A children’s book subscription is a great way to inspire more reading and learning at home! Below you’ll discover 12 monthly book subscription boxes for kids who are babies, toddlers, preschoolers, or grade-schoolers.
I recently finished listening to the audiobook version of The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie, and it convicted me more than ever that I need to be reading to my children, as reading to your children provides so many amazing benefits!
Reading stories to children helps them develop superior vocabulary, listening skills, reading comprehension, memory, curiosity, and empathy. Reading out loud improves your child’s own long-term reading success too!
That’s why one of the greatest things you can do for your child is to read to them, daily when possible.
But, we also really want our children to read for fun.
One way to encourage more reading to happen in your home is to build up your own home library (yes, with physical books), as research indicates home libraries are linked to both children’s academic achievements as well as long-term cognitive competencies.
However, with an ever-growing number of books available, it’s hard to know what books are worth actually buying (or even what audiobooks are worth listening to on family road trips), rather than renting from the library, for example.
It’s why I LOVE the idea of book subscription boxes for kids.
A kid book box makes it easy for adults to build their children’s book library every single month without having to think much about it, while simultaneously sparking joy and excitement as a child eagerly waits for a new book to unwrap from the mailbox each month.
Children Books Subscription
Many of the companies listed below, who sell book boxes for kids, sell boxes for every age group, or offer both board books and picture books and sometimes chapter books.
So, despite the fact that I am listing them under a specific age group, know that they will likely work for whatever age your child is. I simply tried to highlight ones that fit those age groups well to better break up the list of kid book subscriptions for you.
Here are the 12 children books subscription boxes I mention throughout this post:
- Elephant Books
- Murphy’s Bulk Books
- Our Little Book Club
- Tiny Humans Read
- Owl Post Books
- Dog-Eared Books
- The Reading Bug Box
- My First Reading Club
- Banyan Tree Kidz
Scroll below to read more about each box and find where to buy them!
Best Book Subscription for Baby
You’ve heard the statistics, right? Babies who are read to every day are exposed to up to 1.4 million more words by the time they turn 5-years-old then children who are never read to!
It’s never too early to start reading books to children, including babies. They may not look much at the books at first, or only want to look at the pictures or turn the pages, but the extra bonding time and word exposure from reading together is so important!
And while there are some amazing subscription boxes for babies, the following are perfectly suited for the youngest of readers and building their library.
Elephant Books sends out 2-3 high-quality board books for babies each month, beautifully packaged and wrapped with an orange ribbon. They specialize in sending out recently published books and new discoveries.
They also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee and 2 free replacements of titles you may already own.
They offer monthly, 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month subscription plans. Prices start at $17.99 plus shipping fees.
Murphy’s Bulk Books is the cheapest option for a baby book subscription box! Murphy’s Bulk Books ships out preloved board books for babies and toddlers, you can get more books for less money!
The Kids Board Books box contains five books, usually books that we remember reading and loving while growing up. All books range from good to like new condition and go through rigorous quality control.
Plus, for every box they ship, they give one away!
Sign up for just $15/month for 5 board books! You can do a 12-month subscription for $12.50/month and save $30 too! Plus, there’s free shipping.
Our Little Book Club is an affordable book club that delivers 2 age-appropriate board books and an activity book consisting of large image coloring books, puzzles, mazes, and art instruction (for older kids).
The average value per box is $35 but you can get Our Little Book Club subscription for only $14.99 monthly! Shipping is just $2 per delivery.
Best Book Subscription for Toddlers
I already wrote a post about monthly subscription boxes for toddlers that defintely worth checking out, and many of the other options on this list will work well for toddlers too, but the following seem like great options for children in the 18 months – 36 months age range.
Tiny Humans Read is a great subscription box for children around 3 years old, who are often between board books and picture books. It’s also great for families who have both a baby and a toddler or preschooler.
This is because Tiny Humans Read will send out 2 new board books and 2 picture books in every box when you get their sibling box! (They also have boxes of just board books or just picture books).
As a mom with multiple kids, I really like that. Plus, that subscription box of 4 books is only $29.99/month with free shipping.
Books also come wrapped and include bonus activities to get into storytime!
Owl Post Books ships books and imagination to your door with their Imagination Box for ages 0-3.
Each Imagination Box contains 3 books, a craft or toy, and an interactive box! Books are curated by an educator with over 13 years experience.
Subscribe to the Owl Post Books box for $32.99/month (or less) with free shipping!
Best Preschool Book Subscription
Preschoolers are such a fun age!! I love how they enjoy longer picture books, stories of all kinds, and facts and information. Book box subscriptions for preschoolers are great because there are so many amazing picture books out there.
I think the following are great picks for boxes of books for children aged between 3 to 6.
Bookroo sends out amazing, high-quality, individually wrapped children’s book boxes! We’ve received several kids book boxes from them over the years and have been impressed overall. the kids love unwrapping each book and discovering a new story.
Each month they send your preschoolers 2 hardcover picture books, ideal for children ages 2-6 years old. (They can also send 3 baby board books or 2 chapter books.)
The Bookroo award-winning book club for kids starts at $16.95/month with $4.99 shipping charges plus tax.
Each box comes with the best new-release hardcover kids picture book with complementary and well-designed projects, complete with all the high-quality materials you’ll need to complete it, times two!
Subscribe to KidArtLit for as low as $33.95/month with a year subscription or $39.95 monthly. There is an $8.95 shipping charge per delivery.
Best Monthly book Subscription Boxes for School-Age Children (6-12)
When your child starts to read books, and be able to sit longer for book reading sessions, they start to crave more and more stories!
It’s such an exciting time! I love educational subscription boxes for kids as a homeschooler, and book boxes for kids who read are a great addition to them!
Budget Option Dog-Eared Books is a great way to give your independent readers new chapter books to explore!
Each box contains 5 chapter books (they have other book options too, including for adults!) that are carefully examined to ensure they are in good to like-new condition. Plus, for every subscription purchased, a book will be donated to a child within the community.
Sign up for a Dog-Eared Books box subscription for only $15.00/month (or less)! Free shipping!
The Reading Bug Box is special in that they personalize their book selection based your child’s age, interests, and reading level. The books are picked by the expert staff at their independent Children’s bookstore.
A Reding Bug Box for children aged 0-13 years old included a personalized selection fo 3 or 4 books, plus some gifts to encourage and inspire.
Subscribe to Reading Bug Box book subscription for as low as $27/month, or $29.99 for monthly plus $3.50 shipping.
My First Reading Club is an excellent children’s book subscription for grade school-aged children, as they offer multiple reading age groups for their subscriptions: pre-readers/fledgling readers, independent readers, developing readers, and preteens!
Each box of books for kids includes 3-4 books, an additional activity book, and even a small gift for mom in every box!
Subscribe to My First Reading Club for only $19.99 monthly or even as low as $16.99/month when you subscribe for a year. Plus, there’s free shipping!
Banyan Tree Kidz is a monthly subscription box filled with inspiring children’s books and hands-on science and art kits!
Each children’s book subscription box comes with a hardcover picture book with related themed activities, complete with enough high-quality craft and experiment supplies for two children (or for your single child to do again).
Subscribe to the Banyan Tree Kidz book subscription box for as low as $25.99/month for a year, or just $29.99/month, plus $4.99 shipping fees.
I really think no matter what children books subscription you choose, you will be pleased! I hope you enjoy literacy with your child.
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