The concept of The Lollipop Book Club began a couple of years ago while I was looking at all of the toys my children received on holidays and birthdays. I could appreciate the excitement they experienced opening lots of presents. But at the end of the day there was a lot of stuff around that they really did not need.
So I started to replace toys with books whenever giving a present. Much to my disappointment, the books were quickly tossed aside as my child sought out packages that provided more immediate entertainment value.
I knew that my gift of books would provide a much richer, longer-lasting experience for the child. I just had to find a way to inject excitement at the point of receiving the book so it would be more fun to give.
Instead of adding the books to a pile of presents, I began mailing them to my children. Their reaction was incredible! So I started mailing books as birthday presents whenever my children were invited to a party. The feedback I received from the parents was unbelievable! The children were thrilled to get a package in the mail and were just as excited to read the book inside.
I had so much fun searching for really good books and finding fun ways to package them. And I constantly thought about turning this concept into a business. But things were too incredibly busy for me to move ahead. I was already trying to balance my career and my role as a mom to two little boys.
When my third child, a girl, arrived, my husband and I finally decided that it would be best for everyone if I did not return to work. So I finally found the time to pursue my dream of incorporating my "book-by-mail" gift into a business.
Every day I am relying on my formal education (BA from Bucknell University & MBA from Rider University) and my informal, but equally important, education as a mom. After thirteen years in benefits consulting and management, I am thrilled to be going down this new path. I feel very fortunate to have found the perfect opportunity to blend my home and work life in a business that means so much to me.
Thanks for reading!