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In every one of our endeavors, we recommend books that we’ve read personally & believe will be good for our community of readers…
What Brings Us Joy?
SPARKING COMMUNICATION IN OUR BOOK CLUBS
Shared books are a powerful vehicle to bring joy AND bridge conversations around the things that really matter with kids, teens, and adults of all ages.
Every few months our Book Clubs feature a fresh theme with readings and resources inspired by our current topics and EVERY FEW WEEKS we add blogs and book recommendations…
CURRENT TOPIC FOR KIDS & TEENS: THE BEAUTY OF DIFFERENCES
CURRENT TOPIC FOR GROWN-UPS: POWERFUL & FULL BODIED JOURNEYS
Supporting IndIE Bookstores & AUTHORS
Relationships are at the forefront of our mission…
We are proud supporters of independent bookstores with high quality children’s literature sections. These little slices of “book heaven” inspire our work.
NOW FEATURING: PRAIRIE PATH BOOKS, a small indie bookshop in WHEATON, IL
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Supporting SMALL BUSINESSES
Our hearts go out to other hard-working small business owners, especially during COVID-19…
We love to support local Chicago shops and any other companies that deliver high-quality locally made products, especially when they compliment our Curated Book Collections and Book Club events!
NOW FEATURING: MAJAMAS EARTH in Chicago, IL
Because sometimes families need to look beyond the book for help…
We are firm believers that books open the doors to honest family conversations about deep topics. We also believe the advice of Fred Rodgers to “look for the helpers” when life events are overwhelming.
We plan to highlight relevant, high quality charities that assist families and individuals in need.
Books can truly be a refuge in times of stress, but sometimes families need more. For each theme we highlight, we will be donating a portion of our proceeds to various charities that support families in challenging situations and the development of young children.
NOW FEATURING: GIGI’S PLAYHOUSE
What’s Our Current Theme?
THE BEAUTY OF DIFFERENCES
THERE’S STRENGTH IN STANDING OUT!
“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – MAYA ANGELOU
Explore READINGS & RESOURCES on this topic…
What’RE We Reading?
INSPIRATIONAL SPRING STORIES
(CLICK EACH AGE GROUP TAB FOR OUR RECOMMENDED TITLES)
by Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl truly is a storyteller and keeps the reader intrigued from beginning to end. The way he weaves his music adventure with his family (both growing up and present (almost) day) journey is intriguing and entertaining. We’ve always been big fans of David Grohl, but find our ears perking up even more now every time we hear him on WXRT (or some other music station)!
Since we enjoyed his book so immensely, we decided to read a book by another musician and recently started reading Broken Horses: A Memoir by Brandi Carlisle!
by Ruta Sepetys
Ruta Sepetys has done it again! This time, she writes about Romania in the late 1980’s. As always, Ruta does her research and dives into history that tends not to be discussed at great length. Christian is blackmailed by the secret police to be an informer and begins to lose trust for others around him. He begins to find his voice and takes a stand for what he believes in with others.
We were on the edge of my seat, once again! High schoolers (older middle schoolers and grown-ups too!) are sure to thoroughly enjoy other books by her too, such as Between Shades of Gray, Salt to the Sea, Out of the Easy, & The Fountains of Silence (to name a few!).
by Michelle Kadarusman
Louisa, a passionate violinist, is shipped to Australia to spend the summer with her mom’s eccentric family members. She is prepared to be upset, but begins to fall in love with the family’s remote camp in the Tasmanian rainforest. Not only does Louisa find the camp intriguing, but also wants to save the last Tasmanian tiger in the camp by luring it deeper into the forest. She believes she can win the tiger’s trust by playing her music. This book has been recognized for several book awards and should not be missed!
This middle school book is fantastic for readers who are interested in reading about ecology and preservation. Here are a few other titles for readers who would like to read other preservation books, as well: Fuzzy Mud, Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers, and You Go First.
by Kelly J. Baptist
Xavier Moon is pretty content to focus on video games and a life under the radar, until his great uncle gives him some wild socks and a challenge to wear them. Will wearing the socks be the first step toward taking other chances and finding his own voice?
Endearing characters and relatable details (like learning to tie a bow tie on You Tube) will make this a hit for grades 3 and up. You may find yourself shopping for new socks after this one!
We are HUGE fans of this author, who works in urban schools by day and writes incredible books for kids, as well.
by DJ Corchin & Illustrated by Dan Dougherty
The boy is annoyed that the animals don’t respond when he speaks to them. A wise tree reminds him that not everyone speaks “kid,” so perhaps he should learn to speak fish if he wants to make a new friend? With a little humorous give-and-take, the boy and his animal friends figure out how to communicate, “and their world got a whole lot bigger.”
Kids will be fascinated with the concept behind this book! We predict some parents will spy their kids trying to speak fish on their next trip to the beach. 🙂
by Alice Walker & Illustrated by Quim Torres
This book shares a reassuring message at a time of unrest: every place has people who are sweet and their presence can bring hope when the world seems scary. A simple map of the world is at the back of the book, which will prove helpful as children are sure to ask questions about the people on the pages and their home countries.
The wonderful author Alice Walker shares this quote in the end notes: “I want children reading this book to become familiar with the idea that other places exist.”
by Maria van Lieshout
Big Kid Power Series:
We chuckled when we saw the titles in these sweet books, picturing who might be celebrating harder over these milestones: the child or the parent? The ups and downs of reaching these milestones are captured well, and should both reassure and empower the littles in your life to have “big kid power!”
MORE GREAT READS: ALL AGES – EARTH MONTH
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