In today’s increasingly digital world, it’s a common sight to see people glued onto their smartphones. I don’t want to go down the slippery slope of introducing gadgets to Elise too early, so I’ve stocked up on a decent number of books, mostly pre-loved. I believe that children should enjoy reading from a young age as it helps with their comprehension and language ability.
However, the problem with buying preloved is that it’s a hit-or-miss. I’ve bought bundles where some books came with missing flaps, creased pages and yellowed edges.
Also, there is something magical about brand new books. The crispness, the knowledge that you’re the first one to read it and there won’t be weird stains of unknown origin on the next page (coffee? drool?!).
Today, Elise received a pizza box.
|Pizza for you?|
It opened up to reveal a handwritten message and 3 presents tied up with string.
|Hello mama, what’s inside?|
|Let me open it up for you~|
|Elise chose to dance along to the Wheels on the Bus while exploring her book|
|Press press press|
|Pretending to read…|
|Let’s just dance!|
Josh & Cherie Books:
Started by a pair of local newlyweds Cheryl and Julius (Josh and Cherie are actually names for their future children!), Josh & Cherie Books is a premium children book subscription for children from 0 to 7 years of age. Every month, depending on the child’s age, 2 to 3 books are carefully hand picked, gift wrapped and couriered.
|Josh and Cherie Books|
The idea came to life during a trip to a bookstore on a search for a child’s gift, where they noticed that there were more assessment books than picture books! As the both of them were exposed to good books since young and grew up with the habit of reading, they wanted children to experience the magic that books provide.
They hope to make reading exciting for children, convenient for parents and affordable for everyone with this service.
What I find unique:
1) The books are gift wrapped so children will be excited about their “presents” and want to read them. When I was a child, I received a present of a huge carton containing pre-loved Enid Blyton books from my cousin which sparked my childhood reading habit. Books are an investment.
2) The subscription price is cheaper than buying from the bookstores. The titles are also not readily found in local bookstores so it is unlikely that there will be duplicates. However, if you happen to already own the same book, take a photo of you giving it to a friend for a $7 deduction off your next renewal!
I find the pricing is reasonable for the effort it takes to search for interactive, age-appropriate books and its packaging.
5) Mandarin books are available for subscription, which is great for parents who want to introduce Mandarin to their little ones early.
If you would like to try it out for yourself, check out their store below. The book titles will be different from that which I’ve received as you will be receiving next month’s box.
** I received a box of books for review purposes. No monetary compensation was received.