A few months ago, I signed my daughters up for book subscription boxes. L-‘s subscription to The Monthly Prophet was a flop. It arrived two months late and had very little in it. A-‘s subscription to Reading Bug Box, however, was a hit. After receiving several boxes, I feel like I can give a competent Reading Bug Box Subscription Review.
Our first couple of months we received a subscription for just one child. To begin, I signed up for a subscription at ReadingBugBox.com. I chose the single child box for $29.99 per month. I wasn’t ready to commit to a full year, yet. Though, if you choose to do so, the plan gets cheaper. The next part is the great part about this subscription box. It is tailored to your child! You give them information about your child’s reading level, interests, whatever you want them to know. Then each month they design a box specifically for that child. Usually, the month will have a theme to it. The month pictured had a Big Ideas and Imagination theme. Another month had a gardening theme.
As you can see, the box was valued at well over $29.99. It included four books, a fun map of London, General’s colored pencil set, socks, a Hamster Princess pencil, a bookmark and a paper butterfly craft.
When L-‘s subscription box flopped, we decided to add her to A-‘s subscription. This time, I knew we liked what we were getting, so I opted for a longer subscription plan for the cheaper price. I emailed Lauren at The Reading Bug and told her all the details about L-‘s book interests, which are a bit different from her sister. This is the second month we’ve received a subscription box for two. This box had an Olympic/Sports theme. It also included a birthday present for L-, who had recently celebrated her Percy Jackson birthday.
This box contained seven books (one of which was the birthday book), an Olympic Fill-In book (think MadLibs, but National Geographic version), a Dog Man Comic Creator book, a Ramona and Beezus bag, a frisbee and two pencils. One of the books was even a signed copy of a Newbery Honor Book!
Our Reading Bug Box Subscription Review
So what’s our opinion of the Reading Bug Box Subscription?
L- likes it because she “likes reading”. A- likes it because she loves the “scary books” they include for her. Both girls enjoy getting a box filled with surprises, especially if those surprises are books. They spend several minutes after each opening going through the books and deciding which ones they are going to read first. That is after they have divvied out the loot from the box.
I like it because it’s a fun way to keep the girls’ interests’ sparked for new literature. It is reasonably priced, and it supports a “brick and mortar” bookstore. I’m a huge fan of bookstores. They are one of my happy places. I also like Reading Bug Box because they are so accessible. I like being able to email the owner and ask for books specifically aligned with my child’s interests.