Our first Literati crate arrived today! Hooray! We subscribed to Club Sprout for ages 3-5, since we have three little ones ranging in age from 2 to 7 years old. I never tell the girls when a package is due to arrive for them—typically because they’d ask every day where it is—and also because we love surprises!
I chose Literati kind of on a whim, mostly because I really enjoy when other people select items for us. They also claim to “work with the top educators and librarians to select the best books for every age”. With so many new picture books begin released each month, I was excited to hopefully be introduced to some new (to us) titles.
Here are the 5 hand-selected books that were carefully packed and shipped to my three little ladies:
Imogene’s Antlers by David Small
Imogene wakes one morning to find she has grown antlers on top of her head. Each page shows the trivial attempts from people around her to cover those giant antlers up. Imogene stays proud, even on the last page of the book—which offers a cheeky twist on a new day for Imogene.
I remember reading this book as a child in school and wondering for a long time if you could truly grow antlers like Imogene.
Paperback format. First published in 1985.
This Book Is Magic by Ashley Evanson
This colorful and interactive book takes children on a magical adventure where they use their fingers and hands, along with the magic words to make things disappear and change with the turn of a page. When we started reading this one, everyone gathered round to see what would actually happen when we recited the magic words and flipped the page. Hocus-Pocus! My older two littles caught on but still enjoyed the “magic”, while my two-year old wanted to do it over and over again.
Hardcover format. Published in 2017.
Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty and Julia Sarcone-Roach
This endearing story hit home with our dog-loving family, and we all enjoyed the busy illustrations that closely resembled our household most days. Ed is a lively little dog in the Ellis family—and is feeling a bit ordinary compared to his seemingly talented family members. Each page takes you through Ed’s perspective of trying to find his excellent abilities—and being outdone each time by another member of the family. The silly ideas that pop into Ed’s head are finally comforted when he realizes his family loves him just the way he is.
Hardcover format. Published in 2016.
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
An adventurous story about a generous witch and her cat who befriend three helpful animals along the way. Their journey takes them to troubled lands and prove that you can always count on loyal friends to save the day. We love the rhyming nature of the text and adding in funny voices for each of the unique characters in the story. Although the story is about a witch, it’s not necessarily a Halloween tale.
Paperback format. Published in 2003.
Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell
A young Jane Goodall is the star of this story, along with her toy Chimpanzee named Jubilee. A heart-warming story following one of our personal heroes as she dreams of a life helping animals. The illustrations in this book feel like they’ve been pulled straight out of a child’s imaginary scrapbook; with cartoon-like characters, diagrams, sketches and prints. It’s a beautiful book highlighting a true story—which are some of my favorite!
Hardcover format. Winner of the Caldecott Medal. Published in 2011.
Once we cracked open the box and read each book, we immediately knew which we would keep. But just to be safe, we’re taking the full 7 days to decide which titles will have a permanent home on our book shelves.
The remaining books will get shipped back to Literati, and bonus; we can also send back up to 5 of our used books to be donated to children in need! I personally love this because I’ve decided to start practicing a more minimalist lifestyle this year; so 5 books come in and 5 go out.
Have you tried Literati yet? What were your favorite titles?