out. They do their research to find the best books to include in their boxes. They more than make up for the per box price which is different depending on the plan selection you choose. The per month box starts at $24.95 + Tax (for me tax is $4.99) which makes my moth to month box for the two chapter book selection I chose for my kids $29.94. However the price goes down if you choose to do the 3,6,or 12 box prepay. Check it all out here on my previous post all about Bookroo HERE!
If you would rather just go straight to the source check out their site here at BOOKROO.


For TODAY & TOMMOROW ONLY as this offer I am posting is only available until NOVEMBER 2nd 2020. Anyways Bookroo is offering a special promotion for a Black Friday deal since that is going to be a bit different this year for most; they thought they could still do something fun!

Click the Picture Above; don’t forget to copy the code below!

Use this code: EARLYBIRDBF for 25% off any multi-month subscription (and multiple new subscriptions!)
Valid through Nov 2 at 11:59 MST
Cannot be combined with other offers or applied to existing subscriptions!


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Books

Dino Mike and the T.Rex Attack

I wanted to write about something new and never really being a reader of books until recently due to reading more to my kids who are finally old enough to sit and listen long enough. I thought well I am reading all of these books after all and I might as well share my opinion of these books that I have read to someone.

My middle boy who is 4, is obsessed with dinosaurs he loves them with a passion. He knows quite a lot of the names and what they would have done back when they were alive. He has a pretty big vocabulary when it comes to any kind of dinosaur. Which is why I thought that he would love to hear a book about dinosaurs but not just the boring same old information books but more based around a storyline that includes dinosaurs instead. I like I am sure many people enjoy a story that takes you to another realm of existence. When I read any kind of book I don’t want to be in boring old Iowa anymore well that is unless the book is about Iowa. Then I wonder why would I have been reading it to begin with?
I spent quite a lot of time scouring the internet for a book that had dinosaurs in it and adventure as well. After kind of narrowing it down I had to of course make sure it was something that his age and his older brother who is 6 could wrap their minds around.

Dino Mike and the T.Rex Attack was the book I settled on. It is the first book in a series of 8 by Franco Aureliani who also illustrated it as well. It is always the best idea to start at the beginning of any kind of series: books, movies, tv, ect because that’s usually where you start anything, at the beginning! The book is for a reading grade of second & third grade or for the typical age of 6-8 years old. I don’t feel that kids should feel restricted to books because of their age or reading level because everyone is at a different level altogether because we are all different. My 6 year old is just now learning to read and my 4 year old doesn’t know how to read yet so I was the main one reading although I did have my 6 year old read a page here and there just to help his mind learn some new words. I read this book to my children over the course of a couple weeks reading a chapter or two at a time. I could have easily have read it front to back in less than a day. I read it to them wanting it to last a bit longer but it could have been done a lot soon than two weeks just an FYI. It is a 10 chapter long book with chapters that average from 5-10 pages with the exception of a couple that have closer to 20 but keep in mind that this book has pictures in it as well. I’ll show you the type of pages to read with the picture style/illustration style as well below.

I got a kick out of reading this book because it was engaging for me the reader as well as the audience I was reading to. My boys seemed to enjoy the adventure that they were taken on into a world where dinosaurs actually still existed; it pulls your imagination out of storage making it full of life and adventure once again. As with any good book series it pulls you in and this one does just that making you want to get the next book and so on. For an added experience while reading this book to my littles I came up with the idea of having them tell in words or draw a picture in a little reading journal about the chapter I was reading to them at that time. I wanted to make sure that they were indeed absorbing the words I was reading to them. After & sometimes during the chapters I read to them they did just that drew or wrote about what they pictured was happening in their own minds. This strategy helped them and still does help them learn to listen to what is being said to them or in this case read.

What is the book about?


If I could summarize this book up to what it is about it would look something like this. The actual book it’s self is like I mentioned about a kid and a dinosaur; only this dinosaur is somehow mysteriously brought into todays world where a kid named Mike stumbles into a fun adventure. He must figure out how this happened while meeting some unique characters along the way!


