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Inspiring reading & meaningful conversations for readers of all ages.

NEW BOOK JOY CURATES BOOKS, BOOK CLUBS, READING RESOURCES & SO MUCH MORE!

Explore our NEW CHAPTERS…

BOOK CLUB IN A BOX FOR FAMILIES OF ALL AGES & SIZES

(SINGLE EXPERIENCES OR SUBSCRIPTIONS)

CURATED BOOKS & PAIRINGS IN A GIFT BOX FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS

BOOK CLUB EVENTS FOR ADULTS

(SINGLE EXPERIENCES OR SUBSCRIPTIONS)

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: MARVELOUS MIXOLOGY – FANTASTICAL TALES


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

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 FEATURING: SOAP DISTILLERY in Chicago, IL


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 FEATURING: GIGI’S PLAYHOUSE


What’RE We Reading?

End-of-Summer STORIES

(CLICK EACH AGE GROUP TAB FOR OUR RECOMMENDED TITLES)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

by Taylor Jenkins Reid


Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her life and chooses Monique Grant, an unknown magazine reporter, to tell her story. The braiding of the characters and gorgeous storytelling made us want to read this book nonstop and was almost impossible to put down…

If you are look for some other intriguing and entertaining end-of-summer reads, try these:

The Candy House by Jennifer Egan (BOOK & AUDIOBOOK)

Yerba Buena by Nina Lacour (BOOK & AUDIOBOOK)

Something Wilder by Christina Lauren (BOOK & AUDIOBOOK)

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan (BOOK & AUDIOBOOK)

You Brought Me the Ocean

by Alex Sanchez


Jake is not a fan of water, since his father drowned. Even though he lives in New Mexico, he yearns to be near the ocean and plans to attend a college on the coast. Since his best friend, Maria, wants to stay in the desert, Jake secretly applies for the University of Miami. Jake cannot understand the blue markings on his skin that glow when he is exposed to water and begins to spin a web of lies. Will he figure out who he is and his identity?

When a new school year begins (or any other time!), it is nice to sit back and enjoy a graphic novel. Besides having the opportunity to be engulfed by a story, one can get lost in the gorgeous illustrations too!

Don’t miss these other great graphic novels:

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (BOOK & AUDIOBOOK)

Displacement by Kiku Hughes (BOOK)

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn (BOOK)

Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder (BOOK & AUDIOBOOK)

Marcus Makes A Movie

by Kevin Hart


Many of you may know Kevin Hart as an actor and comedian, but are you aware that he is an author of various entertaining middle school (4th & 5th graders too!) novels, as well?! For Marcus Makes a Movie, Kevin teamed up with award-winning author Geoff Rodkey…

Marcus is unhappy about being stuck in an after-school film class, but soon realizes he can turn a superhero cartoon, he has been designing for years, into a movie! At first, he believes making a movie will be easy; however, he quickly learns that that is not the case. He decides to ask for help from various people in his life and refuses to give up on making the best movie possible. There are obstacles that get in his way, but he does not give up on his goals!

Kevin’s second book, Marcus Makes It Big, is just as fun as his first book! (BOOK & AUDIOBOOK), will be perfect!

Also, if you are in the mood for other middle school books written by actors and/or comedians, check out:

Octavia Spencer’s middle grade book series, The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit (BOOK & AUDIOBOOK), and Chris Colfer’s series, The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning (BOOK & AUDIOBOOK). Both of these series are great for fourth and fifth graders too!

Swim Team

by Johnnie Christmas


Bree has to face her fear when she’s forced to take swimming in middle school. Her elderly neighbor helps by coaching her and suddenly, the school’s swim team hopes are squarely on Bree’s shoulders! Can she pull off a win!

This is such an engaging graphic novel! We love the conversations that sprout from this book… What can happen when you try something new?

When Charley Met Emma

by Amy Web


Emma is differently abled, with limb differences. She answers Charley’s questions about her needs patiently and proceeds to show him all the fun things she can do, in her own unique way. A friendship is born and everyone who reads this will learn… and fall a little bit in love with the two of them.

Written by a special needs mom, this gorgeous book will hit your heart in all the right places...

The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be

by Joanna Gaines & Illustrated by Julianna Swaney


First school experiences can be eye opening for some kids. “ Who are all these kids? I’m noticing that I’m different from many of them…is that ok?” Joanna Gaines has written a beautiful book that speaks reassuringly to just that concern.

This book just  begs to be read in a rocker, or at the kitchen table with homemade cookies and a hug. It’s gentle and simple and will draw out conversation with your child. It’s a perfect addition to your parenting toolkit!

Wishy Washy: A Board Book of First Words and Colors

by Tabitha Paige


A Speech Language Pathologist has used her skills with language development and art to create a set of books designed to nurture language and articulation of simple sounds in developmentally appropriate ways. We love this book because the illustrations are soothing and the language is rich. All of her books are unique, high quality, and highly recommended!

MORE GREAT READS: ALL AGES – POWERFUL & FULL-BODIED JOURNEYS (FOR FALL)

MORE GREAT READS: ALL AGES – DEEP & TWISTY SUSPENSE STORIES (FOR SPOOKY SEASON)


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