SHIPPING & FULFILLMENT
1. Are you able to ship?
We are currently shipping across Canada for a flat rate of $15! We are so excited to get these collections into the hands of families all over Canada.
2. How long does it take to get my order?
Any Ready to Ship Items (RTS) can be sent out in 1-2 days. We use Canada Post and our packages are typically delivered in 2-3 business days in Ontario, 3-4 business days across Canada. Anything that is a preorder we estimate about a 2 week turn around from the time we place the order with our publishers to getting it into your hands!
3. Do I have to pick up as soon as I receive notice my order is ready?
Don't worry! We get it. As busy moms of 2, some days are just impossible to get out the door to grab something. All we ask is 24 hours notice for pick up so we can have your order ready to go for porch pick ups. It's strange times, and we want all of our collective to feel safe!
We are also offering local drop off for a small fee (Burlington, Ancaster, Hamilton areas)
1. Why did you create LBC?
We originally started Little Babe Collective as a means to connect local makers with families who love to shop small and support local. Due to the pandemic, our in-person market was cancelled (more than once!). We had met so many awesome makers and local businesses, that we still ran a virtual market (Fall & Holiday), but still felt like something was missing. As we are both teachers, we are constantly talking about new books we find and love. We thought how cool would it be to blend these two things! The rebirth of the collective started coming together and we hope you love it as much as we do!
2. What is your intention with LBC?
Like we said, we are both busy moms of 2, and it often hits us how difficult it is to come up with activities that are meaningful and intentional for our kiddos. Sometimes you just want someone to tell you what to do! We all know reading is important, so if we can help foster a love for reading that merges into meaningful play for you and your little babe(s), we are doing a happy dance. Our brains are constantly in "teacher mode", and because we truly love what we do, we wanted to share that with all of you.
3. Is play as important as literacy?
Yes! We fully believe so. Play based learning allows children the opportunity to build so much more than just "literacy" or "numeracy" skills. It provides children with the chance to build their character (think: Self-regulation, problem solving, cooperation, etc) and in this manner it makes "learning" fun. Skills like decoding and counting are important, but they need to be supplemented in ways that engage children, and what engages children the most? PLAY! By simply taking a story your family loves, and connecting it to real-world situations, you are going beyond reading, and expanding your little babes "literacy comprehension". It should be stress free, fun and what works for you and yours!
4. How do you support your community?
Great Question! First and foremost, we believe in supporting and working with a diverse range of local makers. We carefully choose small shops who align with us for their values on inclusivity and play based learning, as well as work with makers within the BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ communities to support their businesses. We also recognize who bias the publishing industry is in terms of marginalized characters, stories and authors. We aim to celebrate not only #ownvoiced stories, but also authors from marginalized communities. The more we purchase from these authors, the more likely they are for publishers to continue to get behind publishing their stories.
Second, a cause close to our hearts is Pregnancy and Infant Loss. Our co-founder Andrea experienced the loss of her first child at 36 weeks gestation. As she has moved through her healing process, she realized there is a strong lack of resources for inclusive and diverse spaces in this area. She is part of a small team bringing the Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Center based in Calgary to Ontario. Our "Welcome Baby" package includes an option to support this ongoing initiative.
5. What is the teacher collective?
Before we were mothers we were (and still are) elementary school teachers! Our love for reading extends beyond our home and radiates into our classrooms each year. We have come to realize that it's not easy to find contemporary, inclusive and diverse texts. Resources for school boards and classrooms for good quality, new aged books is minimal. We spent a lot of our own personal incomes on providing a wide genre of books for our classrooms each year. So we created the teacher collection which gives teachers an opportunity to purchase books at a lesser cost than they would find through big retailers with no strings attached. We have curated a teacher catalogue of high-interest picture books, middle grade books & YA books and will regularly update this throughout the year.
Are you a teacher or education worker? send us an email at email@example.com to get set up!