How much did this book cost?

The book itself was a good price not super expensive and I felt that it was a good price for the length of book you get as well as the quality of the book. It doesn’t feel like a cheap book and is well bound together. Everything has held up well when turning pages to read the quality of paper is also pretty good. Sometimes a cheaper book means that less time went into the books that are printed/made so the pages might rip easier or might just fall apart all together. That is not the case here as it does seem to be a pretty well put together book. You can see the price below for both the US & Canada.

My boys & I enjoyed reading this book and we loved the adventure it took us on. I am planning on completing this book series so look for updates on those books in the future. It was a nice read that I feel anyone with kids would enjoy or maybe even a someone who enjoys reading about dinosaurs in general. Thanks for reading my post and for visiting my blog. Drop a like below and follow my blog for future posts!

Adventure, homeschooling, Review

Keep Calm and Read On!

Keep Calm & Read On, 20% off

Now seems like a great day to start a new adventure. In our house we tend to have a lot of different adventures that kind of just happen all around us. My boys are always full of energy and looking for some kind of adventure to go on or get into. We have been home for almost half a year now not going anywhere except to those occasional doctors appointments or if mom/dad need to run to the store. After a while being home all of the time starts to wear on you emotionally and physically. You get interactions through the computer or TV for the outside world but not like it was. My kids need to have things switched up to make things feel like they aren’t always the same because that is…. So boring! (as my 4 year old would say) He’s right it get’s boring after you do the same things over and over. To combat this we have started to change out toys switching between different sets and of course reading more books. Especially since school just started back for us just a couple of weeks ago. Reading has become something we do a lot of everyday. I read to my boys during their homeschooling as well as afterwards, if they are not tired of hearing my voice that is! My 6 year old is just now starting to read and is getting pretty great at it too. Just today he read through an entire book by himself with very minimal help.
I would say that reading has become a staple for fun in our household and that may be a weird thing to say for most people who might have already had a reading time implemented in their households. For our family books were a once in while thing like a super special time that we tried to do and that was if no one ripped, ate, or threw a book that day. My boys went through various stages of each of those…I as their mom was kind of in shock and wondered why they did those things. In my mind maybe they just weren’t ready for books. That might have been true then but today they are totally different for the most part about books. They have become more excited about them and believe me that didn’t just happen. I had to start over and over with book for my kids until I came up with a solution. We would create a library of sorts. If you wanted a book you would have to check it out and then return it if you wanted another or just a plain old toy. It seems to be working as its so far so good.
With that they have learned to take care of their books more during school and when school is over with. I also have started to feel more connected with them through books and learning. Every time I open a book they get so excited and we enjoy that time together.
According to The American Academy of Pediatricians “Shared reading promotes children’s language development, literacy and bonding with parents,” lead author Tiffany Munzer, M.D., said in a news release. “… We found that when parents and children read print books, they talked more frequently and the quality of their interactions were better.” I would definitely agree with that statement as I already mentioned earlier I feel closer to my kids being able to read books together. And I am loving the adventures and new memories we create together.
With schools starting back now during all the chaos whether you are homeschooling like my family or sending your kids back to physical school buildings I encourage you to make time for reading. Go on your own adventures to keep your minds busy and focused on fun things. Just remember to Keep Calm and Read On!


Keep Calm & Read On, 20% off

Recently I wrote a review for Bookroo HERE; check that post out to learn more in detail about Bookroo and their company. When I first learned about their awesome company I knew I wanted to be able to share them with you! Bookroo is a monthly box subscription service that sends books for children neatly wrapped up like presents in the mail every month. You have a few choices between types of boxes offered; there are three to choose from: The Board Book, The Picture Book, & The Chapter Book Box. Each for a specific age group (0-10 yrs). Each book sent out is individually wrapped in wrapping paper like little gifts I know that my kids were so excited to open the previous box they felt special when they got to unwrap their book. I think that wrapping them up give it a unique personal touch to this monthly box. It helps them stand out from the crowd! For the entire month of September Bookroo is offering a special promotion check it out below and follow the links provided to get the deal! Don’t forget to use the special code at checkout.

