Book Subscription Boxes That Support Diversity for Readers of All Ages

Updated by Heather Lefebvre

A lot of people are looking for antiracist reading lists right now. And it's important, in the face of systemic oppression and police brutality, to stand up for what's right, seek education, and learn to change. But right now, when it feels like so many Americans are looking for the same handful of titles, it can be hard to find what you need.

So if you aren't able to get your hands on educational titles like this and want to learn, what should you do? The answer is simple: read anyway. Invest in diverse books for the children in your life. Antiracism is a practice, not a fad, and learning a journey. Read Black authors like Toni Morrison, James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Be intentional about the stories and ideas you bring into your life. Because Black lives matter, and so do Black stories.

Since July 2020 when this list was first published, we've expanded it to include more diverse book boxes. Antiracist book boxes are listed first and after those, you'll find boxes that celebrate BIPOC writers, the LGBTQ community, and feminism.

What are the best diverse book subscription boxes?

3rd-5th Grade Level Box (Updated)

3rd-5th Grade Level Box (Updated)

From $39.95 per box
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Right from the first box, Black Girl MATHgic sets out to serve the most underrepresented demographic in STEM careers by helping girls of color connect math fundamentals to the real world! Highlighting different Black women role models, every monthly box includes a themed math activity booklet, fun educational add-ins, and a "Caring Adult Guide'' filled with educational tips and pointers.

Shipping: Your box will ship BETWEEN the 8th and the 13th of every month. Order by the 4th of the current month to receive the current month's box (for example: order by January 4th to receive the January box)

“Love this subscription box! I got it for my girls, ages 6 and 10 and they loved it. Packaging is adorable -- it makes a great gift.” – Allison D.

Music Library

Music Library

From $48.33 per box
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You want your child to have access to the arts, to be surrounded by things like books and music. So what about a subscription box that combines those two things? With the Music Library subscription, each month your child will receive a new children’s book with the intention of introducing them to a wide range of styles of music and different musicians.

Shipping: Orders received after the 5th will ship the following month. If inventory allows, we will ship orders placed after the 5th with the current batch. If we sell out, purchases made after the 5th will ship on/about the 20th of the following month. Shipping, tracking and insurance are included in the cost of your subscription (Within the US).

“I love this subscription so much we've kept it for a couple of years now. Each box comes with an informative and beautiful picture book, instrument, activities, guide pamphlet, and a code to access the online videos and resources related to the subject. We turn it into 3 to 4 days worth of music lessons. I recommend this subscription to all my homeschooling friends. I'm not a musician or music teacher myself, so Ms. Shanan takes the guesswork out of planning a music curriculum.” – Joanne C.

Momo’s Board Book Club- 1 book (For ages 0-3)

Momo’s Board Book Club- 1 book (For ages 0-3)

From $10.00 per box
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This book box is designed to bring diverse stories with strong female characters to the little ones in your life. Each book has been carefully selected to highlight diverse languages and cultures, as well as different family structures and other plotlines that celebrate uniqueness! With both new and classic titles, each book will inspire empathy while expanding their world.

Shipping: Packages will begin to ship on the 4th of the month. Sign up by the last day of the previous month to get this ship day. For example if you sign up on the 18th of January your first box will ship February 4th.

“Love the books Momo sends us! They are beautiful books with wonderful messages and stories. My 4-year-old son gets so excited when we receive them and they immediately go to the top of the list for bedtime stories. And they stay there until the next box comes. Love this subscription!” – Kristina B.

The Equal Opportunity Book Box

The Equal Opportunity Book Box

From $33.20 per box
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Want to raise conscious kids, but don't know where to start? With a focus on increasing literacy and representation, this monthly subscription box aims to teach kids about diversity, acceptance, kindness, and love. Each box comes stocked with at least three high quality picture books and an educational coloring activity that highlight diverse characters and themes of tolerance. Plus, this subscription box gives back! For every three books sent, The Equal Opportunity Book Box donates three books to kids living in a book desert.

Shipping: Your box will ship on the 10th of every month. Please order by the 5th of the month to get that month's box!

"We’ve been enjoying the books selected. Beautiful presentation." - Ping C.

LGBTQ Manga Box

LGBTQ Manga Box

From $55.00 per box
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Whether they're a long-time manga reader, or want to expand their literature medium, the LGBTQ Manga Box is a great way to explore new titles. This subscription service offers new, not-used manga that highlights stories of boy-love, girl-love, and LGBTQ themes. Also included are Japanese drinks, snacks, and goodies to diversify your snack cabinet, and munch on while they read!

Shipping: All orders placed before the 8th of each month will receive their first box that same month. Any orders placed after the 8th will receive their first order around the 15th of the next month.

"This is such a fun and unique box! My LGBTQ teen loves it." - Kate


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