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How Can I Get Box Art?

Box art is this crazy thing we do here at All About Learning Press. It’s really pretty simple: box art is a drawing on a shipping box or envelope. And box art has been making our customers giddy with excitement since our very first request back in 2011!

But our box art isn’t just any drawing; it’s a custom drawing created per your request. That’s right—whatever you request will be expertly drawn on your package by a very talented member of our amazing shipping crew.

Box art of Ziggy painting Mona Lisa

How Can I Get My Own Customized Box Art Drawing?

order comments box

The next time you place an online order with us, all you have to do is include your special request. After entering your shipping address, type your request in the Order Comments box under your shipping info.

Then click continue to complete your order.

As you can see, you can type anything in the comment box—that’s right, anything.

You can ask for an adorable turtle riding a wave or even a book-loving dog riding a white unicorn! How about a cruise ship jumping over an iceberg? Do you have a favorite cartoon character? A favorite book? A favorite movie? Go ahead and think BIG. Paula (our amazing box artist) loves a challenge!

a woman drawing on a shipping box

We love all our customers, but how would you like to get in really good with our artist? Paula would LOVE to hear your compliments and words of encouragement, and maybe even a joke or two. (Hint: She really likes knock-knock jokes.)

Your kids will get pretty excited about receiving their box art, and it’s no secret that we get pretty excited about it too.

a woman drawing on a shipping box

But not just us—the characters we draw feel the same way. Like this unicorn and her reading buddy–they seems particularly eager to meet their new family, don’t they?

a unicorn and a reading dog box art drawing

How about this happy ground hog? It looks like he’s ready to dig his way to his new home.

a shipping box with a ground hog in a hole

And remember our adorable turtle? The FedEx truck should be picking him up any minute!

a shipping box with a turtle riding a wave

If you’ve never made a box art request before, go ahead and do so the next time you place an order. You’ll make our day, and then we’ll do our best to make yours!

shipping boxes with box art on them

If you could request anything from our box artists, what would it be?

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Brittany

says:

Our box artist nailed it! Our children each loved their realistic pictures of a seahoarse and lion.
Thank you very much!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re so welcome, Brittany! Glad you enjoyed it.

Hollie

says:

I love the cat art! I would like to order but I do have a dilemma: My eight year old daughter is advanced and home schooled, I also teach her twelve year old cousin who has really struggled with reading; she feels left behind as I have to slow down her pace for him. What can I do to enrich my daughter’s learning experience while not allowing cousin to feel slow? What product would suit us?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Hollie,
In this situation, it is best that the two do reading separately from each other. It is the only way to allow the one to go as slowly as he needs to fill in the gaps in his learning while allowing the other to progress as quickly as she wants since she does so well with it. You could use the same curriculum with both, but separate them so that they cover reading at different times of day, again allowing each to move forward at his or her own pace. However, it may be best to purchase two completely different curriculum so that your two students can’t easily compare. That way your daughter can move through reading at a pace and level that is right for her and her cousin can go slower and fill in the gaps he has to allow him to have success with reading.

I do this with my two sons with math. Both are doing high school geometry right now, but the older one is doing a program that is better for those that struggle with math and he will finish sometime this spring. His brother is two years younger and is doing an honors geometry and will finish next week. When one struggles and the other is advanced, individualized learning and materials best suited for their needs is often the best solution.

All About Reading was designed specifically for those that struggle to learn to read. If you do decide to do two separate reading curricula, I recommend All About Reading for your nephew. Use our placement tests to determine the best starting place. When older students struggle, it is usually because they are missing foundational skills and they need to go back a ways to work on those foundations. However, one of the benefits of All About Reading is that you can move through it as quickly or as slowly as your student needs. This means your nephew will be able to go quickly through the parts that are review, then slow down on the concepts he needs to master.

In addition to All About Reading, I also recommend doing All About Spelling with him. We typically recommend starting AAS 1 after the student has finished AAR 1 (or the equivalent reading level), but in cases like this starting earlier can be helpful. This is discussed at the bottom of this blog post, The Right Time to Start Spelling Instruction.

I hope this helps, but please let me know if you need more suggestions or have other questions.

Hollie

says:

Robin,

Yes! This answer has helped me with my decision. I really need to purchase the level that suits him. I had one on one instruction with my daughter today and she expressed that her twelve year old cousin does slow her down and she gets bored! I don’t want to lose her but I don’t want to leave him behind. Maybe I can instruct her two days a week and devote the other time to him. Home Schooling is a work in progress and I definitely need some help with instructing him.

Thanks for the help.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Hollie,
I’m glad I was helpful.

One thought, though. Students that struggle really need to do reading five days a week. Daily lessons make a huge difference in what they are able to retain and their progress. However, All About Reading is designed to be done in just 20 minutes a day. This blog post explains this in more detail. How Much Time Should You Spend On Reading?

Children that don’t struggle with reading can often get by with fewer days a week, but most do at least three days a week even with advanced students. On days you don’t do reading lessons, your daughter should still be reading. You could have her reread stories from previous lessons, or she could read from other books. However, at just 20 minutes a day each, it isn’t difficult to fit in reading time for each student each day.

