LitJoy Crate Picture Book Box Review + Coupon– April 2017
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 Kid’s, $29.99 a month + shipping, 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 MSA10 to save 10% off your first subscription 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
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
An info card was included listing each item in the box. April’s theme was Make Space for Kindness.
We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio – Value $12.36 on Amazon (retail price $18.99)
Written as a picture book companion to the beloved book “Wonder”, this story is a wonderful reminder to all of us to Choose Kind. This is an original story starring Auggie and Daisy that encourages children to accept others regardless of physical differences or any type of special needs. I think this book is a “must own” for any library, classroom, and even household.
Rocket Toy – Value $4.00?
This spring loaded foam rocket shoots far! My kids had a lot of fun with it. It says on the packaging it’s from Oriental Trading, but I don’t currently see it for sale on their website.
Pocket Alien – Value $4.99
Littles by Bella is an Etsy shop that makes some amazing felt dolls and animals. This small felt alien is a bright blue with cute little fangs.
Wooden Pocket Prism – $3.88
Unfortunately, my prism toy arrived broken. The eyepiece was intact and when you look through it everything is broken into small squares. I thought LitJoy‘s explanation about why they included this toy was wonderful. It’s a tangible way to talk to kids about perception which is what “We’re All Wonders” is all about.
Happy Squeeze Fruit and Veggie Twist, 3.5 oz. – Value $1.10?
My kids used to love these organic baby food pouches. Even now they enjoy taking the apple sauce ones in their lunchboxes. This one had a fruity flavor and was nice and smooth. Litjoy said it was like “space food” fitting nicely with the space theme of the book. It looks like this exact flavor is no longer being made but similar squeeze pouches sell for around $3.99 for a pack of four, 3.17 oz. pouches.
Pocket Mirror – Value $4.00?
This month’s adult gift was a Litjoy exclusive pocket mirror. The quote is so uplifting and a reminder that I think is nice to see in your bag or desk drawer. I thought the design of the mirror art was pretty too.
LitJoy Crate included a sheet of Choose Kind stickers. I will bring these to my library and hand them out at school. My 5th graders love “Wonder” and I know they’ll enjoy these stickers.
I liked the Auggie coloring page and quote that was included in the box as well.
LitJoy Crate included a $10 off coupon for The Doll Kind website. The Doll Kind was started by two moms whose mission it is to create a kinder world one doll at a time. For each doll purchased (and they’re adorable dolls!) one is donated. I also received a postcard for the upcoming release of Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed. You can use this postcard as a bookmark.
Verdict: What a fun theme this month! We loved the book and stuffed alien the most, but all the extras were curated well. I calculated the value this month to around $30 which just about covers the cost of the box (but not shipping). I’d like to see LitJoy Crate increase their box value if possible. I find I’m much more intrigued and pleased by the Etsy type inclusions than the cheaply made toys from Oriental Trading and the like. I would even prefer to see fewer items per box if they were of a higher caliber. Regardless, my children always get a kick out of this subscription and I think it’s one of the finest child’s lit boxes available.
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