This post is sponsored by Barefoot Books.
It’s that time of year again. The glorious month before the holidays, where my kids yell out requests to Santa after every commercial they see on Nick Jr.
Luckily for me, my children have the attention span of fleas, and won’t remember all their requests. And as their mom, I’m happy to get a few “junk” toys. ‘Tis the season and all that.
But I also want to get some quality gifts for my kids. If you’re a parent or a grandparent (or maybe a very enthusiastic aunt!) – you probably do too.
Which brings me to this: Barefoot Books, the award-winning children’s book publisher, has a new Subscription Box. And you guys, I love it!!
I can’t say enough good things about these subscription boxes. I got mine in the mail last week, and was so excited to see how nice they are!
Why I love Barefoot Books
These books are gorgeous – and I don’t say that lightly. They are beautifully illustrated, and built to last (don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure that even if my toddler decides she wants to eat her new books, she won’t be able to break off digestible chunks).
I mean it. This is high quality.
Not only are the books clearly well made with beautiful illustrations, but they’re written with important values in mind.
Barefoot Books creates stories that are specifically designed to help you raise caring, empathic, and open-minded children. And they do it in a subtle, non-preachy way. The stories are just inclusive in a way you don’t often see in children’s books.
The emphasis on representing lots of different cultural traditions – as well as all kinds of kids and their families – is so important for children early on in their reading journey.
(And people are taking notice – Barefoot Books was the winner of the Independent Publisher’s Guild “Diversity in Publishing” Award for 2020).
Anyway, my kids are really into these books.
My 3-year-old son Thomas absolutely loves his new “Bear on a Bike” and “Bear in a Square” books.
“Bear in a Square” gives him the chance to find lots of shapes hidden in the pictures, and he’s so pleased with himself when he’s able to find everything! (I mean, yes, if you want to split hairs he’s also pleased with himself when he puts his shirt on forwards. He’s 3 you guys, cut him some slack).
Thomas has requested that I read his bear books every night since we got the package in the mail. And he’s already asking for more of this series.
So, what’s in the Subscription Boxes?
Each box comes with 2-3 books and gifts, chosen to be appropriate for the age of the child you’re buying for. Ours came with an adorable stuffed animal for my daughter Ani, alongside the books.
Boxes also come with a collectible artist’s print on heavy cardstock, which means you can frame it!
Here are some examples of the prints. How cute are these??
What’s great about these subscription boxes is that you can customize them for the ages of your children (boxes are geared toward ages 0-2, ages 3-5, and ages 6-9).
You can then choose whether you want to receive a box every month for 3 months, 6 months, or a full year.
Based on the feedback from my own kids (who are ages 7, 3, and 21 months), I think these boxes will be a hit. I don’t know about your children, but my kids gets SO EXCITED when a package comes in the mail. Having a monthly subscription box delivered to the house is really the gift that keeps giving!
If you want to give a thoughtful gift this year, I can say without reservation that these subscription boxes are a great option.
Forbes calls Barefoot Books “The standard for excellence in children’s books.” I’m no Forbes, but I am a pretty average mom-blogger, which is very similar to Forbes in some ways. (Don’t press for what ways, that would be hard to quantify).
What was my point? Oh yes. It’s that Forbes and I agree that these books are awesome.
Not only do my kids love them, but this is a company that cares about the values they’re helping to instill in their young readers.
As a parent, I really appreciate this. We have so many issues as a society, and raising our children to be thoughtful citizens is a big deal. Having resources that can help is no small thing.
You can order your Subscription Box here. Happy reading!
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