Build Your Library book “subscription-style” boxes are now available!
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?
“Subscription Boxes are pretty much the only way you can buy yourself a gift and be surprised when you open the box!”
Without giving away spoilers, each of our subscription-style crates will include 3 – 5 books based on a particular theme or topic. These curated reading selections are fantastic reads 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. (Previous themes: Jan 2018 – Alaska, The Last Frontier; Feb 2018 – The World of Birds)
In addition to the books, you will receive a booklet with discussion questions and ideas for rabbit trails that you could choose to pursue – a mini unit study, if you will. We will also include a special web 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.
Any book contained in a Family Reading Crate will be a new selection, that has not already assigned in previously released BYL full year curriculum, unit studies or reading crates.
What makes BYL Family Reading Crates different from other subscription book boxes?
The BYL Family Reading Crates are all about the books. While other subscription book boxes usually revolve around one new release book from a certain genre, and a ton of extra fluff stuff, the BYL book crates are packed full of books for the whole family. Sure we have a few other non-book items with a tie in to the month’s theme, but the highlight is the stack of books and the accompanying unit-study booklet.
Here’s What You Missed:
[SPOILER ALERT] Don’t watch an unboxing video for a crate you have not received yet, if you want to be surprised when your package arrives! 🙂
The following video is a “boxing/unboxing” of the now sold out January 2018 crate. We didn’t want to spoil the surprise so we waited until the first set of crates went out… Again, if your crate hasn’t arrived yet and you don’t want to be spoiled, watch these video later. But if you are looking for an idea of what to expect in future Family Reading Crates, here is a glimpse into the contents and thought process going in to creating these crates. Order one of this month’s crate here, while supplies last.
February 2018 crate unboxing video will post around the first week of February, after most of the deliveries are received so we don’t accidentally spoil the surprise for our customers.
How much does each box cost?
Each box is expected to be $34.99 including shipping in the US (continental, Alaska, Hawaii and FPO/APOs) (effectively $26.99 + $8 S&H).
International shipping is currently disabled, but we are looking into ways we can make that a possibility. It actually cost us $36.50 USPS postage to send our January crates to Canada ($42 for Feb)… and almost $50 to Europe! Crazy right?!? We haven’t yet found a cost effective way to ship these out internationally, and just can’t see making non-US customers pay that much shipping, no matter how cool our crates are…
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 “subscription-style” boxes will be one-time pre-order purchases.
Those who purchased the previous month’s box will either be e-mailed a couple days ahead of the scheduled public pre-order or given a link in the crate booklet for first dibs on purchasing the next crate. You should plan on ordering the crate ASAP within the first few days of the release date to ensure you are guaranteed an upcoming box.
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 re-gifting 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.
We USPS track every box we ship, and will hold a couple “emergency reserve” crates in safe keeping in case one of the packages goes missing in transit, or somehow becomes damaged beyond use. Most of the time, if a corner gets crushed, the contents should still be fine… Once we see the crates look like they are all safe and sound and do not hear of any immediate casualties, we may private sale a “sold out” crate to someone that missed out. But we cannot guarantee that we ever have “a few extras”, so please notify us ASAP if you have a problem.
Our schedule is as follows:
- Dec 11, 2017:
Pre-order open for the limited number of January crates (Alaska, the Last Frontier)[sold out]
- January 1, 2018:
Pre-order open for the limited number of February crates (The World of Birds)[sold out]
- By first week of January:
January crates are shipped[all crates shipped]
- By first week of February:
February crates are shipped[all crates shipped]
- February 1, 2018: Pre-order open for the limited number of March crates*
- March 1, 2018: Pre-order open for the limited number of April crates*
- By first week of March: March crates are shipped
Basic rule of thumb: All crates pre-order the 1st of the month before, and ship out approximately a week before that month starts. We would rather be a couple days early, but please allow us a couple days late if any unforeseen problems were to arise.
example: A Feb crate goes on sale Jan 1st, to be shipped by the last week of Jan, to arrive on/or about the first week of Feb.
example: A July crate goes on sale June 1st, to be shipped by the last week of June, to arrive or/or about the first week of July.
Unless we still have crates available late in the month, and you are one of the last few to order, then we will get your box out within a few days if it misses the bulk ship out.
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.
[January 2018 Crate] I got the Family Reading Crate today and I am so impressed. Fantastic!!! ~ Tracy C. (BYL Families Facebook Group) 12/26/17
[January 2018 Crate] Just received my BYL Family Reading Crate. I am so excited. The books look awesome and can’t wait to start reading. Love the little extras too. Simple but something we can put on our book theme wall. ~ Kathrine M. (BYL Families Facebook Group) 12/23/17
[January 2018 Crate] I was slightly nervous to order but too intrigued to skip, because we have a LOT of books and I am not a huge fan of duplicates. I was very pleased with the January box, no duplicates and some really great choices I likely wouldn’t have thought to purchase but will enjoy very much. We’ll be ordering the February box too! ~ Ryan W. (BYL Facebook Page) 12/27/17
[January 2018 Crate] I am so impressed with the looks of the January crate! I am excited to cover these titles this month in our homeschooling. I won’t spoil anything for those that haven’t gotten theirs yet though 😉 It’s even VISUALLY appealing. Was that just coincidence?? To lay them all out together was just so pretty! ~ Shannon F. (BYL Facebook Page) 12/26/17
Have you already purchased a Family Reading Crate? We would you love to hear what you think and share your experience with others – Please feel free to leave a product review below in the comments! Thanks for your support!