Literati Book Club Box Review and Unboxing

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You may have noticed that we kind of like books around here. Like, a lot. Which is why I was so excited to try out the Literati Book Club Box. I’ve heard about it for a long time now, but I thought I didn’t need it. I’m around books a lot with my job at the book store; and I write about books here, so I see what’s new and what’s good.

Also, I don’t like committing to subscriptions unless it’s for a gift or something, because with 3 kids, the monthly cost really adds up.

But, the more I looked into it, I saw how different it was from others and that I needed it in my life…I mean, my kids’ lives.

What is the Literati Book Club Box?

Well, it’s a box full of books that arrives on your doorstep every month. Pretty cool, huh?! Especially right now since most libraries are closed and heading to the book store isn’t quite a thing. There are online book stores, including our own Vibrant Mom Books, but, what’s cool about this one is that all of the books are curated and chosen by professionals who know all about the best, most recent, most loved books. Yes please! (For more on how they do that, click here.)

Each month, a bright and happy blue box shows up at your door with five books in it. When you sign up, you select the age range of books you want your child to have. There are five different levels ranging from newborn up to 12.

What are the age ranges?

Each level, or age range has a cute name to go with it.

  1. Neo is for newborn to age 3, and includes board books with bright colors and fun characters
  2. Sprout is for ages 3-5, and includes picture books with fun, simple stories
  3. Nova is for ages 5-7 and includes more advanced picture books with more complex stories and beginning readers.
  4. Sage is for ages 7-9 has early chapter book series, graphic novels, nonfiction and activity books.
  5. Phoenix is for ages 9-12. It has more advanced chapter books, new and classic middle grade novels plus some nonfiction and activity books.

Because my daughters are 7 and 9, we got both the Sage box and the Phoenix box.

What are the books like?

Honestly, I hadn’t heard of almost all of the books in the two boxes we received. It doesn’t mean they’re obscure or weird, just that I wasn’t familiar with many of them. I liked that because it exposed us to new authors and stories we may not have otherwise seen.

Let’s break it down.

literati book box contents

The Sage box–for kids ages 7-9 contained a mixture of hardcover and soft cover books of varying degrees of difficulty. A couple of the books were too easy or not my daughter’s taste.

But, she was very excited about The Secret Rescuers and Henry Whiskers.

When it came to the Phoenix box, I was curious what kind of books they’d be and if they’d appeal to both my 9 year old and my 12 year old–and they did!

There were both fiction and nonfiction, hard cover and soft cover, and one book that I couldn’t wait to dive into myself. I felt like the books were just right for this age range. And, a mixture of a more popular book–Spy School, with lesser known books, like The Collectors.

literati book box phoenix level

What if I don’t like the books?

This may be my favorite feature of this book box and why I chose it over other options. The subscription is only $9.95 a month. Plus the cost of the books you choose to keep.

If you don’t like a book, or you’ve read it before, or already own it, just send them back within a week in the box it came in with the enclosed prepaid return label and you’re not charged for them. You only get charged for the ones you keep!

There is a price breakdown of each book on the included packing list so you know how much each one will cost.

The prices are always the same or lower than the list price on Amazon, so you don’t have to comparison shop.

Even better? You can skip a month or cancel any time. Being able to skip months is especially nice if you’re going to be traveling, or get a back up of books that you want the kids to read first. The flexibility the Literati book club box offers is my second most favorite feature after the price.


The one problem that I have with it is that I may end up spending more money on books than usual because I just want them all and don’t want to send any back!

In this case I’m really listening to my kids and their interests because they’re for them.

Final thoughts on the Literati Book Box

I am a fan. My kids are fans. There wasn’t anything about this experience that I didn’t like. I did have one question, that came up because I had two boxes. My interaction with customer service was a great experience as well.

My question was about if I should/could put the books that we were returning in the same box, or if they needed to be returned in the box they came in. The answer was that it’s easier for them to process if they return in the same box because the return label is associated with a specific box. If you do need to put them together, just write a nice little note letting them know which child’s books are which and it’ll be fine too.

You can also buy one time gift boxes with based on a theme if you want to give it as a gift. More info about that here: Literati Gift Box

I can’t wait for our next box, and I know my girls can’t either.

If you try it out using this link, right now you’ll get a $20 book credit on your account too!

Check out the unboxing video for each one below:

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  1. Yvette | 1st Jun 20

    Love the review! I have wondered what they are like in reality for the kid. Thanks for writing this.

    • Kirsten Reeder | 2nd Jun 20

      Thanks! Hope it was helpful =)

  2. Douglas Jasper | 1st Jun 20

    Looks like a great option for books for kids.

  3. Danielle Ardizzone | 1st Jun 20

    Way back when, my mother signed me up for a children’s book of the month club. I couldn’t wait for the mail to come when it was due!

    • Kirsten Reeder | 2nd Jun 20

      Awww, that’s fun! Book orders were my favorite, couldn’t wait for them. I guess this is kinda the same. =)

  4. Adrienne | 1st Jun 20

    What a fun resource for kiddos! It is so much fun to get mail 🙂

    • Kirsten Reeder | 2nd Jun 20

      That is so true! Good mail is awesome.

