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

Anna Rodriguez
ByAnna RodriguezJan 3, 2016 | 4 comments

The Book Drop Children's Subscription Box Review January 2016 - boxThe Book Drop is a book subscription box from Bethany Beach Books. You can pick one of four different subscription options:

The Book Drop
4.1 overall rating
7 Ratings | 2 Reviews

The Book Drop Children's Subscription Box Review January 2016 - subscriptions

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).

The Book Drop Children's Subscription Box Review January 2016 - inside

The Subscription Box: The Book Drop

The Cost: $16 a month for YA version, $13 for children's version, or $20 for the Jane/Ernest version

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

Ships to: US

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This was our sixth month of this subscription, 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 9-year-old son chose Adventurous.) They then asked about my son's age and reading level.

The Book Drop Children's Subscription Box Review January 2016 - newsletter

Every quarter, the Book Drop sends us the quarterly newsletter of new indie books for children in this age range from Indies.

The Book Drop Children's Subscription Box Review January 2016 - book

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz - Value $6.99

Book Summary from Amazon:

"Flora the pig was born for adventure: ìIf itís unexplored and needs to get dug up, call me. Iím your pig,î she says. The day Flora spots a team of sled dogs is the day she sets her heart on becoming a sled pig. Before she knows it, sheís on board a ship to Antarctica for the most exhilaratingóand dangerousóadventure of her life. This poignant novel of a purposeful pig is sure to become a favorite with any young readers who have ever dreamed of exploring the great beyond."

This looks like a great book, and it got 4.5 stars on Amazon! Also, curiously, my son looked interested in reading it, even though it has a picture of a pig in a pink dress on it.

In addition to the note pictured here, the package also included a signed bookplate from the author! Very cool.

The Verdict: Our verdict with Book Drop for kids is becoming pretty standard every month. Unless they send us a cool bonus item, each month it's pretty much the same - great book selection, not so great value. I am very grateful for the book selection; I don't know enough about kid lit to always point my sons in the best direction. Is it worth $6 extra? I'm not sure.

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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.

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I have to concur about the value- it’s just not there. Once we get past the initial excitement you realize it’s not a lot of bang for your buck. I’m lucky to live near a Scholastic warehouse where I recently got 9 books for $36- all good titles too. From now on I’ll make my own surprise package for my kid because she does love getting the box and it has expanded her horizons. I’d rather give my money to an independent bookstore, but this just doesn’t have enough value.

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I’ve got to agree with the other posts. The value of the book (even an indie book with signed bookplate) is just too low.

If the shipments included two selections, I would be more likely to sub, but with the options of Amazon (lots of free & affordable selections there) and the good old library, I’d probably still give this one a miss.

I’m really hopeful the items sent and the price point can be adjusted because I think a monthly shipment would absolutely encourage our young ones to discover and retain the joy of reading.

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Yeah, not feeling the low value. There should be two books in there. For parents who aren’t familiar with popular literature, they could always just go browse the “most popular” section on Amazon or Barnes & Noble’s website.

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Erica P

I just can’t get behind this subscription. I take my toddler to the library pretty often and can easily get book recs there, so it’s not worth the premium price to me.

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