Bookroo has a very special promotion going on through the entire month of September 2020. Get 20% off any 3 month subscription with code KEEPCALM! Monthly or Gift included. (Code cannot be combined with any other offers or used more than once per household. Valid Sept. 1, (12:01 am ET) – Sept. 30 (11:59 pm PT).)

This month we were very fortunate to receive a second box from Bookroo to unbox for you! I am happy that I get to share this one with you as well. Bookroo offers three different types of boxes this one is the chapter book box. If you are more interested in seeing what the picture book box is like click HERE for my previous review/post.
Everyday for our homeschooling we have read aloud times where I grab a book usually a chapter book as they tend to last longer than a single day read and I read a chapter or two to both of my older boys. While they listen they usually have something to keep their little hands busy such as play dough or drawing in their reading journals over what I am reading about currently. I love being able to read to them and just share all sorts of adventures with them in every book that we read!
The chapter books came very nicely packaged just like the picture books came! Both were wrapped in different wrapping paper and I love that they are always wrapped in different kinds/designs of wrapping paper instead of it just being plain. My middle son helped with this unboxing he loved opening up “his presents”… I believe today was also his birthday party as he always says! He tends to have a birthday party every day. This made his day for sure.
Our first book is by Cornelia Funke; Lilly and Fin: A Mermaid Tale. This book looks like a great read for our home school read aloud’s. We are looking forward to going on another adventure, this one looks like it will take us “Under the Sea”. After we venture down to the deepest depths of the sea we will journey back to the surface for our next adventure!
For our last book it looks like we will set out for an adventure in the stars on a magical journey with The Star Thief by Lindsey Becker. This one looks like it is going to be a fun magical adventure for our school year. It is a bit on the thicker side so it will definitely last us a great while longer for our read aloud’s. Longer books also mean bigger adventures for our minds to escape into!
Again I encourage you to check out Bookroo so you can go out on your own adventures too! Grab a book and escape from today’s reality, set your mind on something great! Remember to Keep Calm & Read On!


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Keep Calm & Read On, 20% off

Motherhood, Review

Bookroo

(My name is Jenifer Smalley author of this blog. I was sent a box by Bookroo to give an honest review over their product and to share it with you my readers)

Recently I was chosen to participate in giving an honest review over a product; Bookroo. I thought how neat it would be to share this awesome company with you my readers and my family so I reached out to them to participate in a collaboration. I am excited to be able to share this company and my thoughts about them with you. Before my unboxing of the product and my review below here is a little background about the company and how the monthly boxes work.

Bookroo is a monthly book box service for kids of all ages. There are a few different book boxes or book clubs to choose from.

  1. Board Book Club: is for ages 0-3 years old. Each box comes with 3 sturdy board books for curious little minds who are still learning about books. At this age group those little ones need sturdy pages with all of the excitement and energy they have built up.
  2. Picture Book Club: is for ages 3-6 years old. Each box comes with 2 hardcover picture books. These picture books are great for beginners or for a read aloud story time. Let your young reader find wonder in each new book!
  3. Chapter Book Club: is for ages 7-10 years old. Each box comes with 2 chapter books. Each book has exciting content for advanced readers jump into each story for an exciting new adventure!

What makes Bookroo stand out from the rest?

  • Each book in every box received are specially gift wrapped for an added surprise! Who doesn’t get excited when opening presents? Exactly!
  • For parents each box also includes an insert that shows what books have been included with a little information about each book as well as author & illustrators.
  • The option to alternate between board books & picture books. Alternating Subscription

How does it work?

  • First select your Box.
  • Second select you subscription Plan.
  • Lastly set up your account & billing information.

