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: Taking A Stand


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: PRAIRIE FOX BOOKS, a small indie bookshop in OTTAWA, 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: NOIR D’EBENE in EVANSTON, 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 HIGHLIGHTING: WEAR ORANGE


What’s Our Current Theme?

TAKING A STAND

DON’T BE AFRAID TO SPEAK OUT FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN...

Appreciate both the path [you have] to follow to get there, as well as the rewarding and beautiful view at the end of the struggle.

Explore READINGS & RESOURCES on this topic…


What’RE We Reading?

STORIES INSPIRED BY OUR ENVIRONMENT (EARTH Month)

The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage & A Girl Saved by Bees

by Meredith May


Because of the struggles with her family, Meredith May found solace in her grandfather and the art of beekeeping. Not only did she gain strength, but also learned about the beauty of family through the lives of bees. This lyrical memoir may not be focused solely on environmental issues, but is a gem of a book that should be added to any Earth Day reading list or any other TBR reading list (for high schoolers too)!

Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines

by Paul Fleischman


This book about global warming is welcoming for all high schoolers, thanks to the approachable layout and endless references. It addresses climate change in a straightforward manner and sparks teen inquiry. There are even various websites included throughout the book for further light research. What a great book for teens to get their toes wet, in regards to environmental issues!

Dig Too Deep

by Amy Allgeyer


Liberty Briscoe has to leave Washington D.C. and move to Ebbottsville, Kentucky, since her mother is facing prison time for a violent political protest. Ebbottsville is different than Liberty remembers. Not only do a lot of people seem to be sick in the town and the drinking water is bright orange, but Liberty’s granny seems to be getting sicker too. Liberty decides to investigate what is taking place at the coal mine and stumbles upon secrets, lies, and threats. Such an interesting and intriguing book – no wonder it won two book awards in 2017!

The Last Straw

by Susan Hood


When Dr. Jane Goodall says, “I encourage everyone to read this book,” you know it’s going to be good… and she’s absolutely right.

Susan Hood highlights the work of real children and the ways they are combating this huge problem for the Earth they will inherit. While it’s written in very kid-friendly ways, even adults who think they know most everything about our plastic pollution problem will learn a few things.

It’s engaging, lyrically written, compelling,  and most of all important. We want to hand this book to every teacher and parent we can find, so they will hand it to every child they know. Inspiring, indeed!

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

by Miranda Paul & Elizabeth Zunon


We’ve shared this book with students and they find it fascinating on so many levels.

First, there’s the inspirational story of a child who grows up to find a solution to a big community problem. Isatou Ceesay figured out a way to crochet the discarded plastic bags that littered her village and endangered the livestock and ended up selling her wares to bring money to her family and the village. Second, the illustrations are collages made from real shopping bags, along with photos of the real life people who lived this story. Finally, the resources in the back teach kids (and adults) about Gambia.

A rich book with a great, empowering message for this age group.

I Am the Storm

by Jane Yolen & Heidi E.Y. Stemple


While this isn’t an Earth Day book that sends a message about recycling or conservation, this IS an Earth Day book that speaks to the sometimes frightening power of nature and the resilience of humans.

Young children hear about the increasing number of disasters from forest fires, hurricanes, and floods and can feel overwhelmed (which is natural for adults too!). This book honors the power of those events, while offering some reassurance that those events don’t last forever and humans work together to rebuild what is lost.

As a parent and grandparent, it’s a good book to keep on the shelf for discussions about disasters of all types… nature and viruses, included.

Thank You Bees

by Toni Yuly


There’s something classic about this book. It feels like Margaret Wise Brown’s “Goodnight Moon,” in which the child is grateful for the things in their small corner of the world that give them comfort. In this case, this simple and colorful book is written as a love letter to the natural world. Dirt, trees, clouds, and, yes, bees all get a sweet “thank you.” A great tuck-in, sleep-tight book for this age group.


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