Amazon Prime Kid’s Book Box Review – November 2018


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Prime Book Box November 2018 - Closed Box

Amazon has launched a new book subscription box for kids! Amazon Prime Book Box is a children’s subscription box exclusively for Amazon Prime members offering books tailored to your child’s age with the goal of helping families inspire a love for reading.

Amazon Prime Book Box provides hand-picked books for kids 12 and under and offers boxes for different age groups: baby-2, ages 3-5, ages 6-8, and ages 9-12.

This review is of the $19.99 a month Amazon Prime Book Box, for ages 6-8.

Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers hand-picked children’s books every 1, 2, or 3 months. Discover new favorites that inspire a love of reading—new adventures await in every box!

Prime Book Box saves you up to 35% off List Price, and provides the best value on books sold by Amazon.com.

Prime Book Box November 2018 - Opened Box

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Prime Book Box November 2018 - All Items Unboxed

About This Kid’s Book Box

The Subscription Box: Amazon Prime Book Box

The Cost: $19.99 every 1, 2, or 3 months + free prime 2-day shipping.

The Products: Babies to age 2 receive four boards books chosen from a curated selection of eight books. Kids ages 2-12 receive two hardcover books chosen from a curated selection of four books.

Ships to: The Contiguous US, APO/FPO, Alaska, and Hawaii

Amazon Prime Book Box November 2018 Review

My 2nd-grade daughter is 7 years old and loves reading. We have a wide selection of age-appropriate books for her and we’re always looking to discover new favorites. Additionally, we actively seek out children’s books with diverse characters.

BJ Epstein who specializes in literature and public engagement wrote:

We know that children’s books can act like both mirrors and windows on the world. Mirrors in that they can reflect on children’s own lives, and windows in that they can give children a chance to learn about someone else’s life. We also know that this type of self-reflection and opportunity to read or hear about different lives is essential for young people.

Needless to say, we were excited for the opportunity to review the Amazon Prime Book Box and pleased to see that the options included books with diverse characters.

Prime Book Box November 2018 - Book 1 Front

Prime Book Box November 2018 - Book 1 Inside Cover

Prime Book Box November 2018 - Book 1 Back

The Water Princess by Susan Verde – Retail Value $17.99 (found here for $16.19)

Book summary from Amazon:

Based on a true story, this beautifully crafted picture book for older kids uses a positive story to highlight what we take for granted–water–and how hard kids work for water every day in other countries. The endnote adds real-life context and information about organizations working for change.

Prime Book Box November 2018 - Inside Book 1a

The water princess is a story about a Gie Gie – a beautiful girl, living in a beautiful country with a loving and hard-working family. Gie Gie and her family does not have easy access to clean water so each morning Gie Gie wakes up before the sun to make the journey with her mom to the well to get water.

Prime Book Box November 2018 - Inside Book 1b

My daughter enjoyed reading this story but the best part was the discussion we had after reading the book. My daughter talked about how she would feel if she had to walk to get water every day. We discussed what would happen if you drink water that was unclean. We explored the ways in which we could help families like Gie Gie’s family – she suggested buying bottles of water they could store at home. The best part of the discussion was when I asked her if she thought Gie Gie was happy or sad. She said that Gie Gie was happy. Yes, she was probably tired from having to walk so far each day but she also got to spend time with her mommy and play with her friends at the well. This warmed my heart.

Prime Book Box November 2018 - Book 2 Front

Prime Book Box November 2018 - Book 2 Inside Cover 1

Prime Book Box November 2018 - Book 2 Inside Cover 2

Prime Book Box November 2018 - Book 2 Back

The Only Thing Worse Than Witches – Retail Value $16.99 (found here for $12.90)

Book summary from Amazon:

This is a lighthearted fantasy of friendship, witches, and humor that is reminiscent of Roald Dahl’s novels. A great entry into fantasy for early middle grade readers.

