Black-Owned Bookish Subscription Boxes

If you want to support a Black-owned bookstore or bookish business long-term, one great way to do so is to subscribe to a service that delivers books and related products to your door every month or every quarter. You or your child get a fun surprise, and the Black-owned business gets regular income. It’s a win-win for everyone! 

Note: Descriptions in italics for all these subscription boxes are taken from bookstores’ websites or social media; head there for more information. Thanks to Traci at The Stacks podcast for inspiring this post!


For Adults

The AllyBox: a 3-month limited book subscription for allies (and those who seek to be allies). Each box comes with two books, curated resources, and suggested action steps. Your subscription also includes access to an online learning collaborative.

Currently sold out.

  • Monthly for three months
  • For those who want to be better allies to Black people
  • From $80/month

Call Number: a library-inspired quarterly book subscription box that celebrates Black literature and authors. 

  • Quarterly
  • Fiction or non-fiction
  • With or without book and library-themed curated items
  • From $20/quarter and $76/year

For Kids

Brown Toy Box: All of our boxes include a book on a Black trailblazer or child hero, a hands-on project for children to test and learn, and some other fun activity or edible, based on a specific STEAM theme.

  • Monthly
  • 3 age range options
  • Focus on encouraging Black excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  • $34.99/month or $89.99/quarter

Jambo Book Club: sends your child two beautiful high-quality books each month that star a child of color in an engaging story. Jambo makes it easy to add fun multicultural children’s books to your home library. Give your child the gift of reading stories that represent modern America.

  • Monthly
  • 5 age range options
  • Mixed-age boxes are also available
  • $29.99/month or $299.99/year

Just Like Me Book Box: Every month, we curate a different themed box full books and selected top quality items to be delivered right to your front door. As your child gets older, the books become more advanced.

  • Monthly
  • 2–3 fun books
  • 3 age range options
  • Includes educational tools and fun activities
  • $28/month or $285.60/year

marginsbox: a bookish subscription box featuring Black, Indigenous, and Person of Color (BIPOC) young adult authors. Get a new hardcover book plus 4–6 goodies each month!

  • Monthly 
  • Themed items to go alongside a book
  • $34.99/month or $198/six months

Music Library Box: Introducing Children to the Worlds of Beethoven, Bob Marley, and Everyone in Between! 

  • Music-themed books and activities
  • Encourages children to become patrons and participants in the Arts
  • $37/month or $385/year

For the Whole Family

BlackLIT: Curated by an educator who loves her community, BlackLIT is on a mission to increase representation & close the literacy gap. Each BlackLIT Box includes: 1 brand-new book by an author of color, 3–5 high quality products from black-owned businesses, and a minimum of 5 discussion questions so you can engage in thoughtful dialogue.

  • Monthly
  • Fiction or non-fiction
  • Kids’ boxes available
  • Faith-themed boxes available
  • From $28.33/month

Now in Books: Sign up for our monthly box and fall in love with amazing new authors, stories, and characters! Each box includes a gift-wrapped copy of a newly released young adult novel, a fully immersive playlist, specially curated to fit the mood of our featured title, and our “Like This? Read This…” list of recommended reads! Autographed editions, letters, or signed bookplates will be included where available.

  • Monthly
  • Choose between adult and young adult
  • Includes a themed playlist
  • From $17.99/month

Curriculum

The Little Lawyers: This award-winning K-8 curriculum empowers and excites the little lawyer in every kid. Kids will play legal literacy games and participate in empowering activities.


Looking for more ways to support Black-owned bookstores? Find some suggestions here!


Do you know of more Black-owned bookish subscription boxes? Have you tried any of these and loved them? Let us know in the comments! 

Claire Handscombe is a British writer who moved to Washington, DC, in 2012, ostensibly to study for an MFA in Creative Writing, but really, let’s be honest, because of an obsession with The West Wing. She is the host of the Brit Lit Podcast, a monthly show about news and views from UK books and publishing; the author of Unscripted, a novel about a young woman with a celebrity crush and a determined plan; and the editor of Walk With Us: How The West Wing Changed Our Lives.



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