Inspiring reading & meaningful conversations for readers of all ages.

What’s our vision of New Book Joy?

Explore our NEW CHAPTERS…

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

Shared books are a powerful vehicle to bring joy AND bridge conversations around the things that really matter with kids of all ages.

Our combined 50+ years of experience as K-12 literacy educators (and avid bookworms ourselves) fuels our passion for books, family, and the big ideas that will shape our futures.

Every two months we’ll feature a fresh theme with readings and resources inspired by our current topic and EVERY FEW WEEKS we’ll add blogs and book recommendations. Keep reading!

NOW HIGHLIGHTING: Community Connections (COVID-19 & BEYOND)


Supporting Independent Bookstores

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 HIGHLIGHTING: UNABRIDGED BOOKSTORE, an all-ages bookshop in CHICAGO, IL

NEW BOOK JOY is an affiliate of Bookshop.org and will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Every order you place through NEW BOOK JOY supports our site and their pool of independent bookstores!


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 HIGHLIGHTING: HICKORY CREEK WINERY in BUCHANAN, MI


Giving Back

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 HIGHLIGHTING: THE LAUNDRY CAFE


What’s Our Current Theme?

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

WE ARE CURRENTLY CHALLENGED TO RETHINK WHAT COMMUNITY MEANS TO EACH OF US...

The realization that major cracks are in aspects of society place the awesome responsibility to positively shape it. It is up to us to be a participant and rise to this occasion.”

Explore READINGS & RESOURCES on this topic…


What’RE We Reading?

MESSAGES FROM THE HEART (VALENTINE’S DAY)

The Beauty in Breaking

by Michele Harper


A beautifully written true story about Harper’s journey toward the importance of allowing ourselves to make peace with the past and self-healing. No wonder why it has been mentioned on various shows, such as The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and NBC Nightly News!

Love in English

Maria E. Andreu


Ana, a documented immigrant, struggles with finding herself and finding her voice, while getting over the obstacles as an English language learner. Her love for her family, Neo, and words helps her achieve her goals and dreams in this light-hearted and meaningful coming-of-age novel.

Never Evers

by Tom Ellen & Luvy Ivison


After being kicked out of ballet school, Mouse has to go on her new school’s ski trip. She barely knows anyone, but Jack catches her eye. Not only does this humorous, romance novel post questions (and answers!) about friendship and forgiveness, but include awkward misunderstandings and missed opportunities too.

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

by Terry Lynn Johnson


Coyote and her dad have been journeying across the US in an old school bus ever since her mom and sisters were killed in a crash. She learns that the park she loved as a child is being demolished and begins a secret quest to get back home, where a buried memory box awaits and a promise must be fulfilled. Along the way new people to love appear in her life and she thinks about the world with these beautiful words at the end:

There is so much happiness in the world. There is so much sadness in the world. There is just so much in the world.

An outstanding read-aloud to share with your middle-grade child.

Thank You, Helpers

by Patricia Hegarty & Michael Emmerson


Our collective hearts are so grateful to the nurses, doctors, medical support staff, first responders, and essential workers who have lifted up the rest of us over the last long months. This book puts those thoughts and images on the page for young children in simple rhyming text and vivid graphics.

If your child is making valentines for friends and family, this might inspire them to also remember those who have sacrificed to keep our loved ones safe.

A lovely pairing for this book…

Sincerely, Emerson by Emerson Weber

A true story about a child who reaches out in gratitude to all of those who support her in her community.

Then check out this sweet video clip of another little girl who celebrates distantly with her mail carrier each day. Good feelings in the heart for this special month!

Zero Local – Next Stop: Kindness

by Ethan Murrow


We love sharing books with young children that have deep meaning in the illustrations. Every time we revisit the book, we seem to see more detail so that the story developing in our heads becomes even richer…

This wordless picture book depicts a young girl and her mother on their daily subway rides, where they often witness both discord and harmony. They also encounter a stranger whose small gifts of art to the subway crew provide an example of kindness for the child.  And then she takes action herself!

Based on a true story, this is a great read for Valentines Day and it shows us that messages from the heart don’t (and shouldn’t) happen only on February 14.


NEW BOOK JOY is an affiliate of Bookshop.org and will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Every order you place through NBJ supports our site and their pool of independent bookstores!


MORE GREAT READS: ALL AGES – VALENTINE’S DAY (MESSAGES FROM THE HEART)







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