Literati is a monthly book subscription box for children that works similar to Stitch Fix. For a monthly fee of $9.95, you’ll receive 5 books to try out for a week. You can purchase the ones you love and return the rest (in totally new condition) in the enclosed prepaid mailer (shipping is free in both directions).
You can get 5% off when you decide to keep all the books! There are also categories for each age bracket: Club Neo is for newborn to 1 year; Club Sprout is for children ages 2-3; Club Nova is for kids 4-6, and Club Sage is for those 7-8 years old.
This is a review of the Club Nova box for kids 4-6.
DEAL: Get $25 in account credit to put towards books when you sign up! USE THIS LINK to get the deal.
We’re seeing lots of adorable bears!
There’s also a padded mailer if you want to return some of the books. You can also return your own gently read books (up to five total in the mailer) for donation.
The featured illustrator creates new artwork for the monthly themes. This month’s illustrator is Amy June Bates.
A full-size print comes with the box, along with free shipping. Although I don’t love that the fee doesn’t apply to a full box purchase, this high-quality print makes it more worth it. Also, the theme for this month is the Golden Rule!
They included a sheet to help us label the books, and let others know that they’re ours when we decide to keep them. They’re really adorable!
There’s also an info card about the five books sent to us this month. The card lists the titles with a brief description for each.
There’s a cute note from Team Literati.
This month, Team Literati explains to us what the “Golden Rule” is:
Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.
There’s also a cute coin that tells us to pass on (through the coin) compassion, generosity, joyfulness, empathy, gratitude, selflessness, and respect!
There’s also a listing of the book prices. If you decide to keep everything, you’ll get 5% off. The subscription has a $9.95 non-refundable fee. According to Literati “it covers shipping both ways, allows the curators to invite a new world-renowned illustrator each month to draw personalized bookplates and a unique print for members, and covers other themed surprises that are included in the box.” Since the print is now full size and high quality, we are digging that change. It includes the shipping back and forth too.
Everything in the box!
The Storm Whale by Benji Davies ($16.14)
Every day, in a house by the sea, a little boy watches his father leave for a long day’s work. One night, a great storm washes a small whale onto the beach. The boy discovers the whale is a good listener. The father discovers the boy is lonely. Together, they return the whale to the sea. And from that day on, the boy learns that the father can be a good listener too, in Benji Davies’s heartwarming tale, The Storm Whale.
It’s a lovely story of a boy and his father and a gift from the sea that made them realize some things that are important in their relationship.
It has a simple yet really beautiful story, accompanied by equally beautiful art.
The details about the story are not just written in words, but also shown through colorful illustrations. My son had fun reading it aloud while showing us the pictures during storytelling time.
I love how it shows the love between the kid and his parent, and how the dad made up for all his shortcomings.
“Children are not the only ones that need to learn how to be truly happy. It’s all in the bucket, that invisible bucket that follows you everywhere . . . teaches young readers valuable lessons about giving, sharing, and caring. This guide to daily happiness, though, is not just for kids. We all need reminders of the benefits of positive thinking and positive behavior. It’s an important lesson to teach and remind us all . . . that showing kindness and appreciation of others goes a long way to making this world a happier place for everyone, including ourselves. A classic tale, beautifully told and beautifully shared.”- Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews
While using a simple metaphor of a bucket and a dipper, author Carol McCloud illustrates that when we choose to be kind, we not only fill the buckets of those around us, but also fill our OWN bucket!Conversely, when we choose to say or do mean things, we are dipping into buckets. All day long, we are either filling up or dipping into each other’s buckets by what we say and what we do. When you’re a bucket filler, you make the world a better place to be! This 32-page picture book is perfect for children,parents, grandparents, teachers and people that want to teach empathy, nurture kindness and create a positive environment in their home, classroom, workplace and community.
The book encourages positive behavior to kids by using the concept of an invisible bucket that they need to fill.
The book teaches the children that everyone has their own bucket to fill. When you show love, kindness, and other positive traits, the bucket is filled. When you do lots of good deeds, your bucket becomes so full. Also, when you treat others with kindness and respect, you also contribute to filling their own buckets.
My kids love the idea of filling buckets, and they promised to do the same, not just for themselves, but for everyone around them!
Do Unto Others by Laurie Keller ($18.13)
Mr. Rabbit’s new neighbors are Otters. OTTERS! But he doesn’t know anything about Otters. Will they get along? Will they be friends? Just treat otters the same way you’d like them to treat you, advises wise Mr. Owl. And so begins Mr. Rabbit’s reflection on good manners.
In her smart, quirky style Laurie Keller highlights how to be a good friend and neighbor―just follow the Golden Rule! This title has Common Core connections.
A Junior Library Guild Selection Do Unto Otters is a 2008 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.
We got another award-winning book that tells the kids about manners, and what you do to others will also be done to you.
This cute page talks about how to be friendly, and shows the different ways to treat others and let them know that you want to become friends!
“Excuse me” is a very important phrase of respect. There are times that we need to say these words to show that we respect other people’s business, and we didn’t mean to interrupt them, which is really a nice gesture.
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett ($15.29)
From bestselling and award-winning author Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen comes Extra Yarn, a Caldecott Honor Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner, and a New York Times bestseller.
A young girl and her box of magical yarn transform a community in this stunning picture book. With spare, gently humorous illustrations and a palette that moves from black-and-white to a range of color, this modern fairy tale has the feel of a new classic.
There’s a review of the New York Time’s bestselling author Lane Smith at the back cover of the book, and it says the story is perfect. That is enough to spark our curiosity about the story.
Even the flap that usually contains a brief summary of the story isn’t giving more info about the book, so we are going to really delve into it!
Anabelle gave color to her colorless town by using her never-ending yarn!
Even the pickup truck received a colorful knitted sweater from her! And when somebody wants to buy her yarn, she didn’t sell them. She didn’t exchange her colorful (and good) deeds for money!
Prudence looks like a full-time cow―she wanders through pastures, she swats flies, and she lines up for supper. But Prudence is a part-time cow―she is also a scientist, an architect, and an inventor, studying and building and dreaming and creating. To the other cows in the herd, Prudence is a bit too part-time. She’s just too different to be part of the herd. At first Prudence tries to fit in, suppressing all her scientific smarts and imaginative inventing. But in a moment of inspiration―Cow Power!―Prudence realizes how to show the others that she can be a part-time cow and a full-time member of the herd. Funny and sweet, this is a story for anyone who’s ever felt a bit different.
It’s cool and funny that the back of the book also shows the back of the front cover’s design! We can’t wait to find out about Cow Power!
In this story, we’ll find out if Prudence the cow can balance her love for Science and Inventions with being a member of the herd.
The full-colored pages are glossy, and the illustrations are vivid and eye-catching.
It is a quick read, but my kids really enjoyed the story especially when they learned how Prudence loves Science and Inventions! They can relate a lot to the cow, and now they plan on re-reading the story.
My kids really get excited when new books arrive at our door. Also, Literati Nova’s theme for this month is fantastic! The books are all great and among them, The Storm Whale stood out, followed by the Have You Filled a Bucket Today. These two books are exeptional and, for me, teaching the kids to do good by applying a principle is great. We love filling our buckets, and we will also like to fill others’ too. Not only buckets but through this subscription, we are filling our shelves with new books too!
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