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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.
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.
Each level, or age range has a cute name to go with it.
Because my daughters are 7 and 9, we got both the Sage box and the Phoenix box.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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