Or can I do better?
Let's start by making sure we have our terms straight. By children's book clubs do you mean a discount buying service where you receive catalogs regularly (hard copy or electronically) and children's books arrive via snail mail?
Or are you talking about a place where children meet to discuss books? Because while that's a neat idea, this isn't that page.
Children's Book Clubs - the hype
Book clubs have been around forever, along with record clubs and the like.
They lure you in with a bunch of free (or ridiculously cheap) children's books, but you have to sign up to get them. You get them all right (you usually pay the shipping and handling though), but now you have to follow the book club rules.
If you follow the rules closely, you can get some new children's books cheap! If you don't pay good attention, however...
Things could get pricey.
If you're good with detail...
...children's book clubs can be a great deal. If you're not good
with detail, you could end up buying books you didn't want. Let's go
over the various clubs.
There were 2070 words in their terrifying membership agreement when I last looked at it. That's
about 10 picture books worth. Skip the club and put your kids to sleep
with all that small print!
The Dr. Seuss Book Club includes automatic shipments, but it is a way to
get a lot of Seuss (which every family should have!). I don't actually
recommend this club, but I do have a page devoted to getting a lot of Seuss affordably!
Named for the kids' TV network, this one is run through Scholastic. They claim "everything your child enjoys on Nick Jr. can be found in the Nick Jr. Book Club."
Does that include commercials?
Seriously, I can find no indication that this club even exists anymore. There are some indications that it's been folded into the Scholastic Book Club, which is now called the Scholastic Reading Club.
Scholastic is a different animal from the others. This is the huge children's book publisher with an emphasis on the educational. Their book clubs - I mean, reading clubs - are through your child's teacher or school.
Less obligation. Less pressure. Benefits to your child's classroom. Learn more here:
Children's book clubs - Summing up
My only real recommendation is...consider very carefully before purchase.
But I do have another thought for you...
Remember Highlights for Children?
That 44 page kids magazine? It was always in my opthamologist's office. I'd get those eye drops and then read Highlights as hard and fast as I could until it became too blurry.
Highlights is still around. If you want your child to have the experience of receiving reading material (and hidden pictures and mazes, all that good stuff) in the mail, this could be the way to go.
And - are you listening to this, book clubs??? - there is no shipping and handling charge.
Now that I'll recommend. And link to.
There aren't many things left that you can tell your child you
too experienced as a youngster. Highlights for Children is one of those
Children's book club alternatives
Now one of the reasons I'm lukewarm on book clubs is because I believe there are better ways to go about getting cheap new children's books, or even cheap used children's books, for that matter.
Please check out my affordable children's books page for a ton of ideas.
Best Children's Books - Find, Read or Write home page.