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The Bookroo Review Process

Book delivery days are some of the best days around the Bookroo factory. Hopefully, the same is true at your house! For us, deliveries come in two different types. First, we get huge pallets with thousands and thousands of books that will eventually be wrapped, packaged with as much Bookroo love as we can possibly fit in those boxes, and shipped to YOU!

The second type of shipment is much smaller, but it's just as exciting for us. These shipments bring a plethora of different titles that are potential candidates for future boxes. Before we can send them out, though, they go through our rigorous Bookroo Review Process. This process is the most important part of Bookroo because we’re on a mission to send you hidden gems–incredible books that take a little bit of discovery. That's right. If you want a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, it won’t be coming in a Bookroo box.

What is the Bookroo Review Process, you ask? We're eager to tell you.

The Bookroo Review Process

We begin the review process two books at a time. With a book in the left hand and another in the right, we take two big sniffs. The book that smells most like lavender passes the sniff test and moves to the next round. Second comes a lick test, and finally, the books are placed on a scale. The heaviest book is declared the winner because we assume that the words inside it must carry the most weight.

There you have it. Aren’t you impressed with how thorough we are?

Okay, okay. Your suspicions are confirmed. All of that is bogus, and you don’t need to demand a refund. We have a much better review process, but we wanted to see if you were paying attention.

Our actual review process for our board and picture books boxes is made possible with the help of about 12 families living on Stanford University’s campus where at least one of the spouses is pursuing a graduate degree. More importantly, these parents are assisted by 25+ kids ages 0-6 spread among these families.

For these families, we run a sort of lending library. We send the Bookroo-mobile to each of their homes and give them a black bag stuffed with board books and picture books. In exchange, they return the bag they were previously given. Each returned bag includes a sheet of paper on which they rate each book on a seven-point Likert scale and check whether or not they would re-read a book. These sheets usually include notes like, “Our kids LOVED this book!” or “This was an all-time fav!” Sometimes the feedback is “this book was so boring.” Rest assured, no boring books make the cut.

Naturally, this feedback is invaluable! Not only do we learn what books children are enjoying most, but we also learn which books parents would be excited to read again. As the bags make the rounds, it becomes very clear which books are getting some love. When we find these gems, we feel like shouting "Eureka!" from the rooftops. We love the feeling that comes with discovering and sharing an unfamiliar book that becomes an instant treasure. We feel like the luckiest people in the world when we get to help that same phenomenon happen monthly in thousands of homes as families get their Bookroo boxes and find their own favorites.

In short, by the time a book makes it into your Bookroo box, we’ve vetted it on a variety of review sites (if possible), read it as a Bookroo team, and identified it as an absolute winner based on the final feedback from our Stanford review families.

As mentioned, our board and picture book boxes contain only hidden gems (rather than classics!). However, in our chapter book box, we send one hidden gem and one admired favorite. Chapter books are chosen by our in-house early reader expert in consultation with librarians, parents, and kids all in an effort to help your child build their library, discover new books, and fall in love with reading. In addition, each chapter book box includes information and talking points to help you know what your child will be reading. You can relax knowing we’ve carefully selected high-quality, kid-friendly books!

In summary, there are literally hundreds of thousands of children’s books out there, with more being published every single day, and it can be a little daunting to venture off the classic children’s book path to find something new. We do the work with our Bookroo Review Process, so you can relax, enjoy all the fun reading with your kiddos, and delight in your monthly Bookroo delivery. At Bookroo our mission is reading made easy for parents and magical for kids!

A HUGE thanks to our review team for all the hard work they do upfront so that we can be sure we send awesome books to YOU every month.

If you’re ready to help your children discover new favorites, sign up here!

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