Lovevery Book Bundle Review! Full List Lovevery Book List

Wondering if the Lovevery book bundles are worth it? Discover how Lovevery's book subscription works, the cost, common complaints, and a full review of Lovevery's book list in this post.

Table Of Contents
  1. Lovevery Book Bundle Review:
  2. Lovevery Book Bundle List Newborn to 12 month Old Babies:
  3. Lovevery Book Bundle For 1 Year Olds
  4. Book List For 2 Year Olds
  5. Book Bundle Review for 3 Year Olds
  6. Final thoughts on Lovevery Book Bundles

What is the Lovevery Book Bundle?

The Lovevery book bundle is their book subscription add on service for Lovevery play kit subscribers. Basically if you're subscribed to the play kits – meaning you didn't just purchase one – you have access to purchase the add on books for play kits you receive or have received in the past.

Meaning if you didn't get the Realist play kit, but subscribed at the Companion one instead, you wouldn't be able to get the “ready to go pee” or “ready to go poop” add on books associated with the Realist.

How much does it cost?

Lovevery's book bundle add on costs an additional $18 per play kit. Depending on the play kit, you'll receive two to five books. Most of the play kits come with two books, but some of the earlier ones or one's with mini books come with extras making it a very fair price point overall compared to other children's hardcover books.

Is Lovevery's Book Bundle Worth It?

Yes! Overall I'd say Lovevery's book bundle is totally worth it; shop it here!

Of course depending on your book situation at home you may want to skip some, which I'll cover in the individual book list review below. But in terms of quality and price they are a good deal.

Montessori families know just how hard it can be to find quality books featuring real life, which is all Lovevery includes in their books. In the past, I complained about a few of the Lovevery books not being age appropriate for the 1 year olds and 2 year olds, however the books in the bundles are extremely developmentally appropriate. With the first year or two focusing on rhyming and naming things. The second year focusing on unbiased narration, and as you move into the third year books they teach a slew of coping skills for kids while educating parents how to handle some tough toddler situations in a respectful, gentle way.

Lovevery book bundle complaints:

One complaint I've seen is that some of the language in the later books is “unrealistic” for kids, and I actually disagree with that. I know some toddlers who DO speak like that because their parents have modeled it for them incessantly and I think the purpose of these books are really to help our children's minds organize new information and experiences while providing tools to work through them.

Moreover, I think many families subscribing to Lovevery follow a gentle/respectful parenting approach. Lovevery's books for 3 year olds and up, essentially take those little “instead of responding like X, try this” Instagram graphics and turns them into book form; which is kinda genius/invaluable. Now parents can involve their toddlers in this new way of communicating thanks to the books modeling it for both the child and reader.

My big complaint, which I covered in “Things to avoid in books for toddlers and preschoolers” still stands; I wouldn't introduce a book until my child is dealing with that situation. But the new book bundle books, are far more neutral and age appropriate than the Lovevery books I didn't like in that video, so I see them presenting less of a problem overall than those. But again, we'll get into that later on as we look at each book!

The Looker Play Kit for Weeks 0–12

‘What Do You See, Baby?’ Board Book

A nice mix of black and white high contrast images, just right for babies eyesight, with some thoughtful words to guide parents in conversing with their baby about the images and what it looks like. I really like the observational nature of this book, e.g. “is it windows? a mountain? you decide!”

‘High Contrast, Baby!’ Board Book

More of geometric shape, and subjective narration that I don't love as much as the previous one. For instance the idea that one of the images feels “uncomfortable” is a weird concept to talk about with a newborn, unless it's actually making you uncomfortable, in which case, go off.

Wall Decals (set of 7)

Adorable black and white removable wall decals that you can place around the house to help with visual development or diaper changes.

Add on or skip?

Skip (most likely).

I think this really depends on how much black and white stuff you have for baby. Babies don't need that much stuff, so this add on may be a little overkill on the high contrast as most parents will already have some things.

