Ah, summer. The glorious time of year for kids to, well, be kids. While the season represents an important time for youngsters to reset, recharge, and experience life outside the classroom, it’s essential for children to keep their minds and imaginations active. And there’s no better way to foster a child’s love of learning than to establish an appreciation for the written word via some of the best books for kids. Not only does reading reinforce skills learned over the previous school year, it also sets kids up for success in the years to come. But in this digital age, how can parents direct their children’s focus away from screens and back on the page? How can we make reading fun again?
The truth is, reading never stopped being fun. Opening a book is opening a world! As parents, we simply need to introduce the medium to curious minds. The number-one thing to keep kids reading is actual access to physical books. (Yes, it really is that simple.)
At Cratejoy, we offer numerous monthly book clubs for kids that bring the joy of discovery right to your door. To help garner enthusiasm, these children’s book clubs are full of great books tailored to the reader’s ages. But what’s the solution for reluctant readers? How can we turn them into enthusiastic bookworms too? You just have to consider their interests. There’s a monthly subscription for it, right here at Cratejoy.
We’ve gathered some of our best book subscription boxes of new books and more to entice the budding bookworm to look forward to story time. Read on for book subscriptions and reading tips to turn your young ones into enthusiastic readers.
Top 11 Reading Clubs for Young Readers
If your child is musically inclined or interested, Music Library Box is the perfect monthly subscription to help them march to the beat of their own drum — literally and figuratively. Each month, your child is sent a music-themed children's book to introduce him or her to diverse styles of music and musicians (think everything from Bob Marley to Beethoven), plus 2-3 activities to inspire their own musicianship. Not only does this book club for kids foster a life-long appreciation for music, it harmoniously drives a love of reading and learning by tapping into your child’s passion. (Sounds like music to our ears!)
Price: Starting at $39.33
Who It’s Perfect For: Budding musicians ages 4+ ready to get down with a good storytime.
As adults, we know that reading is a gift. Kids — especially more reluctant readers — may benefit from a tangible presentation of the concept with Bookroo, a monthly subscription for kids that combines the excitement of opening a gift with the discovery of new treasured books. It’s a simple, stress-free way to build a home library. And, it associates reading with reward, helping create a lifelong love of reading. Books are selected by your children’s age (board book boxes for babies and toddlers, picture book boxes for youngsters, and chapter books for older kids). Order separate subscriptions for siblings and it’s family fun guaranteed!
Price: Starting at $16.95
Who It’s Perfect For: Perfect for young families building their first home library.
Being a parent isn’t always easy and it’s impossible to be an expert at solving every dilemma that enters day to day life. Selecting great books for young ones (especially finicky or picky ones) is no exception. That’s where Reading Bug Box comes in handy. Hand-picked by the expert staff of an independent children’s bookstore, the books included in each box are personalized to your child’s age, interests, and reading level. And, the books are often chosen with storytime in mind, helping to promote read-aloud parent-child bonding, which will help youngsters associate books with their best childhood memories.
Price: Starting at $18.00
Who It’s Perfect For: Storytime hour and encouraging a love of reading in kids of all ages.
If you’ve got a gal who’s not a little girl anymore but isn’t quite ready for young-adult reading, beTWEEN the Bookends is custom-designed just for her. Not only does it include books written for and featuring kids in her own age range, the boxes include a selection of girly goodies and too-cool school supplies that young girls (and their moms!) are going to absolutely adore.
Price: Starting at $40
Who It’s Perfect For: 6 to 13-year old tween girls who are bookworms that love all things girly and fun.
Talk about books bringing words to life! The Little Bookish Wardrobe doesn’t just engage curious young minds with fabulous reads tailored to your kids’ age ranges and interests. It also illustrates and elaborates on the included story with costumes, crafts, and more to fire up the fun and fuel their creative spirits.
Price: Starting at $30.41
Who It’s Perfect For: Creative kids with big imaginations!
Tailor-made for creative kids, KidArtLit delivers a hardcover, high-quality, visually stunning book every month! These books are selected to inspire your kids’ awe of artwork...and because the books are new releases, it’s highly unlikely the included read is one already in your family’s collection. In addition, each subscription encourages creativity with an on-theme and unique art activity with enough supplies for two...that means it’s perfect for siblings, play dates, and parent-child bonding.
Price: Starting at $33.95
Who It’s Perfect For: Young readers and budding artists.