With more and more kids addicted to their screens, it’s always nice to see a child picking up a real book made out of paper, not just one they can read on a tablet. OwlCrate Jr., a monthly subscription service, helps to foster a child’s love for literature with fun boxes that include interesting novels, as well as some goodies to go along with them. But is OwlCrate worth it?
My children recently had the chance to explore their “inner magic” with a subscription box from OwlCrate Jr. Here are the details.
What’s in the Box?
Each month, the OwlCrate Jr. box takes on a new theme complete with a book. There are also cool activities, games, and other items that help to tie that theme together.
One of the great things about OwlCrate Jr. is that it includes a brand-new novel, perhaps one you or your kids haven’t had a chance to get or maybe even haven’t heard of yet. The books selected for the box are published within 45 days of the box’s shipping date so you know you are receiving a new book. They are either standalone stories or the first in a new series.
Our box’s theme was “Inner Magic” and it included an exclusive OwlCrate Jr. edition of Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston. (We actually just saw this book at our local book store). It’s the first in a trilogy from Alston. Since these boxes are curated for kids ages 8-12, this is an adult-looking book, complete at 408 pages.
The box also included:
- Exclusive Signed Bookplate and Author Letter
- You Are Awesome Journal
- Set of 20 mini gel pens
- Avatar-Inspired Bubble Bar
- Love Sugar Magic-Inspired Exclusive Tea
- The Apprentice Witch-Inspired Art Print
- ‘Inner Magic’ Collectible Sticker
With so many different things to investigate inside the box, there was no hearing “I’m bored” for a while!
Diving Into the Box
The You Are Awesome Journal is an enjoyable addition because it gets kids thinking about the things they can do and the things they want to learn to do. Throughout the journal, prompts encourage kids to make plans to reach their goals. It helps to build confidence and teaches them to dump their negative thoughts. With so much negativity in the world, it’s nice to see something that promotes positivity for kids.
The gel pens come in handy for writing down thoughts and doodles inside the journal. When they’re done journaling, they can chill out in the tub with the bubble bar as they run it underwater to create bubbles. While many kids may not like the tea that comes in the box, this can be a nice treat for mom or dad. The “magical mischief blend” ties in perfectly with the box’s theme.
As kids dive deeper into the box, they discover the letter from the author. This is a personal touch that can help kids feel connected to the book before or after reading. It’s a good idea for kids who may not immediately be drawn into the book. For those who are, it serves as a little added bonus to learn more about the book and the author.
This book is making for a great summer read because it’s both interesting and long enough to keep them busy for a while.
Is OwlCrate Jr. Worth It?
For our money, yes!
With OwlCrate Jr., you can choose to buy a box monthly when the theme interests you, or you can sign up for a three or six-month subscription. Whichever you choose, you get a different theme each time, and every box contains all the goodies that go along with that month. Kids are also encouraged to share their experiences with the OwlCrate Jr. community online.
The creators of OwlCrate Jr. say their mission is to deliver magic and a love of reading with everything they do. These subscription boxes are one way that is certainly happening.