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LitJoy Crate Picture Book Box Review + Coupon– March 2017

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LitJoy Crate is a monthly book subscription box for kids and teens. They send books and interesting book related items. They have crates for ages 3-7 (picture books), ages 8-13 (middle grade), and 14+ (young adult).

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.)

This review is of the Picture, $29.99 a month, box. 


The Subscription Box: LitJoy Crate

The Cost: The Children’s and YA boxes cost $29.99/monthly, $86.97/3-month pre-pay, or $167.94/6-month pre-pay. The Middle-Grade box costs $34.99/quarter. Add USPS flat-rate shipping, $14.99 shipping to Canada, and $24.99 international shipping.

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

The Products: depending on your subscription type, you will receive newly released books, plus 2-4 assorted book-related items.

Ships to: U.S., Canada, and International

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An info card was included listing each item in the box. March’s theme was Little Scientist.


This month there was also a letter from Camille Andros, the author of Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished. I enjoyed reading about Camille’s family and her inspiration for writing the story. She also encourages the reader to write her a letter about being a scientist and using the scientific method at home or in school. I thought this letter from the author was a wonderful touch and I’d love to see something similar in future boxes.




Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished by Camille Andros – Value $10.76 on Amazon (retail price $16.99)

We all loved this story about Charlotte the rabbit who is too crowded by her family and craves space. Using the Scientific Method throughout the book Charlotte forms a hypothesis and works her way toward a conclusion. This is one of the most charming and educational books I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Brianne Farley’s illustrations are fabulous, especially the carrot shaped space ship. All budding scientists should own a copy of this book.



In order to help your little one be a scientist, LitJoy Crate included a science kit with a notebook for recording observations, a carrot pen, safety glasses, a magnifying glass, a test tube with stopper and two grow magic animal capsules.

Magnifying Glass – Value $0.33

This small magnifying glass is lightweight and was able to magnify nicely.


Carrot Pen – Value $0.87?

I think this is just the type of pen Charlotte would love to have for recording her observations. It’s so cute I may need to order more for the kids’ Easter baskets.

Mini Spiral Composition Books – Value $0.27

Every scientist needs a place to record data. This little notebook is unlined making it good for both writing and sketching.


Test Tube – Value $0.75

This test tube came with a rubberized stopper which fit securely and didn’t allow any water to leak when we filled it up with water and the magic grow animal capsules.

Magic Grow Animal Capsules – Value $0.24

Our animal capsules grew into a rooster and an ostrich. It took a few hours in lukewarm water to fully form.



Safety Glasses – Value $4.00?

My son has been wearing these safety glasses for all kinds of imaginary scenarios since they arrived. These are fun and useful too!




Snot Science Kit – $8.58

This kit teaches about molecular chains and using just the provided powder, two cups for mixing and water makes a thick, gooey mucous like polymer. My son was pretty psyched about this experiment.



Lemon Cream Chapstick – Value $4.00?

This month’s adult gift was a lemon cream chapstick. It smells bright and citrusy and moisturized my lips well. Literary Apothecary is currently taking a break on Etsy so I’m guessing on the chapstick value based off of similar Etsy chapsticks.


Litjoy Crate gave a sneak peek at their April theme: Make “Space” for Kindness.

Verdict: This is my favorite LitJoy Crate to date! I loved the theme, the book, the science kit, and lemon chapstick. My son and daughter both enjoyed this box very much and we are looking forward to what they have in store for us next month. I calculated an estimated value of about $30 which covers the cost of the box, but definitely not shipping. 

What did 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.

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