I love a good deal, but I super love a deal that does GOOD. This past Sunday I noticed a Kohl’s ad featuring new books and characters as part of the Kohl’s Cares program. In a stroke of Cause Merchandise genius, Kohl’s publishes high quality, special edition hardcover children’s books from beloved authors and offers them for a mere $5 each—yes five bucks for a hardbound picture book complete with dustcover and available matching plush toys and accessories all priced at the same five buck sweet spot.
The Kohl’s Cares initiative makes clever words and gorgeous illustrations accessible to many, plus 100 percent of the net profits benefits kid’s health and education programs nationwide. I hope the person who thunk this great think of an idea got a well-deserved promotion, because the irresistible sound of the spine cracking on a brand new and beautiful book is a gift everyone deserves to give and receive.
Yesterday as I flipped through back to school ads, I nearly peepeetoed my pants when I saw that Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner is the current Kohl’s Cares featured series. Skippyjon Jones is a household favorite and a rollicking read aloud featuring a fearless and feisty Siamese cat with boundless energy and imagination. My trusty gift closet is bulging once again with teacher/classroom contributions and anchor gifts for future baby showers. It is also possible that I will be hooking up my pint sized neighborhood boyfriend, a newly minted four year old, with a Skippyjon Jones backpack bonanza…shhhh!
Past Kohl’s Cares authors have included time-tested legends Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss who have helped raise more than $208 million. For a fun gift that is way more bang than buck, I tuck a Kohl’s Cares book and matching plush into an inexpensive container with a color-coordinated and budget friendly playground ball and small accessories. My stockpile of Grouchy Ladybugs and Very Hungry Caterpillars has dwindled, so Skippyjon Jones is saving the day with just in time Cause Merchandise. Seems like something he would do, perhaps even while sporting a sleek pair of Simply Vera by Vera Wang leggings and a fly pair of shades to accent his mask.
Heija Nunn is based in Seattle and is “The Worst Mother in the World“.