I LOVE BOOKS! And now that I’m a Mom I LOVE buying Joaquin books! Lucky for me Costco has an amazing inventory of kids books at such affordable prices. Best thing about it, I don’t ever feel like I’m wasting money on books!
A few days ago I headed to Costco all by myself, it was seriously like I was on a mini vacation! My Mom was at home with my little man so I literally had all the time in the world to just browse and sip my decaf Pumpkin Spice Latte ?? Yes that is literally my life now, don’t judge me. But anyways…I started looking at the books because I really wanted to start working on ABC’s with my little guy. What I was looking for specifically were flash cards, bad news is I did not find flash cards but I did find all of these:
So let me tell you a little about them. The Alphaprint books, made by Priddy Books, came closest to what I was looking for. One is focused on the Alphabet and the other on Numbers. There are several things I liked about these books:
- The size: These books are pretty big which means they are easy for me to hold. This is important to me because I have tendonitis and sometimes holding small thin books can irritate my wrists and hands. Also the page thickness. These books have those thick pages which make me feel better about little toddler hands handling the book!
- The colors: The books are filled with bright colors and fun artwork, definitely grabs the littles attention.
- The “alphaprint”: Each page has great colorful artwork that is based off of a fingerprint and is actually textured so it’s fun for little fingers to touch.
- The price! Only 5.99 each!
I’ve already noticed that Joaquin really likes these books, I have only read him the ABC book but he was already really interested in touching the pages, especially the “C” with the Cat ? already an animal lover ?
Next up is the Finger Puppet Books. At 12.99 for the trio these books were the priciest but my cousin gave Joaquin a Muddy Paws finger puppet book and it’s absolutely his favorite thing! So I couldn’t pass these up. I definitely prefer the Muddy Paws book that my cousin gave him, it has more of a story whereas these are fairly simple. One is “Bingo Is His Name” another is “Humpty Dumpty” and the other is “Hickory Dickory Dock”. Again, very simple! They have cute artwork and definitely worth the purchase because my guy just loves them and they make him laugh so no regrets with this purchase!
Lastly is the My First Bob Books set. I had never heard of these books but they took up a huge section next to the books section so they caught my eye. My first thought was “holy crap how much is this?” after reading the description I saw that there were 24 books inside with a parent guide, doorknob hanger, stickers and a bookmark. They were also advertising that they were the “#1 Learn To Read Program” and it was distributed by Scholastic. There was a lady looking at them at the same time so I couldn’t see the price up above. I was a little scared to look I was expecting them to be in the over $60 range. Imagine my surprise when the lady moved over and I saw that they were only 10.99…WHAT?! So I picked up the “Pre-Reader Collection” which is focused on the Alphabet and Pre-Reading Skills. Here’s my takeaway from the Bob Books:
- There are 12 Books that are focused solely on the alphabet: The A – B Book, The C – D Book…etc and there are 12 story books. Each book gives the parent helpful hints for example “The A – B Book” says “Using consistent letter sounds makes comprehension easier for young learners. To start, focus on the short a sound, as in apple and ant. The long a sound found in words like ape will come later.” Well ok then, something I didn’t know!
- At the end of the book there’s a page that reviews all of the words in the book, so all of the A & B words used in the “The A – B Book” and also tells you other A – B words that you can find in the pictures! I really liked this because as I’m reading I can point out all of the additional words. So for example one page just says “Bear” but the picture shows a bear with a ball on the floor so I can say “Bear” then follow up with pointing at the bear and saying “Look at the Bear and look there’s a Ball! The Bear has a ball like your ball!”
- My only gripe: The parent guide is helpful but I wish it had a little more info. I’m kinda left wondering “should I focus on one book a day? Should I read a few different ones a day?”. The parent guide is really just a description of why the books work and how children can process the information. I would have preferred something more of a “program guide”. There are tons of stickers but what do I use them for? Am I supposed to put them on pages? Are they just for fun? I have no idea!
- What I love: There are more sets! I think this is great that there are other collections available in fact I wanted to just purchase all of them just to have (I still might, shhh don’t tell Alex). There are 4 total collections. The Pre-Reader Collection – which is the one I purchased, Collection 1 (Beginning Readers & Advanced Readers), Collection 2 (Advancing Beginners & Word Families), and Collection 3 (Compound Words & Long Vowels). All of them were available at Costco for only 10.99 each!
I plan to do some research and check out their website that will hopefully help me out with the “program” part of it but for now we’re enjoying just reading them! So far I spent one day focusing on the first “A – B Book” but this morning I also read “The C – D Book” and we read each one twice. This set was my favorite purchase. At only 10.99 I couldn’t believe how many books came in this thing! Yes the books are very thin so it’s not like you’re getting this set of high quality hard cover books but theres still a lot of learning to be had in this set and it does come in a hard cover case so you don’t have to worry about storage!
Ya know, now that I’m done writing this I’m realizing I had a full morning to myself, my hair was actually done, I had makeup on and what did I do? I went to Costco and got baby books, diapers and diaper genie refills. Wow. Again…yes this is now my life, judge me not!