Prime Book Box November 2018 - Inside Book 2

This fun chapter book follows the story of Rupert who has the most awful teacher, Mrs. Frabbleknacker. My daughter lit up as we read the first few chapters of this book. She couldn’t believe a teacher would make kids cut up frogs and dig through trash. She said, “Mom, I would beg you, please, let me go to another school”! She especially didn’t like the idea of having a dreadful teacher who wouldn’t even let her talk to her friends! We are looking forward to following along with Rupert as he applies to be a witch’s apprentice and we can’t wait to see how he uses his newly learned powers to get back at Mrs. Frabbleknacker!

Verdict: The Amazon Prime Book Box comes in its own specially designed book box featuring fun kid-friendly characters. It’s very cute. However, the inside of the box is empty aside from the books. With subscriptions boxes, I love to receive inserts describing the theme of the box or the items included. It would have been nice to have a specialize note to the Young Reader, a card highlighting the authors of the books included in the box, or fun activities or questions related to the books.

Speaking of the box themselves, these are great stories! I found that The Water Princess was right on target with my daughters reading level, had beautiful imagery and a great story that sparked an even greater discussion. The Only Thing Worse Than Witches is slightly above my daughter’s reading level, is a chapter book, has more mature themes but is fun and magical. These are two very different books but both are great reads and age appropriate for ages 6-8. We can’t wait to see what reads are in our next Amazon Prime Book Box!

Amazon says:

Prime Book Box saves you up to 40% off List Price, and is always an equal or better value than Amazon’s every day low prices. In the event that the books in your box are available from Amazon.com for less than $19.99 at the time your order is placed, you’ll receive the lower price automatically.

The cost of this Amazon Prime Book Box is $19.99 and has a retail value of $34.98 ($29.09 with sale prices). This box represents a 43% savings off list price and is a better value than Amazon’s prices at the time of this review.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? I imagine that the list of curated books changes monthly so your box will likely look different than mine. You are able to preview the available books prior to signing up.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $19.99 + free two-day prime shipping. Here’s what you are paying approximately for each book in this box:

  • The Water Princess – $10.28
  • The Only Thing Worse Than Witches – $9.71

Check out all of our Amazon Prime Book Box reviews and more kid’s subscription boxes for ages 5-8 in the Kids Subscription Box List!

Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!

What do you think of this Amazon Prime Book Box?

Written by Shatae Hutchinson

Shatae Hutchinson

Hi, I’m Shatae; pronounced shhh-tay! I work in IT Healthcare, I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we have 2 cool kids. I am obsessed with black culture, lifestyle, travel and art made by and featuring women of color. I also love trendy plus-size fashion and accessories, eclectic and bohemian home décor and all things self-care, mental health and fitness. My favorite box is Izzy & Liv’s Brown Sugar Box; a monthly box offering tees, accessories and lifestyle products designed for black women. I also subscribe to TheSelfCareBox, FabFitFun, CauseBox and Merkaela. Being a wife and full-time working mom, subscription boxes are one of the few things that are just for me! They are fun, convenient, reasonably priced and full of surprises.

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6 Comments

  1. How would that work if you gave it as a gift. Does anyone know? How would the reader pick their books? would they have to login to your own Amazon account?

    • I think it would work well as a gift. The Young Reader would just receive the main picks. You also have the option to review the alternative picks and decide which you like best them. But, you are correct, the Reader wouldn’t get to choose thier own books without access to your Amazon Prime account.

    • Hi Colleen, this would make an awesome gift. Amazon has thier top picks and offers other alternative. It’s a nice to have to be able to choose an alternative but it’s not necessary. As a gift, I would allow Amazon picks to ship or maybe you can look at the alternatives and choose the ones you think would be best for the Young Reader.

  2. Thank you for this review, Shatae. I think I might have to put The Water Princess in my future kids list. ( I don’t have kids, but am trying my best to make parenthood a reality)

    • I love that you have a future kids list! You are going to be an awesome mommy.

      • Thank you! From your lips to Gods ears.

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