As the name implies, we are head over heels for literature. A good book has the power to enchant and transform its reader. At Literati, we seek to create the opportunity for children to experience the deep joy of being lost in the pages of a beloved book.
So how does it work exactly? Every month we scour the globe and find 5 exceptional books that we deliver to your doorstep. These 5 books are age-appropriate and curated around a specific theme (art, adventure, science, myth, history, culture and values). Explore the books in your home for up to a week, keep the ones you love, and return the rest in the enclosed pre-paid mailer (shipping is free in both directions). Literati makes exposing your child to a planet of possibility easy while also fostering a lifelong love of literature.
That’s the long answer. The more succinct version: For parents, Literati is a monthly delivery of best-in-class children’s books – works of beauty, humor, resilience, sensitivity, and joy. For children, it’s Christmas every month!
Our Clubs follow a traditional developmental arc:
Club Neo for newborn to 3 years
For the child who's just arrived, this is a tactile, sensual time. The colors, shape, feel, and even the taste of a book, coupled with the comfort of a warm lap and the pleasing sound of a trusted voice, set the stage for a lifelong love of reading.
Club Sprout for ages 3-5
This is a time of rapid growth and dramatic change, inside and out. Physically, your child is becoming more active, drawn to explore the world around her. At the same time, children this age are able to think about an object without it actually being present. Books with vivid pictures, active stories, and a compelling character speak to these newfound abilities.
Club Nova for ages 5-7
This is a stage where children really begin to shine. Your child can tell the difference between past, present, and future, though he may still be a little fuzzy about real and pretend. Empathy increases. Children will begin "reading" on their own, often making up new endings for familiar stories, and may start to recognize a few words.
As your child's vocabulary expands and sentences grow more complex, so do the books we offer. Rhythm, rhyme, and humor have a role to play here. Children at this age are naturally open – it's a good time to bring in other cultures and introduce stories that recognize our shared humanity.
Club Sage for ages 7-9
Full and detailed stories become the norm in these years. Children are reading not just for pleasure, but for fluency – so the risk is that reading can become associated with difficulty and hard work. Here we shift into chapter books, with better developed characters, detailed plot, satisfying resolutions – but with enough headings and pictures to provide clues to meaning. During this period parents transition from reading to your child, to reading with your child. Our offerings will help your child stretch – just a little, not too much.
With every Club, Literati's selections embrace diversity, revere nature, and reflect universal human values. Sample books for each club can be found here.
Rather than just sending random titles, Literati focuses selections around a central concept. Examples include "Myth, Fairy Tales, and Folklore," "Science and Innovation," "For The Love of Art," and "Poetry and the Song of Spring."
This opens the door for conversations appropriate to your child's level of understanding about these subjects. Perceptive parents may glean early clues as to their child's particular interests and inclinations, and can then nurture those interests.
At the same time, exposing a child to new ideas and new genres can plant a seed that grows organically to shape a lifelong passion.
From the Account dropdown in the upper right, click "Settings" and then select “Change Password.” Follow the prompts. If you forgot your password, click “Forgot my password” from the login page and follow the prompts.
While developmental stages do provide guidance, individual mileage may vary. If the books you are receiving are not challenging enough, you may feel the need to upgrade your child from one club to the next a few months early.
Likewise, if your child isn't quite ready to take the leap into a new club, and is enjoying the books he is receiving, stay put. We tend to select books geared toward the upper end of the age spectrum, and not everyone is ready to upgrade at the same time.
To change your club, login to your Account, navigate to the Subscriptions tab. Click "Edit" next to child's name and choose a different club from the dropdown menu. Make changes to club membership before the 9th of the month for the changes to take effect for your child's next delivery.
Given the time and resources, of course you could. But here's what Literati brings to the table:
The offerings for our Children's Book Clubs are chosen in consultation with educators and parents. Sources include the usual suspects, such as Caldecott and Newbery Award winners, but many of these are already familiar to parents – so we do our best to dive deep, focusing time, energy, and research into selecting works that aren't just culled from the top of the bestseller list. Personal experience counts as well – our own, and recommendations from parents in multiple fields whose literary tastes we admire.
We purchase and read every book on our list of likely candidates (the dessert part of the job!). A surprising number of titles don't make the cut, which doesn't mean they aren't good books or wouldn't be appreciated – but at Literati, we focus on books hard to find that touch the heart and expand the mind.
Though your monthly selection may include the occasional overlooked classic, it's our belief that Charlotte's Web, Ferdinand the Bull, and other widely-known children's books don't need our help to come to your attention.
Our goal is to uncover hidden treasure.
Literati charges a $9.95 monthly membership fee. This fee provides access to Book Club offerings for 7 days, allowing you and your child the opportunity to explore these books at your leisure in your own home, without committing to purchase anything.
Regarding the cost of books, we match or beat the Amazon List Price* for those books fulfilled by Amazon. For those books not fulfilled by Amazon, we'll apply our own discount. When you keep all 5 books, you get an additional 5% off! How's that for bookish savings?
If you decide not to keep any books, there is no charge (aside from the $9.95 monthly service fee).
There are no penalties if you return all the books one month, and no long term commitment is required. You may cancel at any time.
*Amazon List Price is as of the first of a given month. Literati Club Price cannot be matched to Amazon Price fluctuations outside of the given month on the invoice.
Your Literati package will ship from our warehouse between the 15th thru the 20th of every month. You will receive a shipping notification when your package has spread its wings. Shipping times average 5 days within the continental US. Shipments to Hawaii and Alaska can take up to 2 weeks.
