I chanced upon a sponsored post on Facebook a few months back and it brought me to a whole new world of book subscriptions for children.
Josh and Cherie Books provide book and play subscription for children age 0 to 7 years old. While their monthly book subscription caters for that age range, their play subscription are only for children aged 2-7 years old and are bi-monthly subscriptions instead of monthly ones.
Being that Noah was only 6 months old, I decided on a 6 month book subscription. Josh and Cherie schedules their deliveries for the end of the month. If you order past the 15th of that month, which I did, you would only get your first box at the end of the following month. So started the long wait. I was really excited when I received the courier’s text last Sunday that Noah’s first box will finally arrive!
So here it is!
As mentioned on their website, children aged 0-30 months old get 3 board books that have really loud colors and are interactive. Noah got the following three titles and loves “Peek-a-Boo Farm” and “A Busy Day for Bee!” best.
This chart put together by Josh and Cherie clearly explains how they select books for their little customers of different age groups.
Josh and Cherie also mentioned that the retail value of all 3 books in the box always exceeds the subscription price their customers pay. As I mentioned above, I subscribed for 6 months and that comes up to $197.40 inclusive of shipping. Their shipping is $6 per month so for 6 months, that’d be $36. There was a discount code of $5 during the time of my purchase so that made my total payable $192.40. Divide that by 6 months and you’ll get $32.07 per box and $10.69 per board book. Being the kiasu Singaporean aunty that I am, I went and did some research on Amazon SG and Book Depository. This was the total I’d have to pay for the exact same books from Book Depository:
It seems that I could have gotten these books cheaper on Book Depository IF I actually knew about them. Unlike better known titles like “The Hungry Caterpillar”, I have not seen any of these before. Being a mother with a full-time job, I hardly have the time to scout for good books. Let alone ones that are as interactive as the ones that Josh and Cherie has provided. And to be fair, this is only the first box we have received so far. Perhaps the value of books to come really are higher in retail value than the subscription paid. So for an additional $3.34 (Josh and Cherie vs. Book Depository), I would have to say Josh and Cherie’s book subscription is still a fantastic way to ensure that you are able to purchase good, age-appropriate books for your child without having to spend hours on end scrolling multiple websites for good books.
Will definitely consider extending Noah’s book subscription. I can’t wait till he’s 2 years old so I can try out their play subscription next!
**This is not a sponsored post and I purchased the 6 month subscription myself**
UPDATE: 15 August 2018
Josh and Cherie now has an ala-carte store that sells books and toys from previous subscription boxes!