Literati is a monthly book subscription box for children that works similar to Stitch Fix. For a monthly fee of $9.95, you’ll receive 5 books to try out for a week. You can purchase the ones you love and return the rest (in totally new condition) in the enclosed prepaid mailer (shipping is free in both directions).
You can get 5% off when you decide to keep all the books! There are also categories for each age bracket: Club Neo is for newborn to 1 year; Club Sprout is for children ages 2-3; Club Nova is for kids 4-6, and Club Sage is for those 7-8 years old.
This is a review of the Club Nova box for kids 4-6.
DEAL: Get $25 in account credit to put towards books when you sign up! USE THIS LINK to get the deal.
There are lots of books in store for us!
The box looks full, and the contents are all neatly packaged.
There’s no longer a padded mailer. Instead, you can use the teal box itself if you want to return some of the books. You’ll also receive a tape and a prepaid postage label for the box.
The featured illustrator creates new artwork for the monthly themes. This month’s illustrator is Sophie Blackall.
A full-size print comes with the box, along with free shipping. Although I don’t love that the fee doesn’t apply to a full box purchase, this high-quality print makes it more worth it. Also, the theme for this month is Let It Glow!
They included a sheet to help us label the books, and let others know that they’re ours when we decide to keep them. They’re really adorable!
There’s also a listing of the book prices. If you decide to keep everything, you’ll get 5% off. The subscription has a $9.95 non-refundable fee. According to Literati “it covers shipping both ways, allows the curators to invite a new world-renowned illustrator each month to draw personalized bookplates and a unique print for members, and covers other themed surprises that are included in the box.” Since the print is now full size and high quality, we are digging that change. It includes the shipping back and forth too.
There’s a cute card from Literati.
At the back is a message related to this month’s theme.
Every month, Literati book boxes include toys or activities that the kids can get busy with.
For this month, we got lowstick glasses! You can find the instructions on how to do this at the back of the notecard.
The glasses glow in the dark!
There’s also an info card about the five books sent to us this month. The card lists the titles with a brief description for each.
Everything in the box!
A delightful tale about magic hats and bonnets, but above all about the importance about being yourself and the hidden treasures we carry within us.
It’s a nice story about magic hats and bonnets. As customers put on their hats, they make an amazing discovery!
The illustrations are amazing, even if they are all looking surreal.
The hatter is a good listener, he knows exactly what hat his customers need by just listening intently to them. Also, the story is about embracing yourself!
Create beautiful stained glass window designs to decorate your windows. Pictures include honey bees in a hive, a tropical flamingo scene, hot-air balloons and lots more. Colour in a design on the see-through paper following the guide on the opposite page, then tear out and stick it on a window and see the picture light up brightly on a sunny day.
The book contains beautiful stained glass window patterns!
There are lots of designs to choose from! Just bring out your coloring materials and start copying the colors from the other page.
After coloring, you may tear out the page and stick it on a window! It looks even more beautiful when lit up brightly!
Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall ($11.97)
Winner of the 2019 Caldecott Medal
A beloved picture book from two-time Caldecott Medal award-winner Sophie Blackall that transports readers to the seaside in timeless, nautical splendor!
Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp’s wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.
Step back in time and through the door of this iconic lighthouse into a cozy dollhouse-like interior with the extraordinary award-winning artist Sophie Blackall.
The back of the book has a nice drawing of the lighthouse and the beautiful blue sky and sea as the backdrop.
The book is the lighthouse keepers logbook!
The lighthouse keeper keeps an account of his and his family’s life living on the lighthouse.
The kids will learn more about life near the sea!
It came from outer space and crashed onto bookshelves! This third entry in the award-winning Got to the Museum series traces how a rock broke from its billion-year orbit to fall from space onto the trunk of a teenager’s car, then to several natural history museums.
The kids love the illustrations which look like watercolor paintings!
It’s the story of how a meteorite ended up in museums from the outer space! The inside of the book’s cover also contains some cute sketches.
In the outer space, the broken-off piece of an asteroid flying around is known as a meteor, but when they fall on earth, they are called a meteorite.
These pages also show how Virginians who are enjoying their late-night burger witnessed the fall of the meteorite.
Day OneI swam around my bowl. Day Two I swam around my bowl. Twice. And so it goes in this tell-all tale from a goldfish. With his bowl to himself and his simple routine, Goldfish loves his life..until one day… When assorted intruders including a hyperactive bubbler, a grime-eating snail, a pair of amorous guppies, and a really crabby crab invade his personal space and bowl, Goldfish is put out, to say the least. He wants none of it, preferring his former peace and quiet and solitude. But time away from his new companions gives him a chance to rethink the pros and cons of a solitary life. And discover what he’s been missing. Devin Scillian is an award-winning author and Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist. He has written more than 10 books with Sleeping Bear Press, including the bestselling A is for America: An American Alphabet and Brewster the Rooster. Devin lives in Michigan and anchors the news for WDIV-TV in Detroit. Early in his career Tim Bowers worked for Hallmark Cards, helping to launch the Shoebox Greetings card line. He has illustrated more than 25 children’s books, garnering such awards as the Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best” list. He also illustrated the widely popular First Dog. Tim lives in Granville, Ohio.
The back of the book lists other great titles from the author but presented the recognition and awards for the book as well!
It’s a story of a goldfish and the changes in his life that made him realize about a lot of things.
The goldfish is used to have the bowl all to himself, and he loves the peace and quiet.
But one day, some intruders came, and he is having none of it! His wish was then granted, but he realized that his life is boring without any companions! It’s a nice read-aloud story for kids, and the illustrations are all colorful and amazingly done as well.
This month’s Literati Nova selections are great! As always, each story has a lesson to share, and the kids love the artwork styles used in every story. We all love the non-fiction story about the meteorite. My kids find it fun to learn about heavenly bodies, so that story is an instant favorite. We also adore the story about the goldfish as it teaches us about having company and changes occurring in our lives aren’t bad after all. All the stories are deserving of a re-read, and we also enjoy the stained glass designs from the book Stained Glass Colouring! We’re excited about the next batch of good titles!
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