With that said, I love that the first book teaches parents how to narrate what they are observing (e.g. does this look like a window or a mountain?”). I also LOVE the wall decals and haven't seen anything like it. Not only are these great for diaper changes, but you could use them for story telling. I think, depending on how well they continue to re-stick, you could use these for years. I know my 3 year old would loveee something like this.

However I don't love the second book. I think the language is just a little weird and it'd be a skip for me.

The Charmer Play Kit for Months 3–4

At this age your baby starts to see color, and really loves real people/objects.

‘Life Around Me’ Board Book

A sweet rhyming and repetition book building your babies language and recognition.

Animal Wooden Book

Colorful wooden board book with Lovevery's signature animal design.

Add on or skip?

Overall, I'd set get this one! I think a wooden board book is a must have for teething babies as a carseat toy. While you can purchase a Lovevery wooden board book separately here, the “Life Around Me” book is a beautiful, simply story with lots of repetition making it a perfect read for this age. Additionally, because of the simplicity, I think this book will be great as kids learn to read in a few years.

The Senser Play Kit for Months 5-6

‘Hi, Baby’ Board Book

Babies saying hello from all over the globe! A fun little book featuring baby faces and how to say hello in various languages.

Silicone Sensory Book

A 4×4″ sensory book providing different colors and textures on every page.

Add on or skip?

I'd skip this one. While I think this silicone sensory book is awesome, you get a fabric sensory book in one of their play kits, and there are so many books from Lovevery featuring adorable babies that are culturally diverse, but teach a more helpful language skill for day-to-day life at this age.

The Inspector Play Kit for Months 7–8

‘Peek-a-Boo’ Board Book

A thoughtfully designed lift-the-flap book using fabric instead of baby so babies this age are less likely to destroy it, while teaching the concept of object permanence.

‘I Love you All The Time’ Board Book

An adorable rhythmic book featuring sweet baby faces and loving your baby through all of their many seasons.

Add on or skip?

I'm a big fan of these add on books. At this age, it's not uncommon for babies to struggle to “sit properly” through a book. the peek-a-boo book is such a great tactile experience to get them to simply take an interest in books and build a loving relationship with them.

The I”I Love You All The Time” book is just such a sweet message you'll love reading for years to come and has been a great resource and reminder for my 3 year old through her big emotions so these books DO last!

The Explorer Play Kit for Months 9–10

‘Plant a Seed, Watch it Grow’ Fabric Book

Baby's first busy book! Measuring in at 7.5 x 9 ” it's a fun interactive book working fine motor skills and providing a tactile experience while talking about the environment.

‘Swish!” Mini Board Book

A fun little book featuring real babies and foods. A great way to help build their recognition/vocabulary with some of the items you're likely introducing at this age, with silly babies getting messy!

Add on or skip?

I'm on the fence with this one. I love mini board books to keep little hands busy in the car or during diaper changes; however I think it's better to have a set than just one.

Additionally, while both of my kids thoroughly enjoy the fabric book in this bundle, the story/interactive features don't make a ton of sense necessarily and you can find similar dupes for less on Amazon.

I'd probably self curate this one; but you're not wasting your money if you do get it.

The Thinker Play Kit for Months 11–12

‘My First Words’ Board Book

A sweet story about a toddler's day highlighting some of their most common first words. I love that this book will come back in handy as kids learn to read too!

‘Baby Math’ Board Book

A tactile book teaching early math concepts.

Add on or skip?

Add on! This is my favorite book bundle for the newborn to 1 year old range!

The ‘Baby Math' Book is fabulous with different textures and math concepts. Yes, it teaches numbers, but also concepts around spatial relations and opposites which are super helpful for language development and giving directions to baby as they become more mobile.

The Babbler Play Kit for Months 13, 14, 15

‘Colorful Foods’ Board Book

Each page features a colored backdrop with a child wearing the matching color shirt and holding a fruit to teach color recognition and encourage healthy choices.

