Literati is the premier children’s book subscription service in the United States for kids ages 0-9. We send your child five age-appropriate books a month based on a theme like "The Golden Rule" or "This Is Magic." Enjoy the books in your home for up to a week. At the end that week, keep only the books you love and send the rest back to us in a prepaid envelope. Only pay for the books you keep.
I've signed up! What can..."
I've signed up! What can I expect?
Congrats! Your family will soon be able to enjoy the best children’s books in the world from the comfort of home.
Now that you’ve started a subscription, you’ll see a charge of $9.95 on your account. That's your monthly membership.
We’ll get right to work putting together a welcome experience. Welcome experiences are different from our monthly themed experiences. Rather than being based on a theme, they include five of the most-kept, most-loved books we’ve ever done. They usually ship 5-7 days after signup, and when they do you’ll receive an automated email from us with tracking information provided by the United States Postal Service.
Shipping in the continental United States usually takes 7-10 days. Shipments to Hawaii and Alaska may take an extra week.
After your child’s welcome experience arrives, you’ll have 7 days to read and enjoy the books. By the end of that 7th day, pop any books you don’t love in the prepaid envelope, seal it tight, and send those books back to us. For the books you love and want to purchase, you don’t need to do anything. Your account will be automatically debited when your returns arrive back at our warehouse.
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.
Rather than just sending random titles, Literati focuses selections on 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.
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.
Yes – as new as if arriving at a bookstore for the first time. Our titles are shipped to us directly from the publisher.
How do I log in to my ac..."
How do I log in to my account?
On the Literati home page, select Login from the options menu. You may log in with either your email and password, or with Facebook.
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.
You certainly can. To change your child's club, log into your account and navigate to the Subscriptions tab. Click "Edit" next to your child's name and choose a different club from the dropdown menu.
Make changes to club membership before the 5th of the month for the changes to take effect for your child's next delivery.
How much does a Literati..."
How much does a Literati subscription cost?
Membership is $9.95 per month. This 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.
We match or beat the Amazon List Price* for 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 membership).
There are no penalties if you return all the books in a given 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.
Why am I paying $9.95 ea..."
Why am I paying $9.95 each month?
With a monthly membership you receive the full 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.
On Literati’s end, this helps cover the personalized enclosures, curation, shipping, and processing costs.
Is the $9.95 applied to ..."
Is the $9.95 applied to the cost of books I purchase?
Our team puts our hearts and souls into every experience. Because of the effort that goes into the Literati experience, it is not applied to the cost of books. The $9.95 monthly membership covers personalized enclosures, shipping, curation, and processing costs.
I would like to subscrib..."
I would like to subscribe my two children in two different clubs. Can $9.95 cover the cost of two subscriptions?
The short answer is, no. Because the $9.95 monthly membership covers personalized enclosures, shipping, curation, and processing costs, it cannot be combined across multiple subscriptions.
Your Literati package will ship from our warehouse between the 15th and 20th of every month. You'll receive a shipping notification when your package has spread its wings. Shipping times average 5-7 days in the continental U.S with shipments to Hawaii, Alaska, APO/FPO/DPOs and territories taking up to 2 weeks.
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.
Nope! All you need to do is put those book returns in the prepaid return envelope enclosed in your box. Then just leave it outside your door, inside your mailbox, or with a doorman for USPS pickup. There's no need to go to the post office.
We track shipping labels, so we know you're keeping all 5 books if your label hasn’t been scanned in by USPS within 7 days of receipt. When your book returns arrive at our warehouse, we'll process your order and charge your credit card.
Seal the books in the pre-paid return envelope within 7 days of receipt. Set the envelope inside your mailbox, leave it with outgoing mail or with your doorman for USPS pickup. If your prepaid mailer does not fit in your mailbox, we encourage subscribers to leave a note for the postal worker in your mailbox indicating there's a 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.
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.
What if my 7-day return ..."
What if my 7-day return window has expired? Can I request an extension?
Absolutely. Please email us if you need help and we'll extend the return window from 7 days to 14.
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 log in 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. Be sure to make changes before the first of the given month in which you do not want a delivery. This will need to be done for each subscription on your account.
You will not be charged the $9.95 membership fee when you choose to skip a shipment.
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 log into your account and navigate to the Subscriptions tab. Click EDIT next to the child's name and navigate to Delivery Timeline. Be sure to make any changes before the first day of the month you want to skip shipments.
No membership fees are collected when you choose to skip shipments.
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.
Log in to your account. Navigate to the SUBSCRIPTIONS tab. Click EDIT next to the child's name. Scroll to the Shipping section and edit the address as needed. Any changes to an address must be made before the 5th of the month.
Shipments are automatically set to monthly when you sign up but you're free to change that schedule at any time. You can log in to your account and change your shipping frequency to every other month, every three months, quarterly, or whatever works best for your family – but do so before the end of the month to halt the next shipment and membership fee.
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 14th day after receiving your shipment when we do not see a return initiated within your 7-day period.
We accept all major credit cards and affiliated debit cards as well as PayPal. Prepaid credit cards are not accepted.
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.
That $1 charge is actually just a verification. You will not be charged. It should disappear off your card, but if you see it hanging around on your credit card statement, please email us.
Seriously, we hate to see you leave! But if you must, simply log in 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're ending the service.
This will need to be completed for each active subscription. Once finalized, you'll receive an email confirmation from our team.
Please note, that cancellations need to be made by the last day of the preceding month in order to prevent a shipment (e.g., January 31 to prevent a February shipment).
Visit our gift page and choose to Give a Box or Give a Gift Card (or both!). Our gift box selection includes some of our most popular themes from past months. Gift cards allow the recipient to choose their own gift box or set up and manage a subscription. You can choose to print your gift card directly or send it via email or snail mail.
Can I return books from ..."
Can I return books from my gift box?
Our gift boxes are a bit different from the usual subscription boxes. No returns are necessary for gift box purchases and there is no prepaid return envelope included in the shipment. Just keep all five beautiful books and enjoy!
Because every child is different, we let you control when your child advances.
To change your club, log in 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.
Surprise and wonder are Literati’s stock-in-trade. You may join our Facebook community to follow which themes we are curating and suggest other selections we might love.