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BOOK CLUB IN A BOX FOR KIDS, TEENS & CARETAKERS OF ALL AGES
(SINGLE EXPERIENCES OR SUBSCRIPTIONS)
CURATED BOOKS & PAIRINGS IN A GIFT BOX FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS
BOOK CLUB EVENTS FOR ADULTS
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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 BOOK CLUB TOPIC FOR KIDS & TEENS: THE BEAUTY OF DIFFERENCES
CURRENT BOOK CLUB TOPIC FOR GROWN-UPS: MEAL IN A GLASS – COMPLEX CHARACTERS
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: HOMEBODY 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’RE We Reading?
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by Matthew McConaughey
We have always been fans of Matthew McConaughey; but after reading his book, we fell in love with him even more! He made it clear, at the beginning of the book, that this is NOT a memoir. Instead, he shares his life’s adventures, lessons, and so much more! We are not deterred by our orange or red lights anymore… bring on those greenlights!
BONUS: If you are a fan of audiobooks or want to try an audiobook, this is a MUST! His buttery voice (hubba, hubba!) and natural humor will grab a hold of you instantly and will not let you go!
Some other great books we have read and audiobooks we have heard recently (read by the authors) that should also not be missed:
Taste by Stanley Tucci (BOOK)
by Tiffany D. Jackson
Enchanted always dreamed of being a famous singer; and after being spotted by Korey Fields, a legendary R&B artist, her dreams just may come true! Enchanted is ready to soar into stardom, until she wakes up with blood on her hands and realizes Korey has been murdered. The worst part? She cannot recall what occurred the evening prior. Tiffany D. Jackson delivers another thriller that has endless twists and turns in this gripping and gut-wrenching novel!
A few other superb suspense novels by Tiffany D. Jackson are:
We have also recently finished reading:
by Akwaeke Emezi
Jam and her best friend, Redemption, were taught that there were no more monsters; but that all changes, when Jam accidentally drops some of her blood on one of her mother’s paintings. Pet, a creature of claws and horns, has come to hunt a monster at Redemption’s house. Not only does Pet have to fight to protect Redemption, but also has to find answers to various questions. This debut novel presents many difficult and philosophical questions throughout the story too. No wonder why it received endless recognition and accolades… This riveting and one-of-a-kind middle school (great for high schoolers too!) should not be missed.
by Patricia MacLachlan
With beautiful language and gentle imagery, Patricia MacLachlan tells a story of a very loving family, with a mom who’s a writer and a photographer dad. Little sister Birdy sneaks her own DNA sample into a kit being sent out by her mother, and her siblings are shocked to later learn a secret about Birdy’s adoption. This book will provide great inspiration for conversations about family, love, and truth.
Also by Patricia MacLachlan:
When Grandfather Flew (BOOK – themes of loss and hope)
White Fur Flying (BOOK – themes of friendship and kindness)
by Essie Laflamme
When a family finds itself having to explain the death (or decline) of a grandparent, this book is a lovely and gentle way to start or continue the conversation. We see the many, many ways that Gramma shows care for others, and as she declines we see the ways that others rally around her. It does mention in the end that Gramma goes to be with Grandpa in Heaven, though that religious aspect is treated with a light touch.
This is one book in a series of books written by a preschool teacher who is also a hospice and palliative care volunteer for children. Books in the series include losing a mom and a grandpa. More resources for dealing with grief and children can be found on her website: sweetechostories.com…
by Julia Kuo & Illustrated by Quim Torres
We love this book because it celebrates some of the best times of being together: when you just do everything and nothing. In our family, we used to call them “lump-a-bump” days. Julia Kuo shares this sweet single mom-and-daughter family doing simple things like cloud watching, hiking, and swimming as their imaginations build their own adventures. It’s so soothing at the end as mom puts daughter to bed…you’ll want to drift off, as well.
Similar sweet books:
Today by Julie Morstad
Me and Mama by Cozbi Cabrera
by Andrew Knapp
This series of board books isn’t new, but it’s so classically engaging and sweet that it should be in every child’s book collection. Each book is designed to build language skills as you and your child search for 3 items and Momo, hidden on every page. That dog’s eyes are so endearing as he looks up from the page, you just want to give him a cuddle right there. Momo is definitely a keeper!
We also recommend:
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