The Story Pirates Book Club will launch in January 2023 with their inaugural selection: Mr. Lemoncello’s Very First Game by New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein.
Following the success of the Story Pirates Creator Camp, a virtual summer program that debuted in Summer 2020, Story Pirates and Random House Children’s Books will partner once again on the first-ever Story Pirates Book Club.
Launching in January 2023, the monthly book club will introduce kids and families to the best new books from a host of award-winning authors, including familiar and beloved New York Times bestsellers like Chris Grabenstein (Mr. Lemoncello’s Library) and Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House), in addition to exciting middle-grade debuts like H. D. Hunter (Futureland: Battle for the Park) and Misa Sugiura (Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind). Book selections will span a variety of genres and feature stories that will interest and entertain young readers.
Included with Book Club registration is a copy of the featured title and access to two exclusive livestreams, held on Saturdays at 1–2 pm ET/10–11 am PT, where members can connect with fellow readers from across the country. The first event, which will be led by professional Story Pirates teaching artists and performers, will feature interactive activities and games inspired by the book of the month.
The second event will be an exclusive class and Q&A with the author – a chance for Book Club members to engage directly with the writers, learn about their creative processes, and ask questions about their books. At the end of each month, participants will also be able to submit a book review with the chance to have it featured on the Story Pirates’ website and social media.
The Story Pirates Book Club lineup has been announced through July 2023 and features:
- JANUARY: Comedy Book Club
Mr. Lemoncello’s Very First Game by Chris Grabenstein Livestreams on January 14 & 21
- FEBRUARY: Adventure Book Club
Futureland: Battle for the Park by H. D. Hunter; illustrated by Khadijah Khatib Livestreams on February 11 & 18
- MARCH: Graphic Novel Book Club
Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse Livestreams on March 11 & 18
- APRIL: Fantasy Book Club
Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind by Misa Sugiura Livestreams on April 15 & 22
- MAY: Mystery Book Club
Chester Keene Cracks the Code by Kekla Magoon Livestreams on May 13 & 20
- JUNE: Adventure Book Club
Magic Tree House #37: Rhinos at Recess by Mary Pope Osborne; illustrated by AG Ford Livestreams on June 10 & 17
- JULY: Superhero Book Club with Illustrator Spotlight
Superworld: Save Noah by Yarrow and Carrie Cheney Livestreams on July 8 & 15
For more information and to register, visit the Story Pirates Book Club at storypirates.com/bookclub.