There’s an old cliche that, like so many other old cliches, is actually true: love is spelled T-I-M-E.
I’ll admit, it’s not a universal truth. Because no matter how much (or how little) T-I-M-E I spend grocery shopping or working out, I will never love those things.
As far as people are concerned though, especially the little ones — whether a cooing baby or a motoring toddler or a curious preschooler — one of the very best expressions of love is time.
The moments and minutes of connecting and being engaged and enjoying each other.
For me and my kids, those moments can often be found in the simple act of reading books together.
But let’s face it. It’s not that simple, is it?
The constant barrage of diapers, meal and snack times, laundry, piles of toys, and all the other things little humans generate — not to mention work, family, and social commitments — can quickly make time for stories elusive and rare.
When we do put our feet up for a few minutes and read, it doesn’t take long to realize not all children’s books are the same. Some are imaginative and beautiful and well-written. Far too many are mediocre, boring, uninspired.
And trying to find books that are not too long or too short, not too old or too young, but just right? That just leaves me feeling like Goldilocks: ready for a nap.
When my children and I do discover a great book though, it’s as if we’ve struck gold. We read it on repeat. We soak in the illustrations. We memorize every word.
The trouble is, unless you’re a book geek (guilty!) or you’ve kidnapped a librarian (not guilty!), it takes an enormous amount of time and energy to find those amazing books.
It takes time to scour blogs and Pinterest for booklists and recommendations. It takes time to scroll through reviews and decipher reading levels. It takes time to search the library stacks and find deals at the bookstore.
And it takes time to repeat that process month after month as your child grows and changes and develops at a lightning fast pace. So fast that you find yourself wishing for more time to just slow down and savor it.
I decided years ago that reading books would not leave my kids uninspired and me bored.
I determined to mine for gold, so I spent hours and hours researching expert recommendations, scouring the internet, and finding great books and plenty of not-so-great books too.
It wasn’t that I didn’t have anything better to do but the benefits for my children outweighed the cost of my time so I kept at it. All the while thinking, “I can’t believe there isn’t an easier way to do this!”
That thought became an idea — a small little what if? that grew and grew — and now it is finally a reality.
Literaseeds is a monthly children’s book subscription that believes yes, there is an easier way to do this!
Yes. You can enjoy great books and build an incredible home library without spending your precious time repeating work that other thoughtful parents have already done.
Yes. You can discover and enjoy amazing children’s books — all the time-tested classics and fresh new releases — without ever laying a finger on a librarian. (I really don’t recommend that option anyway, since I suspect most of them are secret ninjas.)
There are several book boxes out there, but Literaseeds is the only children’s subscription to send books that are:
- specific to your child’s age and chosen for developmental appropriateness.
- guaranteed to include a time-honored classic, a new release, and a special highlight selection.
- recommended by reading experts, chosen by award committees, and, most importantly, tested by parents and approved by children.
Literaseeds is, quite simply, the solution I wish I could’ve found years ago while I mined for literary gold. I’m obviously biased, but it’s the best book subscription box for families who want excellent books and more time to enjoy them.
Because as valuable as gold is, t-i-m-e is worth so much more.
P.S. Aren’t those cute children and amazing grandma/mother-in-law just the best? Sara, a Literaseeds contributor, gets to claim them. And as you can tell, they love to read together!