A completely honest review of the book subscription Bookroo. Is it a good fit for the kids in your life? Check out this review to find out!
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Lately I’ve been trying out some different monthly subscriptions. It’s absolutely crazy how many there are now-a-days! The premise can be great…save money by getting an awesome discount on fantastic products. Oh, and have them delivered right to your door! But I do want to make sure that I’m spending money wisely and not just filling our home with a bunch of unneeded stuff.
Since we love books so much, I’ve been looking for a good book subscription to add some variety to our book collection.
I checked out at lot of different monthly book subscriptions (seriously, there is a club/subscription for almost every genre out there!) before deciding to give Bookroo a try. It is a monthly children’s book subscription that you can subscribe to. I love books and children’s books are some of the best, so this seemed to be a perfect fit.
A bit about Bookroo –
Currently (as of the writing of this), Bookroo offers two different options as far as books go; picture books or board books. The picture book option is $17.99 plus $5 shipping and handling for the monthly rate (if you join and pay in advance for 3, 6, or 12 months you can save quite a bit though). For this you get 2 hardcover picture books per month. The board book option is the same price, but you get 3 books instead of two.
We’ve been trying out the picture book subscription. So far we’ve gotten it for two months. What did our family think? Time to review!
It’s fun getting a super cute package in the mail! My five year old loves these boxes! The shipping box from Bookroo is teal, so he knows exacting what is inside. After you open the box, each books is wrapped in cute paper (like a present!) so your kids get to unwrap each book. This is definitely a great touch and one that builds anticipation for the books inside.
Having new books show up at your door ensures that you are expanding your library and being exposed to new authors etc. This is especially important if you live in an area without bookstores or by a poorly stocked library. (I’ve live all over the country and have discovered that all libraries are not created equal!). If you have an awesome library use it! Because not everyone has that resource.
We were exposed to new authors, illustrators and publishers. I’ll be the first to admit that we get in a rut. I find an author we like and we read every book they ever wrote. We find an illustrator we love and kind of freak out on checking out all their work. We even have favorite children’s book publishers – nerdy, I know. Having these books show up at our door forces us to check out books we might not find otherwise. We have tons of books in our home and I had not heard of any of the books that we got in the mail.
The price is a bit high for me. I’m not saying it’s overpriced (after all they are hardcover books!). Bookroo even says that the value of the book is always more than what you pay. But I usually try to buy kids books at thrift stores which is way cheaper. But our local thrift stores haven’t had too many good books lately, so… I think subscribing to a 6 or 12 month plan and saving a bit might be a better option for us.
I’m guess I am picky about books. Hate to admit it, but this books subscription experiment made me realize that I’m pretty picky about books, kids books especially. I thought I just loved books, but I realized that’s not exactly true. The selections Bookroo sent were good. Cute stories, nice illustrations (actually loved the illustrations in one). But truthfully I’m so picky that I want it to be a fabulous book with amazing illustrations. You know, the kids books you just love and don’t mind reading over and over and want to keep forever? I think that is what I was hoping for. So, to be fair I think my expectations were a bit, um, high.
But really, the main thing to realize is you don’t get to pick the books. You may love them, you may not!
Overall, this was a great subscription experiment! The kids loved getting a fun package in the mail. I loved that the package was books! It might not always fit within our budget, but when it does it’s a good family friendly subscription. And now I am super tempted to try out Bookroo’s other subscription option where you get three board books a month…I bet my littlest one would love it!
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