We also recommend reading aloud to your students for 20 minutes a day as well. This is discussed in the blog post I linked to above as well. However, this you can certainly do together with both students. I like to read aloud to my children while they eat lunch or immediately after. It’s a nice change of pace after a morning of hard academic work.

I’m here if you need anything else.

Elizabeth Waller

says:

How sweet and personal is that? What talented people making kids lives a little happier!

Merry

says: Customer Service

Aw, thanks, Elizabeth! It’s so fun to do things like this that kids enjoy!

Juanita

says:

Can I make the box art request if I place my order through myus.com ?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Juanita,
Yes! With myus.com, you order from us but use the shipping address they give you. When you order, request your box art in the comment box and our shipping team will make it to your order! However, myus.com does repackage items on occasion. You may want to let them know that you do not want this particular box repackaged.

Carol Barno

says:

You guys are NUTS!!! I love it. Sooo much fun

Katy

says:

This is AMAZING. What an idea! Can’t wait to order and make a request…now to decide what to ask for!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Ginger,
You will find details about the position and information on how to apply on this page, Immediate Job Opening: Box Artist.

We always request animals doing karate and they are the BEST!!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Karate animals sound super fun, RaShell! :D

Maureen Lisocki

says:

Horses

Hollie

says:

Let’s see………….I’ve never ordered before but when I do: I’d love to have the Super Mario Brother’s characters on the box! Both of my children love the Wii version and all the old Nintendo 64 Classic game. So, King Koopa, aka “Bowser”, Mario and little brother Luigi; Princess Peach; goombas and toad. That would be awesome!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

My kids would love a box with all the Super Mario Brother characters on it too!

Hollie

says:

I know right?! Do you order from AAR? Maybe you can request that art:)?

Dani Leuck

says:

A kitten riding a unicorn

Sharon Fung

says:

My son would love a picture of chewbacca riding a dinosaur cos that’s how he rolls…wish I’d known about this when I did my order this summer!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sharon,
My son would love a picture of a chewbacca riding a dinosaur too, but my son is almost 21-years-old. Chewbacca and dinosaurs are just cool!

Sharon Fung

says:

Haha well my child is only 4 but I can see this obsession continuing for a while 😂 I guess I know what I’m getting him for his 21st!

Menke

says:

That is really cool! Hope I’ll remember next time I’m ordering. Not sure what crazy things my kiddo’s might come up with :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Menke,
Our box artists enjoy crazy ideas!

Stephanie

says:

Sadly, I don’t think we’ll need to order anything for awhile, and I never thought to request box art before, but my daughter, who struggles with reading, loves Ziggy and archery, so perhaps Ziggy with a bow & arrows?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Archer Ziggy would be so cute!

Shawnna

says:

We loved our Toothless(from How to Train Your Dragon) box art! Thank you!

Elizabeth

says:

Now I know what to request on our next order. :) Didn’t know about this when I ordered last month. My son really likes Toothless also.

Carla

says:

I’m going to have to order a gazillion things this way! They’re AMAZING!!!!

Laura

says:

This is a great way to promote student creativity!

Belinda Jackson

says:

My son is 11 and we’ve had to take two orders. On one box he wanted a loin. On the second box he wanted a saxophone. OMGOODNESS….the art was awesome!! I dont know who drew them, but HI FIVE!!! He just loved them both. We’ve cut both pictures off the boxes. He’s looking forward to the next order.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

These sounds like awesome box art, Belinda. We love that we can help him enjoy each order!

Heather

says:

This is such a great idea! My daughter was so excited to get her new box with a fairy!:)

Rachel

says:

Box art made my son’s day! We cut it out and saved it. This is such a fun idea.

Nicole

says:

This is such a cute idea!! I will be ordering for my children soon, and I’ll be sure to ask for some special art! :)

Ashley Biron

says:

I had no idea that the box art was something that your shipping department did until liking you guys on Facebook. How fun! My kids will be delighted when we place our next order. :)

Laura Stephenson

says:

Box art has added a new level of excitement to receiving packages! We use our boxes to store library books and add creative containers to our homeschool shelves.

Jenna

says:

We will be ordering soon and will definitely have to have the kids come up with something.

Tiffany G Bayer

says:

That is a fantastic idea!!!! So sweet and I bet many kids keep the boxes and use them to store great things because of the super cool pictures drawn. Great talent as well!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Some do keep the boxes, Tiffany, but many cut the box apart so they can hang the art on their wall!

Hope K

says:

I cant wait to order again soon so that we can have box art! I know my daughter will come up with something interesting….

Kayla

says:

How cute is that!

Melissa

says:

We can’t wait to place our first order so we can get our box art!!!

Stephanie B

says:

All these drawings are amazing. I wish I would have read this post before I sent in my order for my AAR1.

Candace

says:

We were sooo excited over our box art! What an awesome job. I wish I could upload a picture of the prospector riding an ostrich for everyone to see! It’s been colored now, and cut out of the box so we can keep it.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Candace,
If you are on Facebook, come visit the All About Learning Press Facebook Page. You can share a photo of your box art there! The prospector riding an ostrich is something I would like to see.

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