Rainbow Crate – The world’s #1 LGBTQIA+ monthly book subscription box!




December 2021 THEME:

Without further ado, we present our December 2021 theme…


We began our Pride Editions with our Feb 2021: Ace-ing It! crate, and are beyond excited to continue the tradition with our December crate, which will celebrate all things Sapphic! Lesbian, Bi, Nonbinary, Trans, Asexual, Aromantic – we have huge variety of sapphic identities represented in this box, and you’re not going to want to miss it!

Our December BOTM is The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska! The Midnight Girls is a lush, atmospheric, witchy story set in an alternate, mysteriously magical version of Poland. You’ll receive a new hardcover copy with hand-signed bookplates, an exclusive author letter, character print, and a book item, as well as exclusive items inspired by each of the fandoms below!

It’s beautiful, snowy Karnawał season in the Kingdom of Lechija, and merrymakers are out in force to celebrate and, for some, court the hand of the prince. It’s not just human girls (or boys) who conspire to get the prince alone, though – some monsters, in the forms of beautiful girls, want to lure him away to rip out his pure heart for their witchy masters. Zosia and Marynka become friends before they realize that they’re actually Midday and Midnight, monstrous magical rivals. Who is going to win? Or is the Prince destined for someone else entirely?

Queer rep: lesbian, bi f, gay, bi m
Other rep: Jewish sc, Muslim sc
CW: child abuse, blood, body horror (brief), death, murder

Our ebook for December is There’s Magic Between Us by Jillian Maria. More info coming soon! 

– ONE LAST STOP  by Casey McQuiston  (monthly magnet) (wlw, bi f, lesbian, trans m, gay)
– THE CYBERNETIC TEA SHOP by Meredith Katz (wlw, demiromantic ace f)
– SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN by Shelley Parker-Chan (wlw, nonbinary lesbian, lesbian, gay, bi m)
– HONEY GIRL by Morgan Rogers (wlw, lesbian, trans m)

We are thrilled to announce there will be an item with art by @iliibra on it! Other items include the continuation of our enamel camp mug series, something special for your spoiler cards, and more! 

NEW SUBSCRIPTION SPOTS for December will open to the public on November 3rd at 7:30 AM CST, so set your clocks!

About us:

Hi! We are Jamie and Danielle – an artist and a librarian by trade!

We, like a lot of you, love love love book boxes. But we had come to notice that it seemed like queer fictional couples (even main couples) were being overlooked in favor of straight ones in. We looked and looked for a queer subscription box, but while there are a lot of great boxes, there just wasn’t one focused on lgbt+ lit.⁠

So, we started to toss around the idea of creating our own box. A book box seemed kind of daunting. It would be a LOT of work (we had no idea how much, but we do now). What if we did all this and nobody cared?⁠

But the thing is…. we just love love love queer books. We want to read them. We want to see merchandise featuring queer pairs (of all sorts!!). We want to make people excited to open a box and (hopefully) love all of the things that we lovingly curated inside. And so, we talked about it. We aske

d around in book communities. We got a mentor . And ultimately, we decided that we had to give it a shot. Nobody else was going to! And so… here we are!⁠

This is THAT queer book box that we wanted!

Photo courtesy of regal_leaves.


Our Neil & Andrew collectible magnet from our Feb. 2021 crate. Photo courtesy of shelf_blame.

Our nightlight inspired by The Bright Sessions. Photo courtesy of regal_leaves.

Our The Song of Achilles tumbler and Carry On chopstick set. Photo courtesy of awildbooknerdappeared.


What is a book box?

A book box is a subscription service where subscribers receive a box, usually monthly, containing a new-release book and book-related goodies! Most boxes are limited in quantity, and once that box is gone, it’s gone. Genres and age ranges of the book vary depending on the box (in case you haven’t guessed, we are only doing books with major queer characters in them! More about that later this week!). The goodies made for that month’s box are curated by the box, and not available for sale any other way. Most boxes have between 3-5 goodies in addition to the featured book of the month, and all of them relate to a theme.⁠

Photo of our June 2021 crate courtesy of shelf_blame.

Photo of our Timekeeper pin from the September 2020 Crate courtesy of Manicfemme.

Photo of our September book and metalmark courtesy of Merrowchild.

Photo of  our OCTOBER 2020 DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY GLASS MUG courtesy of awildbooknerdappeared.

How does it work?


We start by requesting upcoming lgbt-related manuscripts from publishers. And then, we hunker down and start reading. A lot. We create lists of our favorites, and then discuss what book we want to feature that month. From there, we start talking to our contact at the publishing house and secure an OK that we will be able to feature that book.

After the book is set, together we choose a theme that fits the book, and fandoms that would fit within that. We chose very popular fandoms for our first box, but from here on out, we plan a range of popular and more obscure fandoms. There are a lot of great stories out there that just aren’t being discovered! Then, we discuss items, and after a loooooooot of work, voila!



Choose your plan! We offer 1, 3, and 6 month subscriptions. You don’t have to worry — your box will come until you cancel! We also have limited one-time boxes while supplies are available.

Plans start at $39.99 monthly,
plus shipping. We are a new company, so we have a little higher shipping than some, but we are working to get you the best! If and when we get better discounts, we will pass the savings on to you!



Your Rainbow Crate is delivered to your address by a charming postal worker.

We ship each monthly crate during the third full week of the month! If you’re unsure of when that is, please don’t hesitate send us an email!



Read your book and enjoy discovering your items! Please let us know what you think! We love to get comments and photos on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and in our email!