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The Book Drop Children’s Subscription Box Review – March 2016

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The Book Drop is a book subscription box from Bethany Beach Books. You can pick one of four different subscription options:

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This review is of the Children 8-12 subscription.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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The Subscription Box: The Book Drop

The Cost: $13 + shipping a month for YA version, $9 + shipping for children’s version, or $16 + shipping for the Jane/Ernest version

The Products: One book selected each month based on the book-type preference you select.

Ships to: US

Check out all of our The Book Drop reviews and the Kids Subscription Box Directory!

We’ve been subscribing to Book Drop for many months now, and we did have some custom options when we signed up. First, we had to select among “Adventurous,” “Pleasant,” or “A little bit of everything!” (Of course my 10-year-old son chose Adventurous.) They then asked about my son’s age and reading level.

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This is the little note that was included about why they chose this month’s selection. They also included a promotional bookmark for Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan.

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Nightbird by Alice Hoffman – Value $6.47 on Amazon (retail price: $7.99)

Plus a cool bookmark!

Book Summary from Amazon:

Bestselling author Alice Hoffmanís bewitching Nightbird is perfect for ages 10-13: love and friendship empower a lonely girl to embrace her uniqueness and discover her strengths.

Twig lives in Sidwell, where people whisper that fairy tales are real. After all, her town is rumored to hide a monster. And two hundred years ago, a witch placed a curse on Twigís family that was meant to last forever. But this summer, everything will change when the red moon rises. Itís time to break the spell.

My son is starting to come around, and I’m definitely encouraging him, but he’s not really into books about girls. I love that it has a female protagonist! I keep telling him that reading these types of books will help him understand his female peers, but he remains unconvinced. In any case, this book looks great, and it got 4.5 stars on Amazon.

Verdict: I feel really torn about this subscription. I think their book selection is consistently very good, and I definitely need help getting the best books for ten-year-olds in front of my son. But at the same time, the tangible value is almost never there. Even the past time or two that they sent a bonus item, it didn’t make up for the cost of the box. I’m on the fence about this one.

What do you think of The Book Drop for Children? Is there another subscription for kid lit ages 10-12 I should be looking at?

Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

1 Comment

  1. I feel the same. I have an eleven year old son who, while possessing an amazing vocabulary and comprehension skills, isn’t a big reader. I purchased this to see if the act of receiving a present made reading more appealing. Sadly, the choices just don’t seem to cater to tween boys. With the volume of male protagonist, adventure books, I don’t know why they stick with female based stories? Also, like you, I think it’s not a good value. I noticed, almost by accident, that every book we received so far was a Scholastic book fair, clearance book OR was free with a Kindle Prime subscription. That’s not cool. I’m cancelling this month because when I added up the books and counted which ones my son remotely liked, I was out $56.

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