Gift Bookroo

Give the gift of Bookroo. You can give a Gift subscription to someone who loves reading just as much as you do. Maybe your a grandparent or just trying to find that special gift for a young reader who loves books! Gifting Bookroo is the perfect solution. The subscription for gift boxes work just a little differently. You will buy a single box, 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month subscription up front. It is a one time payment that does not renew. The recipient of the gift will receive the boxes for every month you pre-purchased ahead of time until the amount of months purchased is fulfilled.


Questions?

Bookroo’s frequently asked question page covers topics such as How do you decide on which books to send? When does the subscriptions renew? or the unfortunate How do I cancel my subscription box?
FAQs

If you have any other concerns you can always contact the company through their Help Desk.


Reviewing Bookroo

Every box comes like so with the Bookroo companies standard packaging that includes their logo and some cute inspirational sayings on the sides of each box! I thought that was a neat touch instead of just a regular brown cardboard box.

After getting into the box I found the two books for this month both wrapped in fun colorful wrapping paper. Both of my older boys loved that they each got a little present to unwrap! There was also the insert that comes with each box telling about the books that are wrapped up. The little insert tells about the author as well and even though I only got the picture books it tells about the little board books for the month as well.

Now for the fun part; (I opted to just take pictures of the unboxing as I didn’t want to film my kids opening everything up on video then putting it on the internet.) Anyways they loved that they could open up a special present with a surprise book inside. It was a very special experience for them for sure! They each chose which one they wanted to open then went to town.

The two books that we received are: Bertie Wings It. Author Leslie Gorin. Illustrator Brendan Kearney. And Good Night Truck. Author Sally Odgers. Illustrator Heath McKenzie. We love both of them! They spent quite a long time switching back and forth taking turns to flip through the books themselves.

I think that the unique twist of each book being a little gift is a great way to get kids excited about reading and about books in general. Most kids love to open presents and they typically love to look at books at least mine do. That in itself would be worth the price especially if you just wanted to just buy a one box monthly subscription. Everything would be pre-wrapped for you. In my opinion for the price of a single box for the picture books box which rings in at $19.95 plus $4.99 for shipping. Bringing a monthly month to month subscription to $24.94 per month (this month to month box is cheaper than the single purchase gift option(something I noticed; probably because you would not be a repeat customer. Meaning that you get a bit of a discount by buying the month to month renewable option rather than just the gift option). If you would rather opt for the single month gift option you are still getting a good deal as that option is $24.95 plus $4.99 shipping making the total $29.94. It’s a good deal because you get great quality books which in reality would cost a lot more versus the prices that the two options cost.

The two books that we received are priced on each book as seen in the picture below and as follows:

  • Good Night Truck – $16.99 US ($19.50 CAN)
  • Bertie Wings It – $14.95 US ($16.95 CAN)

When you add the two totals up (the US total for me);
$16.99
+ $14.95
————–
$31.94
You end up saving money, especially if you were to order these books from another place you may also need to factor in shipping on top of the total price and taxes. The total will be much higher than the $31.94.
$24.94 or $29.94 isn’t such a bad price after you do some research on what it would cost to buy these titles brand new somewhere else. Both Hardcovers.

I enjoyed this subscription box if I had one thing to say is that I wish they included an option for three books like they do for the board books in the other box choices maybe a paper-back book box. Perhaps a cheaper box even just one book because I know that there’s a lot of people out there can’t afford a monthly box every single month. We are a once in a while splurge kind of family. I will add that you are not locked into this monthly box as you can cancel at anytime. On that note I would suggest that if you are interested to try it out! I am looking at getting one of the gift boxes as a Christmas gift this December for a special treat for my kiddos. Even if I probably won’t do a current subscription box. I love that they have the two different options to choose from. Gift or Subscription Box! I enjoyed working with Bookroo to bring you this review over their subscription box service; I encourage you to try this box out if it’s something you are thinking about and if you live in the US as they only currently offer shipping in the US at this time!


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