Family reading to the boys

Bonding, Books, and Beyond

Life is busy, especially for mums. As the days go by our to-do lists become fuller, yet we only still have the same 24 hours and limited coffee intake to do #allthethings. Other priorities quickly seem to take priority over quality family time. 

As a busy mum, you spend plenty of time with your children, however it is truly quality time? Spending quality time with your children is about bonding and giving them your undivided attention doing what they like to do. Spending quality time with your kids does not have to be a huge undertaking to be effective and meaningful.


Bonding with your kids is the most valuable gift you can give them. The quality time you spend with your kid shows them that you love and value them. It promotes their confidence and self-worth.

Connecting with you will help them develop a sense of belonging and build a positive identity and sense of self.


Reading to our kids is so powerful.

Just how powerful? “Governments now realise that by providing (…) funding to promoting early literacy, less of their budget later will need to be spent on illiteracy, crime, depression, unemployment, and welfare benefits. The cost-effectiveness of reading aloud (…) is phenomenal” -Mem Fox.

and Beyond

When you read aloud, you gain the ability to increase your child’s self-esteem, improve their academic and professional success, boost their imagination, mindfulness, and empathy. You are raising successful, emotionally resilient adults who not only love to learn, but feel safe and empowered through nurtured knowledge, self-discovery, and self-expression provided through the magic of reading aloud.

Why choose the Bonding, Books, and Beyond box

  • Simple – no decisions needed
  • Automatic- new books delivered every month
  • Powerful – Quality time while teaching your children life skills for success and happiness with books they will love
  • Reduces stress and anxiety for both you and your kids
  • Reading aloud is your parenting superpower. Knowing exactly what you’re giving your kids when you read aloud is powerful, meaningful parenting.
  • Easy to do – no setup or clean up

Our customisable monthly subscription box is a purposefully curated package, delivered straight to your door filled with the simplest, easiest, best quality time and bonding experience you can enjoy with your kids. It will include age-appropriate and relevant kids books to read aloud and a special something for you to feel nurtured and relaxed.

Did I mention it reduces your stress, anxiety, and mum guilt?

What does “core benefit of the month” mean?

With 30 benefits of reading aloud, you can’t go wrong with any book you choose. However, authors nowadays are far more in tune with the power of their words and the issues facing their readers. Kid’s books over the last decade have evolved from simple story-telling to intentional story-crafting.

I have chosen 12 benefits of reading aloud that I believe to be the core to creating a better world full of great people. Each month one of these will feature as the main theme of the book chosen and the information in the digital parent’s guide.

  • Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Emotional Resilience: Feelings
  • Empathy
  • First Nations Acknowledgement
  • Friendships
  • Growth Mindset
  • Kindness
  • Mental Heath Awareness
  • Mindfulness
  • Perseverance
  • Social Issues Awareness
  • Just for fun

Customisable Book Options

Each age range will come with different options of kids books to choose from. You can mix and match what types of books you like and you can change these types at any time.
Ages 0 – 2
  • Picture books
  • Early Learning books
  • Touchy-Feely books
  • Sound books
Ages 2 – 3
  • Picture books
  • Early Learning books
  • Touchy-Feely books
  • Sound books
  • Life Skills
Ages 3 – 5
  • Picture books
  • Curious Minds
  • Mental Health
  • Life Skills
  • Add’tl Core Benefit
Ages 5 – 7
  • Picture books
  • Curious Minds
  • Mental Health
  • Activity books
  • Add’tl Core Benefit
Ages 7 – 10
  • Curious Minds
  • Mental Health
  • Activity books
  • Add’tl Core Benefit
  • Chapter Books

Non-fiction picture books on educational topics. Ranging from early learning concepts such as words, colours, shapes to science, space, and the world around us.

New release pictures books. Highly illustrated books (typically colour throughout) for children in which the content (either fiction or non-fiction) is conveyed through the use of words and pictures in combination or through pictures alone. A ‘picture book’ differs from a ‘book with illustrations’, in that the pictures it contains are at least as important as the text (if any) and form an essential component of the book.

If it makes noisy, there is probably a book about it. Novelty books with sounds from animals to tractors.

Books on early learning concepts like ABCs, colours, numbers, shapes, rhymes, and more.

Books for teaching life skills like sharing, going to preschool, going to bed, politeness, brushing teeth, and more.

Activities include drawing, colouring, painting, hidden objects, papercrafts, and more

Novelty books with lift-the-flaps, touch-and-feel, finger trails, tactile textures and more. Great to help develop fine motor skills.

Age-appropriate books about body safety, consent, setting healthy boundaries, puberty, and mental health awareness.

Chapter books for families of older kids used to create conversation and open up a safe space to handle difficult conversations. Ideal for reading aloud.

If you’ve like an additional book highlighting the core benefit of the month

How do I pick the books?

1st priority: Purposeful content. Educational or core benefit of the month. Sometimes just for fun is a great purpose!
2nd priority: Australian Authors. I am committed to supporting local businesses.
3rd priority: New releases. I aim to give you books you don’t already have. But if you do, the next time your kids are invited to a birthday party, you’ll have the perfect gift! See FAQs.
4th priority: Highly regarded or award-winning.

Teenager reading a book

Even older kids and parents would benefit from this subscription!! It’s great for their comprehension and vocabulary to have conversations about the books. A parents guide for older kids would include a list of vocabulary which you can check with your kids to see if actually know the words they are reading and comprehension questions to discuss. Answers for the parents will be provided!

Reading aloud is one of the most important things adults can do with children. In addition to building many important foundational skills, reading aloud provides a safe place to explore emotions, discuss difficult topics, build empathy, and increase self-esteem.
Reading aloud 3 to 5 days per week, compared to two or less, advances your child’s reading skills by 6 months compared to their peers.

Family reading aloud