A quick search on Amazon for “baby books” returns more than 100,000 results. While having that many choices is pretty amazing, it can also be overwhelming. Which books should you choose, and when? Book subscription boxes take away all of the hard work and deliver some fantastic books.
You’ll receive five books monthly; keep what you like and send back what you don’t. They offer a babies and toddlers box for ages 0–4.
Cost: The $9.95 monthly membership fee does not cover the cost of any books you choose to keep. You will be billed for any books you don’t return 14 days after your shipment is received.
You’ll receive three books per box, and thanks to their uniform height and coordinating cover colors, they will look beautiful on your shelves in between readings. You can also interact with the digital platform to learn more about authors/illustrators, take quizzes, get personalized recommendations, etc. The Board Book Club is intended for ages 0–3.
Cost: Varies depending on the subscription you choose. Month-by-month rate is $24.95, a 12-month subscription drops the price of each box to $19.95. See the website for details and more options.
Looking for a local option? Phinney Books, located in North Seattle, is owned by a local "Jeopardy" champion. The store mails one picture book each month, and the target audience is 0–5. Books are selected based on an appeal to the whole age range. These books come nicely wrapped in the mail; what a great gift service for new parents!
Cost: Every month or every other (“Twelve” or “Six”) options. Twelve Plan, $240; Six Plan, $130 (one-time payment). If you are local and want to pick up your books at the store rather than get them in the mail, you can receive $40 off the Twelve Plan, or $20 off the Six Plan.