Book Subscription Boxes

Build Your Library book “subscription-style” boxes coming January 2018!



What is the Family Reading Crate?

I love the idea of literary subscription boxes, and there are so many on the market! But one thing that I have always longed for, was a book subscription box that the whole family could enjoy. That is how the Build Your Library Family Reading Crates were born! I try to include something for everyone – each box will have books for your children as well as a book for you! I want this box to be something that every family can enjoy – whether they homeschool or not.

What is in the box?

Without giving away spoilers, each crate will contain a total of up to 3 – 5 books based on a particular theme or topic. These books are fantastic reading material that you will be excited to share with your entire family. Every box will also include a special, hand picked book just for mom or dad that also pertains to the theme of the box.

In addition to the books, you will receive a booklet with discussion questions and ideas for rabbit trails that you could choose to pursue. There will also be a special link for you in the booklet that will direct you to printables, additional links to other books and websites that will help you explore the theme of that month’s box.

There will also be one or two special items that tie into the books being read – I’m aiming for meaningful, but may include some silly or fun items for your child. You’ll always receive collectible themed bookmarks, but there will also be other items to help you get the most out of that month’s theme.

How much does each box cost?

Each box is expected to be $34.99 including shipping in the US (effectively $26.99 + $8 S&H). There will be a $2.50 shipping upcharge for orders to Canada and $12 upcharge for all other international orders.

Can I subscribe for more than a month at a time?

As we begin this new venture there will be a limited number of each (monthly) box available, and they will need to be purchased individually each month. In the future, we are aiming to increase the amount of available boxes per month and may set up an actual automatic recurring monthly subscription… But at least the first several boxes will be one-time pre-order purchase.

What is your return/refund policy?

We cannot accept returned boxes, whether they have been opened or not.

If you receive a book in one of our boxes that you already own, please consider regifting that book to a friend! Spread the love! We will announce the theme before the boxes are ready to pre-order so you can decide if it sounds like a box you would want to explore. But we promise all of our books are pre-screened and hand picked in order to be something that your whole family will enjoy.

Additional Info

As we get closer to the launch, we may release an in depth video further explaining the idea of what to expect in the Family Reading Crate. Our first video may contain one-time spoiler of the contents… we are designing these to be mystery boxes for your family to be excited to open and discover the contents… but we might give out some extra details for the first offering so people know what our new line of literary crates will entail. Or we might just keep it a surprise! Either way, you will love it.

We will definitely do one of those “Here’s what you missed last month” videos, after everyone gets their shipment of the first box. That was there will be some non-spoiler details from the previous box to get an idea on what you could possibly expect from a future crate.

January 2018?

Yes! We already have the January crate planned out and are gathering all necessary items to have it ready to pre-order by mid-December 2017, and ship by the beginning of January 2018. We also have the February 2018 crate mostly designed and the March 2018 ideas are brewing, so they should be able to follow on schedule!

Our tentative schedule is as follows:

  • Dec 11, 2017: Pre-order open for the limited number of January crates*
  • January 1, 2018: Pre-order open for the limited number of February crates*
  • First week of January: January crates start to ship
  • February 1, 2018: Pre-order open for the limited number of March crates*
  • First week of February: February crates start to ship
  • etc.

*(theme revealed)


As a business, we hope all of our boxes sell out. This is Build Your Library’s first foray into physical inventory items. Normally we are selling digital products, where a bunch of “ones and zeros” are sitting on a computer server waiting to be instantly and electronically delivered to a customer. Then we let Amazon, your public library or other sources supply your reading material. Now we have boxes and boxes and boxes of books at our house, in which we hand pack, store, and ship out our Family Reading Crates ourselves. We have never had such an appreciation for businesses with actual warehouses and teams of employees. 🙂

But as a person, we hope our customers are not disappointed if they are unable to obtain a certain month’s box… As we streamline our processes and make additional relationships with publishers, book wholesalers and other item vendors, we will be able to increase our available crate count per month and increase the variety of books and included items. But let me tell you, these first 2 crates are already pretty stinkin’ cool – if I do say so myself.