Review: Librileo Book Boxes for Kids.. auf Deutsch!

Thrifty Travel Mama | Review: Librileo Book Boxes for Kids.. auf Deutsch!I know this might sound a bit strange, but the main reason I’ve worked so hard the past few months to really get my German skills up to usable levels is that we’re leaving Deutschland by the end of the year.

Wait, what?!

Why bother if we’re not going to live here long term? Well, for starters, it’s easiest to learn a language in a country where it’s spoken all the time. And, I’m determined to not sit by and watch my boys’ bilingual skills fade away. Since we can’t be certain we’ll end up in a city with a German school, the responsibility of keeping up with the language falls to me. So, you can bet I am all ears when it comes to getting tips on how to keep up the German in America… or wherever we end up.

Yes, we can (and will) look for other German-speakers to befriend, but it’s important to not stop there. In order to become truly fluent, one must also know how to read and write. Obviously, having German books on hand is important. But, what books? How does one choose? And how do I know what level of books my boys should be reading?


A startup company out of Berlin and the brainchild of Julius Bertram, Librileo is a genius idea for busy parents who value frequent and fresh reading material for their children.

The child receives a monthly box of anywhere from 1 to 3 books appropriate for their age range and according to that month’s theme. Past themes have included friendship, courage, and music (see examples here). Each box is reviewed in advance by a test family and a teacher before being sent to subscribers.Thrifty Travel Mama | Review: Librileo Book Boxes for Kids.. auf Deutsch!

I was thrilled to be contacted by Librileo and offered a box for review purposes. I only review products here on Thrifty Travel Mama that I would actually use myself and this service definitely fits the bill.

My oldest son is following in his mama’s footsteps and absolutely loves to get mail. He could barely contain his excitement when I told him the Librileo box was for him. July’s theme is science (Wissenschaft), and we opened up the box to find a gigantic book about technology and the environment as well as a small booklet with a cute story about water conservation.Thrifty Travel Mama | Review: Librileo Book Boxes for Kids.. auf Deutsch!

Librileo offers book boxes for a variety of age ranges so that elementary-aged children don’t receive board books and toddlers aren’t given chapter books to chew on. Currently, there are six different age groups: 0-1, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, 4-6, and 6-8. Have an older child? Drop them a line here. The company is considering expanding this fall to include boxes suitable for children up to age 10.

Parents can order Librileo boxes for their children either on a one-time basis to try out the service, a recurring monthly basis, or as a set three-month subscription. Shipping is included in the price which makes the boxes a fantastic deal.Thrifty Travel Mama | Review: Librileo Book Boxes for Kids.. auf Deutsch!

The cost to buy the books yourself is about the same as going through Librileo. However, Librileo takes the guesswork out of what books to buy and if they’re age-appropriate, as well as adding a touch of fun by following a monthly theme. And, they have their own children’s book writer and in-house graphic designer who produce an extra story for the book boxes that aligns with the theme of the month. Bonus!Thrifty Travel Mama | Review: Librileo Book Boxes for Kids.. auf Deutsch!

But, what if you don’t live in Germany? We’re moving soon, and we won’t be able to take advantage of the libraries or loan books from friends here anymore. Well, Librileo has just expanded their service to include international shipping! The international boxes include the 7 euro shipping charge, which is absolutely reasonable.Thrifty Travel Mama | Review: Librileo Book Boxes for Kids.. auf Deutsch!

To read all the frequently asked questions regarding Librileo, click here. And when you’re ready to order, this link will get you where you need to go.

Once we have finalized the location of our new home, Librileo will be on our list of great ways to keep up with German culture and language outside of Deutschland. Viel spaß!

Expat and bilingual families, what are some of the ways you keep up with foreign languages at home? Signature Thrifty Travel MamaDisclosure: I received a Librileo book box for review purposes. I was not paid to write this review, nor do I receive anything if you subscribe. You can read my current review policy here.

12 thoughts on “Review: Librileo Book Boxes for Kids.. auf Deutsch!

  1. Your kids are a bit older than mine so I don’t know what works there…

    One thing we’ve done to encourage which ever language that seems to “fall behind” of the tree that we speak in our extended family (dad speaks English, I speak Finnish and my family and their daycare speak Swedish) is to make it a bit special. We make sure about reading in all languages e.g. by ordering (like you have) a monthly issue. When it arrives, the kids wants us to sit down and read. Also, sometimes they may watch a bit more a movie if it is in the least used language. Apps can be very interactive and I assume there’d be loads in German too?

    The tricky part is to get kids speaking the other language, like my kids think English is only spoken to adults as all other English speaking kids also speak Finnish/ Swedish here…

    • Good thoughts/tips. I think it will become more special and exciting (not that they don’t love German now) when we are in the US and it’s something that few of their friends know. I hadn’t thought of looking up some German apps. Thanks for the reminder :).

      • Another thing that might work for the age of your boys would be to find a board game with questions that they’d have to read and understand to be able to answer. Something in the line of “figuring out science (or dinasours or…)” perhaps? Some word explaining game might also force them to speak it (and you’d have to play along to get the crowd 😉 ).

      • Thanks! 🙂
        Language learning has always been a bit of an interest to me, so I guess your situation is also intriuging. I like that fact that you want to support your kids German later on!

      • It was always a far-off dream/interest for me because it’s rather unrealistic in the US, especially when you only grow up with one language in your family in America. But now, I’m excited to speak more than one with my kids.. and also to encourage them to learn other languages as well!

  2. 7 euro is definitely ok for international shipping. Often that’s what puts a lid on these deals, so it’s good they’ve found a way to make it affordable.

    And definitely a good idea not to let the German slide now it’s there – you’ll have some work to do, but you’ve got a good foundation.

  3. What a great idea! Another resource I really like is Rosetta Stone for languages. I know they have a children’s app, I don’t know if it teaches German, but you may want to check it out. 🙂

  4. Do you send the books back to get the next ones like a library (like love or keep them? 

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