Seal the books in the enclosed pre-paid mailer within 7 days of receipt. Simply set the mailer inside your mailbox for USPS pickup. You can also leave the prepaid mailer with any outgoing mail in the event you live in an apartment building. If your prepaid mailer does not fit in your mailbox, we encourage subscribers to leave a note for the postman in your mailbox indicating that there is package for pickup at your doorstep. In the event none of these options work, you can easily drop it off at the post office - though there is no need to wait in line. Simply walk to the front and ask where to drop off prepaid packages.
We can’t help but appreciate your taste!
Of course there is no obligation to purchase – and no need to tell us why. Simply follow the return instructions and ship the book back to Literati within 7 days.
My child spilled apple j..."
My child spilled apple juice on one of the books we had decided to return. Is this a problem?
Literati must abide by the Returns and Conditions policies set by publishers. Please take care and treat our books as borrowed during the trial period.
Why a $9.95 membership f..."
Why a $9.95 membership fee?
The monthly membership fee provides access to Literati experience, allowing you and your child the opportunity to explore the books at your leisure in the comfort of your home, without committing to purchase anything. You have 7 days to initiate any returns using the enclosed prepaid mailer.
On Literati’s end the membership fee helps cover the personalized enclosures, curation, shipping, and processing costs.
Is the $9.95 membership ..."
Is the $9.95 membership fee applied to the cost of books I purchase?
Because of the effort that goes into the Literati experience, the membership fee is not applied to the cost of books. The $9.95 monthly membership fee covers personalized enclosures, shipping, curation, and processing costs.
A delivery every month i..."
A delivery every month is too much for my family. Do you offer every other month? Every quarter?
Yes and yes! You can customize your delivery schedule depending on your family's needs. Simply login to your account, and navigate to the Subscriptions tab. Click EDIT next to the child's name and navigate to Delivery Timeline. Simply make any changes before the first of the month in the event you do not want to receive a delivery in any given month.
When a delivery is scheduled, it will ship between the 15th and 20th of the month.
What if my 7-day return ..."
What if my 7-day return window has expired? Can I request an extension?
Absolutely. Simply reach out to us within 7 days and we'll extend the return window.
I would like to subscrib..."
I would like to subscribe my two children in two different clubs. Can one service fee of $9.95 cover the cost of two subscriptions?
Because the $9.95 monthly service fee covers personalized enclosures, shipping, curation, and processing costs, at this time it cannot be combined across multiple subscriptions.
I'm way late with my ret..."
I'm way late with my returns. I wasn't able to reach out within 7 days of the return window to request a extension. Can I still send back my returns?
Yes. Late returns are accepted and will be invoiced as account credit to be put toward future monthly membership fees and book purchases.
We are going to be out o..."
We are going to be out of the country traveling for a month and would like to skip next month's delivery. How do I pause our subscription?
Simply login to your account, navigate to the Subscriptions tab. Click EDIT next to the child's name, and navigate to the Delivery Timeline. You can customize this timeline to whatever works for your family. Simply make changes before the first of the given month in which you do not want a delivery.
Can we postpone a delive..."
Can we postpone a delivery so it arrives a few weeks later?
While we currently cannot postpone a delivery, we can extend the window for returns. Just email us with a heads up and we'll notate that your returns will be later than usual.
Because Literati is an Austin-based start-up, our Texas subscribers will see a 6.25% state sales tax plus a 2% city sales tax on their monthly invoices. This tax is applicable to book purchases only. It does not apply to the monthly service fee of $9.95.
We accept all major credit cards. Prepaid credit cards are not accepted. At no time does anyone at Literati have access to your credit information.
Your credit card is charged the monthly membership on the first of every month. Book purchases are billed at time of receipt by our warehouse staff.
You can login to your account and cancel your membership at any time, though it's best to do that by the 30th of the month to avoid being billed for the next cycle.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help adjusting your membership. We're always happy to lend a hand.
The monthly membership is charged to your credit card on the first of the month. The cost of books purchased will be billed upon receipt of return or automatically on the 14 day after receiving your shipment when we do not see a return initiated within your 7-day period.
That $1 charge is actually just a verification--you will not actually be charged that dollar. It should disappear off your card anytime, but if you see it hanging around on your credit card statement, please email us and we'll figure out what is happening.
Login to your account. Navigate to the SUBSCRIPTIONS tab. Click EDIT next to your child's name. Scroll to the Shipping section and edit the address as needed. Any changes to an address must be made before the 6th of the month.
Literati automatically renews so your child won’t miss a single month (remember checking the mailbox when you were small?). We try to make this apparent on the site when you order or log into your account, but sometimes it gets missed! You can login to your account and cancel at any time – but do so before the end of the month to halt the next shipment and membership fee.
Please email us if you need help. We're always happy to lend a hand.
Seriously, we hate to see you leave! But if you must, simply login to your account. Navigate to the SUBSCRIPTIONS tab. Next to the name of your child click EDIT and then scroll to the Plan Renewal section. Click CANCEL SUBSCRIPTION and then select the reason you are ending the service.
Sweet! All you need do is select the option “Gift” in the dropdown of our home page, click on Redeem a Gift, enter the gift code on your card, and follow the prompts.
If you don’t have a gift code, please contact us.
Because every child is different, we let you control when you child advances.
To change your club, login to your Account, navigate to the Subscriptions tab. Click EDIT next to child's name and choose a different club from the dropdown menu. Make changes to club membership before the first of the month for the changes to take effect for your child's next delivery.