The book subscription box for young readers who love to write!

Every box has a creative theme that ties your book and this month’s writing tips and challenges together.

Subscribe monthly, bi-monthly or choose a one-off!

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Choose your subscription box!

$45 + shipping

Monthly | Bi-monthly | Once off

$42 + shipping

Monthly | Bi-monthly | Once off

$39 + shipping

Monthly | Bi-monthly | Once off

$39 + shipping

Monthly | Bi-monthly | Once off

A recently released book delivered to your door every month – what a great gift for voracious young readers! Choose from a picture book, an early reader chapter book, a middle grade novel or a young adult novel.

What will you get?

With the ‘just the books’ subscription, you’ll get:

  • A recently released book
  • A gently loved second-hand book, and
  • A bookmark

Are you a writer in the making?

You’re in the right place! Every month, we run a short story contest that ties in with the writing lesson. We challenge you to test your skills and show off your writing. Every contribution is published right here!

We also love to hear about the books you like (and the books you don’t!). Why not send in a book review?

“It really helps to foster their creative side”

We received our first Pen and Fable box last week and wow, we love it! We went with the middle grade box for my daughter and she is really enjoying everything in it. We love the addition of the 2nd hand book and the beautiful fountain pen from this month’s box is really special. The excitement of having a box filled with surprises arriving each month is super fun too. I love that the children are encouraged to write their own reviews and stories and that it really helps to foster their creative side. Thanks Pen and Fable!



This box was a delight!

What a brilliant box! I was so excited to stumble across an Australian-run bookish subscription service, and my May box lived up to all my (very high) expectations. The new release book was fantastic, and my second hand book (though I haven’t read it yet!) is in perfect condition. This box was a delight, right down to the little details – the wax-sealed letter and the bookmark. I can’t wait to see what comes next month!



This box is a booklovers/writers dream!

This box is a booklovers/writers dream! Not only do you get a beautiful new release picture book, but the trinkets inside are connected to the theme of the book and allow for further language practice beyond the text. It’s a great way to practice pre-writing or early writing skills. It’s also beautifully packaged and addressed to your little one, which is such a charming touch.


Teacher and hippy mumma of 2 boy

“A fantastic monthly surprise that would make such a thoughtful gift.”

Finally an Australian Bookish Box that’s affordable, is substantively focused, and supports local businesses and diverse authors.

This is a fantastic subscription box! Consisting of not only one brand new YA book but also a second hand book in excellent condition.

Pen and Fable also contain other items to help inspire you to write those stories that have been swimming around in your mind.

A fantastic monthly surprise that would make such a thoughtful gift.

Taylor O'Malley


“The box was beautifully presented and delivered in record time”

Thank you Pen and Fable. My daughter received her first early readers box and was so excited to open it. She was overjoyed by the contents. What a wonderful surprise. She especially loves the mini draw book and sits most afternoons after school going through the pages and using her imagination to create some amazing pictures. She has started on her short story entry and is so excited for you to read it. From a mummas opinion…The box was beautifully presented and delivered in record time. I was very impressed by the contents and how they inspire the imagination of not only my daughter but myself as well. I have to admit that I am learning along side my daughter and I’m enjoying her chapter books as well as her. They have become our nightly read before bed. Can’t wait to see what surprises are in next month’s box.


Mum of two

What a hit!

Our subscription box has been a huge hit! One of the items in this month’s box was the book ‘Heroes of the Secret Underground’. It’s about 3 children in Australia who travel back through time to 1944, to Budapest during the war. Ruby is finding it very interesting and is excited to write her review!


Mumma of wild ones. Scandi Lover. Gentle parent. Forever chasing a unicorn!


WOW, just WOW!

Quinn has been reading independently for a while now but these are her first chapter books. Such a great and fun way to encourage reading in these early years!