‘Where Is Crew's Shoe?’ Board Book

A lift the flap book looking for a toddlers shoe working on fine motor skills, organization, and predictive story telling.

Add on or skip?

Add On! We've had both of these books for about 3 years now as they were originally included in the play kits and still get regular use out of them! ‘Where is Crew's Shoe?' is an all time toddler favorite, and the ‘Colorful Foods' book toddlers will love reading on their own.

The Pioneer Play Kit for Months 16, 17, 18

Mini Lovevery Board Books (Set of 4):
  • ‘Being Silly’ Mini Book 
  • ‘Many & Few’ Mini Book 
  • ‘Big & Little’ Mini Book 
  • ‘Messy & Clean’ Mini Book 

Little books reinforcing the titled concept, page after page.

‘Opposites’ Board Book

Simple, short book of opposites.

Add on or skip?

If I'm being hard pressed/knit picky then I'd say skip it.

With that said, we have all of these books for over 3 years as they were in the original play kits and have gotten A TON of use out of them (though not as much as others like the previous add-on bundle which is why I say skip).

I've seen some people complain because they are boring/repetitive but honestly my kids love them. Because they are so simple, I introduced them to my kids around 8 months too.

The Realist Play Kit for Months 19, 20, 21

‘Ready to Go: Pee’ Board Book

A book about a child learning to use the potty and having an accident.

‘Ready to Go: Poop’ Board Book

A well balanced look at learning to poop from a toddler's perspective. It's very informational to help toddlers understand the changes/feelings that come with pooping, with leaving enough room open for children to define the experience on their own.

Add on or skip?

Add on! These are the best potty training books I've ever come across. They do a fantastic job teaching kids what to expect from the toilet learning process, without projecting an experience onto them. It's very open ended for parents to ask a lot of follow up questions and gain insights into their toddler's toileting experience.

NOTE: there is REAL poop and pee shown. Personally I love that. For kids who struggle with sensory stuff making pooping a challenge, it's REALLY helpful for them to see kids their age poop too.

The Companion Play Kit for Months 22, 23, 24

‘Leo & Melody at the Farm’ Board Book

A total sensory book featuring touch, scent, and lift the flap moments exploring a day on a farm.

‘Things I Can Do’ Board Book

A simple book about the gross motor activities your growing toddler can do.

Add on or skip?

Add on! Most people will agree with me in saying, ‘Leo & Melody at the Farm’ is one of Lovevery's best books for this age range. It's a great way to honor how much farmer's do for us from animals to crops and the scratch-n-sniff aspect is just so fun for kids to discover.

Additionally, the ‘Things I Can Do' board book builds their confidence about all the new things they can do and is a great way to get the wiggles out before bed by asking your toddler to mirror the images in the book.

The Helper Play Kit for Months 25, 26, 27

‘Olivia Goes to the Dentist’ Board Book

A walkthrough for your toddler about what to expect at the dentist.

‘More Opposites’ Board Book

Another small book of opposites.

Add on or skip?

Add on! Visiting the dentist can be such a sensory overload or kids, and the dentist book is so great at breaking things down into manageable pieces. I also love how open ended they kept it to include everyone's experience – down to the fact it doesn't even teach kids to rinse and spit out the toothpaste which is helpful for families opting for hydroxyapatite toothpaste over a fluoridated option. So major kudos to them there!

The only thing I wish they would've added was a discussion on foods and supplements – I'd love it for the kids, but even just a note to parents I think would've been great talking about the importance of a diet adequate in Vitamin A, C, D3/K2, magnesium, zinc, omega 3's, and trace minerals. As well as common (often missed) reasons for dental decay in toddlers like mouth breathing, GI issues, oral or gut dysbiosis, autoimmune issues, and intolerances.

The Enthusiast Play Kit for Months 28, 29, 30

‘A Visit with Captain Shelby’ Board Book

A lesson in fire safety and a tour around a fire station and rescue vehicles in a lift-the-flap book.

