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LitJoy Crate Picture Book Box Review + Coupon – July 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 flat-rate 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

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An info card was included listing each item in the box.

Cardboard Box

Cardboard Box 2

Cardboard Box 3

The Cardboard Box Book by Roger Priddy – $9.54 on Amazon (retail price $12.99)

This is such a cool book and it’s different than the other types of books I’ve come to expect from Litjoy since it’s not a fictional story. This book is a guide book with step by step ideas for crafts you can build starting with simple cardboard boxes. It encourages creativity and I think that’s very important!

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What to Do with a Box by Jane Yolen – $12.78 on Amazon (retail price $17.99)

I’m not typically a fan of Jane Yolen’s work, but I found this book to be beautiful in its sparse text and soft illustrations. It sometimes takes a book like this to bring you right back to your childhood and remember how magical an everyday object like a cardboard box can be. Both my son and daughter loved this selection as well.


A coupon code was included for Cottage Door Press books for 20% off which I think was a nice addition.

Mugging! Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake – $1.99

This cake mix is mixed with water and made right in a mug in the microwave. One of the suggestions on the package was to add peanut butter chips. I love all things peanut butter so I threw a handful of chips into the mix and it came out really well. It certainly satisfied a sweet tooth craving.

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I don’t have any large mugs so I made the cake in a glass measuring cup and scooped it into a bowl for serving. Scooping it out made it pretty crumbly so I apologize for the appearance. It tastes much better than it looks!


Assorted Foam Stickers – $1?

Included in the box were some foam stickers that could be used to decorate your cardboard box creation.

Stacking Crayon Pen – $2?

These crayon pens remind me of my childhood. I love them and so do my kids.


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Secret Agent Cardboard Binocular Kit – $3?

These pop-up cardboard binoculars were fun for my son to decorate and he’s been enjoying playing spy in the backyard with them.

Verdict: We enjoyed our LitJoy Crate. The value was about $30 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. It was extra special getting two books this month instead of one.

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. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

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