With books from different genres and perspectives, there’s something for every kid! | Source: Story Pirates/The Toy Insider

Avast, it’s time to hunt for the best books!

Reading is something that many kids fall in love with right away, but can be a struggle for others to find joy in. If something feels too much like homework, some kids will shy away from the activity. Story Pirates and Random House Children’s Books are here to help with their new book club, giving little readers the opportunity to find community in their reading.

The Story Pirates are a group of musicians, authors, comedians, actors, and teachers focused on embracing the creativity all kids possess. The family podcast Story Pirates features sketches and songs based on stories written by kids, with a whole pile of celebrity guests. The Story Pirates Creator Club, a subscription service, has all sorts of activities to encourage kids to unleash their creativity. The group has also worked with Random House Children’s Books previously, releasing three middle-grade books.

Story Pirates features sketches and other content based on kids’ stories. | Source: Story Pirates

Now, Story Pirates and Random House Children’s Books partner again to bring the fun of a book club to kids. The Story Pirates Book Club is launching this January, with monthly books that can introduce kids to some exciting new reads. The books will vary across genres so any kid should be able to find a favorite among them. And if they have strong feelings about any of them, kids can send in a book review at the end of the month with a chance for it to end up on the Story Pirates website. 

The book lineup has already been released through July and features the following reads:

  • January: Comedy Book Club
    • Mr. Lemoncello’s Very First Game by Chris Grabenstein
    • Livestreams on Jan. 14 and 21
  • February: Adventure Book Club
    • Futureland: Battle for the Park by H. D. Hunter; illustrated by Khadijah Khatib
    • Livestreams on Feb. 11 and 18
  • March: Graphic Novel Book Club
    • Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse
    • Livestreams on March 11 and 18
  • April: Fantasy Book Club
    • Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind by Misa Sugiura
    • Livestreams on April 15 and 22
  • May: Mystery Book Club
    • Chester Keene Cracks the Code by Kekla Magoon
    • Livestreams on May 13 and 20
  • June: Adventure Book Club
    • Magic Tree House #37: Rhinos at Recess by Mary Pope Osborne; illustrated by AG Ford
    • Livestreams on June 10 and 17
  • July: Superhero Book Club with Illustrator Spotlight
    • Superworld: Save Noah by Yarrow and Carrie Cheney
    • Livestreams on July 8 and 15

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Registration for the Story Pirates Book Club comes with a copy of the chosen book and access to two livestreams happening on Saturdays from 1-2 p.m. ET. The livestreams will give members of the club the opportunity to feel connected to other readers, and, hopefully, realize that reading is cool. The first livestream event will feature interactive activities and games inspired by the book, and the second will be a Q&A with the book’s author.

Kids can register for just one month of the club for $52 per child, 3 months with a bundle discount of 5% for $148, or 7 months with a bundle discount of 10% for $354. Registration forms and more details about the author and book club are available at the Story Pirates website.

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Bug Hartsock

Bug Hartsock

Bug is a News Writer for The Toy Insider, The Pop Insider, and The Toy Book. They are also a Master’s student in biology, currently studying sleep in arthropods. When they aren’t writing or working with small critters, they spend their time reading sci-fi novels, playing tabletop RPGs, or throwing creative projects at the wall. Bug had a mullet once, and is not against having one again. Reach out or find more from them at their website.