‘When You Love a Living Thing’ Board Book

A lesson in gentleness for our 2 year olds just learning how to use their hands with their newfound strength in a lift-the-flap book.

Add on or skip?

Add on! The ‘When You Love a Living Thing’ Board Book is SO sweet and helpful. I do wish there was a page about friends in their too as kids struggle with sharing around this age and even learning how to greet one another, but other than that it's such a sweet book and very helpful for kids to learn about gentle hands.

The ‘Captain Shelby' book is a huge hit with my 3 year old, and an unexpected lesson in finding the answers yourself. Essentially the book asks A LOT of questions, but provides very few answers. On some level I wish they actually had like an answer/cheat sheet for parents to explain what's in the vehicles, one the other hand, I suppose it makes for a great field trip to your local fire station or library to find the answers yourself!

The Investigator Play Kit for Months 31, 32, 33

‘How Can I Help?’ Board Book

A lift-the-flap rhyming book all about manners!

‘This is Not Your First Book’ Board Book

A book for building your toddler's confidence in reading, by simply pointing out how much they already know.

Add on or skip?

If I'm being knit picky, I'd probably say skip.

My big issue is the manners book. Like I said before, mouth breathing is a major issue for kids oral health, and I hate that this says, “I open my mouth when I chew” in the context of forgetting their manners, but we know kids at this age tend to do the last thing they heard; it's why so many child development experts today recommend we don't say “no screaming”, but instead say “indoor voice” to guide the behavior we do want.

As a mom who works HEAVILY on reminding her toddler to chew with her mouth closed this was just a disappointment. With that said, I just change the words while reading and it's a good book overall.

The Free Spirit Play Kit for Months 34, 35, 36

‘A Day at the Beach’ Hardcover Book

A day at the beach with a sister and brother, learning to work through diverging wants and conflict.

‘This Or That’ Board Book

A lift-the-flap book following twins making choices as they get ready for the day.

Add on or skip?

100000% Add On! These books are SO essential for parents – and kids will love them too! ‘This or That' does a great job showing parents all the little moments in a day where we can give our toddler's a sense of control – which is critical in limiting tantrums.

‘A Day At The Beach' does a great job teaching toddler's about empathy, making mistakes, and making things right. Additionally, there's a part at the end where mom narrates the day, and that's SUCH a valuable tool/habit for parents to use in their day to day life. Honestly, the book is a master class in parenting siblings and a MUST READ.

The Observer Play Kit for Months 37, 38, 39

‘Alora Makes a New Friend’ Hardcover Book

A book about a younger toddler with a prosthetic leg, and an older toddler asking questions and wanting to touch it. The book aims to be a lesson in both manners and communicating boundaries.

‘A Haircut for Lunar New Year’ Hardcover Book

This book is a look inside the Lunar New Year traditions and a lesson in developing coping skills through overwhelming experiences.

Add on or skip?

I'd probably say add on. While I haven't gotten to read all of ‘Alora Make A New Friend', I do know it's a tricky subject for parents to navigate. My daughter has something different about her that kids often ask about and it's tough for her, so I really wish we had that book to help.

The ‘Lunar New Year' book does a great job subtly teaching kids grounding exercises for self soothing. I do wish they pointed out that all of the toddler's hair wasn't going to get cut off.

I had to cut a piece of my daughter's hair for health testing, and she was SO excited until she saw the long tendril and thought I was cutting all of her hair off. I had to explain to her it was just that piece, and in retrospect wish I had let her watch a haircut first. Lastly, Lovevery typically includes pronunciation in their books, but didn't in this one so I hope they update that.

The Storyteller Play Kit for Months 40, 41, 42

‘The Naming Ceremony’ Hardcover Book

A look inside a Jewish naming ceremony (Simchat Bat) while also exploring loss and nervous feelings.

‘Honored to Help’ Hardcover Book

A look at a family whose father is in the Air Force and exploring what separation can be like at this age.

