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LitJoy Crate Picture Book Subscription Box Review + Coupon– Jun 2016

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LitJoy Crate is a monthly book subscription box for babies, kids and teens. They send books and interesting book related items. They have crates for ages 0-2 (board books), 3-7 (picture books), and 14+ (young adult). You can also get a mixed crate with 0-2 and 3-7 together. This is a review of the picture book crate.

This box was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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The Subscription Box: LitJoy Crate

The Cost: $29.99/monthly, $86.97/3-month pre-pay, $167.94/6-month pre-pay, $323.88/12-month pre-pay. Plus USPS shipping, $14.99 shipping to Canada, and $24.99 shipping international.

COUPON: Use code MSA5 to save $5 off your first box!

The Products: depending on your subscription type, you will receive newly released board books (2), picture books (1), or young adult books (1), plus 2-4 assorted book-related items.

Ships to: US, Canada and International

Check out all of our LitJoy Crate reviews and the Book Subscription Box Directory!

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An info card was included listing each item in the box. They also gave some discussion ideas for the book that you can use with your child to explore the book’s topics more deeply. A small card with a maze and connect the dot puzzle based on this month’s book was also included.


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Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen – $11.41 on Amazon (retail price: $16.99)

We enjoyed this story about a cute little fish with a sneaky surprise in store for any large ocean creatures who try to eat him.  I love the interesting use of fonts and the dark sense of humor in this story.

From Amazon:

What do you do when you’re so tiny that the bigger ocean creatures think you might even taste adorable?

An itsy-bitsy, glasses-wearing fish is minding his own business when a playful (and hungry) octopus snatches him right up. Luckily, this poor little guy is not quite as innocent as he seems…and he has a BIG surprise up his sleeve!

Told with wit, a wink, and a delightfully dark sense of humor, Poor Little Guy celebrates the very smallest…and all of their giant victories. Hand this cute but mighty book to fans of Bob Shea and Dan Krall.


Mom’s Stuff Salve – sample

This small pot of Mom’s Stuff Salve is naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal. It’s great for dry skin, cracked heels, cuticles and even bug bites. This small batch product is handmade in Spring City, Utah and is free of chemicals and parabens. I’ve been using it on my feet at night before bed and I think it works amazingly well!


Little Sapling Wooden Matching Game – $8.50

These beautiful, handmade wooden matching tiles are all printed with under-the-sea animals. Little Sapling makes gorgeous modern wooden toys in Utah. A similar matching game for $26 is sold on their site but it comes with 24 tiles instead of just 8 so I adjusted the price accordingly. This is a gorgeous toy and we were so happy to receive it.


Magentic Wooden Fishing Game – $10.99

This was a cute game for the under-the-sea theme this month. My son is a little old for it, but my two year old daughter loves it.

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Nerd Glasses – $6.99

We all have been enjoying the lens-less “nerd glasses” and I couldn’t let the kids have all the fun! Since the fish in the story wears glasses this was the perfect inclusion for pretend play this month. I’m not sure if I linked to the exact glasses included but they look similar if you want to buy some for fun at your house too!

Verdict: This LitJoy Crate was a huge success! We liked it even better than last month. The value was over $37 which I am happy with. I think LitJoy Crate does a wonderful job of bringing the selected book to life each month with their curated bookish extras. I also enjoy that one item in the box is always meant for me – lucky mama!

What do you think of this month’s LitJoy Crate?

Written by Jessica Telesmanich

Jessica Telesmanich

Jessica’s addiction started off slowly enough with Birchbox, but it has grown and grown over the last three years. An elementary school librarian and mom of two she loves boxes that are child-centric. But she’ll never turn down a good fashion, beauty or tasty treat subscription.
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. Fun review! Cute box and pics. 🙂

    • Thanks Chris! ☺️

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