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We love books in our house. You might think it’s because we homeschool, but I was a bibliophile long before I had kids. From time to time, we get stuck in a rut as to what book to get and read next. We go to the library, a lot, and sometimes just stand in front of the stacks. Who knows if we’ll like the book we pull off the shelf or not. I recently learned about Zoobean. Zoobean is a discovery platform and service that tailors book and app selections for each individual child, to their individual reading level, age, preferred interests and topics.
Let me show you how it works. First, you sign up. Then you pick your plan. You can choose hardcover or paperback.
After you’ve selected your plan, you’ll answer a series of questions about the recipient. First you’ll answer the recipients age, then what kinds of characters most interest the child.
Then you identify the child’s favorite genres. Never fear, you can always change them later.
After genres, you pick the child’s interests. I love that they have a “Not So Pink Girls” option for my mud-loving girl!
Then you select the child’s reading level. They have everything from board books to chapter books with content primarily for ages 8+.
Finally, you enter your information and the child’s shipping information and sit back and relax. When your book arrives, it will elicit smiles galore.
But wait, there’s more! They offer reading guides for the book that you receive…
The reading guide includes suggestions on activities and questions to explore before reading the book, vocabulary development, discussion questions, and a recommended activity that compliments the story. The reading guide is downloadable from the email, or you can view it on the site.
They also follow up with an email with recommended apps that are based on the preferences you have selected.
For example, we received two app recommendations, based on our selections. The first was the Strangebeard-The Pirate Princess recommendation, which is about Isabel, the Princess. She goes to a party dressed as a pirate and incredible adventures ensue. The second app recommendation was for There’s No Place Like Space!: All About Our Solar System, which is a The Cat in the Hat adventure in space. Both apps were in the iOS format and can be purchased from the Zoobean page. We’re an Android family, so I did not purchase the apps.
I love the fact that the subscriber or gift purchaser can update the preferences listed for each child anytime throughout the subscription since kids interests change.
As a Mom, I love this platform. It takes the guesswork out of picking books for my kids. As an educator, I love this platform because the reading guide is chock full of tips on how to use each book. Since my kids love technology, I love the app recommendations, too. This is one subscription box service that is well worth the investment and one we just may continue!
And now, one lucky reader will receive a 3-month subscription to Zoobean for the booklover in their life! Enter below and good luck!