Category: Reading

Bookroo Review – October 2016


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I am proud to say that I am turning my kids into total book nerds. Literally the first and only word that Alexa can say is “buh” when she picks up a book and throws it at us. My husband and I read multiple books to them daily and it is our favorite way to unwind as a family for the night. Reading to them also guarantees a snuggle from Max so I might have ulterior motives as well.

That’s why when I found out about Bookroo, I had to try it out because this service is right up our alley!

What it is:

Bookroo is a subscription-based book service that sends a box every month filled with either three board books (for children ranging from ages 0-2.5 years old) or two hardcover picture books (geared towards children ranging from ~2.5-6 years old.)

Bookroo prides itself on finding “hidden gems” as opposed to sending classics. However, if you happen to own the book that is sent, all you have to do is take a picture of you gifting the book to someone else and Bookroo will give you $5 off your next box.

I chose the hardcover option and received the October box. As you will see, it is Halloween-themed!


Top 5 Books to Read to Toddler

When Max was a baby, I wrote about my top 5 favorite books to read to him. Now that he is a 2-year old toddler, the books I enjoy reading to him have evolved a lot.

Several reasons: 1) Max’s attention span has grown to be greater than that of a goldfish; 2) He is *gasp* actually willing to cuddle up with me while I read to him these days; and 3) He now has, arguably, enough self-control (on the good days) to not rip all the damn pages. (Although we still patch up our fair share.)

All of that means we are no longer confined to board books and can read books with proper stories from start to finish. Yay!

My main criteria for books that I enjoy reading to Max is that have to enjoy reading it. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve re-re-re-read a story because my toddler kept screaming “MORE!” Let’s just say you better be damn sure you like that book.

Without further ado, my top five favorite books these days are (spoilers ahead):


Top 5 Books to Read to Baby

Being an avid bookworm, I want to instill in Max a love of reading. I still remember my childhood, pulling all-nighters just to finish a book because I couldn’t bear to put it down or walking around the halls of school with my nose deep in a page. I became quite adept at maneuvering around the sea of students while continuing to read. I also come from a family of readers, one of my brothers having read the dictionary a few times “for fun.”

As such, Mr. C and I have made an effort to read to Max at least one book, if not more, per day. The experience hasn’t really been what I envisioned: Max sitting, cradled in my lap, completely enraptured by my storytelling. In fact, it usually consists of Max paying attention for all of 10 seconds before writhing out of my arms or rapidly flipping to the next page before I have a chance to even read a line. However, I refuse to give up. Max will be a bookworm if it’s the last thing I do!!

With that being said, there are five books that have been mainstays in our arsenal when Max has the attention span of a goldfish: