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Get children's books delivered each month with Amazon's new subscription box 🙌

A book box provides kids with a monthly (or quarterly) opportunity to open a special surprise that isn't a plastic plaything, and can also help families clock less screen time by providing an entertainment alternative.

Get children's books delivered each month with Amazon's new subscription box 🙌
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A full bookshelf is a portal to literacy and imagination, but with so many great children's books out there, a lot of parents don't know where to start curating a personal library for their little ones.

Now, Amazon will do it for you, with a Prime Book Box made for kids and available to any household with a Prime subscription.

Amazon just announced the service (which launched as an invite-only affair back in the spring) is open to all Prime members and will see hardcover children's books delivered to your door every month, (or every two or three months, it's your choice.)

Through the subscription box parents are able to save up to 35% off a book's list price, as each box is $22.99 and contains four or two books, depending on the age range selected. If you pick a box for baby, it'll come with four board books. Boxes for kids 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 contain two books per box.

If you find your child's bookshelf isn't as full as you would like, this might be a good way to easily get an editor-curated collection of new releases and old classics into your bedtime story rotation.

Covers, not clutter 

It seems counterproductive, but bringing more books into the house could actually help a family cut down on the clutter—physical and digital— that we're all constantly fighting against as parents. A book box provides kids with a monthly (or quarterly) opportunity to open a special surprise that isn't a plastic plaything, and can also help families clock less screen time by providing an entertainment alternative.

Studies have found that ebooks (while pretty awesome for adults who don't want to lug a novel everywhere) just can't replace physical books for little ones, as the electronic medium can be distracting or kids and the parents who are trying to read to them.

An old school alternative

Of course, for the truly minimalist parents out there, there is another way to give your kids access to new books each month without building your own home library. If you're not a Prime member, are watching your budget, or just don't have the space for a ton of books at home, visiting your local library is another way to access editor-curated collections.

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From tracking our curriculum progress to organizing my family's paperwork, I can never have enough binders. Even better, this neutral version is pretty enough that I can display them on the bookshelf.

Bamboo storage drawers

The instant you start homeschooling, it can feel like you're suddenly drowning in papers, craft supplies and more. Fortunately, these simple bamboo drawers can be tucked into the cabinet or even displayed on top (seriously, they're that cute!) to keep what we need organized and close at hand.

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Rolling 7-drawer cabinet

When you're doing it all from home, you sometimes have to roll with the punches—I strongly recommend getting an organizational system that rolls with you. On days when both my husband and I are working from home and I need to move my daughter's classes to another room, this 7-drawer cabinet makes it easy to bring the classroom with us.

Letterboard

From our first day of school photo to displaying favorite quotes to keep myself motivated, this 12"x18" letterboard is my favorite thing to display in our home.

Expandable tablet stand

Word to the wise: Get a pretty tablet stand you won't mind seeing out every day. (Because between virtual playdates, my daughter's screen time and my own personal use, this thing never gets put away.)

Neutral pocket chart

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Totable fabric bins

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