  5. Tiffany | 1st Jun 20

    Now, this is a different gift I could send to the littles out of state! I would have loved to receive this as a kid!

    • Kirsten Reeder | 2nd Jun 20

      Oh yea, it’s a great gift! Whether you do just a one time box or a longer subscription.

  6. Holly | 2nd Jun 20

    Wow thank you so much for sharing this book club.. amazing gift for children of all ages!

  7. Michelle | 2nd Jun 20

    Thank you for sharing this review! My daughter loves to read and I’m always on the lookout for new resources!

    • Kirsten Reeder | 2nd Jun 20

      You’re welcome! That’s great she loves to read. Let me know if you try it and like it!

  8. Lisa Manderino | 2nd Jun 20

    This looks like something my kids would love!

  9. Eva Keller | 2nd Jun 20

    My sister would love this for her kids! She’s got 3 kids that are 3 and under and is always looking at books for bedtime stories.

  10. Alice | 2nd Jun 20

    What a great idea for parents with kids! I also like the giftbox idea for us who are grandparents.

  11. Sandi | 2nd Jun 20

    Books are so great for kids to instill that love of reading. What a great idea.

  12. Sara | 2nd Jun 20

    I wasn’t familiar with this service. Looks like something my kids would love, and like you said – would end up costing us a lot of money, because my kids would want to keep them all! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Debbie | 2nd Jun 20

    How fun! For grands someday!

  14. Jen | 2nd Jun 20

    I’ve never heard of the Literati box. I may have to try it for my daughters. They both enjoy reading!

  15. Jessica | 3rd Jun 20

    This is so fun and a perfect idea. I need to look into this, thanks!

  16. Cathy | 3rd Jun 20

    Great option for kids! Thanks for the great information!

  17. Erica | 3rd Jun 20

    How wonderful! I, too, usually don’t like monthly subscriptions. I have three little ones and forget about the charge until I see it in the account and then am frustrated. These books look so cool though! I like how you can select an age range and they can be personalized to each child. Very nice review. Thank you!

  18. Charlene | 3rd Jun 20

    My kids are older than 12 now, but I’ll recommend this to parents who ask me for book recommendations for their kids!

  19. Kendra | 3rd Jun 20

    What a great program and subscription this is! I love that you can choose which ones to purchase and send the others back. I could see this getting expensive for me too though. haha

  20. Carrie Beaton | 3rd Jun 20

    This is such a great way to get kids excited about reading! My kids are too old for it. I wish there was something like this when they were younger!

  21. Christina Furnival | 5th Jun 20

    I love how there are different levels for different ages! So cool.

  22. Cindy | 8th Jun 20

    What a great subscription box for young readers! I’ll have to che k into this for my grandkids.

  23. Shannon | 8th Jun 20

    I’ve seen this pop up in my feed many times and always wondered about it! I’ll definitely save your link in case we decide to go for it!

  24. Ruth Pukahi | 22nd Jun 20

    I’ve been looking into book box options! I haven’t heard of this one. Question, Does the monthly fee cover any of the books that you end up keeping?

    • Kirsten Reeder | 23rd Jun 20

      Hey Ruth, Oh, that’s cool! What other ones have you liked most so far? The monthly fee doesn’t cover the books, that’s charged separately. Kind of like the finding/curating/shipping fee. We’re on our 3rd or 4th box now, and I am liking that even if I’m spending the same amount as I might for a different box, it’s not guaranteed, and I’m keeping books my kids want, rather than just getting what we get and hoping it’s something we like, but paying a lot anyway…does that make sense?

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  27. Emily Ackerman | 6th Jul 20

    I’m a BIG fan of books for the kids. I’m def going to check this out!

  28. Chelsea | 7th Jul 20

    Wow this looks fun! I have three kids, who LOVE books. And like you, I’d be worried I’d break the bank with buying more books. All of the books look great and I bet my kids would love them!

    • Kirsten Reeder | 7th Jul 20

      They probably would! And, since I wrote this, they’re doing a special promo where if you sign up, you get $20 in free book credit, so you can check that out here:

  29. Sarah | 7th Jul 20

    Such a cute idea for kids – I had no idea this existed!!

  30. Kay | 7th Jul 20

    This is so neat!! I am definitely checking this out for my little one!

    • Kirsten Reeder | 8th Jul 20

      Let me know what you think! After I wrote this,they came out with a promo– $20 in free books, here’s a link:

  31. Amanda | 7th Jul 20

    Sounds super fun! My kids would love this!

  32. Sabrina DeWalt | 7th Jul 20

    What a wonderful way to discover new books.

    • Kirsten Reeder | 8th Jul 20

      Glad you like it! I’m super happy we found it for sure!

  33. Cindy Mailhot | 11th Jul 20

    We love books around here as well. We have hundreds. I am always leary of book clubs and monthly subscriptions due to cost. The books are right up our alley though-I will have to check it out.

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