Add on or skip?

Add on! At 3 years old, it's very common for kids to struggle with separation in a new way and both of these books tackle that concept to varying degrees.

Honored to Help is one of my favorite Lovevery books to date. It's such a great acknowledgement of how we all help in our own ways, how things change when separated, and coming back together. I love that they kept it open ended on time frames to focus on building the child's confidence through separation in the book; and then provide ideas in the “note” for parents who need some more resources if it become a struggle.

I think the ‘The Naming Ceremony’ has some major subtleties that parents can make observations about at this age, and later open a discussion around to help their toddler in the long run. For instance, the concept that her fear prevented her from fully enjoying a moment she'd looked so forward too, only for it all to work out is such a valuable lesson. It's something I think we can relate to as adults, and it's so helpful for our toddler's to understand the importance of presence and faith.

The Problem Solver Play Kit for Months 43, 44, 45

‘Measurement Day’ Hardcover Book

A brother and sister get frustrated with one another and learn to work through conflict together.

‘You Decide’ Hardcover Book

A choose-your-own-adventure book teaching toddlers about the consequences of their choices.

Add on or skip?

Add on! ‘You Decide’ is another one of my all time favorite Lovevery books and has been SO useful in the short time we've had it.

If you follow any toddler parenting account, the way the mom handles the toddler is something you're likely familiar with. In our case, it's exactly how we handle things with my daughter for years. However, the magic really came in her ability to see other kids treated the same way, and play with her choices while reading.

It's also been helpful for putting time into context, for instance when she leaves right away and gets to keep playing at home vs. delaying a little and just getting to say hi, vs. refusing to leave and then not having any fun at home. That was such an abstract concept my toddler obviously had lived through time and time again, but after reading this book it finally clicked for her as I could point out the consequence of her choice in relation to the book.

For instance, “if you leave now you'll have time to go to the cookie store, like Hannah had time to play airplanes. But if you refuse to get in your car seat, we won't have time for the store and you may feel sad like Hannah did when she missed her uncle.”

I haven't introduced ‘Measurement Day' yet since baby brother isn't at that stage of conflict resolution, but can see 1000% how it'll be helpful in a few more months.

The Analyst Play Kit for Months 46, 47, 48

‘You Can Do It’ Hardcover Book

Two books in one! One about a child who pushes themself too far outside their comfort zone and another about a child feeling scared to leave their comfort zone.

Both teach kids about finding their sweet spot for risk taking.

‘The Sleepover’ Board Book

A sleepover at the grandparents house helping toddler's process the feelings that come up in an unfamiliar situation while apart from their parents.

Add on or skip?

Add on! I think these are both such great books at tackling concepts our 3 year old will inevitably deal with.

In “I Can Do It” I love that they touch on processing a peers big emotions around you. That's a huge concept we work on with my daughter; their feelings are theirs and yours are yours. It also does a great job teaching kids how to work through uncomfortable situations while finding their own limits and parents can learn a lot about directing kids attention inward while reading.

While we haven't introduced ‘The Sleepover' yet, if we ever left her I know we'd use it. Additionally, the “when your mom was a little girl” tip in there is a huge one we use often with my daughter around struggles. Our kids really do like to hear about us at their age, specifically what helped us with a similar struggle. It's a great point of connection and this book brings that to life.

Final thoughts on Lovevery Book Bundles

While I don't love ALL the new books, they do a great job at remaining age appropriate. The younger books for babies are beautiful, easy rhythmic reads (generally speaking), that can later be used as “learning to read” books for building up confidence momentum in your kids thanks to all the repetition too.

The older books are basically toddler parenting IG account strategies brought to life and including your toddler in the process of learning how to respond and deal with big emotions – which is a total win and can take some of the heavy lifting off parents.

Do I think most of them will become a 3 years old new favorite book? Probably not, but I do think they will get a ton of reads and re-reads, especially if you pull it out and relate it to experiences in your toddler's life.

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