You need to know about: Zoobean

March 20, 2014

 Zoobean is not paying me for this, nor do they have even the most remote idea of who I am. I just love what they do and wanted to share.

The only things I hoard– the only things I can stand piles of–are books.

I’ve been like this my whole life. Books represent some of my best and earliest memories and any time I have a moment to myself, my first thought is “I think I’ll READ one of these things!”

So it follows that, as a parent, buying, sharing and reading books with my children is a primary joy. It’s literally one of the biggest reasons I wanted to have a 4th kid at 37: I just kept thinking of the library of books I could build for him.

So, when I heard about Zoobean, I immediately subscribed. I love monthly subscription services- I’m a sucker for surprise gifts and love getting one each month. And knowing that the gift would be a book? Sold.


Here’s how it works: you log on and enter some info about your child. Nothing intrusive, just enough to give them a sense of the type of book and subject matter your kid might enjoy. Then, once a month, the child gets a package addressed directly to him/her and a book chosen for his/her age and stage in life. Monthly plans start at $9.99.

We’ve never been disappointed. Almost without exception, a year into our relationship with Zoobean, both Jackson and I have loved each book. In fact, some of them we’ve read dozens of times. And by dozens, I mean 50+. (What’s the right word for that? Countless times, maybe.)

But what I REALLY enjoy is that none of these books would I have chosen on my own. but somehow, they know what Jackson is going to like. It’s really kinda magical.

Three of our favorites are:

“Oh No, George!”

Oh No George! by Chris Haughton

“Everywhere Babies”

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers
“A Sick Day for Amos McGee”

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
(And, their searchable list of books is a goldmine if you’re looking for ideas for a shower or birthday gift.)

Each month, I get an email saying the book is on it’s way and that email includes a Reading Guide, with helpful tips for getting the most out of reading the story together. Really useful stuff.

And, mid-month, they send me an email suggesting an app that Jackson might like. And you know what? They almost always get that right, too.

I don’t know how they’re doing it over there at Zoobean, but they’re a cool little operation and I wanted to make sure all my Penelopes knew about them.

Interested? If you were considering joining Zoobean, now’s the time.  They are offering a 25% discount to Penelopes through April 30, 2014 with the code SMARTPENELOPE. Also, tune in on Friday, April 18th to see them pitch the Sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank.


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Kate S March 20, 2014 at 6:42 pm

I don’t have any kids yet, but I love books, too, and so I keep an ongoing list of all the children’s book titles that are recommended on blogs. My child will have quite the library by the time he/she comes around!

Meredith March 21, 2014 at 9:38 am

Good for you, Kate! You’ll be so happy you’ve amassed this book list when your little one arrives.

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