Amazon Prime Book Box, Ages 6-8 Review – February 2019
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 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.
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About This Prime Book Box
The Subscription Box: Amazon Prime Book Box for Kids
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
Prime Book Box February 2019 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 stories and characters. We were excited to receive and review this month’s Amazon Prime Book Box.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing: Anniversary Edition by Judy Blume – Listed Value $16.99 (found here for $13.94)
Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he’s never far from trouble. He’s an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter’s had it up to here!
When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter’s pet turtle, it’s the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge for too long. Way too long! How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?
Judy Blume needs no introduction! The iconic and award-winning writer and teacher published her first book in 1969 and has since sold over 75 million copies of her books which have been translated into over 25 languages. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, the first book in Judy Blume’s Fudge Series, was originally published in 1972 and has stood the test of time!
It’s amazing that a book, written even before my daughter’s parents were born, could be so relatable! My daughter is basically Peter. She has a brother that’s solidly in the “terrible twos”. She even has two pet turtles: Speedy and Gonzales. And, just like Peter’s mom, I am not at all a fan of the turtles! And, just like baby brother Fudge, our two-year-old is full of mischief!
We read the first few chapters of this book as a family at bedtime, my daughter loved it and I even caught my husband chuckling a bit. Judy Blume does a fantastic job capturing the character of both the 9-year-old big brother Peter and the 2-and-a-half-year-old baby brother Fudge. The is not just relatable but it’s familiar and it’s fantastic.
Firebird by Misty Copeland and Illustrator Christopher Myers – Listed Value $17.99 (found here for $16.19)
In her debut picture book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl–an every girl–whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl’s faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird.
Misty Copeland is an inspiration ballet dancer, author, spokesperson, and public speaker. A ballet dancer for the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Misty Copeland was one of the first African American women to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT’s history. She has written numerous award-winning books and has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Illustrator Christopher Myers is a writer and illustrator of multiple award-winning and influential children’s books. Christopher Myers, a Caldecott Honoree, brings to life Firebird with his audacious and striking illustrations.
I enjoyed this book! My daughter is not yet old enough to truly capture the meaning behind Misty Copeland’s inspiration words but she did enjoy Christopher Myers fantastic illustrations. She danced around and mimicked some of the ballet poses. We had a lively conversation about working hard, staying encouraged and about helping others.
Of course, I loved that this book featured beautiful young black ballerinas just like my daughter. Representation matters. It’s important for children to not just see themselves in media but to also be aware, appreciate and celebrate diversity. I look forward to seeing my daughter grow into Firebird so that she understands and embraces the life lessons shared.
Verdict: The Amazon Prime Book Box comes in its own specially designed book box featuring fun kid-friendly characters. It’s very cute and my daughter gets excited when this box is delivered because she knows it for her. This month’s selections included two amazing books.
Tales of a Fourth Grade nothing was a fun read and so surprisingly relatable. We will probably seek out the other books in the Fudge series based on how much we enjoyed this book. Firebird, on the other hand, is a more mature book. I’m not sure I’d recommend it for a 7-year-old but my daughter really loved the illustrations and the time I spent with my her, discussing the story, is priceless.
Should I give up on the hope that Amazon will do a little bit more with this box? The inside of the box is empty aside from the books. With subscription 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 and illustrators of the books included in the box, or fun activities or questions related to the books.
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 Prime Book Box is $19.99 and has a retail value of $34.98. The retail sale prices total $30.13 – the cost of purchasing the books directly from Amazon at this time of this review. 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 get this box if you sign up today? I’m not sure of exactly when Amazon swaps out their selection choices for the month, but if you sign up today it’s likely that you’ll get the selections for December.
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:
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing – $9.71
- Firebird – $10.28
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