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Give the gift of reading with Elephant Books

 

I have always loved to read. Ever since I was a young girl – reading has always been a part of who I am. To this day I still remember reading my father’s old Dick & Jane books he had in school. The I Can Read books was a favorite of mine. I had so many of them. In fact, I still have boxes of my favorite childhood books in our basement storage area. I kept them to read to my children and one day I hope to be able to read them to my future grandchildren.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of buying a child the “in” toy for the holiday season. That is fine and dandy but let’s be realistic – a week or two after the child opens the toy there is a good chance they are no longer playing with it and it’s lost under their bed or in their toy box overflowing with other toys that are no longer played with.

I think books make great gifts. Books can be read and enjoyed over and over again. Reading to a child and bedtime stories are a wonderful bonding experience. Books also help a child develop a sense of imagination.

My husband and I have always gifted our children books. They had books in their Easter baskets. The Tooth Fairy gave them books when they lost teeth and they received several books for Christmas.

Throughout the year we supplemented their books with weekly trips to our local library.

If you are at a loss for a gift idea for a child, consider gifting books. Even better, give the gift of a monthly book subscription with Elephant Books.

Elephant Books offers two different monthly subscriptions – board books for ages 0-2 and pictures books with text for ages 2-6.

With the package for younger children (0-2) you’ll receive three board books each month. The package for older children (2-6) will receive two books each month.

Elephant books offers FREE shipping in the U.S. with all subscription packages.

You can purchase one month or opt for one of their better values with a 3, 6 or 12 month purchase.

Each month the lucky recipient will received a beautifully package of books selected by Elephant Books. The books come wrapped in brown paper and tied with a pretty orange ribbon (as seen in the photo below). The books are placed in another box for shipping.

Children LOVE to get mail – especially when it’s addressed to them. Imagine their excitement month after month when a special delivery is made right to your mailbox exclusively for them. If my kids had a subscription to Elephant Books they would be asking me all the time when their package was going to arrive and they would be excited when they saw the mailman coming to the door with a box.

Another super cool thing about Elephant Books is that each shipment comes with library cards (for lack of a better description). I am not sure what they are officially called but they are the cards that you find inside library books that the librarian have you sign your name and stamp it with the “due date.” Check out card?

Here is a photo of what I am referring to. I took a photo of the one from Elephant Books but I can’t find it on my computer.

If/When I find my picture I’ll update this post.

 

I love the idea of having that card for the books. Your child/grandchild can start their own “official” library and use the cards either to loan books to other family members or friends, or pretend to be a librarian (I’m all for imaginative play).

I LOVE having those cards. It reminds me of the great time I had going to the library as a kid, as well as taking my own kids to the library.

Elephant Books is very selective of the books they mail out in their monthly subscription packages. They stick with newly published books, or books published in the last couple of years. They also will not send books that are tied in to movie or television characters. They want children to appreciate all the other wonderful books out there that have nothing to do with popular T.V. or movie characters.

Elephant Books also likes to offer a variety of books too, so they don’t stick to any monthly theme.

The books they send out are hardcover books. If you have ever purchased a hardcover book you know that they can range in price between $10 – $20 EACH. With Elephant Books you are getting a better value.

I think a subscription to Elephant Books would make a fun holiday gift. It also helps to encourage a child to read. It’s a win-win situation if you ask me.

This is also a great last minute gift idea in case you were stumped on what to get a child for the holidays. I also think this would make a great gift for a kindergarten or first grade teacher to add new books to their classroom library. I donated the books I received to review to the classroom where I work as a teacher’s assistant.

If you would like to learn more, or to purchase a subscription, visit Elephant-Books.com. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Their links are found at the bottom right of their website.

What do you think of the idea of gifting a child a monthly subscription of books? Does it sound like a gift you would gift a child? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.